Kari Wührer

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Kari Wührer
Kari Wuhrer 2014.jpg
Wührer in 2014
Born (1967-04-28) April 28, 1967 (age 47)
Brookfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Other names Kari Wuhrer
Kari Wührer Salin
Kari Salin
Kari Salin-Wührer
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Salin (1995–1999)
James Scura (2003–present)

Kari Samantha Wührer (born April 28, 1967) is an American actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Wührer was born in Brookfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Karin (née Noble), a payroll accountant, and German American Andrew Wührer, a police officer and car salesman. She has three siblings. As a teenager, she sang in nightclubs, sneaking out of the family home to perform. She studied acting from the age of 13 at the Wooster School. She studied drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with famed teacher Uta Hagen.

Career[edit]

Wührer's first television break was MTV's Remote Control (1987).[1] She was a regular cast member of the television series Swamp Thing from 1991 to 1992. She also worked as a VJ on MTV during the same period. In 1993, she was a regular in the TV series Class of '96, where she played college student Robin Farr. From 1994 to 1995, she starred as Ariel Hunter in the long-running prime-time soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210.[2]

After appearing in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) and starring in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991), Wührer had a difficult time obtaining the serious film roles she studied for, allegedly due to her breast implants. She would eventually star in over a dozen straight-to-video sexploitation films, most notably Sex and the Other Man (1996), Kate's Addiction (1999), Poison (2001), and Spider's Web (2002). She also co-starred in a highly regarded but sexually charged Canadian art film entitled Vivid (1997).

Wührer once again came to mainstream fame in 1997 on the series Sliders[1] as Maggie Beckett, joining the cast as a regular and staying until the series ended in 2000. Later mainstream film roles include Thinner (1996), Anaconda (1997), Berserker (2001) and Eight Legged Freaks (2002).[1] Wührer is also known by gamers for her role as Tanya in Westwood Studios' RTS video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its subsequent expansion pack, Yuri's Revenge.[3]

Wührer more recently starred in the TV series Leverage, in a recurring role.[4] She signed a record deal with Rick Rubin and her debut album, Shiny, was released in 1999. In addition to her singing, she also wrote most of the songs on the album and played both the guitar and the flute on several tracks.

Wührer was later voted #76 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000, #73 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2001 and #36 in Maxim magazine's 50 Sexiest Women Countdown of 1999. She posed semi-nude in Playboy magazine in August 2000 as their Babe of the Month and earlier considered multiple offers to appear fully nude throughout 1998.[5][6][7][8] She was also #64 on Celebrity Skin's 100 Sexiest Stars of All Time and #4 in the Celebrity Nudity Database's Most Popular Actresses of 1999.[9]

Her breast implants encapsulated during the filming of Spider's Web, so she had them removed in 2002 at the age of 35.[10] She later wrote an article for the September 2002 issue of Glamour magazine about the insecurities that led her to get implants early in her career, and the sense of self-acceptance she acquired. After its publication, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and discussed the pressure she received from a prominent record producer to get the implants, during what she called "the era of the Video Vixen".

From February 3, 2005 through November 2005, Wührer joined the cast of the daytime soap opera General Hospital as FBI Agent Reese Marshall, the former love interest of mobster Sonny Corinthos and former best friend/rival of Carly Corinthos. Wührer's character died after suffering injuries in a train wreck. In January 2006, Wührer announced that she was suing General Hospital, claiming that she was fired because of her pregnancy.[11] The case was resolved in December 2006.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Fire with Fire Gloria
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Melodi
1991 Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time Jackie Trent
1994 The Postgraduate Jane Decue
1994 Boulevard Jennefer
1995 Terminal Justice Pamela Travis Credited as Kari Salin
1995 Higher Learning Claudia Credited as Kari Salin
1995 Sensation Lila Reed
1995 Sex & the Other Man Jessica Hill
1995 Beyond Desire Rita Straight-to-video
1995 The Crossing Guard Mia
1996 Thinner Gina Lempke
1996 An Occasional Hell Jeri Gillen
1997 Vivid Billie Reynolds Credited as Kari Salin
1997 Anaconda Denise Kalberg
1997 Red-Blooded American Girl II Miya Credited as Kari Salin
1997 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Kristi Wilson
1997 Touch Me Margot
1998 The Undertaker's Wedding Maria
1998 Kissing a Fool Dara
1998 Ivory Tower Karen Clay
1998 Phoenix Katie Shuster
1999 Kate's Addiction Kate McGrath
2000 Fatal Conflict Sasha Burns
2000 Sand Sandy
2000 G-Men from Hell Marete Morrisey
2000 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Darcy Davis Television film
2001 Berserker Anya / Brunhilda
2001 Angels Don't Sleep Here Dr. April Williams
2001 Poison

a/k/a Thy Neighbor's Wife
a/k/a Midnight Vendetta

Ann Stewart / Anna Johnson
2001 The Medicine Show Gwendolyn
2002 The Rose Technique Kristi
2002 Do It for Uncle Manny Jenny Marsh
2002 Killer Love Danielle
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Sheriff Samantha Parker
2002 Malevolent Jessica Tarrant
2002 Spider's Web Lauren Bishop Executive producer
2003 Final Examination Julie Seska Direct-to-video
2003 Death of a Dynasty Sexy Woman #2
2003 King of the Ants Susan Gatley
2003 The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Maggie Direct-to-video
2005 Hellraiser: Deader Amy Klein Direct-to-video
2005 The Prophecy: Uprising Allison Direct-to-video
2005 The Prophecy: Forsaken Allison Direct-to-video
2007 The Air I Breathe Correspondent
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Black Canary
Model Citizen
Uncredited
Direct-to-video
2012 Alien Tornado Gail Curtis Television film
2014 Secrets of a Psychopath Catherine
2014 Sharknado 2: The Second One Ellen Brody Television film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Married... with Children Joanie 2 episodes
1991–1992 Swamp Thing: The Series Abigail 10 episodes
1993 Class of '96 Robin Farr 17 episodes
1994–1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ariel Hunter 3 episodes
1995 The Marshal Sherry Prairie 1 episode
1997 Nash Bridges CJ Episode: "Blackout"
1997–2000 Sliders Maggie Beckett 49 episodes
1998 To Have & to Hold Paula 2 episodes
2000 Lip Service Sunni
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tiffany Langer Episode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2005 General Hospital Reese Marshall
2006 CSI: Miami Janet Sterling Episode: "If Looks Could Kill"
2007–2008 Lincoln Heights Kimberly Lund 2 episodes
2008 Stargate Atlantis Nancy Sheppard Episode: "Outcast"
2010 Leverage Miranda Miles Episode: "The Reunion Job"
2010–2012 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Maria Hill Voice

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Special Agent Tanya Adams
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge Special Agent Tanya Adams
2013 Marvel Heroes Maria Hill

Awards[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
2001 Do It for Uncle Manny New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Best Actress Won

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