Deborah Twiss

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Deborah Twiss
Born (1971-12-22) December 22, 1971 (age 46)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, film director, producer
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)

Deborah Twiss (born December 22, 1971) is an American actress, screenwriter, film director and producer. In the 2000s she became well-known with roles in films and television shows such as Kick-Ass, Gravity, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and White Collar.[1][2][2]


Twiss was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved to New York City to study acting at age 17. Soon after, she became involved in writing and producing independent films. Her first feature, A Gun for Jennifer, was screened at 27 international film festivals and has become a European cult film.[citation needed] This led to her being cast in a series of lead and supporting roles in several independent films including Molotov Samba.

Twiss later appeared in TV shows including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, White Collar, and Gravity as well as feature films such as In-Between. She has two children, Matthew and Sydney McCann, who played characters based on them in her film A Cry From Within, inspired by experiences they had as a family.[3]

In the film Kick-Ass, she portrayed the mock superhero's teacher-crush, Mrs. Zane. Post Kick-Ass, Twiss appeared in the Michael Chiklis-produced Pawn and in A.D. Calvo's The Midnight Game, and appeared opposite Eric Roberts in A Cry From Within, which wrapped principal photography in spring 2014. She has also appeared in The Networker opposite Sean Young and William Forsythe.[4]

Tapping her independent film experience, Twiss is developing several projects in which she will play lead roles including Just In Time, Parallel Veins, the horror comedy film Bloody Ultimatum, and a revenge horror film Contract With A Demon. She wrote and co-directed 2014 the Horror mystery thriller film A Cry from Within, which was co-directed with Zach Miller.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1997 A Gun for Jennifer Jennifer/Allison
2002 Living with the Dead Sophia McLean
2005 Audrey keiko azuma Audrey 2
2005 Molotov Samba Dominique
2005 Love Thy Neighbor Female Porn Star
2005 In Between Allison
2009 The Little Magician The Mother
2010 Kick-Ass Mrs. Zane
2010 The Aristofrogs
2011 Choose Terri Connelley
2011 Turbine Lisa
2011 School of Rock: Zombie Etiquette Sally O'Niel
2011 After Fall, Winter Caroline
2012 One Last Time Tueta
2012 Sunburn Natalie
2013 The Midnight Game Noreen-Kaitlan's Mom
2013 Uncomfortable Silence The Wife
2013 Pawn Mrs. Davenport
2013 November Lies Nikki Evans
2014 A Cry From Within Cecile
2014 The Last Taxi Driver Sibyl
2014 Act, Naturally Miz Mashmeyer
2014 Fifteen For The Angels Casshandra
2015 The Networker Nicole
2015 Confidence Game Jessica

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Lane 1 episode: “Purgatory” S7E11
2009 Fringe ER Nurse 1 episode: “There's More Than One of Everything” S1E20
2010 White Collar Kathy 1 episode: "Front Man" S1E13
2010 As the World Turns Angela 1 episode
2010 Gravity Dr. Joyce Allen 1 episode: "Cold Swim Away" S1E3
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Pilot 1 episode: "Flight" S12E15


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