Shannon Whirry

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Shannon Whirry
Born Shannon Meta Whirry
(1964-11-07) November 7, 1964 (age 53)
Green Lake, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present

Shannon Whirry (born November 7, 1964 in Green Lake, Wisconsin) is an American actress.


She began to work primarily in erotic B-movies in the early 1990s along with other scream queens of that era, such as Tanya Roberts, Maria Ford, and Shannon Tweed. Director Gregory Hippolyte's productions of Animal Instincts I and II, Body of Influence, and Mirror Images II featured Whirry in various stages of undress in repeated scenes (Entertainment Weekly referred to the actress and director as "the Dietrich and Von Sternberg of the soft-core set"[1]). Other films were Private Obsession and Playback, a Playboy production.

In the late-1990s, she moved from softcore movies into a series of roles on mainstream network television and films, including action, sci-fi and horror genres. She had a recurring role as Mike Hammer's secretary Velda in the television series Mike Hammer, Private Eye and made guest appearances on such shows as ER, Felicity, Seinfeld, V.I.P., Murphy Brown, Malcolm in the Middle and Nash Bridges. She also had a small role in the Jim Carrey film Me, Myself & Irene (2000).

In 2007 she appeared on a BBC TV mini-series, Nuclear Secrets, playing Kitty Oppenheimer, the wife of Robert Oppenheimer.

In 2004 she moved to Arizona. Now married, she occasionally performs with theater companies in the area.[2]


  • Out for Justice (1991), Terry Malloy
  • Animal Instincts (1992), Joanna Cole
  • Sliver (1993), Woman Looking in Mirror (uncredited)
  • Body of Influence (1993) (V), Laura/Lana
  • Mirror Images II (1994) (V), Carrie/Terrie
  • Animal Instincts 2 (1994), Joanna Cole
  • Lady in Waiting (1994), Lori
  • Private Obsession (1995), Emmanuelle Griffith
  • The Granny (1995), Kelly Gargoli
  • Dangerous Prey (1995), Robin
  • Ringer (fr) (1996), Kristin/Tracy
  • Playback (1996), Karen Stone
  • Exit (1996), Diane
  • Retroactive (1997), Rayanne
  • Omega Doom (1997), Zed
  • Fatal Pursuit (1998), Jill
  • The Prophet's Game (1999), Barb
  • Lying in Wait (2000), Lois
  • Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Beautiful Mom
  • Active Stealth (2000) (V), Gina Murphy
  • Mach 2 (2001), Shannon Carpenter
  • Mike Hammer: Song Bird (2003) (V), Velda (Mike Hammer's secretary)
  • Jolene (2008), Teacher
  • Longshot (2008), Lydia
  • Middle Men (2009), Screaming Mother

TV movies[edit]

  • Texas Justice (1995), Rebecca

TV appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Kenny, Glenn (1994-08-19). "Shannon Whirry: Video's reigning vixen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-03-26. Whirry and Hippolyte are fast becoming the Dietrich and Von Sternberg of the soft-core set, with four titles — Animal Instincts, Body of Influence, Mirror Images II, and the latest, Animal Instincts II, due out next week — under their belts. 
  2. ^ Lengel, Kerry (2008-01-20). "Valley actress never bored on the boards". The Arizona Republic. Gannett. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 

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