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Overview (3)

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameMargaret Jean Holden
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actress, stunt woman, dancer and martial artist Marjean Holden was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Vail, Colorado. She started acting from the age of 9, well being from the family of entertainers, she already knew her profession. As a youngster, she showed multiple skills in her school plays, and also in sports. Later she started martial arts training in boxing and Wun Hop Kuen Do, which she used in most of her action-fighting films. With her athletic abilities and martial arts, she entered in the world of motion pictures as an actress and stunt woman. Some of her stunt work was in Bulletproof (1996), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and Blade (1998).

After few films, she made her first professional debut in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and made appearances in such films as Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) and SF film Nemesis (1992).

Her memorable roles were in Ballistic (1995), in which all martial arts movie goers knows that she had a match against body builder lady Corinna Everson. Next is The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), where she portrayed Sheeva and John Carpenter's horror Vampires (1998) as one of the vampire masters. As for her TV appearances, she was in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999), but she became famous for her roles in Crusade (1999) and BeastMaster (1999) TV series. She played a supporting role besides Bruce Willis in Hostage (2005). She recently completed working on "Bring me the Head of Lance Henriksen" with Michael Worth.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: swedzin

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Paul (? - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Her height

Trivia (9)

Marjean Holden was raised in Vail, Colorado, where she became interested in acting at the age of nine. After performing in nearly every school play or musical, she went on to study Television Producing and Directing, first at Northern Arizona University and finally at Arizona State University.
Trained in Wun Hop Kuen Do (Kung Fu style).
Studied Wun Hop Kuen Do under sifu Earl White.
She worked with many combat veterans and for her effort she received an award from Military order of the purple heart (1996).
One of her favorite films is Excalibur (1981).
Holds black belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do (Kung Fu style).
Graduated from Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail, Colorado with the Class of 1983.
Mother is mixed German, Dutch and Italian. And her Father is mixed African American and Native American.
Has a brother and a sister: Kevin Holden and Lisa Holden.

Personal Quotes (5)

[on her Mortal Kombat character Sheeva] Well, let's see, it took five callbacks to finally convince the producers I was "tailor made" for the part! This was the one role I really worked hard to get. It was a great project, again I was on a cast that was absolutely phenomenal. Sheeva was a badass. But I didn't get to use my skills like I wanted to or was scripted. Things change, that was one of them. I was very disappointed when they cut out fights. Yeah, her outfit in the games was... well, let's just leave it at skimpy! No, I knew they weren't going to go that far for the live action. They wanted the younger audience and there are things you just can't do when you are trying to capture that audience.
My dad was my all time hero when he was alive, and even more so now that he has passed. I wanted to be just like him! Funny because I was a girl, but yes, there was a great influence there. Mainly because he was a great person... not because he was so tough, which he was... but because he had a great heart. He loved people and helping them. I'm the same. He was also a great athlete, it was just in my blood!
I do love fantasy movies, I love anything that is based in magic and mystery. I particularly like the genre because you can get so many spiritual messages into what most consider to just be entertainment. For me it is a great way to communicate the greater mysteries of life... and the not so greater mysteries of life! I have been into these kinds of things ever since I was young, as long as I can remember actually. Probably stems from the fact that I don't believe I'm from here... I'm an alien!
Yes, I'm sure [my skills] could be an advantage there... I just don't like doing horror. I was a huge John Carpenter fan however and when they offered I said "YES!". John Carpenter's Vampires happened because I was friends with the stunt coordinator, Jeff Imada. He actually called me in to see if I'd be interested in doing a fire burn on the movie and I said; "I'd prefer not to". He told me to wait in the office. He went out back and came back about 5 minutes later and said; "Ok. They like you". I thought, cool. But I didn't know I actually got a job. I got home and the phone started ringing with where I needed to go for fittings, costume, prosthetics, contacts. It was awesome!
[on her sport and martial arts training] I actually don't do as much anymore. I'm a mom now, and my main exercise is chasing my three year old around! But I still train in boxing every once in a while as well as varying my workouts between yoga, pilates, roller blading, hiking and walking hills and stairs!

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