Lori Petty

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Lori Petty
Lori Petty, March 2010
Lori Petty in March 2010
Born (1963-10-14) October 14, 1963 (age 53)[1]
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present

Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963)[1] is an American actress. Her best-known roles include playing Tyler Endicott in the 1991 film Point Break, Kit Keller in A League of Their Own (1992), and the title role in Tank Girl in 1995.

She guest-starred in the second season, and became a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons, of the Netflix Original series Orange Is the New Black as Lolly Whitehill. Lori also appeared on the television series Prison Break in the last episode of season four. Additionally, she appears in the second season of Gotham briefly.

Early life[edit]

Petty, the oldest of three children, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of a Pentecostal minister. She graduated from North High School in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1981, and worked for several years in Omaha, Nebraska, as a graphic designer before pursuing acting.[citation needed]


Petty first came to notice for playing the surfer who taught Keanu Reeves how to surf in the 1991 action thriller Point Break. Prior to that, she got her break starring with Richard Grieco in Fox's Booker. In 1992, Petty was featured in what became her best-known role, A League of Their Own, opposite Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna.

She played the title role in the film adaptation of the British cult comic book Tank Girl in 1995. Her other films include Free Willy, The Poker House, and In the Army Now. She also co-starred in the television series Lush Life with her friend Karyn Parsons, but it was cancelled after five episodes. She joined the cast of Brimstone as the owner of Stone's hotel.

Petty is also known for providing the voice of the supervillain Livewire on the Warner Bros. series Superman: The Animated Series, and The New Batman Adventures. Although she was originally cast as Lt. Lenina Huxley in Demolition Man, disagreements over the character's direction led producer Joel Silver to recast the role with Sandra Bullock.[2] Petty played the role of "Daddy", an alpha female inmate in Prison Break: The Final Break.

She starred in a series of television commercials created by Merkley Newman Harty's Steve Bowen for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Go, Baby, Go" advertising campaign in 1998.[3][4]

Petty's directorial debut, The Poker House — a film dramatizing her own difficult childhood [5] — won awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She narrated the first three books of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series -- One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly. C.J. Critt read the unabridged version for Recorded Books. Petty read the abridgments for Simon & Schuster.[6]

Legal problems[edit]

On September 4, 2009, Petty pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge for drinking and driving. She was sentenced to five years probation.[7][8][9]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 ...They Haven't Seen This... The Girl Short film
1990 Cadillac Man Lila
1991 Point Break Tyler Endicott
1992 League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own Kit Keller
1993 Free Willy Rae Lindley
1993 Poetic Justice Penelope
1994 Glass Shield, TheThe Glass Shield Deputy Deborah Fields
1994 In the Army Now Christine Jones
1995 Tank Girl Rebecca Buck/Tank Girl
1996 Countdown Sara Daniels
1998 Relax...It's Just Sex Robin Moon
1999 Arrangement, TheThe Arrangement Candy
1999 Clubland India
2001 MacArthur Park Kelly
2001 Firetrap Lucy
2001 Route 666 Steph
2001 Horrible Accident Six
2003 Prey for Rock & Roll Faith
2006 Cryptid Dr. Lean Carlin
2007 Broken Arrows Erin
2008 The Poker House Director
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Daddy Video
2010 Chasing 3000 Deputy Fryman
2014 Happy Fists Claudia Brenda
2016 Dead Awake Dr. Sykes
2017 Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia Francis


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Lori Pendleton Episode: "The Library"
1987 Stingray Lisa Perlman Episode: "Bring Me the Hand That Hit Me"
1987 Bates Motel Willie TV film
1987 Line, TheThe Line Jo Lanier TV film
1987 Head of the Class Molly Episodes: "Child of the 60's", "That'll Be the Day"
1988 Thorns, TheThe Thorns Cricket Regular role (12 episodes)
1988 Miami Vice Carol Episode: "Love at First Sight"
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Chris Ketchum Episode: "Killer Instinct"
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder Cassie TV film
1989 Alien Nation Sal Episode: "Fifteen with Wanda"
1989-1990 Booker Suzanne Dunne Recurring role (10 episodes)
1990 Grand Medea Episode: "A Boy and His Dad"
1996 Lush Life Georgia 'George' Sanders (7 episodes)
1997 Profiler Robin Poole / Marjorie Brand Episodes: "Venom: Parts 1 & 2"
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Livewire / Leslie Willis (voice) Episodes: "Livewire", "Double Dose"
1998 New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Livewire / Leslie Willis (voice) Episode: "Girls' Nite Out"
1998-1999 Brimstone Maxine Recurring role (7 episodes)
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Noss Episode: "Gravity"
2000 Hunger, TheThe Hunger Lisette Episode: "Double"
2001 Beast, TheThe Beast Rita Episode: "The Delivery"
2001 Parkers, TheThe Parkers Show Host Episode: "Family Ties and Lies"
2002 ER Shane Episode: "Orion in the Sky"
2002 Superman: Shadow of Apokolips Livewire (voice) Video game
2003 NYPD Blue Joyce Bradovich Episode: "I Kid You Not"
2004 Line of Fire Laurie McBride Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2004 Karate Dog, TheThe Karate Dog COLAR (voice) TV film
2005 CSI: NY Maddy Episode: "Corporate Warriors"
2006 Masters of Horror Judith Episode: "Fair-Haired Child"
2008-2009 House Janice Burke Episodes: "Let Them Eat Cake," "Joy to the World," "Painless"
2009 Prison Break Daddy Episodes: "Free", "The Old Ball and Chain"
2009 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Sunshine Episodes: "Split Ends", "The Things We Didn't Plan"
2014–present Orange Is the New Black Lolly Whitehill Guest star (season 2)
Recurring (season 3)
Recurring (season 4)
2016 Gotham Jeri Episode "Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness"
2017 Hawaii Five-0 Jenny Kitson Episode "Wehe'ana"


  1. ^ a b Albright-Hanna, Adam (October 21, 2013). "Lori Petty - If This Is What 50 Looks Like, Aging Is Hot - Purple Clover". Purple Clover. Whalerock Industries. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lori Petty - Yahoo! TV
  3. ^ Durso, Joseph."ON HORSE RACING; New Campaign Takes the Low Road", The New York Times, August 18, 1998.
  4. ^ "Go Baby/Lady" a 20-second commercial created by Merkley Newman Harty and released on Wednesday, April 1, 1998 as part of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Go, Baby, Go" advertising campaign, YoTube.com; accessed April 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Rosen, Lisa (June 19, 2008). "Lori Petty's hard look". LA Times. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sandy Bauers, Knight Ridder, [1], chicagotribune.com, August 8, 2002; accessed April 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lori Petty gets 5 years probation in DUI case". Today. msnbc.com. Associated Press. September 4, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Lori Petty Arrested For DUI, Hitting Skateboarder". Huffington Post. thehuffingtonpost.com. TMZ Staff. May 25, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Actress Lori Petty Arrested for DUI: LAPD". nbcwashington.com. NBC Washington. January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 

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