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Kari Wuhrer
Kari Wuhrer 2014.jpg
Wuhrer at the 2014 Chiller Theatre Expo
Kari Samantha Wuhrer

(1967-04-28) April 28, 1967 (age 55)
Other namesKari Wührer
Kari Wührer Salin
Kari Salin
Kari Salin-Wührer
Alma materNew York University Tisch School of the Arts
Marymount Manhattan College
Columbia University
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Actress,
  • model
  • singer
  • producer
Years active1986–present
Known forSliders
Eight Legged Freaks
Remote Control
Swamp Thing
Class of '96
General Hospital
Daniel Salin
(m. 1995; div. 1999)

James Scura
(m. 2003)

Kari Samantha Wuhrer (born April 28, 1967)[1] is an American actress, model, and singer. Wuhrer began her career as a teenager, and is best known for her time as a cast member on MTV's Remote Control, as well as her roles as Maggie Beckett in the television series Sliders and as Sheriff Samantha Parker in the horror comedy film Eight Legged Freaks.

Early life[edit]

Wuhrer was born in Brookfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Karin (née Noble), a payroll accountant, and German-American Andrew Wuhrer, a police officer and car salesman. She has three siblings. As a teenager, she sang in nightclubs, sneaking out of the family home to perform. She studied acting from the age of 13 at the Wooster School, then studied drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with famed teacher Uta Hagen.


Wuhrer's first television break was MTV's Remote Control (1987).[2] She was a regular cast member of the television series Swamp Thing from 1991 to 1992. She also worked as a VJ on MTV during the same period. In 1993, she was a regular in the TV series Class of '96, where she played college student Robin Farr. From 1994 to 1995, she starred as Ariel Hunter in the long-running prime-time soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210.

During this period, she appeared in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) and starred in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991). In 1995, she also had a supporting role in the John Singleton film Higher Learning, followed by Thinner (1996), Anaconda (1997), and Kissing a Fool (1998).[3][4]

Wuhrer in 2005

Wuhrer returned to television in 1997 on the series Sliders[2] as Maggie Beckett, joining the cast as a regular and staying until the series ended in 2000. Wuhrer also guested in the TV series Leverage.

Wuhrer signed a record deal with Rick Rubin and her only album, Shiny, was released in 1999 by Del-Fi Records. In addition to her singing, she also wrote most of the songs on the album and played both the guitar and the flute on several tracks.

Later mainstream film roles include Berserker (2001) and Eight Legged Freaks (2002).[2][5] She was an executive producer of the direct-to-video film Spider's Web, with Stephen Baldwin, of which Wuhrer said: "The pace of making this movie, it was extreme. It was the longest day imaginable".[6]

Wuhrer is also known by gamers for her role as Agent Tanya in cutscenes of Westwood Studios' RTS video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its subsequent expansion pack, Yuri's Revenge.

Wuhrer was later voted No. 76 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000, No. 73 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2001 and No. 36 in Maxim magazine's 50 Sexiest Women Countdown of 1999.[7] She posed semi-nude in Playboy magazine in August 2000 as their Babe of the Month and earlier considered multiple offers to appear fully nude throughout 1998.[8][9] She was also No. 64 on Celebrity Skin's 100 Sexiest Stars of All Time and No. 4 in the Celebrity Nudity Database's Most Popular Actresses of 1999.[10]

Her breast implants encapsulated during the filming of Spider's Web, so she had them removed in 2002.[11]

