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As a young girl growing up in New York City, Cara Buono took her family's blue-collar work ethic and began to turn it into an acting career that would later lead not only to starring roles but to screenwriting and directing. With no help from friends, family or mentors, she went out on her own, picked up a trade paper, saw an ad for a casting call... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Hulk Edith Banner
(2003)
Stranger Things Karen Wheeler
(2016-2019)
Let Me In Owen's Mother
(2010)
Paper Towns Mrs. Jacobsen
(2015)

Filmography

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 2016-2019 Stranger Things (TV Series)
Karen Wheeler
- Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt (2019) ... Karen Wheeler
- Chapter Seven: The Bite (2019) ... Karen Wheeler
- Chapter Six: The Birthday (2019) ... Karen Wheeler
- Chapter Five: The Source (2019) ... Karen Wheeler
- Chapter Four: The Sauna Test (2019) ... Karen Wheeler
 2018 The Romanoffs (TV Series)
Debbie Newman
- Bright and High Circle (2018) ... Debbie Newman
 2018 The Bad Seed (TV Movie)
Angela
 2018 Monsters and Men
Stacey
 2017 Bull (TV Series)
Amaya Andrews
- The Illusion of Control (2017) ... Amaya Andrews
 2017 All Saints
Aimee Spurlock
 2017 The Blacklist: Redemption (TV Series)
Anna Copeland
- Leland Bray (2017) ... Anna Copeland
 2016 Half the Perfect World
Sonia
 2015 The Mysteries of Laura (TV Series)
Julia Davis
- The Mystery of the Taken Boy (2015) ... Julia Davis
 2015 Emily & Tim
Emily Hanratty (segment 'Betrayal')
 2015 Paper Towns
Mrs. Jacobsen
 2014-2015 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Martine Rousseau
- Asylum (2015) ... Martine Rousseau
- Search and Destroy (2015) ... Martine Rousseau
- If-Then-Else (2015) ... Martine Rousseau
- The Cold War (2014) ... Martine Rousseau
- The Devil You Know (2014) ... Martine Rousseau
 2014 A Good Marriage
Betty Pike
 2014 Elementary (TV Series)
Sarah Cushing
- Ears to You (2014) ... Sarah Cushing
 2014 The Carrie Diaries (TV Series)
Penny
- Hungry Like the Wolf (2014) ... Penny
 2013 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Charlene Peterson
- A More Perfect Union (2013) ... Charlene Peterson
 2013 Castle (TV Series)
Siobhan O'Doul
- The Wild Rover (2013) ... Siobhan O'Doul
 2012 The Discoverers
Nell
 2012 Drew Peterson: Untouchable (TV Movie)
Kathleen Savio
 2011 A Gifted Man (TV Series)
Carol Gordan
- In Case of Discomfort (2011) ... Carol Gordan
 2011 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Agent Allison Marsh
- Ho'opa'i (2011) ... Agent Allison Marsh
 2011 Brothers & Sisters (TV Series)
Rose
- Brody (2011) ... Rose
- The One That Got Away (2011) ... Rose
- Safe at Home (2011) ... Rose
 2010/I Stuff (Short)
Madeline
 2010 Mad Men (TV Series)
Faye Miller
- Tomorrowland (2010) ... Faye Miller
- Blowing Smoke (2010) ... Faye Miller
- Chinese Wall (2010) ... Faye Miller
- Hands and Knees (2010) ... Faye Miller
- The Beautiful Girls (2010) ... Faye Miller
 2010/I Let Me In
Owen's Mother
 2010/II Betrayed (Short)
Amy Waite
 2009 NCIS (TV Series)
Commander Sarah Resnik
- Power Down (2009) ... Commander Sarah Resnik
 2009 ER (TV Series)
Lisa Salamunovich
- And in the End... (2009) ... Lisa Salamunovich
 2008 The Unquiet (TV Movie)
Julie Bishop
 2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Rachel Zelinsky
- Unorthodox (2008) ... Rachel Zelinsky
 2007 The Dead Zone (TV Series)
Sheriff Anna Turner
- Ambush (2007) ... Sheriff Anna Turner
- Transgressions (2007) ... Sheriff Anna Turner
- Numb (2007) ... Sheriff Anna Turner
