|Born||1973/1974 (age 48–49)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
Cara Buono (born 1973/1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men; Kelli Moltisanti in the sixth season of The Sopranos; Linda Salvo in the 2006 comedy Artie Lange's Beer League; and Karen Wheeler in the horror sci-fi Netflix series Stranger Things (2016–present). She has appeared in films including Hulk (2003) and Let Me In (2010).
Early life and education
Buono attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and graduated from Columbia University where she was a double major in English and political science. She earned her degree in three years. She made her acting debut in Harvey Fierstein's play Spookhouse at the age of 12.
Buono continued stage work both on Broadway and Off Broadway, and started her film career opposite Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons in Waterland (1992). Much of her work has been in indie films such as Chutney Popcorn (1999), Happy Accidents (2000), Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Two Ninas (1999), which she co-produced. In 1999, she played a small role as a young Gerry Cummins in the TV movie, Deep in My Heart (1999).
She starred in the final season of the NBC drama Third Watch (1999) as paramedic Grace Foster, and Ang Lee's adaptation of Marvel Comics' Hulk in 2003 as the mother of the title character's alter ego, Bruce Banner.
She also appeared as Kelli, the wife of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), in the two-part final season of the HBO drama series The Sopranos, which aired in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, she appeared as Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011.
|1994||The Cowboy Way||Teresa Salazar|
|1995||Killer: A Journal of Murder||Esther Lesser|
|1995||Kicking and Screaming||Kate|
|1997||Made Men||Toni-Ann Antonelli|
|1998||Next Stop Wonderland||Julie|
|1999||Man of the Century||Virginia Clemens|
|1999||Two Ninas||Nina Cohen|
|2000||Attention Shoppers||Claire Suarez|
|2004||From Other Worlds||Joanne Schwartzbaum|
|2006||Artie Lange's Beer League||Linda Salvo|
|2010||Betrayed||Amy Waite||Short film|
|2010||Let Me In||Owen's mother|
|2014||A Good Marriage||Betty Pike|
|2015||Paper Towns||Connie Jacobsen|
|2015||Emily & Tim||Emily Hanratty||Segment: "Betrayal"|
|2016||Half the Perfect World||Sonia|
|2017||All Saints||Aimee Spurlock|
|2018||Monsters and Men||Stacey|
|2022||She Came from the Woods||Heather McCalister||Post-production|
|TBD||Things Like This||Margie Kitlin||Post-production|
|1989||Dream Street||Joann||2 episodes|
|1991||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Abby Morris||Episode: "Abby, My Love"|
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
|1992||I'll Fly Away||Diane||3 episodes|
|1993||Tribeca||Rose Polito||Episode: "The Hopeless Romantic"|
|1993||Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story||Tracey Lien||Television film|
|1995||The Single Guy||Christie||Episode: "Tennis"|
|1996||New York Undercover||Connie||Episode: "A Time to Kill"|
|1996||Law & Order||Shelly Taggert||Episode: "Girlfriends"|
|1998||Law & Order||Alice Simonelli||Episode: "Punk"|
|1999||Deep in My Heart||Young Gerry Cummins||Television film|
|2001||Family Law||Carly Hanson||Episode: "Intentions"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Charlotte Fielding||Episode: "Phantom"|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tracy Logan||Episode: "Chasing the Bus"|
|2003||Miss Match||Michelle Schiff||Episode: "The Love Bandit"|
|2004||Six Months to Live||Alice||Episode: "1.1"|
|2004–05||Third Watch||Grace Foster||22 episodes|
|2006–07||The Sopranos||Kelli Moltisanti||7 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order||Attorney Shannon||Episode: "Melting Pot"|
|2007||Queens Supreme||Bettina Martinelli||Episode: "That Voodoo That You Do"|
|2007||The Dead Zone||Sheriff Anna Turner||6 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Rachel Zelinsky||Episode: "Unorthodox"|
|2008||The Unquiet||Julie Bishop||Television film|
|2009||ER||Lisa Salamunovich||Episode: "And in the End..."|
|2009||NCIS||Navy Cdr. Sarah Resnik||Episode: "Power Down"|
|2010||Mad Men||Faye Miller||10 episodes|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2011||Brothers & Sisters||Rose||3 episodes|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||Agent Allison Marsh||Episode: "Ho'opa'i"|
|2011||A Gifted Man||Carol Gordan||Episode: "In Case of Discomfort"|
|2012||Drew Peterson: Untouchable||Kathleen Savio||Television film|
|2013||Castle||Siobhan O'Doul||Episode: "The Wild Rover"|
|2013||The Good Wife||Charlene Peterson||Episode: "A More Perfect Union"|
|2014||The Carrie Diaries||Penny||Episode: "Hungry Like the Wolf"|
|2014||Elementary||Sarah Cushing||Episode: "Ears to You"|
|2014–15||Person of Interest||Martine Rousseau||8 episodes|
|2015||The Mysteries of Laura||Julia Davis||Episode: "The Mystery of the Taken Boy"|
|2016–present||Stranger Things||Karen Wheeler||Main role|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2016)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2017, 2019)
|2017||The Blacklist: Redemption||Anna Copeland||Episode: "Leland Bray"|
|2017||Bull||Amaya Andrews||Episode: "The Illusion of Control"|
|2018||The Bad Seed||Angela Grossman||Television film|
|2018||The Romanoffs||Debbie Newman||Episode: "Bright and High Circle"|
|2019||God Friended Me||Karen||Episode: "Return to Sender"|
|2022||The Girl from Plainville||Gail Carter|
- Andaloro, Angela (July 15, 2022). "You Won't Believe How Much Older Most Of The "Stranger Things" Cast Is Compared To Their Characters". Buzzfeed.
Karen Wheeler is believed to be in her late 30s/early 40s in Season 4. Cara Buono is 48.
- Phillipson, Daisy (July 8, 2022). "Karen Wheeler Actor In Stranger Things Says She's Been Typecast In Roles For Years". LAD Bible.
The 48-year-old actor has portrayed Mike, Nancy and Holly’s mum Karen Wheeler
- Watkins, Gwynne (September 20, 2010). "Mad Men's Cara Buono on Her Character Faye's Affair With Don Draper". New York. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
- Freydkin, Donna (August 30, 2010). "Cara Buono shares cooking tips but no 'Mad Men' secrets". USA Today. Archived from the original on February 4, 2011.
- "Cara Buono". Vogue Italy. Archived from the original on September 27, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
- "LaGuardia Arts Alumni". Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014.
- "A NIGHT OUT WITH -- Cara Buono; Mrs. Wisguy". The New York Times. April 8, 2007.
- Hochberg, Mina (September 27, 2010). Q&A with Cara Buono Archived September 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. AMCtv.com
- 2011 Outstanding Guest Actress Nominees in a Drama Series Emmys.com
- Cara Buono [@CaraBuono] (October 16, 2016). "My husband @peterthum made this with our 3 year old daughter. #boo" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Boucher, Geoff (September 19, 2019). "'Supergirl': Mitch Pileggi And Cara Buono Join Season 5 Cast". Deadline.