From February 3, 2005, through November 2005, Wuhrer joined the cast of the daytime soap opera General Hospital as FBI Agent Reese Marshall, the former love interest of mobster Sonny Corinthos and former best friend/rival of Carly Corinthos. Wuhrer's character died after suffering injuries in a train wreck. In January 2006, Wuhrer announced that she was suing General Hospital, claiming that she was fired because of her pregnancy.[12][13]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Fire with Fire Gloria
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Melodi
1991 Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time Jackie Trent
1994 The Postgraduate Jane Decue
Boulevard Jennefer
1995 Terminal Justice Pamela Travis Credited as Kari Salin
Higher Learning Claudia Credited as Kari Salin
Sensation Lila Reed
Sex and the Other Man Jessica Hill
Beyond Desire Rita Direct-to-video film
The Crossing Guard Mia
1996 Thinner Gina Lempke
An Occasional Hell Jeri Gillen
1997 Anaconda Denise Kalberg
Red-Blooded American Girl II Miya Falk Credited as Kari Salin
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Kristi Wilson
Touch Me Margot
1998 The Undertaker's Wedding Maria
Kissing a Fool Dara
Ivory Tower Karen Clay
Phoenix Katie Shuster
1999 Kate's Addiction Kate McGrath
Vivid Billie Reynolds Credited as Kari Salin; a.k.a. Luscious
2000 Fatal Conflict Sasha Burns
Sand Sandy
G-Men from Hell Marete Morrisey
2001 Angels Don't Sleep Here Dr. April Williams
Poison Ann Stewart / Anna Johnson a.k.a. Thy Neighbor's Wife and Midnight Vendetta
The Medicine Show Gwendolyn
2002 The Rose Technique Kristi
Do It for Uncle Manny Jenny Marsh
Killer Love Danielle
Eight Legged Freaks Sheriff Samantha Parker
Malevolent Jessica Tarrant
2003 Final Examination Julie Seska Direct-to-video film
Death of a Dynasty Sexy Woman #2
King of the Ants Susan Gatley
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Maggie Direct-to-video film
2004 Berserker Anya / Brunhilda
2005 Hellraiser: Deader Amy Klein Direct-to-video film
The Prophecy: Uprising Allison Direct-to-video film
The Prophecy: Forsaken Allison Direct-to-video film
2007 The Air I Breathe Correspondent
2009 A Fork in the Road Deputy Direct-to-video film
2015 Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Silver Banshee Direct-to-video film[14]
Secrets of a Psychopath Catherine
2017 Vixen: The Movie Patty Voice role; direct-to-video film
2018 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Barbara Kean / Pamela Isley Voice role; direct-to-video film


Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 Remote Control Self Hostess (seasons 2–3)
1991 Married... with Children Joanie 2 episodes
1991–1992 Swamp Thing: The Series Abigail Main role (season 1)
1993 Class of '96 Robin Farr Main role
1994–1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ariel Hunter 3 episodes
1995 The Marshal Sherry Prairie 1 episode
1997 The Big Easy Gina Forte 1 episode
Nash Bridges C.J. Episode: "Blackout"
1997–2000 Sliders Maggie Beckett Main role (seasons 3–5)
1998 To Have & to Hold Paula 2 episodes
2000 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Darcy Davis Television film
Lip Service Sunni Television film; a.k.a. Out of Sync
2002 Spider's Web Lauren Bishop Television film; also executive producer
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tiffany Langer Episode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2005 Mystery Woman: Snapshot Fawn Television film
General Hospital Reese Marshall 9 episodes
2006 CSI: Miami Janet Sterling Episode: "If Looks Could Kill"
2007–2008 Lincoln Heights Kimberly Lund 2 episodes
2008 Stargate Atlantis Nancy Sheppard Episode: "Outcast"
2010 Leverage Miranda Miles Episode: "The Reunion Job"
2010–2012 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Maria Hill Recurring voice role, 14 episodes
2012 Alien Tornado Gail Curtis Television film
2014 Sharknado 2: The Second One Ellen Brody Television film
2015 Vixen Patty Web series; 2 episodes
2018 Fiancé Killer Nicole Television film

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Special Agent Tanya Adams
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge Special Agent Tanya Adams
2013 Marvel Heroes Maria Hill
2014 Disney Infinity 3.0 Maria Hill


Year Work Award Category Result
2001 Do It for Uncle Manny New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Best Actress Won


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  2. ^ a b c Olsen, Mark (July 18, 2002). "Wuhrer has dreams--but no illusions". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Wallace, Amy (March 23, 2003). "And The Oscar Does Not Go to . . ". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Howe, Desson (April 11, 1997). "'Anaconda': Snakebit". The Washington Post.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Hunter, Stephen (July 17, 2002). "'Freaks': This Tickling Monster Flick Has Got Legs". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Paul Kane, The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy (2015), p. 196.
  7. ^ "Wuhrer Has Dreams--But No Illusions". Los Angeles Times. July 18, 2002. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  8. ^ "Kari Wuhrer: Oh, Thank Heaven..." Ink 19 (Interview). Interviewed by Frank Mullen. July 30, 1999.
  9. ^ "Kari Wuhrer Chat at Lycos" (Interview). Interviewed by various participants. Earth62.net. July 22, 1998.
  10. ^ "The Kari Wuhrer Picture Pages". SuperiorPics.
  11. ^ "A Hollywood Actress's Intimate Diary: Why I Took Out My Breast Implants". Glamour. September 2002. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2007.
  12. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (January 13, 2006). "Soap Actress Sues Show Over Pregnancy". People. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  13. ^ Weiner, Allison Hope (January 13, 2006). "In Suit, Actress Says Pregnancy Led to Firing". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  14. ^ "EXCLUSIVE TRAILER DEBUT: Joker Rules in "Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem"". Comic Book Resources. June 2, 2015.

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