December 18, 1953|
Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
Melanie Kinnaman (born December 18, 1953) is an American dancer, film and stage actress. She is best known for her role as Pam in the 1985 horror film Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. She later co-starred with Eric Roberts in Best of the Best.
After graduating from high school, Kinnaman relocated to New York City, where she appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, and attempted to obtain roles in soap operas, as well as appearing in commercials. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1982, and eight months later appeared in a thirteen-week run of General Hospital.
In 1984, Kinnaman was cast as a drug-addicted prostitute in Cannon Films's Thunder Alley (1985). She was subsequently cast as the lead heroine, Pam, in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. She was going originally to reprise her role as Pam (who evidently survived in the previous film) in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, but Paramount Pictures changed the concept of the sequel and the character was written out.
|1985||Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning||Pam Roberts|
|1989||Best of the Best||Woman|
|2014||Slasher Fest '85||Jamie Saxon||Short film|
|1978||Saturday Night Live||Cheryl Ladd||1 episode|
|1982||General Hospital||Maria||Daytime serial|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Tanya||Episode: "Stan the Man"|
|1989||The People Next Door||Bridesmaid||Episode: "I Do, I Do"|
|1989||Cheers||Tanya||Episode: "For Real Men Only"|
|1990||Cop Rock||1 episode|
- "Melanie Kinnaman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- Dobbs 2014, p. 169.
- Dobbs 2014, p. 170.
- "TV STORE ONLINE talks with actress Melanie Kinnaman about Friday The 13th: A New Beginning". TV Store Online. September 12, 2013. Archived from the original on March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- Dobbs 2014, pp. 169–71.
- Farrands, Daniel (dir.) (2013). Crystal Lake Memories: A Complete History of Friday the 13th (Blu-ray)
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- Dobbs, G. Michael (2014). Fifteen MInutes With... : 40 Years of Interviews. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-593-93592-4. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
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