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Ellen Barkin

Highest Rated:   92% Diner (1982)
Lowest Rated:   3% Twelve (2010)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Active Adults
  • Lucy
2017
44% Hands of Stone
  • Stephanie Arcel
$4.8M 2016
9% The Cobbler
  • Elaine Greenawalt
2015
20% 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
  • Empress
2010
41% Letters to Juliet
  • Producer
$53.1M 2010
44% Brooklyn's Finest
  • Agent Smith
$26.8M 2010
27% Happy Tears
  • Shelly
2010
No Score Yet Rogue's Gallery
  • Actor
2009
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Abigail Sponder
$78.9M 2007
27% Trust the Man
  • Norah
$1.5M 2006
19% She Hate Me
  • Margo Chadwick
$81.9k 2004
No Score Yet Strip Search
  • Actor
2004
42% 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
45% Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Annette Atkins
1999
49% 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
41% 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
78% 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
45% Made in Heaven
  • Lucille
1987
90% Down by Law
  • Laurette
1986
70% Desert Bloom
  • Aunt Starr
1986
No Score Yet Act of Vengeance
  • Annette Gilly
1986
No Score Yet Terminal Choice
  • Mary O'Connor
1985
71% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  • Penny Priddy
1984
No Score Yet The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
  • Actor
1984
22% Harry & Son
  • Katie
1984
38% Eddie and the Cruisers
  • Maggie Foley
1983
43% Daniel
  • Phyllis Isaacson
1983
86% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% Animal Kingdom
2016
  • Janine "Smurf" Cody
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
31% Happyish
2015
  • Dani Kirschenbloom
  • 2015
56% The New Normal
2012-2013
  • Jane
  • 2013
  • 2012
87% Modern Family
2009
  • Verna Roth
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
  • Voice
  • 2001

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