Tracy Lynn Middendorf
January 26, 1970
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Franz Wisner (m. 2005)
Middendorf was born in Miami Beach, Florida. She attended the Conservatory of Theatrical Arts at SUNY Purchase before breaking into television as Carrie Brady on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1992, replacing Christie Clark until her return in 1993. The following year, she made her feature film debut in the critically acclaimed Wes Craven's New Nightmare, where she played the supporting role of Julie.
During the 1990s, Middendorf built a solid career as a supporting actress in several television movies and series including hit shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210 (where she played the recurring role of Laura Kingman during the show's fourth season), Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Angel, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope and Millennium. She also starred in the television movie Dying to Belong (opposite Hilary Swank) and had a small part in Sam Raimi's For Love of the Game.
In March 1995, she resumed her stage career in Los Angeles playing Nicole Warren Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night directed by Simon Levy at the Fountain Theatre. The same year she played Jill in Pilgrims by Stephen Metcalfe at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The following year, she got an Ovation Awards nomination for her performance in Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending. In 1998 she briefly relocated to the East Coast to star in two different plays: Ah, Wilderness! at the Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater (that marked her Broadway debut) and the Big Knife in Massachusetts. She returned to the Los Angeles stage with Tennessee Williams's Summer and Smoke, that earned her the Ovation Award for the best leading female performance.
During the 2000s, Middendorf continued her acting career in film, television and stage. After guest starring stints in Six Feet Under, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Cold Case, among other shows, she got recurring roles in 24, The Division, Alias and Lost.
On the big screen, she got parts in J.J. Abrams's Mission: Impossible 3, Niels Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Stephen Purvis's El Cortez and Hart Bochner's Just Add Water. In 2002 she won another Ovation Award for her performance in Stephen Sachs' After the Fall, which ran for 7 sold-out months at the Fountain Theatre. For that production she also won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award.
In 2010 she was cast as Babette in Boardwalk Empire: after appearing in the series pilot, directed by Martin Scorsese, Middendorf was featured in other eight episodes through the first and the second season. After starring in Bruno Barreto's Reaching for the Moon (filmed in Brazil), she won a recurring role in the action-drama hit show The Last Ship as Darien Chandler.
After starring in other stage plays such as Miss Julie (playing the title role), Battle of Black and Dogs (at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New York City) and Harold Pinter's Old Times (at the Shakespeare Theatre Company), Middendorf debuted as a director in Louise Rozett's Break during the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2011.
In April 2015, she won the American Movie Award as Best Actress for her performance in Snowflake, a critically acclaimed short film for which she also won the Diamond Award at the International Independent Film Awards, the Best Supporting Actress Award at the IndieFEST Film Awards 2016 and was nominated at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. After starring in the Beth Henley's play Abundance at The Actors Company Theatre in New York City, she joined the cast of the MTV series Scream as Margaret "Maggie" Duval.
Middendorf is married to Franz Wisner, author of the well-received book Honeymoon with My Brother, and has two children.
In 2012, Middendorf created Shutter To Think, a project designed to use photography as a way to support programs for girls around the world. Through the sale of personal photographs taken by well-known actors, writers, directors, and musicians, Shutter to Think is able to help fund programs with globally recognized organizations that are focused on providing opportunities to girls. Contributors include Steve Buscemi, Meryl Streep and Nicholas D. Kristof, among others.
