Amanda Wyss

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Amanda Wyss
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960 (age 53)
Manhattan Beach, California,
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present

Amanda Wyss (born November 24, 1960) is an American film and television actress. She rose to prominence when she starred as Tina in the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). She is also known for her roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Better Off Dead (1985), and Powwow Highway (1989).

Life and career[edit]

1960-80: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Wyss was born in Manhattan Beach, California. When she was 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.

1982-present: A Nightmare on Elm Street and cult films[edit]

She went on to appear in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). She rose to prominence in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) with her role as Tina Gray (the first person murdered onscreen by Freddy Krueger),[1] A Nightmare on Elm Street focused on several people who are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. Wyss later went on to appear in the 1985 cult comedy film Better Off Dead as Beth, in Silverado (1985), and in Powwow Highway (1989). Powwow Highway focused on a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe of Lame Deer, Montana Buddy Red Bow (Martinez), a quick-tempered activist, is battling greedy developers. On the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation he tries to persuade the council to vote against a strip-mining contract. Philbert Bono (Farmer) is a hulk of a man guided by sacred visions. He wants to find his medicine, tokens from the spirits. He trades some marijuana, booze, and a few bucks for his 'war pony' – a rusted out, beat up 1964Buick Wildcat he names 'Protector.' Meanwhile, Buddy's estranged sister, Bonnie, is arrested in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Buddy is the only family member who can help her and her children, Jane and Sky Red Bow. Buddy does not own a car, so he makes the journey with Philbert. They set out on their road trip, and Philbert's easygoing ways and insistence on frequent stops to pray and eat prove irritating at first to Buddy, but the men reach an understanding as the trip wears on. When they finally reach Santa Fe, they meet up with Bonnie's friend Rabbit. Using inspiration from an old western he sees on TV, Philbert breaks Bonnie out of jail. Their escape almost ends in tragedy, but with a little help they make their way back to Montana. Wyss appeared in nunerous low budget films through out the 1990s and early 2000s. Wyss was a special guest of the Crypticon 2010.[2]

Television career[edit]

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.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 First Step Cindy Stott
1981 Force-Five
1981 This House Possessed
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Lisa
1984 My Mother's Secret Life Tobi Jensen
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Tina
1985 Silverado Phoebe
1985 Better Off Dead Beth Truss
1986 Firefighter (The Greater Alarm) Marilyn
1986 Something in Common Laura Grant
1987 Independence
1987 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man Lizzie
1988 Deadly Innocence
1989 Powwow Highway Rabbit Layton
1989 The Final Days
1989 To Die For (Dracula: The Love Story to Die For)
1990 Checkered Flag
1991 Son of Darkness: To Die for II Celia
1991 Black Magic Woman Diane
1992 Bloodfist IV: Die Trying
1994 Desert Steel Actor
1997 Strategic Command
2000 Drawing Blood
2010 The Graves Darlene
2015 Getting the Kinks Out


  1. ^ A Nightmare On Elm Street Blu-ray Review
  2. ^ Crypticon Returns to the Pacific Northwest
  3. ^ Fifth Teaser Poster for The Graves

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