Sean Young

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Sean Young
Sean Young LF.JPG
Young in 2007
BornMary Sean Young
(1959-11-20) November 20, 1959 (age 58)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
Robert Lujan
(m. 1990; div. 2002)
,
(m. 2011)
Children2
Websitemaryseanyoung.com

Mary Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Stripes (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Dune (1984), No Way Out (1987), Wall Street (1987), Cousins (1989) and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

Early life[edit]

Young was born in Louisville, Kentucky, daughter of Donald Young, Jr., a television producer and journalist, and Lee Guthrie (born Mary Lee Kane), a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist.[1][2][3] Young graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, followed by the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan.[4] She also attended the School of American Ballet in New York City.[5] Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and ballet dancer.

Film career[edit]

1980s[edit]

Young attending the 60th Academy Awards in 1988

Young began her film career in 1980 in the film Jane Austen in Manhattan, followed by a role in the 1981 film Stripes. She then played the female lead, Rachael, alongside Harrison Ford in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner (1982). On television in 1986, Young played the female lead opposite Lenny Von Dohlen in Under the Biltmore Clock, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story Myra Meets His Family. The following year, she had a small role in the film Wall Street as the wife of Michael Douglas's character, Gordon Gekko. Her role was originally intended to be larger, but was significantly reduced due to clashes with Oliver Stone.[6][7]

One of her most prominent roles was as the lover of a ruthless Washington politician (Gene Hackman) in 1987's No Way Out, alongside Kevin Costner. Other notable credits include Dune, Fatal Instinct, and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.

In 1988, Young appeared in The Boost with James Woods. Woods later sued her for harassing him and his then-fiancée, alleging that, in addition to other disruptive behavior, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep. Young denied the allegations and claimed that Woods filed the lawsuit out of spite. Young stated, "It was a crush being turned down, that's all.... So sue me! And he [Woods] did." The suit was settled out of court in 1989.[6] Young was awarded $227,000 to cover her legal costs.[8]

Young was next cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, but during rehearsals, she broke her arm after falling off a horse and was replaced by Kim Basinger. In an unsuccessful attempt to win the role of Catwoman (which was originally offered to Annette Bening but ultimately went to Michelle Pfeiffer after Bening became pregnant) in the sequel Batman Returns, Young constructed a homemade Catwoman costume and attempted to contact Burton and actor Michael Keaton during production.[6] She appeared on The Joan Rivers Show in character as the Catwoman, campaigning for the role and making a plea to Tim Burton.

1990s[edit]

Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy. However, she was dismissed in favor of Glenne Headly for not appearing maternal in the role. Young later claimed her dismissal was punishment for her having rebuffed Warren Beatty's advances, a claim Beatty denies.[6] In 1991, she was awarded the Worst Actress and the Worst Supporting Actress Razzies for her roles in A Kiss Before Dying.[9] She played a supporting role in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. She also played Helen Hyde in the 1995 comedy Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, in which she performed the first two-way footsie (foot-in-crotch) scene in cinema.[citation needed]

During most of the 1990s, she resided in Sedona, Arizona, and her career cooled.[6] In 1997, though, Young reprised her role as Rachael in the 1997 Blade Runner video game. Her face was scanned and reproduced in three dimensions, one of the earliest times such technology was used in a game.[citation needed]

2000s[edit]

Since 2001, Young has appeared in a variety of independent films and made guest appearances on television, including roles in Poor White Trash, Mockingbird Don't Sing, Sugar & Spice, Boston Public, and Reno 911!. In 2005, she spent four months in Russia filming the miniseries Yesenin, in which she portrayed the dancer Isadora Duncan. She also had a small role on the CW's One Tree Hill in 2007.[citation needed]

In late 2007, Young finished work on two films, The Man Who Came Back and Haunted Echoes.[citation needed]

In 2008, Young competed in the television program Gone Country 2, which included a competition in a celebrity demolition derby at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, Tennessee. Young went on to win the celebrity derby heat and then went on to compete against 21 professional demolition derby drivers. Young finished in fourth place.

2010s[edit]

Young appeared on The Young and the Restless in June 2010 as Canadian barmaid Meggie McClain, alongside good friend Eric Braeden.[10][11] She returned to the show on July 14 in a recurring role, which lasted through February 2011.[12]

In 2010, she was cast on the first season of the ABC show Skating with the Stars as a celebrity contestant who skated with professional skater Denis Petukhov,[13][14] but she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.

In October 2011, Young appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.[15] During the interview, she described how she was now looking for movie work after raising her two sons, and produced a short video clip promoting her job search which Letterman played. She was subsequently cast in a film about Nikola Tesla, slated for release in 2013, titled Fragments From Olympus: The Vision of Nikola Tesla (unreleased as of September 2017).

