Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Highest Rated: 100% Blow the Man Down (2020)

Lowest Rated: 17% Here on Earth (2000)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1952

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Woefully underappreciated American actress Annette O'Toole combined intelligence, wit, and delicate, often teasing allure with a girl-next-door magnetism that served her impeccably, both during her ingenue years and well into adulthood. Born in 1953, the scarlet-haired Houston native followed the lead of her dance studio owner mother by practicing her footwork with stunning determination. Annette's family moved to the City of Angels before her 14th birthday, where she shifted gears from dancing to acting, enrolled in drama courses, and landed guest roles in such series as The Partridge Family and Hawaii Five-O. In 1974, O'Toole tackled her first major feature role -- that of sweet-hearted beauty pageant contestant Doria Houston (otherwise known as Miss Anaheim) in Michael Ritchie's legendary satire Smile (1975). She did stellar work opposite Robby Benson in the romantic comedy One on One (1977), which premiered to favorable critical reviews, but a similar effort with Gary Busey a few years later, called Foolin' Around (1980), failed to display like chemistry. For better or worse, O'Toole's big break arrived in 1982, when she was cast opposite Christopher Reeve as Lana Lang in Superman 3; the film, of course, clocked in as an enormous stinker, overbloated to the point of absurdity, with O'Toole providing its only saving grace. That film imparted bittersweet undercurrents to O'Toole's life; it brought her the greatest character identification of her career, to be certain, but (along with an ill-advised appearance in Paul Schrader's awful 1982 movie Cat People), may have contributed to keeping her offscreen for several years. She rebounded with force in Armyan Bernstein's outstanding sex comedy Cross My Heart, as one of two romantic leads opposite Martin Short. The late 1987 release displayed the wit, charisma, and intelligence of both of its stars (and incorporated a hilarious nod to Superman 3, suggesting that Bernstein and Gail Parent may have written the role specifically for O'Toole), but for some unascertainable reason, failed to connect with an audience. O'Toole then signed for roles in the Alan Rudolph comedy-mystery Love at Large (1989) and the horrific Stephen King telemovie It (1990), which found the actress, along with John Ritter, Richard Thomas, and others, squaring off against homicidal clown Pennywise (Tim Curry). Her next major feat came in the late '90s, when she played Lisa, the spunky ex-wife of the police detective title character (Don Johnson) on the series Nash Bridges (1996-2001). She then achieved recognition by playing a different Superman role than the one previously essayed -- that of Clark Kent's mother, Martha -- on the popular prime-time series Smallville (2001). At about the same time, O'Toole made headlines by marrying her second husband, comedian and actor Michael McKean (Laverne & Shirley, This Is Spinal Tap), in 1999. The two co-authored a song for the Christopher Guest mockumentary A Mighty Wind (2003), entitled "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," in which McKean co-starred sans O'Toole. In a particularly memorable bit, the couple performed that number together on-stage at the 2004 Academy Awards ceremony.


Highest Rated Movies



100% Blow the Man Down Actor 2020
100% Women Who Kill Lila 2017
100% We Go On Actor 2016
No Score Yet Beach Pillows Actor 2014
No Score Yet Falling Up Grace O'Shea 2010
No Score Yet Temptation Nora 2003
82% Gigantic Actor 2002
17% Here on Earth Jo 2000
No Score Yet Final Justice Actor 1998
No Score Yet Keeping the Promise Anne Hallowell 1997
No Score Yet Final Justice Gwen Saticoy 1997
No Score Yet Final Descent Actor 1997
No Score Yet The Man Next Door Annie Hopkins 1996
No Score Yet The Christmas Box Actor 1995
No Score Yet My Brother's Keeper Joann 1995
60% Imaginary Crimes Ginny 1994
50% Andre Toni's adult voice 1994
No Score Yet Love Matters Julie 1993
No Score Yet Kiss of a Killer Kate Wilson 1993
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's 'Jewels' Sarah 1992
No Score Yet A Girl of the Limberlost Kate Comstock 1991
No Score Yet White Lie Helen Lester 1991
70% Stephen King's It Beverly Marsh 1990
71% Love at Large Mrs. King 1990
No Score Yet Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North Actor 1989
40% Cross My Heart Kathy 1987
No Score Yet Broken Vows Nana Marie 'Nim' Fitzpatrick 1986
No Score Yet Copacabana Actor 1985
No Score Yet Bridge to Terabithia Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Best Legs in the Eighth Grade Actor 1984
26% Superman III Lana Lang 1983
93% 48 HRS Elaine 1982
61% Cat People Alice Perrin 1982
No Score Yet Foolin' Around Susan 1980
80% King of the Gypsies Sharon 1978
88% One on One Janet Hays 1977
100% Smile Doria Houston/'Miss Anaheim' 1975
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely to... Actor 1973


63% Marvel's The Punisher
Eliza Schultz 2019
No Score Yet Virgin River
Hope McCrea 2019
96% Battle Creek
Amelia Zuransky 2015
90% Halt and Catch Fire
Susan Emerson 2014
57% The Finder
Elaine Sherman 2012
51% Private Practice
Janet 2011
78% Smallville
Martha Kent 2011
78% Lie to Me
Veronica 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
Valerie Grace 2000
No Score Yet Nash Bridges
Lisa 2000
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Carol 1971
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Edda Sprague 1970


Doria Houston/"Miss Anaheim" says: It's a CONTEST!

Doria Houston/"Miss Anaheim" says: No, I won two hundered dollars and had a wart removed.