Teri Austin

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Teri Austin
Teresa Austin

(1957-04-17) April 17, 1957 (age 63)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress, activist
Years active1985–2001

Teresa "Teri" Austin (born April 17, 1957) is a Canadian film and television actress. She had her greatest success in the 1980s and 1990s, and is best known for her role as Jill Bennett in the CBS primetime soap opera Knots Landing, and as co-host of the Canadian reality series Thrill of a Lifetime.

Early life[edit]

Austin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.[1] She graduated from York University in Toronto.


Austin began her acting career in Canada where she worked in television, film radio and theatre and co-hosted the show Thrill of a Lifetime before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career there.[2][3]

Austin is best known for her performance as Jill Bennett on CBS series Knots Landing.[4] She played the role from 1985 to 1989, and in 1990 won Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villain: Prime Time.[5] She also appeared in Quantum Leap, Seinfeld, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, and returned to soap roles in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Models Inc.. In film, she appeared in The Vindicator (1986) and Raising Cain (1992).

In 2001, Austin left acting and began working as animal activist in Los Angeles.[4]


Year Credit Role Notes
1985–1989 Knots Landing Jill Bennett Recurring role, 96 episodes
1985 The Fall Guy Annie Benton 1 episode
Terminal Choice Lylah Crane Feature film role
1986 The Vindicator Lauren Lehman Feature film role
1988 Dangerous Love Dominique Feature film
1989 False Witness Sandralee Dawson
Street Legal (TV series) Alex Roper Guest role, 1 episode
1990 Quantum Leap Dana Barrenger 1 episode, "Her Charm" (Season 2)
Cop Rock Trish Vaughn Film role
1990–1992 Matlock Beth Guest role, 2 episodes
1991 Seinfeld Ava Guest star, 2 episodes
1992 Wings (TV series) Shannon Moss Guest star, 1 episode
Raising Cain Karen Supporting film role
1993 In The Heat Of The Night Alice Guest Star, 1 Episode, "Deadly Affection"
Murder, She Wrote Louise Walton Guest star, 1 episode
L.A. Law (TV series) Morgan Farrell Guest star, 1 episode
1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ingrid Guest star, 2 episodes
Models Inc. Dinah Guest star, 2 episodes
1996 The Dark Mist Diamond Feature film role
1997 Diagnosis Murder (TV series) Claire Reed Guest star, 1 episode
2000 An American Daughter Greta Feature film role
2001 Gangland Mary Anne Adams Feature film role


  1. ^ "Teri Austin". NNDB. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Hoogenboom, Lynn (13 February 1987). "Teri Austin is doing what she always wanted to do". Huntingdon Daily News. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Live Wire Teri Austin Turns a Knots Plot into a Real-Life Romance – Vol. 27 No. 18". PEOPLE.com. 4 May 1987. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Pennacchio, George (2006-05-21). "Actress Teri Austin Now Known as Animal Activist 5/21/06 | abc7.com". Abclocal.go.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  5. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1990". Soap Opera Digest. soapoperadigest.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2013.

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