Amanda Wyss

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Amanda Wyss
Amanda Wyss 2015.jpg
Wyss in 2015
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960 (age 56)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–present

Amanda Wyss (born November 24, 1960) is an American film and television actress. She began her career in the early 1980s and first gained notice for her role as Lisa in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). She then rose to international prominence after playing Tina Gray in the fantasy film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). She subsequently starred in Silverado (1985), Better Off Dead (1985), Powwow Highway (1989), and The Id (2016).[1] Wyss is also known for her role as Randi McFarland in the television series Highlander: The Series.

Life and career[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. The same year, she guest starred on the television series The Righteous Apples. In 1981, Wyss starred in the television film This House Possessed, made her film debut in Force: Five, and guest starred on episodes of the several television series including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, ABC Afterschool Specials, Jessica Novak, and Teachers Only.

In 1982, Wyss had a supporting role in the teen comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High and guest starred on two episodes of Star of the Family. In 1983, Wyss appeared in the television films Lone Star, The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour, and A Killer in the Family. The following year, Wyss starred in the television film My Mother's Secret Life before starring in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as Tina Gray (the first person murdered onscreen by Freddy Krueger),[2]

The following year, Wyss guest starred in the television series Otherworld before starring in the films Silverado as Phoebe and Better Off Dead as Beth, who sunk the main character into his depression by breaking up with him. From 1985 to 1986, Wyss guest starred on St. Elsewhere as Pru Dowler and Cheers as Beth Curtis.

In 1986, Wyss starred in the television films Firefighter and Something in Common. The same year, she starred in Flag. In 1987, Wyss was cast in the television film Independence and the television series The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, My Two Dads, and Cagney & Lacey. In 1989, Wyss starred in the horror film To Die For and Powwow Highway.

In 1990, Wyss appeared in the cult horror film, Shakma (1990). In 1991, Wyss starred alongside Mark Hamill in Black Magic Woman. The following year, Wyss starred in Season 1 of the fantasy television series Highlander: The Series (1992) as a reporter named Randi McFarland.[3] In 1997, Wyss was cast as Michelle Harding in Strategic Command.

She was a special guest of the Crypticon 2010.[4] The same year, Wyss appeared in The Graves (2010).[5] In 2014, Wyss portrayed Joanna Cass in an episode of Major Crimes. In 2016, Amanda starred in the horror film The Id. The same year, Wyss portrayed Kat Cooper in 3 episodes of Murder in the First.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 First Step Cindy Stott
1981 Force: Five Cindy Lester
1981 This House Possessed Holly
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Lisa
1984 My Mother's Secret Life Tobi Jensen
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Tina Gray
1985 Silverado Phoebe
1985 Better Off Dead Beth Truss
1989 Powwow Highway Rabbit Layton
1989 To Die For Celia Kett
1990 Shakma Tracy
1991 Son of Darkness: To Die For II Celia
1991 Black Magic Woman Diane
1992 Bloodfist IV: Die Trying Shannon
1994 Desert Steel Jerri
1995 Digital Man Lt. Fredericks
1997 Strategic Command Michelle Harding
1997 Tupperware Party Maddie Short
1998 Marry Me or Die Nora Dawkins
2000 Bella! Bella! Bella! Charlotte Breceda Short
2010 The Graves Darlene
2016 The Id Meridith Lane
2017 The Watcher of Park Ave Lt. Samantha Warren


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Cheers Beth Curtis 1 episode
1987 My Two Dads Dana 1 episode
1992-93 Highlander: The Series Randi McFarland 7 episodes
1999 Charmed Stevie Episode: "Witch Trial"
2001-2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Donna Marks/Tina Vincent 4 episodes
2002 Judging Amy Denise Wharton Episode: "Come Back Soon"
2004 Cold Case Sonya Witkowski 2 episodes
2014 Major Crimes Joanna Cass Episode: "Jane Doe #38"
2016 Murder in the First Kat Cooper 3 episodes


  1. ^ Barton, Steve. "The Id Takes Over In First Look". Dread Central. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Andre Dellamorte (25 April 2010). "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Blu-ray Review". Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Amanda Wyss Interview". Legion of Leia. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Another Slender Game Headed Your Way - Dread Central". 24 September 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Miska, Brad. "Second Teaser One Sheet For The Graves". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 

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