Kathleen York

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Kathleen York
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Born Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Actress, songwriter, singer
Years active 1999–present

Kathleen "Bird" York is an American actress, screenwriter and songwriter-recording artist. She was nominated for Academy Award for best original song "In the Deep" from the 2005 film Crash.[1]

Life and career[edit]

York was raised in a family of six kids and began acting professionally in her teens.[2] As a child actor her first lead role was opposite Robert Mitchum in the CBS movie Thompson's Last Run. Other roles followed including the Handmade Films feature Checking Out with Jeff Daniels, Cold Feet with Tom Waits, Northern Lights with Diane Keaton, A Season In Purgatory (miniseries), Cries Of Silence and Oscar winner Crash. She had the starring role in the NBC biopic miniseries Love Can Build A Bridge and recurring roles in The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, The O.C and Murder One, and appeared as "Summer" in HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm York was a series regular in the ABC series Aaron's Way and Vengeance Unlimited both for NBC. Recent film credits include Nightcrawler, Ball Don't Lie and the indie Footsteps. Recent television credits include True Blood, Revenge, Longmire and Ehren Kruger's NBC pilot Tin Man. Musically, York achieved global recognition with her song "In the Deep", (co-written with Michael Becker) which appears on her album Wicked Little High and was written for the 2005 film Crash. "In the Deep" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song with York performing the song live at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. York's other music credits include the main theme song in Sony Pictures Seven Pounds as well as featured song placements in House, American Idol, Rake, Nip/Tuck, CSI: NY, In Justice, Army Wives Warehouse 13 and So You Think You Can Dance. Composing work includes the documentary Incest:An American Tragedy. Bird's earlier releases include the self-titled Bird York. Her EP Have No Fear was released on her label Bird In The Hand Music.

As a screenwriter, York has developed projects for Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount and Fox Broadcasting Network. She is an alumnus of the Showrunners Training Program facilitated by the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Checking Out Diana
1989 Cold Feet Laura Latham
1989 Tales from the Crypt Coralee Episode: "Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone"
1990 Flashback Sparkle
1990 I Love You to Death Dewey Brown
1991 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Marie
1993 Gregory K Rachel Kingsley
1993 Love, Lies & Lullabies Terry
1994 Dream Lover Martha
1994 Sweet Justice Beth Episode: "Pilot"
1995 '"Love Can Build a Bridge Naomi Judd
1995-1996 Murder One D.D.A. Cheryl Dreyfuss 3 episodes
1996 A Season in Purgatory Claire Rafferty
1996 Cries of Silence Dorrie Walsh
1997 To Dance with Olivia Aurora Watling
1997 Dead Men Can't Dance Victoria Elliot
1997 Northern Lights Daphne
1998 The Practice Sharon Episode: "The Pursuit of Dignity"
1998-1999 Vengeance Unlimited KC Griffin Series regular, 16 episodes
2001 The Big Day Pam
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Masseuse Episode: "The Massage"
2002 The Guardian Janine Crane Episode: "Assuming the Position"
2004 Crash Officer Johnson
2004-2005 The O.C. Renee Wheeler Recurring role, 4 episodes
2006 A House Divided First Lady Susan Russell TV Pilot
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Ellie Episode: "Mono"
2000-2006 The West Wing Andrea Wyatt Recurring role, 15 episodes
2006-2007 Desperate Housewives Monique Polier 3 episodes
2007 Sublime Jenny
2007 NCIS Stephanie Flynn Episode: "Ex-File"
2007 House M.D. Dr. Schaffer Episode: "97 Seconds"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Vivian Sembrook Episode: "Bad Blood"
2008 Ball Don't Lie Mrs. Smith
2008 Front of the Class Diane
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation A.D.A. Hardt Episode: "Miscarriage of Justice"
2009 CSI: Miami Paula Olsen Episode: "Count Me Out"
2010 The Glades Dr. Britney Newhall Episode: "Cassadaga"
2010 Chase Ellen Mays Episode: "The Comeback Kida"
2010 Footsteps Megan
2011 Body of Proof Councilwoman Jill Bennett Episode: "Lazarus Man"
2012 The Client List Jolene Series regular, 10 episodes
2012 CSI: NY Krista DiBello Episode: "The Lady in the Lake"
2013 Bones Marianne Thorn Episode: "The Secret in the Proposal"
2013 Revenge Sheila Lurie Episode: "Mercy"
2014 Nightcrawler Jackie



  1. ^ "Kathleen York: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  2. ^ Cynthia Littleton (April 17, 2009). "Multihyphenate has knack for running show". Varity. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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