Karen Allen

Highest Rated: 97% King of the Hill (1993)
Lowest Rated: 0% Until September (1984)
Birthday: Oct 5, 1951
Birthplace: Carrollton, Illinois, USA
Trained at the Washington Theatre Laboratory and Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Karen Allen was primarily a stage actress when she began to accept small film roles in such productions as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Manhattan (1979), although her most celebrated film assignment was as the plucky Marion Ravenwood in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Spielberg reportedly acknowledged his appreciation of Allen's performance by gallantly kissing her hand after each take, also preferring roles for Allen that allowed her to appear without makeup, with her generously freckled face in full view. Among her more notable post-Raiders films were Starman (1984), The Glass Menagerie (1987), Malcolm X (1992), and In the Bedroom (2001). Temporarily blinded by conjunctivitis shortly before launching her film career, Allen was able to draw from life while portraying the adult Helen Keller in the mid-'80s Broadway play Helen and Teacher. Allen's TV roles included a portrayal of the ill-fated civilian astronaut Christa McAuliffe in Challenger (1990). The actress reunited with Harrison Ford in a reprisal of her role as Marion in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Allen continues to be active in film and television.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Colewell Actor 2019
50% Year by the Sea Joan Anderson 2017
80% Bad Hurt Elaine Kendall 2016
No Score Yet Root Actor 2013
45% White Irish Drinkers Margaret 2011
No Score Yet November Christmas Claire Sanford 2010
78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Marion Ravenwood $317M 2008
26% Poster Boy Eunice Kray 2006
40% The Sandlot 2 Mrs. Smalls 2005
32% When Will I Be Loved Alexandra 2004
No Score Yet Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update Actor 2003
No Score Yet Plain Dirty Butcher Lee 2003
34% World Traveler Delores 2002
No Score Yet Shaka Zulu - Last Great Warrior Katherine Farewell 2001
No Score Yet Wind River Martha Wilson 2001
93% In the Bedroom Marla Keyes $35.8M 2001
No Score Yet My Horrible Year! Belinda Faulkner 2001
47% The Perfect Storm Melissa Brown 2000
44% The Basket Bessie Emery 1999
No Score Yet The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion Actor 1998
No Score Yet Falling Sky Resse Nicholson 1998
No Score Yet All the Winters That Have Been Hannah Raven 1997
5% 'Til There Was You Betty 1997
No Score Yet Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story Margaret 1996
97% King of the Hill Miss Mathey 1993
No Score Yet Voyage Kit 1993
60% The Sandlot Mom 1993
11% Ghost in the Machine Terry Munroe 1993
No Score Yet Sweet Talker Julie Maguire 1992
88% Malcolm X Miss Dunne 1992
No Score Yet Turning Glory Lawson 1992
No Score Yet Secret Weapon Ruth 1990
No Score Yet Challenger Christa McAuliffe 1990
13% Animal Behavior Alex Bristow 1989
70% Scrooged Claire 1988
70% The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield 1987
No Score Yet Backfire Mara McAndrew 1987
No Score Yet Terminus Gus 1986
84% Starman Jenny Hayden 1984
0% Until September Mo Alexander 1984
No Score Yet Split Image Rebecca 1982
80% Shoot the Moon Sandy 1982
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark Marion Ravenwood 1981
No Score Yet A Small Circle of Friends Jessica Bloom 1980
51% Cruising Nancy 1980
89% The Wanderers Nina $15K 1979
95% Manhattan TV Actor 1979
91% National Lampoon's Animal House Katy 1978


No Score Yet Blue Bloods
Betty Lowe
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Paula Varney
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order
Judith Sandler
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
  • 1995