Deborah Kara Unger
|Deborah Kara Unger|
Unger at the premiere of Cassandra's Dream, Toronto Film Festival 2007
12 May 1966 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Deborah Kara Unger (born 12 May 1966) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles in the films Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994), Crash (1996), The Game (1997), Payback (1999), The Hurricane (1999), White Noise (2005), Silent Hill (2006), 88 Minutes (2008) and The Way (2010).
Deborah Kara Unger was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to a nuclear disposal specialist mother and a gynaecologist father. She was the first Canadian to be accepted into Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Upon graduation Unger found steady work in Australian films and television series, including Bangkok Hilton with Nicole Kidman. Following her return to North America in the early 1990s she appeared in David Lynch's 1993 HBO mini-series Hotel Room, and a year later starred in Highlander III: The Sorcerer opposite Christopher Lambert.
Unger's breakthrough role came in David Cronenberg's 1996 erotic drama Crash, about a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents, a notable form of paraphilia. Unger followed up her performance in Crash by starring with Michael Douglas in the psychological thriller The Game, directed by David Fincher. In 1998 she played Ava Gardner in HBO's The Rat Pack, and in 1999 she appeared in Payback with Mel Gibson, The Hurricane with Denzel Washington and the award-winning ensemble drama Sunshine.
Unger starred in many independent films in the early 2000s, such as Signs and Wonders, Ten Tiny Love Stories, Fear X, Thirteen, Stander, Hollywood North, Emile, Paranoia 1.0 and A Love Song for Bobby Long. She played a leading role opposite Sophia Loren and Mira Sorvino in the 2002 independent movie Between Strangers, about three women who confront their pasts which changes their futures, for which she was nominated on Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
From 2005 to 2010, Unger appeared in White Noise, Things That Hang from Trees, The Alibi, Silent Hill, 88 Minutes, Walled In, Messages Deleted and The Way. In 2011 she took a starring role in the television series Combat Hospital, and in 2012 reprised her role as Dahlia Gillespie in Silent Hill: Revelation.
|1989||Bangkok Hilton||Astra||TV mini-series|
|1990||Till There Was You||Anna Vivaldi|
|Prisoners of the Sun||Sister Littell|
|1992||Whispers in the Dark||Eve Abergray|
|1993||Hotel Room||Sasha||TV mini-series, 1 episode, "Getting Rid of Robert"|
|1994||State of Emergency||Sue Payton||Television film|
|Highlander III: The Sorcerer||Alex Johnson/Sarah|
|No Way Home||Lorraine|
|Keys to Tulsa||Vicky Michaels Stover|
|The Rat Pack||Ava Gardner||Television film|
|1999||Payback||Mrs. Lynn Porter|
|The Weekend||Marian Kerr|
|Sunshine||Maj. Carole Kovács|
|The Hurricane||Lisa Peters|
|2000||Signs and Wonders||Katherine|
|2002||Ten Tiny Love Stories||Seven|
|The Salton Sea||Colette|
|Hollywood North||Sandy Ryan|
|A Love Song for Bobby Long||Georgianna|
|2005||White Noise||Sarah Tate|
|Jesus of Suburbia||Saint Jimmy's mother||music video by Green Day|
|2006||Things That Hang from Trees||Connie Mae Wheeler|
|Silent Hill||Dahlia Gillespie|
|2007||Shake Hands with the Devil||Emma|
|88 Minutes||Carol Lynn Johnson|
|Messages Deleted||Det. Lavery|
|Angel and the Badman||Temperance||Television film|
|2011||Combat Hospital||Major Grace Pedersen||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|Samuel Bleak||Roselyn Ramirez|
|The Maiden Danced to Death||Lynn Court|
|186 Dollars to Freedom||Consul Powers|
|2012||Silent Hill: Revelation||Dahlia Gillespie|
|A Dark Truth||Morgan Swinton|
|2015||The Hollow||Cora||Television film|
|2015||Dangerous Arrangement||Samantha||Television film|
|2015||White Lillies||Beatrice Cooper|
Awards and nominations
|2000||Won||Seattle International Film Festival||Citation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast Performance||The Weekend|
|Nominated||Genie Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Sunshine|
|2003||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Between Strangers|
|Won||Dubrovnik International Film Festival||Libertas Award|
|Nominated||Sonoma Valley Film Festival||Imagery Honors Award|
|2004||Won||Method Fest||Best Actress||Emile|
|2005||Won||Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema||Best Actress||One Point O|
|2010||Won||Action on Film International Film Festival||Half-Life Award|
- "Deborah Unger". British Film Institute. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- "Deborah Kara Unger". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Deborah Kara Unger- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Hochman, David (3 October 1997). "Unger Strikes". Entertainment Weekly.
- Ojumu, Akin (13 February 2000). "Everyone's talking about... Deborah Kara Unger's big cover-up". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Deborah Kara Unger". Allmovie. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
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