|Born||Kari Samantha Wührer
April 28, 1967
Brookfield, Connecticut, U.S.
|Other names||Kari Wuhrer, Kari Wührer Salin, Kari Salin, or Kari Salin-Wührer|
|Spouse(s)||Daniel Salin (1995-1999)
James Scura (2003-present)
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. Wührer began studying acting at the age of 13 at the Wooster School. She studied drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London with famed teacher Uta Hagen.
Wührer's first television break was MTV's Remote Control (1987). Wührer was a regular cast member in the television series Swamp Thing as Abigail from 1991-1992. She also worked as a VJ on MTV during the same period. In 1993 Wührer was a regular in the TV series Class of '96 where she played the role of college student Robin Farr. From 1994 to 1995 she starred as Ariel Hunter in the long-running prime-time soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210.
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 movie 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). In between, she co-starred in a highly regarded but sexually charged Canadian art film entitled Vivid (1997) (also released as Luscious).
Wührer once again came to mainstream fame in 1997 on the series Sliders 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). 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.
Wührer 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. 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.
Her breast implants encapsulated during the filming of Spider's Web so she had the implants removed in 2002 at the age of 35. 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'".
General Hospital Suit
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 (Maurice Benard) and former best friend/rival of main character, Carly Corinthos, played by Jennifer Bransford. 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. The case was resolved in December 2006.
|1986||Fire with Fire||Gloria||Alternative title: Captive Hearts|
|1990||The Adventures of Ford Fairlane||Melodi|
|1991||Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time||Jackie Trent|
|1994||The Postgraduate||Jane Decue|
|Boulevard||Jennefer||(First nude role)|
|1995||Terminal Justice||Pamela Travis||Credited as Kari Salin|
|Higher Learning||Claudia||Credited as Kari Salin|
|Sex & the Other Man||Jessica Hill|
|The Crossing Guard||Mia|
|1996||Beyond Desire||Rita||Alternative title: The Last American Elvis|
|Thinner||Gina Lempke||Alternative title: Stephen King's Thinner|
|An Occasional Hell||Jeri Gillen|
|1997||Vivid||Billie Reynolds||Alternative title: Luscious , Credited as Kari Salin|
|Red-Blooded American Girl II||Miya||Alternative title: Hit and Run, Credited as Kari Salin|
|The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson||Kristi Wilson|
|1998||The Undertaker's Wedding||Maria|
|Kissing a Fool||Dara|
|Ivory Tower||Karen Clay|
|1999||Kate's Addiction||Kate McGrath||Alternative title: Circle of Deception|
|2000||Fatal Conflict||Sasha Burns||Alternative title: The Prey|
|Sand||Sandy||Alternative title: Sandstorm|
|G-Men from Hell||Marete Morrisey|
|2001||Berserker||Anya/Brunhilda||Alternative title: Berserker: Hell's Warrior|
|Angels Don't Sleep Here||Dr. April Williams||Alternative title: Backflash 2: Angels Don't Sleep Here|
|Poison||Ann Stewart/Anna Johnson||Alternative title: Thy Neighbor's Wife|
|The Medicine Show||Gwendolyn|
|2002||The Rose Technique||Kristi||Alternative title: Deranged|
|Do It for Uncle Manny||Jenny Marsh|
|Killer Love||Danielle||Alternative title: Dark Labyrinth|
|Eight Legged Freaks||Sheriff Samantha Parker|
|Spider's Web||Lauren Bishop||Executive producer|
|2003||Final Examination||Julie Seska||Direct-to-video|
|Death of a Dynasty||Sexy Woman No. 2|
|King of the Ants||Susan Gatley|
|The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting||Maggie||Direct-to-video release|
|2005||Hellraiser: Deader||Amy Klein||Direct-to-video release|
|The Prophecy: Uprising||Allison||Direct-to-video release|
|The Prophecy: Forsaken||Allison||Direct-to-video release|
|2007||The Air I Breathe||Correspondent|
|2010||Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||Model Citizen, Black Canary (uncredited)||Direct-to-video release|
|2012||Alien Tornado||Gail Curtis|
|1991||Married... with Children||Joanie||Episodes: "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 1"
"Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2"
|1991–1992||Swamp Thing: The Series||Abigail||10 episodes|
|1993||Class of '96||Robin Farr||17 episodes|
|1994–1995||Beverly Hills, 90210||Ariel Hunter||Episodes: "Vital Signs"
"Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington"
|1995||The Marshal||Sherry Prairie||1 episode|
|1997||Nash Bridges||C.J.||Episode: "Blackout"|
|1997–2000||Sliders||Maggie Beckett||49 episodes|
|1998||To Have & to Hold||Paula||2 episodes|
|2000||Lip Service||Sunni||Television movie|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye||Darcy Davis||Television movie|
|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||Episodes: "The Feelings That We Have"
"Sex, Lies and Secrets"
|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|
|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|
|2001||New York International Independent Film and Video Festival||Won||Best Actress||Do It for Uncle Manny|
- Olsen, Mark (August 10, 2002), "Kari Wuhrer has dreams, but no illusions", Manila Standard: 23
- "A Hollywood Actress's Intimate Diary: Why I Took Out My Breast Implants". Glamour Magazine. September 2002. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- Silverman, Stephen M. (2006-01-13). "Soap Actress Sues Show Over Pregnancy". people.com. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- Kari Wührer at the Internet Movie Database
- Kari Wührer at the TCM Movie Database
- Kari Wührer at AllRovi
- Kari Wührer profile on SoapCentral
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