Cynthia Ettinger

Cynthia Ettinger

Highest Rated: 100% Fail Safe (2000)

Lowest Rated: 75% Frailty (2002)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

Cynthia Ettinger is a character actress who has persevered through numerous bit roles in film and on television to achieve the occasional minor glory. Her inauspicious debut as "Dr. Jane's Patient" in the Randy Quaid-starring sci-fi film comedy, "Martians Go Home," was somewhat prophetic in its anonymity. In 1991, she had a bit part in the thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" and another on the sitcom "Seinfeld," her TV debut. Through the late '90s and into 2000, Ettinger's film roles included such characters as "Pretty Woman," "Ticket Agent," and "Crying Neighbor." In 1994, she played a tour guide on an episode of the comic book series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," while in 2001, she was cast as Martha Kent in the pilot episode of another Superman incarnation, "Smallville"; the episode went unaired, and, alas, it was Annette O'Toole who filled the part that would go on to have a decade-long run. But that same year, Ettinger was cast in a relatively significant supporting part in the crime thriller "Frailty," playing the first victim of Bill Paxton's Dad Meiks (Paxton also directed the film). After several more brief TV spots, in 2003, Ettinger was cast as Rita Sue Dreifuss, one of the main ensemble characters on HBO's Dust Bowl-era mystery, "Carnivàle," which lasted 24 episodes over two seasons. In 2006, Ettinger continued the momentum, landing a ten-episode run on another HBO series: the gritty, irreverent historical drama "Deadwood," where she played Claudia.

Highest rated movies

Fail Safe




No Score Yet 100% Problem of Evil Josie (Character) - 2013
75% 78% Frailty Cynthia Harbridge (Character) $13.1M 2002
100% 79% Fail Safe Betty Black (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate but Not Serious Ticket Agent (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Effects of Magic Charlotte (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 43% Down, Out & Dangerous Monica Harrington (Character) - 1995


45% 0% Heartland Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
92% 96% Deadwood Claudia (Guest Star) 2006
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
90% 96% House Mrs. Simms (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carnivale Rita Sue Dreifuss (Character) 2003 2005
No Score Yet 84% ER Mrs. Powell (Guest Star) 1994 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Dragnet Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Evelyn Prichard (Guest Star) 2002-2003
85% 86% Gilmore Girls Maureen (Guest Star) 2002-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Court Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Providence Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pointman Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
89% 92% Seinfeld Michele (Guest Star) 1991