Kathleen Quinlan

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Kathleen Quinlan was born in Pasadena, California, the only child of Josephine (Zachry), a military supply supervisor, and Robert Quinlan, a television sports director. She grew up in Mill Valley, Ca, and got her break in acting when George Lucas came to her high school to cast for his movie American Graffiti (1973). She followed up her one-line ... See full bio »

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Apollo 13 Marilyn Lovell
Breakdown Amy Taylor
The Doors Patricia Kennealy


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  The Fixer-Upper (Short) (post-production)
  The Stairs (post-production)
Bernice Martin
  Walking with Herb (post-production)
Sheila Amable-Amo
 2018-2019 Runaways (TV Series)
Susan Ellerh
- Lord of Lies (2019) ... Susan Ellerh
- Last Waltz (2018) ... Susan Ellerh
- Earth Angel (2018) ... Susan Ellerh
 2019 How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series)
- Say Goodbye (2019) ... Britt
 2018 Saving My Baby
 2018/II Parallel
 2018 Chimera Strain
 2017 ADDicted
Kate Dawson
 2017 Elizabeth Blue
 2015 How Not to Propose (TV Movie)
 2014/II After
Nora Valentino
 2012-2014 Blue (TV Series)
- Make Me Feel Good (2014) ... Jessica
- Call Me Francine (2014) ... Jessica
- Where Were You? (2013) ... Jessica
- Choices Add Up (2013) ... Jessica
- See and Be Seen (2013) ... Jessica
 2013 Horns
Lydia Perrish
 2012-2013 Chicago Fire (TV Series)
Nancy Casey
- Viral (2013) ... Nancy Casey
- Nazdarovya! (2013) ... Nancy Casey
- A Little Taste (2013) ... Nancy Casey
- Warm and Dead (2013) ... Nancy Casey
- Under the Knife (2013) ... Nancy Casey
 2012 Life's an Itch
 2011 Andrew White Jr. II (Short)
Nurse Jeanie
 2011 Glee (TV Series)
Dr. Shane
- Born This Way (2011) ... Dr. Shane
 2011 Cinema Verite (TV Movie)
Mary Every
 2011 Stargate Universe (TV Series)
Senator Michaels
- Alliances (2011) ... Senator Michaels
 2010 The Event (TV Series)
Erika Jarvis
- Everything Will Change (2010) ... Erika Jarvis
- Your World to Take (2010) ... Erika Jarvis
 2010 Eagles in the Chicken Coop
Mary Bernstein
 2010 The River Why
 2010 Elektra Luxx
Rebecca Linbrook
 2009 Adult Film: A Hollywood Tale
Mary Bernstein
 2009 Empire State (TV Movie)
Colleen Cochrane
 2008-2009 Prison Break (TV Series)
Christina Rose Scofield
- Rates of Exchange (2009) ... Christina Rose Scofield
- Killing Your Number (2009) ... Christina Rose Scofield
- Cowboys and Indians (2009) ... Christina Rose Scofield
- S.O.B. (2009) ... Christina Rose Scofield
- VS. (2009) ... Christina Rose Scofield
 2008 Harm's Way
 2008 Made of Honor
 2007 Breach
Bonnie Hanssen
 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Barbara Tallman
- Monster in the Box (2007) ... Barbara Tallman
 2007 American Fork
Agnes Orbison
 2006 House (TV Series)
Arlene McNeil
- Meaning (2006) ... Arlene McNeil
 2006 The Hills Have Eyes
 2004 The Dead Will Tell (TV Movie)
Beth Hytner
 2004 El padrino
Judge Scorsi
 2004 The Riverman (TV Movie)
Sande Keppel
 2004 Perfect Romance (TV Movie)
Tess Kelly
 2003 Blessings (TV Movie)
Meredith Blessing
 1999-2002 Family Law (TV Series)
Lynn Holt
- Alienation of Affection (2002) ... Lynn Holt
- Ties That Bind (2002) ... Lynn Holt
- Admissions (2002) ... Lynn Holt
- Once Removed (2002) ... Lynn Holt
- Big Brother (2002) ... Lynn Holt
 1999 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Dr. Kate Delieb
- Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of My Life (1999) ... Dr. Kate Delieb
 1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (TV Series)
Nanaline Duke
 1998 A Civil Action
Anne Anderson
 1998 My Giant
Serena Kamin
 1997 Lawn Dogs
Clare Stockard
 1997 Event Horizon
Peters, Med Tech
 1997/I Breakdown
Amy Taylor
 1997 Zeus and Roxanne
Mary Beth Dunhill
 1996 In the Lake of the Woods (TV Movie)