|1994||Wes Craven's New Nightmare||Julie||Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival|
|1999||For Love of the Game||Blonde Player's Wife|
|2004||The Assassination of Richard Nixon||Businesswoman||Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||Ashley|
|2008||Just Add Water||Nora|
|2010||Boy Wonder||Mary Donovan|
|2013||Reaching for the Moon||Mary||Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival|
Best Actress Award - American Movie Awards
Best Supporting Actress Nomination - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Diamond Award - International Independent Film Awards
Best Supporting Actress Award - IndieFEST Film Awards
|1992||One Stormy Night||Caroline Anna 'Carrie' Brady||TV movie|
|1993||Days of Our Lives||Series Regular (1993)|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Laura Kingman||6 episodes (1993-1994)|
|1995||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning||Dorothy||TV movie|
|McKenna||Skates||Episode: "Racing in the Streets"|
|The Client||Denise||Episode: "Happily Ever After"|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Erin Garman||Episode: "The Dark Side of the Door"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Tora Ziyal||Episode: "For the Cause"|
|1997||Dying to Belong||Kim Lessing||TV movie|
|Touched by an Angel||Amethyst||Episode: "Last Call"|
|Perversions of Science||Cheerleader||Episode: "Panic"|
|The Practice||Jennifer Cole||Episode: "Betrayal"|
|1998||L.A. Doctors||Alice Springs||Episode: "Under the Radar"|
|1999||Chicago Hope||Jesse Porter||Episode: "Teacher's Pet"|
|Millennium||Cass Doyle||Episode: "Darwin's Eye"|
|Angel||Tina||Episode: "City of"|
|Ally McBeal||Risa Helms||Episode: "Car Wash"|
Episode: "Heat Wave"
|2000||The Practice||Jennifer Cole||Episode: "Officers of the Court"|
|The X-Files||Gracie O'Connor||Episode: "Signs and Wonders"|
|2001||Family Law||Amanda Grant||Episode: "Americans"|
|Gideon's Crossing||Becky Lasker||Episode: "The Way"|
|Six Feet Under||Adele Swanson||Episode: "The Will"|
|2002||The Practice||Jennifer Cole||Episode: "The Return of Joey Heric"|
|The Time Tunnel||Sheila Phillips||TV movie|
|JAG||Mariel Reese||Episode: "Code of Conduct"|
|Any Day Now||Tanya Meyer||Episode: "Call Him Macaroni"|
|Night Visions||Lucinda||Episode: "Harmony"|
|The Division||Kimberly||Episode: "Before the Deluge"|
Episode: "Sweet Sorrow"
|24||Carla Matheson||4 episodes|
|2003||Alias||Elsa Caplan||Episode: "A Free Agent"|
|The Guardian||Laura Donnellon||Episode: "Hazel Park"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bridget Willis||Episode: "Lucky Strike"|
|2004||Cold Case||Rebecca Morgan / Linda Frandsen||Episode: "Maternal Instincts"|
|Medical Investigation||Anne Harring||Episode: "Escape"|
|The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story||Amber Frey||TV movie|
|2005||House||Sarah Reilich||Episode: "Cursed"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Audrey West||Episode: "The Thing with Feathers"|
|2007||Shark||Wendy Phillips||Episode: "Wayne's World 2: Revenge of the Shark"|
|Lost||Bonnie||Episode: "Greatest Hits"|
Episode: "Through the Looking Glass" Part I
Episode: "Through the Looking Glass"Part II
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sarah Flint||Episode: "Snitch"|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Belinda Mayfield||Episode: "Working Stiffs"|
|Bones||Gaynor Rabin||Episode: "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken"|
|2010||Boardwalk Empire||Babette||Recurring, 9 episodes (2010-2012)|
|The Mentalist||Jane Doe||Episode: "Aingavite Baa"|
|2011||Criminal Minds||Lyla Bradstone||Episode: "Proof"|
|2014||The Last Ship||Darien Chandler||Recurring role|
|2015||Scream||Margaret "Maggie" Duval||Series Regular, 24 episodes (2015-2016)|
|2017||Bloodline||Sally's mom||Episode: "Part 30"|
- Kinsey Stephenson, Mark (February 1, 2012). "Tracy Middendorf Looks Back on her LA Fountain Years". The Fountain Theatre Blog.
- Loynd, Ray (March 10, 1995). "Theater Attempts to Scale Mt. Fitzgerald : Stage: The novel 'Tender Is the Night' has never been done as a play. It's a daunting task, and it opens today at Fountain Theatre in Hollywood". Los Angeles Times.
- Braunagel, Don (August 11, 1995). "Pilgrims". Variety.com.
- "LA Ovation Winners". Playbill.com. November 19, 1996.
- "L.A.'s Ovation Awards Overcome by 'Reefer Madness'". Playbill.com. November 9, 1998.
- Shirley, Don (November 10, 1999). "Running Smoke Rings Around the Competition". Los Angeles Times.
- "2002 Ovation Awards: The list of winners". Los Angeles Times. November 29, 2002.
- "IMDb - Awards for Tracy Middendorf". imdb.com. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- "Snowflake Official Facebook Page". facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 28, 2014). "MTV Picks Up 'Scream' To Series". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
- "Shutter to Think".