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      Caroline Kava

      Highest Rated: 84% Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

      Lowest Rated: 39% Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

      Birthday: Sep 25, 1949

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Caroline Kava has appeared in television series and films since the late 1970s, but is probably most recognized for her movie roles during the '80s, in which she was frequently cast as a parent of Russian or European heritage. During this time, she got to work with top leading men including River Phoenix and Tom Cruise; in the 1988 suspense drama "Little Nikita," she played the mysterious Elizabeth Grant, the mother of Phoenix's character, who might actually be a Soviet sleeper agent. She later played the mother of Cruise's Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's war drama "Born on the Fourth of July," followed by guest-star parts in such seminal '90s television series as "Star Trek: The Next Generation." In the "Trek" episode, which dealt with the issue of assisted suicide, Lieutenant Worf is paralyzed after an accident; Kava plays Dr. Toby Russell, who proposes an experimental surgery that could restore his walking ability, but could be fatal if something goes wrong. Back when her film career was getting started, she worked twice with Michael Cimino, in both the notorious '80 Western "Heaven's Gate" and the '85 action film "Year of the Dragon" (which Stone co-wrote). In 1995, she wrote and directed her first short film, "Polio Water," and made two other films through the 2000s.

      Highest rated movies

      Born on the Fourth of July poster
      Born on the Fourth of July
      Four Days in September poster
      Four Days in September
      Little Nikita poster
      Little Nikita
      Year of the Dragon poster
      Year of the Dragon
      Final poster
      Final
      Snow Falling on Cedars poster
      Snow Falling on Cedars

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      Movies

      Credit
      44% 35% Final Bill's Mother (Character) $10.8K 2001
      No Score Yet 45% Amy and Isabelle Unknown (Character) - 2001
      39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Helen Chambers (Character) $14.4M 1999
      59% 75% Four Days in September Elvira Elbrick (Character) $393.5K 1997
      No Score Yet 47% Shattered Mind Martha Tremayne (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jumpin' Joe Unknown (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 55% Guilty Until Proven Innocent Mary Hohne (Character) - 1991
      84% 76% Born on the Fourth of July Mrs. Kovic (Character) $68.8M 1989
      57% 45% Little Nikita Elizabeth Grant (Character) $1.5M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Body of Evidence Jean (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 29% Nobody's Child Dr. Blackwell (Character) - 1986
      56% 52% Year of the Dragon Connie White (Character) $18.6M 1985

      TV

      Credit
      20% No Score Yet Hack Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1996
      74% 86% The X-Files Doris Kearns (Guest Star) 1995
      92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Toby Russell (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 85% Quantum Leap Mrs. Thelma Beckett (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1986 1989