Kathy Waylan
 1995 Picture Windows (TV Series)
- Lightning (1995) ... Hooker
 1995 Perfect Alibi
Melanie Bauers
 1995/I Apollo 13
Marilyn Lovell
 1994 Trial by Jury
 1993 The Hidden Room (TV Series)
- Refuge (1993) ... Julia
 1993 Last Light (TV Movie)
Kathy Rubicek
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
- Heros Exoletus (1993) ... Karen
 1993 Stolen Babies (TV Movie)
 1992 An American Story (TV Movie)
Hope Tyler
 1991 Strays (TV Movie)
Lindsey Jarrett
 1991 The Doors
Patricia Kennealy
 1990 The Operation (TV Movie)
 1989 Trapped (TV Movie)
Mary Ann Marshall
 1986-1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Karen Wilson / Ann Foley
- Fogbound (1988) ... Karen Wilson
- The Canary Sedan (1986) ... Ann Foley
 1988 Clara's Heart
Leona Hart
 1988 Sunset
Nancy Shoemaker
 1987 Man Outside
Grace Freemont
 1987 Dreams Lost, Dreams Found (TV Movie)
Sarah McAllister
 1987 Wild Thing
 1985 Children of the Night (TV Movie)
Lois Lee
 1985 Warning Sign
Joanie Morse
 1985 Blackout
Chris Graham
 1984 Last Winter
 1984 When She Says No (TV Movie)
Rose Michaels
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
Helen Foley (segment "It's a Good Life")
 1983 Independence Day
Mary Ann Taylor
 1982 Hanky Panky
Janet Dunn
 1981 She's in the Army Now (TV Movie)
Pvt. Cass Donner
 1980 Sunday Lovers
Laurie (segment "Skippy")
 1979 The Runner Stumbles
Sister Rita
 1979 The Promise
Nancy McAllister / Marie Adamson
 1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Deborah Blake
 1977 Nightmare in Blood (as Kathy Quinlan)
 1977 Airport '77
 1977 Little Ladies of the Night (TV Movie)
Karen Brodwick
 1976/I Lifeguard
 1974-1976 The Waltons (TV Series)
Selina Linville
- The Collision (1976) ... Selina Linville
- The Thoroughbred (1974) ... Selina Linville
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
 1975 Three for the Road (TV Series)
- The Rip-off (1975)
 1975 Switch (TV Series)
Robin Morgan
- The Deadly Missiles Caper (1975) ... Robin Morgan
 1975 The Turning Point of Jim Malloy (TV Movie)
Edith Evans
 1975 The Abduction of Saint Anne (TV Movie)
Anne Benedict
 1975 The Missing Are Deadly (TV Movie)
 1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Peggy Lynch
- Run Scared (1974) ... Peggy Lynch
 1974 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Joyce Howell
- Three Letter Word (1974) ... Joyce Howell
- Lucas Tanner (1974) ... Joyce Howell
 1974 Where Have All the People Gone (TV Movie)
Deborah Anders
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Janet Conforti
- Hush Now, Don't You Die (1974) ... Janet Conforti
 1974 Police Woman (TV Series)
Debbie Sweet
- The Beautiful Die Young (1974) ... Debbie Sweet
 1974 Can Ellen Be Saved? (TV Movie)
 1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
- House of Friends (1974) ... Jill
 1973 Emergency! (TV Series)
- Understanding (1973) ... Janet
 1973 American Graffiti
Peg (as Kathy Quinlan)
 1972 One is a Lonely Number (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Off-Broadway production: 'Taken in Marriage' (46 public performances) as Annie, alongside with 'Dixie Carter' and Meryl Streep. She won the 1979 Theatre World Award. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 4 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kathy Quinlan


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Personal Quote:

In a world where there is so much sadness and so much to be afraid of, good things do happen to people. Romance is still something we can find even if we're not consciously looking for it. See more »


Her leading role in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977) was previously intended for Natalie Wood, who had unrealized plans to both produce and star in that film. See more »

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