Deborah Kara Unger
|Deborah Kara Unger|
Unger at the premiere of Cassandra's Dream, Toronto Film Festival 2007
12 May 1964 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Deborah Kara Unger (born 12 May 1964) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles in the films: Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994), Crash (1996), The Game (1997), Payback (1999), The Hurricane (1999), White Noise (2005), Silent Hill (2006), 88 Minutes (2008), and The Way (2010).
Deborah Kara Unger was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a nuclear disposal specialist mother and a gynaecologist father. She was the first Canadian to be accepted into Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art. Unger now lives in Los Angeles.
Unger made her debut on the Australian television mini-series Bangkok Hilton with Nicole Kidman. A year later she made her film debut in the two Australian movies Till There Was You and Blood Oath. In 1993 she starred in David Lynch's HBO mini-series Hotel Room. The following year she played the lead female role in the movie with a big budget Highlander III: The Sorcerer opposite Christopher Lambert.
Unger appeared in her breakthrough role in the David Cronenberg's drama film Crash in 1996 about a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents, a notable form of paraphilia. That year she also starred in the comedy-drama film Keys to Tulsa with Eric Stoltz and James Spader. In 1997 Unger starred with Michael Douglas in the critically and financially successful psychological thriller film The Game directed by David Fincher. The film debuted at No.1 at the box office. In 1998 she played the role Ava Gardner in HBO film The Rat Pack. In 1999 she appeared in the films Payback with Mel Gibson, The Hurricane with Denzel Washington and award-winning ensemble cast historical movie Sunshine.
Unger starred in many independent films in the early 2000s, such as Signs and Wonders, Ten Tiny Love Stories, Fear X, Thirteen, Stander, Hollywood North, Emile, Paranoia 1.0 and A Love Song for Bobby Long. She played a leading role opposite Sophia Loren and Mira Sorvino in the 2002 independent movie Between Strangers, about three women confront their pasts which changes their futures, for which she was nominated on Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. In 2005, she starred in the financially successful supernatural horror film White Noise with Michael Keaton.
In 2006, Unger appeared in a supernatural horror Silent Hill feature based on the popular video game series.
From 2006 to 2010, she appeared in the movies The Alibi, Things That Hang from Trees, 88 Minutes, Walled In, Messages Deleted and The Way. In 2010 she won the award Action On Film International Film Festival for career achievements. In 2011 she received her first starring role in TV series called Combat Hospital, which premieres in June on ABC. In 2012, Unger reprise her role as Dahlia Gillespie in a sequel to Silent Hill, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D in 2012.
|1989||Bangkok Hilton||Astra||TV mini-series|
|1990||Till There Was You||Anna Vivaldi|
|Prisoners of the Sun||Sister Littell|
|1992||Whispers in the Dark||Eve Abergray|
|1993||Hotel Room||Sasha||TV mini-series, 1 episode, "Getting Rid of Robert"|
|1994||State of Emergency||Sue Payton||TV movie|
|Highlander III: The Sorcerer||Alex Johnson/Sarah|
|No Way Home||Lorraine|
|Keys to Tulsa||Vicky Michaels Stover|
|The Rat Pack||Ava Gardner||TV movie|
|1999||Payback||Mrs. Lynn Porter|
|The Weekend||Marian Kerr|
|Sunshine||Maj. Carole Kovács|
|The Hurricane||Lisa Peters|
|2000||Signs and Wonders||Katherine|
|2002||Ten Tiny Love Stories||Seven|
|The Salton Sea||Colette|
|Hollywood North||Sandy Ryan|
|A Love Song for Bobby Long||Georgianna|
|2005||White Noise||Sarah Tate|
|Jesus of Suburbia||Saint Jimmy's mother||music video by Green Day|
|2006||Things That Hang from Trees||Connie Mae Wheeler|
|Silent Hill||Dahlia Gillespie|
|2007||Shake Hands with the Devil||Emma|
|88 Minutes||Carol Lynn Johnson|
|Messages Deleted||Det. Lavery|
|Angel and the Badman||Temperance||TV movie|
|2011||Combat Hospital||Major Grace Pedersen||13 episodes, first role in TV series|
|Samuel Bleak||Roselyn Ramirez|
|The Maiden Danced to Death||Lynn Court|
|186 Dollars to Freedom||Consul Powers|
|2012||Silent Hill: Revelation 3D||Dahlia Gillespie|
|A Dark Truth||Morgan Swinton|
Awards and nominations
|2000||Won||Seattle International Film Festival||Citation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast Performance||The Weekend|
|Nominated||Genie Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Sunshine|
|2003||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Between Strangers|
|Won||Dubrovnik International Film Festival||Libertas Award|
|Nominated||Sonoma Valley Film Festival||Imagery Honors Award|
|2004||Won||Method Fest||Best Actress||Emile|
|2005||Won||Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema||Best Actress||One Point O|
|2010||Won||Action on Film International Film Festival||Half-Life Award|
- Hochman, David (3 October 1997). "Unger Strikes". Entertainment Weekly.
- Ojumu, Akin (13 February 2000). "Everyone's talking about... Deborah Kara Unger's big cover-up". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Deborah Kara Unger- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Deborah Kara Unger- Biography". AllRovi. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "The Game (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "The Game". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Awards for Deborah Kara Unger". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "White Noise (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Combat Hospital". American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- Vejvoda, Jim (15 March 2011). "Mitchell & Bean Back for Silent Hill 2". IGN. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
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