Amanda Wyss

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Amanda Wyss
Amanda Wyss 2015.jpg
Wyss in 2015
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960 (age 55)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present

Amanda Wyss (born November 24, 1960) is an American film and television actress. She rose to prominence after playing 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).

Early life[edit]

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. 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),[1] 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.[2]


Wyss starred in Season 1 of the fantasy television series Highlander: The Series (1992) as a reporter named Randi McFarland.[3] 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.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 First Step Cindy Stott
1981 Force-Five
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 Silverado Phoebe
1985 Better Off Dead Beth Truss
1989 Powwow Highway Rabbit Layton
1990 Shakma Tracy
1991 Son of Darkness: To Die for II Celia
1991 Black Magic Woman Diane
2000 Drawing Blood
2010 The Graves Darlene
2015 Getting the Kinks Out


  1. ^ A Nightmare On Elm Street Blu-ray Review
  2. ^ Crypticon Returns to the Pacific Northwest
  3. ^ "Amanda Wyss Interview". Legion of Leia. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Fifth Teaser Poster for The Graves

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