Wyss in 2015
November 24, 1960 |
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
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
1960-81: Early life and career beginnings
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, Better Off Dead, and Shakma
Wyss 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), The following year, Wyss went on to appear in the 1985 cult comedy film Better Off Dead as Beth, who was the one who sunk the main character into his depression by breaking up with him. The same year, Wyss starred in Silverado (1985). She gained further critical acclaim when she was cast in Powwow Highway (1989). In 1990, Wyss appeared in the cult horror film, Shakma (1990). She was a special guest of the Crypticon 2010.
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.
|1981||First Step||Cindy Stott|
|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||Better Off Dead||Beth Truss|
|1986||Firefighter (The Greater Alarm)||Marilyn|
|1986||Something in Common||Laura Grant|
|1987||Gunsmoke: To the Last Man||Lizzie|
|1989||Powwow Highway||Rabbit Layton|
|1989||The Final Days|
|1989||To Die For (Dracula: The Love Story to Die For)|
|1991||Son of Darkness: To Die for II||Celia|
|1991||Black Magic Woman||Diane|
|1992||Bloodfist IV: Die Trying|
|1994||Desert Steel Actor|
|1999||"Charmed (Witch Trial)||Stevie|
|2015||Getting the Kinks Out|
- A Nightmare On Elm Street Blu-ray Review
- Crypticon Returns to the Pacific Northwest
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