Wyss with A Nightmare on Elm Street cast in 1984.
November 24, 1960 |
Manhattan Beach, California,
Amanda Wyss (born November 24, 1960) is an American film and television actress. She rose to prominence when she starred as Tina in the hugely successful horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). She is also known for her roles in classic films such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Better Off Dead (1985), and Powwow Highway (1989).
Life and career
1960-80: Early life and career beginnings
Wyss was born in Manhattan Beach, California. When she wad discovered by an agent as a teen while starring in the play The Bad Seed at a local Los Angeles theatre, she went on to work in commercials and landed her first television role, recurring on Universal's When the Whistle Blows (1980) as Dolph Sweet's daughter. She was in Prom Night in 1980 as the girl in the bathroom.
1982-present: A Nightmare on Elm Street and continued success
She then went on to star in the critically and commercially successful film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). She rose to prominence in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) with her role as Tina Gray (who was the first person murdered onscreen by Freddy Krueger), She later went on to star in the 1985 cult comedy film Better Off Dead as Beth, and in Silverado (1985). She found more critical success in the award-winning, Powwow Highway (1989). She was a special guest of the Crypticon 2010.
Wyss starred in Season 1 of the fantasy television series Highlander: The Series (1992) as a reporter named Randi McFarland. She has had recurring roles on St. Elsewhere (1982) and Cagney & Lacey (1982). She has made guest appearances on television shows, including Charmed, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Cheers (Season 4 episode 2, and Season 5 episode 11), The Drew Carey Show, Cold Case, CSI, and Dexter.
Wyss currently lives in Los Angeles.
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