Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin

Highest Rated: 92% Diner (1982)

Lowest Rated: 3% Twelve (2010)

Birthday: Apr 16, 1954

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Ellen Barkin is one of the most respected, versatile actresses on the screen; she is equally at home playing supporting roles, character roles, and leads -- even as true stardom eluded her. Prior to becoming an actress, Barkin attended the renowned High School for the Performing Arts in New York, studied history and Drama at Hunter College, and attended workshops at The Actors Studio. Barkin debuted on-stage in 1980's Irish Coffee and continued her theater work while appearing the following year in the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. She had roles in various TV movies before making her critically acclaimed film debut as the neglected wife of an obsessive record collector in Barry Levinson's Diner (1982), and subsequently went on to play supporting roles ranging from unhappy wives to white-hot sexpots to a small but vital part as Robert Duvall's troubled daughter in Tender Mercies (1983). Following her appearance in the romantic thriller The Big Easy in 1987, Barkin gained a small but devoted following. While filming the experimental supernatural thriller Siesta (1987), she met her husband, Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, with whom she had two children. (The couple divorced in 1993.) Remaining involved with The Actors Studio when not working, Barkin worked steadily during the late '80s and throughout the '90s -- most notably in Sea of Love (1989) -- and appeared (with Oprah Winfrey) in 1997's Before Women Had Wings, her first TV movie in 13 years. She appeared in Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as well as the 1999 black comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. She made a move into indie fare at the beginning of the next decade with parts in Todd Solondz's Palindromes, and Spike Lee's micro-budget drama She Hate Me. She had her most high-profile role in quite some time in 2007 when she was cast in Ocean's Thirteen. Two years later she was in the cop drama Brooklyn's Finest, and two years after that she was the lead in the ensemble dysfunctional family drama Another Happy Day.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Active Adults Lucy 2017
44% Hands of Stone Stephanie Arcel $4.8M 2016
9% The Cobbler Elaine Greenawalt 2015
19% Very Good Girls Norma Berger 2014
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Actor 2012
44% Another Happy Day Producer Lynn $9K 2011
38% Shit Year Colleen West 2011
25% The Chameleon Kimberly Miller 2011
3% Twelve Jessica's Mother $0.2M 2010
40% Operation: Endgame (Rogue's Gallery) Empress 2010
41% Letters to Juliet Producer $53.1M 2010
44% Brooklyn's Finest Agent Smith $26.8M 2010
27% Happy Tears Shelly 2010
70% Ocean's Thirteen Abigail Sponder $78.9M 2007
28% Trust the Man Norah $1.5M 2006
19% She Hate Me Margo Chadwick $81.9K 2004
No Score Yet Strip Search Actor 2004
43% Palindromes Joyce Victor $0.5M 2004
42% Someone Like You Diane Roberts $26.8M 2001
17% Mercy Catherine Palmer 2000
21% Crime & Punishment in Suburbia Maggie Skolnik 2000
No Score Yet The White River Kid Eva 1999
46% Drop Dead Gorgeous Annette Atkins 1999
50% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Waitress 1998
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents 'Before Women Had Wings' Glory Marie Jackson 1997
17% Mad Dog Time Rita 1996
34% The Fan Jewel Stern 1996
42% Wild Bill Calamity Jane 1995
27% Bad Company Margaret Wells 1995
76% This Boy's Life Caroline 1993
77% Into the West Kathleen 1993
7% Man Trouble Joan Spruance 1992
64% Mac Oona 1992
33% Switch Amanda Brooks 1991
62% Johnny Handsome Sunny Boyd 1989
79% Sea of Love Helen Cruger 1989
No Score Yet Clinton and Nadine Nadine Powers 1988
17% Siesta Claire 1987
89% The Big Easy Anne Osborne 1987
50% Made in Heaven Lucille 1987
90% Down by Law Laurette 1986
No Score Yet Act of Vengeance Annette Gilly 1986
64% Desert Bloom Aunt Starr 1986
No Score Yet Terminal Choice Mary O'Connor 1985
69% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Penny Priddy 1984
No Score Yet The Princess Who Had Never Laughed Actor 1984
36% Harry & Son Katie 1984
38% Eddie and the Cruisers Maggie Foley 1983
43% Daniel Phyllis Isaacson 1983
83% Tender Mercies Sue Anne 1983
No Score Yet Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Virginia 1983
92% Diner Beth 1982
No Score Yet Kent State Actor 1981
No Score Yet We're Fighting Back Chris Capoletti 1981


No Score Yet Animal Kingdom
Janine "Smurf" Cody 2019
31% Happyish
Dani Kirschenbloom 2015
53% The New Normal
Jane 2013
86% Modern Family
Verna Roth 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2011
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2010
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 2001


Helen Cruger says: I always like to think I live for love. What else is there? Food?

Claire says: Augustine, tell me, if it wasn't her who was killed, if it was me, why do I still feel such love?

Annette Atkins says: If they ask you to take your top off, get the money first

Annette Atkins says: If they ask you to take your top off, get the money first.

Amber Atkins says: Well this isn't an American Teen Princess Pageant! This... This... This is Nazi Germany!