Lynch in 2007
January 31, 1959
Golden Valley, Minnesota, U.S.
Kelly Lynch (born January 31, 1959) is an American actress and model.
Lynch was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota, the daughter of Barbara, a modern dancer, and Robert Lynch, a restaurateur. She attended the Guthrie Theater. She worked as a flight attendant after leaving college. She was working as a model for the Elite modeling agency before acting. She was a good friend of Cynthia Allen Ahl, sister of The Suburbs guitarist Bruce C Allen.  In the 1980s, she studied with acting instructor Sanford Meisner.
After several small roles, Lynch was cast in her breakthrough role in the feature film Cocktail (1988). In 1989, Lynch starred opposite Patrick Swayze in the action film Road House and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in the crime drama Drugstore Cowboy, directed by Gus Van Sant. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for The Beans of Egypt, Maine (1994). She turned down the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992). Lynch later had leading roles in a number of independent movies and co-starred in several Hollywood feature films, including Desperate Hours (1990), Curly Sue (1991), Three of Hearts (1993), Imaginary Crimes (1994), Virtuosity (1995), Heaven's Prisoners (1996), Mr. Magoo (1997), and Homegrown (1998). In the 2000s, Lynch has had supporting roles in the films Charlie's Angels (2000), Joe Somebody (2001), and The Jacket (2005).
On television, Lynch had the recurring role of Ivan Aycock from 2004 to 2009 in the Showtime drama series The L Word. She later joined the cast of The CW teen soap 90210 (2010–2011) as Laurel Cooper. She returned to cable television with the recurring role of Meg Bannock in Magic City (2012–2013), created by her husband, Mitch Glazer.
|1988||Bright Lights, Big City||Elaine|
|1989||Warm Summer Rain||Kate|
|1989||Road House||Dr. Elizabeth "Doc" Clay|
|1989||Drugstore Cowboy||Dianne||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead|
|1990||Desperate Hours||Nancy Breyers|
|1991||Curly Sue||Grey Ellison|
|1993||Three of Hearts||Connie Czapski|
|1993||For Better and for Worse||Catherine Vernet||Television film|
|1994||Imaginary Crimes||Valery Weiler|
|1994||The Beans of Egypt, Maine||Roberta Bean||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|1995||White Man's Burden||Marsha Pinnock|
|1996||Heaven's Prisoners||Annie Robicheaux|
|1997||Cold Around the Heart||Jude Law|
|1997||Mr. Magoo||Luanne LeSeur/Prunella Pagliacci|
|1999||Brotherhood of Murder||Susan Martinez||Television film|
|2000||Charlie's Angels||Vivian Wood|
|2001||Joe Somebody||Callie Scheffer|
|2002||The Slaughter Rule||Evangeline Chutney|
|2002||Searching for Debra Winger||Herself||Documentary film|
|2003||Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story||Jean Murray||Television film|
|2005||At Last||Sara Wood|
|2005||The Jacket||Jean Price|
|2005||Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life||Diane Petersen||Television film|
|2005||Welcome to California||Susanna Smith|
|2006||The Visitation||Morgan Elliot|
|2007||Normal Adolescent Behavior||Helen Meyer|
|2008||Visual Acoustics||Herself||Documentary film|
|2009||The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll||Maggie|
|2009||A Good Funeral||Junior|
|2012||A Dark Plan||Caren|
|2014||Glass Chin||Mae Graham|
|2014||Seattle Road||Aunt Patty|
|1986||The Equalizer||Bartender||Episode: "Prelude"|
|1987||The Hitchhiker||Teresa / Melissa||Episode: "Joker"|
|1987||Miami Vice||Lori 'Blondie' Swann||Episode: "Death and the Lady"|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Lola||Episode: "Red Wind"|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Gloria Albright||Episode: "Boy's Town"|
|2004–2005||Fatherhood||Angie Bindlebeep||26 episodes|
|2004–2005, 2009||The L Word||Ivan Aycock||Recurring role, guest role|
|2008||The Cleaner||Erica Smith||Episode: "Rebecca"|
|2010–2011||90210||Laurel Cooper||Recurring role, 15 episodes|
|2011||Memphis Beat||Marie Minetti||Episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|2012–2013||Magic City||Meg Bannock||Recurring role, 13 episodes|
|2017||Mr. Mercedes||Deborah Hartsfield||Recurring role. 10 episodes|
- Kelly Lynch Biography at Film Reference
- "Kelly Lynch". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- "Kelly Lynch- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
- "Kelly Lynch, Ex-Model, Plays Drugstore's Spunky Junkie". People. November 6, 1989. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- "Drugstore Cowboy (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- Mickey O'Connor. "Kelly Lynch Signs On to 90210". TVGuide.com.