In October 2013, Young played the role of Dr. Lucien in Star Trek: Renegades, a fan project to create a pilot for a new Star Trek series (released in August 2015) where several former Star Trek actors appeared, including Tim Russ (who also directed the pilot) as well as Walter Koenig, Garrett Wang and J. G. Hertzler.[citation needed]

In June 2013, Young performed in a benefit skating event at the Ice Theater of New York.[citation needed], competing in a Celebrity Skating competition against YouTube personality Michael Buckley, and US Olympic Fencing silver medalist Tim Morehouse.[citation needed]

In 2017 she again reprised her 1982 role of Rachael for Blade Runner 2049, portraying both the original (using archival footage from the first film) and a brand new cloned version of the character. This was achieved through the use of CGI facial de-aging to match her 1982 appearance, as well as the use of another actress as body double. Sean Young was also credited in the new film as acting coach to the actress portraying her character.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan, with whom she has two sons.[1] The couple divorced in 2002 and remarried in 2011.[6]

In January 2008, Young checked herself into rehabilitation for alcohol abuse.[17] A later stay in rehab occurred in 2011, which was depicted on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, as were Lujan's visits to her.[18][19]

Legal issues[edit]

On February 26, 2012, during an after party for the 84th Academy Awards, Young was placed under a citizen's arrest. It was alleged she was asked to leave since she had not possessed a ticket to enter. An argument ensued and resulted in Young slapping the security guard. Young stated she was not intoxicated and was well behaved, and that the security guard was the aggressor.[20] The charges were later dropped.[21]

In August 2018, Young and her son were identified on surveillance video removing two MacBook laptops from the Astoria, Queens production office for the film Charlie Boy. She was originally set to direct the film but was replaced by Timothy Hines, with co-writer Greg Kritikos saying "she was out of her depth." The laptops and production software on them were valued at $12,000, and she is wanted by the New York City Police Department for questioning.[22][23] Young released a statement the day after initial reports were posted, saying that she "gathered what I believed to be my property but later discovered I was mistaken" and had contacted members of the office to return the items. Those involved with the production denied Young had contacted them.[23]

The two laptops that Young was accused of stealing, were returned a few days later, on August 14th, through her attorney. No charges were filed. Young claimed it was a misunderstanding and she had permission to enter the offices to retrieve personal property that had been left there.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Jane Austen in Manhattan Ariadne Charlton
1981 Stripes Louise Cooper
1982 Blade Runner Rachael
Young Doctors in Love Dr. Stephanie Brody
1984 Dune Chani
1985 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend Susan Matthews-Loomis
1986 Under the Biltmore Clock Myra Harper
1987 No Way Out Susan Atwell
Wall Street Kate Gekko
1988 The Boost Linda Brown
1989 Cousins Tish Kozinski
1990 Fire Birds Billie Lee Guthrie
1991 A Kiss Before Dying Dorothy/Ellen Carlsson
1992 Forever Mary Miles Minter
Love Crimes Dana Greenway
Once Upon a Crime Phoebe
Blue Ice Stacy Mansdorf
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Twinkle
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Marie Barth
Fatal Instinct Lola Cain
1994 Bolt Patty Deerheart Direct-to-video
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Lt. Lois Einhorn / Ray Finkle
Model by Day Mercedes
1995 Mirage Jennifer Gale
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Helen Hyde
1996 The Proprietor Virginia Kelly
1997 Exception to the Rule Angela Bayer
The Invader Annie Neilsen
Men Stella James
The Dog of Flanders Sister Alois English version
1998 Out of Control Lena
1999 Motel Blue Lana Hawking
2000 Poor White Trash Linda Bronco
The Amati Girls Christine
2001 Sugar & Spice Mrs. Hill
Mockingbird Don't Sing Dr. Judy Bingham
Night Class Claire Sherwood
2002 Aftermath Rachel Anderson
The House Next Door Monica
Threat of Exposure Dr. Daryl Sheleigh
2004 A Killer Within Rebecca "Becky" Terrill
Until the Night Cosma
In the Shadow of the Cobra [nl] Samantha
2005 Ghosts Never Sleep Rebecca
Headspace Mother
2006 The Drop Ivy
The Garden Miss Grace Chapman
Living the Dream Brenda
2008 The Man Who Came Back Kate
Parasomnia Madeline Volpe
Haunted Echoes Laura Direct-to-video
Harvest Moon Meg
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Brenda Stratford
The Black Dove Bonnie Williams
2013 Jug Face Loriss
Send No Flowers Toni
Gingerclown Nelly the Spiderwoman Voice
2014 My Trip Back to the Dark Side Herself
My Man Is a Loser Therapist
2015 Bone Tomahawk Mrs. Porter
Darling Madame
Lost Cat Corona Roxie
2016 Confidence Game Sylvie
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Rachael Likeness only
Acting coach to substitute actress[16]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1984 American Playhouse Myra Harper Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"
1985 Tender Is the Night Rosemary Hoyt 4 episodes
1986 Blood & Orchids Leonore Bergman TV movie
1992 Sketch Artist Rayanne Whitfield TV movie
1994 Witness to the Execution Jessica Traynor TV movie
1996 Evil Has a Face Gwen McGerrall TV movie
Everything to Gain Mallory Ashton Jordan Keswick TV movie
1997 Gun Paula Episode: "All the President's Women"
1998 The Cowboy and the Movie Star Sean Livingston TV movie
2000 Secret Cutting Joyce Cottrell TV movie
2002 Third Watch Nancy 2 episodes
2003 Russians in the City of Angels Rachael Somov 8 episodes
Kingpin Lorelei Klein Episode: "Black Magic Woman"
Before I Say Goodbye Nell MacDermott Cauliff TV movie
First to Die Joanna Wade TV miniseries
The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay Sandy Bateman TV movie
Boston Public Candy Sobell Episode: "Chapter Sixty-Eight"
2004 Reno 911! New Wiegel Episode: "Department Investigation: Part 2"
2005 Third Man Out Ann Rutka TV movie
Yesenin Isadora Duncan TV miniseries
Home for the Holidays Martha McCarthy TV movie
2006 A Job to Kill For Jennifer Kamplan TV movie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dusty Episode: "Built to Kill: Part 2"
2007 ER Anna Hayes Episode: "Crisis of Conscience"
One Tree Hill Hope Brown Episode: "The Runaway Found"
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Sybil Martin TV movie
2010–2011 The Young and the Restless Meggie McClaine 45 episodes
2013 Star Trek: Renegades Dr. Lucien Pilot episode
2018 The Alienist Mrs. Van Burgen 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1997 Blade Runner Rachael Voice and likeness

