Sean Young

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Sean Young
Young in 2007
Mary Sean Young

(1959-11-20) November 20, 1959 (age 64)[1]
Years active1980–present
Robert Lujan
(m. 1990; div. 2002)
(m. 2011)
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Mary Sean Young (born November 20, 1959)[1] is an American actress. She is particularly known for working in sci-fi films, although she has performed roles in a variety of genres.

Young's early roles include the independent romance Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) and the comedy feature Stripes (1981), the latter being a commercial success. Her breakthrough role was that of Rachael in the sci-fi Blade Runner (1982). She then portrayed the character of Chani in the sci-fi Dune (1984), led the neo-noir No Way Out (1987), played Kate in Wall Street (1987), and had starring roles in the comedies Fatal Instinct (1993) and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

Early life[edit]

Young was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Donald Young Jr., a television producer and journalist, and Lee Guthrie (born Mary Lee Kane), a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist[2][3] Young attended Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, but did not graduate. This was 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.[citation needed]


Young attending the 60th Academy Awards in 1988

Young began her film career in Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980), followed by a role in the film Stripes (1981). She then played the female lead, Rachael, alongside Harrison Ford in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner (1982). On television, Young played the female lead opposite Lenny Von Dohlen in Under the Biltmore Clock (1986), based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story Myra Meets His Family. The following year, she had a small role in the film Wall Street (1987) 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]

One of Young's most prominent roles was as the lover of a ruthless Washington politician (Gene Hackman) in No Way Out (also 1987), alongside Kevin Costner. Her other credits include Dune (1984) (playing Paul Atreides's love interest Chani), Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) and Fatal Instinct (1993). Young appeared in The Boost (1988), with James Woods. She was next cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's film Batman (1989), 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, after Bening became pregnant, Michelle Pfeiffer was cast) in the sequel Batman Returns (1992), 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.

Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the movie Dick Tracy (1990). However, she was dismissed in favor of Glenne Headly for not appearing maternal in the role. Young later said her dismissal was punishment for her having rebuffed Warren Beatty's advances, a statement 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.[7] She played the main antagonist in the comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994). She also played Helen Hyde in the comedy Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995).

During most of the 1990s, she resided in Sedona, Arizona, and her career cooled.[6] Young reprised her role as Rachael in the Blade Runner video game released in 1997. Young has appeared in independent films, including roles in Poor White Trash (2000), Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001), and Sugar & Spice (also 2001). She spent four months in Russia filming the miniseries Yesenin (2005), in which she portrayed the dancer Isadora Duncan.

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. Young appeared on The Young and the Restless in June 2010 as Canadian barmaid Meggie McClain, alongside good friend Eric Braeden.[8][9] She returned to the show on July 14 in a recurring role, which lasted through February 2011.[10]

In 2010, she was cast on the first season of the ABC series Skating with the Stars as a celebrity contestant who skated with professional skater Denis Petukhov,[11][12] but she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.

Young in 2009

In October 2011, Young appeared on Late Show with David Letterman.[13] 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, titled Fragments From Olympus: The Vision of Nikola Tesla (still in development as of August, 2023).

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,[14] competing in a Celebrity Skating competition against YouTube personality Michael Buckley, and US Olympic Fencing silver medalist Tim Morehouse.[14]

Young reprised her 1982 role of Rachael for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), 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 another actress as a body double. Sean Young was also credited in the new film as acting coach to Loren Peta, the actress portraying her character.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan, an actor and composer, with whom she has two sons.[16] The couple divorced in 2002, but 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]

In October 2017, Young joined the growing number of women who have alleged that producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed, sexually intimidated, or sexually assaulted them.[20]

Legal issues[edit]

In 1989, James Woods sued Young for harassing him and his then-fiancée, alleging that, in addition to other disruptive behavior, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep. She 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 (equivalent to $558,000 today[21]) to cover her legal costs.[22]

On February 26, 2012, during an after party for the 84th Academy Awards, Young was placed under citizen's arrest. It was alleged that she was asked to leave since she did not possess 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.[23] The charges were later dropped.[24]

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 the New York City Police Department sought her for questioning. The two laptops that Young was accused of stealing were returned a few days later, on August 14, through her attorney. No charges were filed. Young said it was a misunderstanding and she had permission to enter the offices to retrieve personal property that had been left there.[25][26] 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.[26]



Sean Young film work
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
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 Voice
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 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 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 Sean Young
My Man Is a Loser Therapist
2015 Bone Tomahawk Mrs. Porter
Darling Madame
2016 Confidence Game Sylvie
2017 Future '38 Mabel
Police State
Lost Cat Corona Roxie
In Vino Linda
Escape Room Ramona
Blade Runner 2049 Rachael and Rachael Clone Archive footage and likeness.
Acting coach to substitute actress[15]
2018 Above All Things Barbara
Healed By Grace 2 Becky Cavanaugh
Mea Culpa Miss Sylvian Short
2020 Axcellerator Graham
A Beautiful Distraction Brigid
5th Borough Sabina
Who Wants Dessert? Dr. Sarah Chambers Short
Nick and Nicky Gloria
2021 Planet Dune [27] Chase
2022 No Vacancy Brandi Michaels[28]


Sean Young television work
Year Film Role Notes
1985 American Playhouse Myra Harper Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"
Tender is the Night Rosemary Hoyt 4 episodes
1986 Blood & Orchids Leonore Bergman TV movie
1992 Sketch Artist Rayanne Whitfield
1994 Witness to the Execution Jessica Traynor
1996 Evil Has a Face Gwen McGerrall
Everything to Gain Mallory Ashton / Jordan Keswick
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
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
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
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Brenda Stratford TV movie
2013 Star Trek: Renegades Dr. Lucien Pilot
2018 The Alienist Mrs. Van Burgen 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

Sean Young video game work
Year Film Role Notes
1997 Blade Runner Rachael Voice and likeness

See also[edit]


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