- Interred (2007) ... Sheriff Anna Turner
- Big Top (2007) ... Sheriff Anna Turner
 2007 Cthulhu
Dannie Marsh
 2006-2007 The Sopranos (TV Series)
Kelli Moltisanti / Kelli Lombardo
- The Second Coming (2007) ... Kelli Moltisanti
- Kennedy and Heidi (2007) ... Kelli Moltisanti
- Walk Like a Man (2007) ... Kelli Moltisanti
- Stage 5 (2007) ... Kelli Moltisanti
- Kaisha (2006) ... Kelli Moltisanti
 1996-2007 Law & Order (TV Series)
Attorney Shannon / Alice Simonelli / Shelly Taggert
- Melting Pot (2007) ... Attorney Shannon
- Punk (1998) ... Alice Simonelli
- Girlfriends (1996) ... Shelly Taggert
 2006 Beer League
Linda Salvo
 2004-2005 Third Watch (TV Series)
Grace Foster
- Goodbye to Camelot (2005) ... Grace Foster
- End of Tour (2005) ... Grace Foster
- How Do You Spell Belief? (2005) ... Grace Foster
- Welcome Home (2005) ... Grace Foster
- Too Little, Too Late (2005) ... Grace Foster
 2004 From Other Worlds
Joanne Schwartzbaum
 2004 Six Months to Live (TV Series short)
Alice
- Episode #1.1 (2004) ... Alice
 2003 Miss Match (TV Series)
Michelle Schiff
- The Love Bandit (2003) ... Michelle Schiff
 2003 Hulk
Edith Banner
 2003 Queens Supreme (TV Series)
Bettina Martinelli
- That Voodoo That You Do (2003) ... Bettina Martinelli
 2002 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (Video Game)
Sarah (voice)
 2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Tracy Logan - Eric's Girlfriend
- Chasing the Bus (2002) ... Tracy Logan - Eric's Girlfriend
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Charlotte Fielding
- Phantom (2002) ... Charlotte Fielding
 2001 Family Law (TV Series)
Carly Hanson
- Intentions (2001) ... Carly Hanson
 2000 Attention Shoppers
Claire Suarez
 2000 Takedown
Christina Painter (unconfirmed)
 2000 Happy Accidents
Bette
 1999 In a Class of His Own (TV Movie)
Sherry Donato
 1999 Chutney Popcorn
Janis
 1999 Two Ninas
Nina Cohen
 1999 Deep in My Heart (TV Movie)
Young Gerry Cummins
 1999 Man of the Century
Virginia Clemens
 1998 River Red
Rachel
 1998 Lulu on the Bridge
Molly (DVD deleted scene) (uncredited)
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland
Julie
 1997 Made Men
Toni-Ann Antonelli
 1996 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Connie
- A Time to Kill (1996) ... Connie
 1995 Kicking and Screaming
Kate
 1995 Killer: A Journal of Murder
Esther Lesser
 1995 The Single Guy (TV Series)
Christie
- Tennis (1995) ... Christie
 1994 The Cowboy Way
Teresa Salazar
 1993 A Dog Race in Alaska (Short)
 1993 Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story (TV Movie)
Tracey Lien
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
Rose Polito
- The Hopeless Romantic (1993) ... Rose Polito
 1992 Waterland
Judy Dobson
 1992 I'll Fly Away (TV Series)
Diane
- Slow Coming Dark (1992) ... Diane
- The Way Things Are (1992) ... Diane
- Cool Winter Blues (1992) ... Diane
 1992 Gladiator
Dawn
 1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Abby Morris
- Abby, My Love (1991) ... Abby Morris
 1989 Dream Street (TV Series)
Joann
- Money for Nothing (1989) ... Joann
- Pilot (1989) ... Joann
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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

I want to do a character in a one-woman show who's a yoga teacher from the Bronx. I could do the best accent: 'Raise yaw ahms up! Reach faw da sky!' See more »

Trivia:

Ran three New York City Marathons: 1998, 1999, and 2005. She was set to run the 2006 NYC Marathon but had to drop about a week before due to an injury. See more »

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