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sean Young Biography (1959-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  2. ^ "Donald Young". Variety. 1995-03-05. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  3. ^ Robert Kane
  4. ^ [1] Archived April 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Sean Young biography. The New York Times. accessed July 31, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Valby, Karen (2007-09-21). "Sean Young: 'I'm a Comeback Waiting To Happen'". EW.com. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
  7. ^ "Statesman.com - Austin News, Video, Longhorns & Weather". Statesman.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  8. ^ Danny Leigh. "Blade Runner's Sean Young: 'If I were a man I'd have been treated better' | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  9. ^ "Home of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation". Razzies.com. 2000-02-03. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  10. ^ [2] Archived April 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ virginia taylor says: (2010-05-11). "Sean Young on her upcoming stint as "Sultry" Maggie on Y&R! | Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps | Daytime Soap Interviews, News, Updates and Previews, Video and Audio Interviews". Michaelfairmansoaps.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  12. ^ "Sean Young Returning for More Young and the Restless". TVGuide.com.
  13. ^ [3] Archived August 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Breaking News - Pro Skater Pairings, Host and Color Commentator for ABC's "Skating With the Stars" Announced". TheFutonCritic.com. 2005-02-22. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  15. ^ "Sean Young in Late Show Appearance". Gawker.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05.
  16. ^ a b Rougeau, Michael (9 October 2017). "How Blade Runner 2049 Resurrected That Character From The Original". GameSpot. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  17. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (February 27, 2012). "Sean Young Removed from Governors Ball: Report" Archived 2016-09-16 at the Wayback Machine.. People.
  18. ^ "Family Weekend". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 6. July 31, 2011. VH1.
  19. ^ "Preparing for Discharge". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 8. August 14, 2011. VH1.
  20. ^ "Sean Young Responds to Post-Oscars Arrest: 'I Was Sober'".
  21. ^ Tracy, Thomas (August 10, 2018). "'Blade Runner' actress Sean Young sought for questioning in Queens burglary: police". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  22. ^ "Sean Young, 'Blade Runner' actress, wanted for questioning in $12,000 burglary. The two laptops that Young was accused of stealing, were returned a few days later, on August 14th, through her attorney. No charges were filed. Young claimed it was a misunderstanding and she had permission to enter the offices to retrieve personal property that had been left there". USA Today. Associated Press. August 10, 2018. Retrieved Aug 10, 2018.
  23. ^ a b Carlson, Adam (Aug 10, 2018). "Sean Young Claims She Didn't Mean to Take Laptops from Film That Fired Her — as Producers Say No Way". People.

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