Karen Black

Karen Black

Highest Rated: 100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)

Lowest Rated: 0% Zapped Again (1990)

Birthday: Jul 1, 1939

Birthplace: Not Available

Though her career of the late '80s and early '90s might indicate otherwise, Karen Black is one of Hollywood's finest actresses and has appeared in a number of well-wrought dramas. Born Karen Ziegler, she began her professional acting career after graduating from Northwestern University. After appearing in a few revues off-Broadway, Black enrolled in the Actor's Studio to study under Lee Strasberg. She made her film debut as a teenage artist's model in exploitation filmmaker Herschel Gordon Lewis' The Prime Time (1960). In 1965, Black appeared on Broadway in The Playroom which only ran for a month, but did garner her a nomination for a New York Critic's Circle award. She then appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now (1967). She next appeared in Hard Contact (1969), but did not become well known until her convincing portrayal of a spaced-out LSD-taking hooker in the box-office sleeper Easy Rider (1969). The following year, Black won further acclaim for playing a goodhearted but somewhat dim-witted waitress in Five Easy Pieces. The role earned her a Best Supporting Actress award from the New York Film Critics and an Oscar nomination. With this auspicious beginning, Black went on to appear in a number of major Hollywood features during the '70s. Some of her most notable performances can be found in such films as Jack Nicholson's directorial debut Drive He Said (1971), The Great Gatsby (1974), The Day of the Locust (1975), and Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), where she got to show off her singing ability. In 1975, she also played four roles in the chilling television thriller Trilogy of Terror. In the decades to come, Black would move from sensational starlet to bankable actress, appearing in several projects per year. As the 90's, 2000's, and 2010's rolled out, Black wouldn't slow down in the least, appearing memorably in everything from Zoe Clarke-Williams' Men to House of 1000 Corpses.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Contamination Actor 2015
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not Actor 2014
No Score Yet Ooga Booga Actor 2013
No Score Yet Karen Black: On Acting Actor 2013
No Score Yet Maria My Love Maria 2012
No Score Yet Born To Race Parm 2012
No Score Yet Nothing Special Actor 2011
86% Letters from the Big Man Actor 2011
40% Repo Chick Aunt De La Chasse 2011
No Score Yet Mommy's Little Monster Actor 2011
80% Some Guy Who Kills People Actor 2011
No Score Yet Watercolors Mrs. Martin 2010
No Score Yet ITW Pathway Actor 2010
62% The Blue Tooth Virgin Zena 2009
29% Irene in Time Sheila Shiwers 2009
No Score Yet A Single Woman Actor 2009
No Score Yet Stuck! Actor 2009
No Score Yet No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos Actor 2008
38% Hollywood Dreams Luna $89.7K 2007
No Score Yet One Long Night Barbara 2007
No Score Yet Suffering Man's Charity (Ghost Writer) Renee 2007
No Score Yet Read You Like a Book Kate 2006
No Score Yet Firecracker Sandra/Eleanor 2005
No Score Yet My Suicidal Sweetheart (Crazy for Love) Grace's Mom 2005
No Score Yet The Straun House Actor 2005
No Score Yet Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Zelma Putnam 2004
60% Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Actor 2004
80% America Brown Marianne Brown 2004
No Score Yet Tuesday Never Comes Actor 2004
No Score Yet Miner's Massacre Actor 2003
No Score Yet Paris Chantelle 2003
20% House of 1000 Corpses Mother Firefly $12.6M 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
No Score Yet A Light in the Darkness Mrs. Melnick 2002
30% Teknolust Dirty Dick 2002
No Score Yet First Degree Actor 2002
No Score Yet Buttleman (Harold Buttleman, Daredevil Stuntman) Actor 2002
60% The Independent Herself 2001
54% Gypsy 83 Bambi LeBleau 2001
No Score Yet Soulkeeper Magnificient Martha 2001
No Score Yet Hard Luck Aunt Judy 2001
No Score Yet Fallen Arches Actor 1999
No Score Yet Red Dirt Aunt Summer 1999
No Score Yet Charades Actor 1999
No Score Yet Mascara Aunt Eloise 1999
33% The Underground Comedy Movie Mother 1999
82% Conceiving Ada Lady Byron/Mother Coer 1999
No Score Yet My Neighbor's Daughter Social Worker 1998
No Score Yet Dogtown Rose 1998
27% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Whip Lady 1998
No Score Yet Men Screenwriter Alex 1998
No Score Yet Dinosaur Valley Girls Ro-Kell 1997
No Score Yet First Degree Screenwriter Producer 1997
No Score Yet Plan 10 From Outer Space Actor 1997
No Score Yet Malaika Actor 1997
No Score Yet Invisible Dad Courtney Whitmer 1997
No Score Yet Stir Psychiatrist 1997
No Score Yet Crimetime Millicent Hargreave 1996
No Score Yet Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering June Rhodes 1996
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom? Actor 1995
No Score Yet Plan 10 From Outer Space Nehor 1994
No Score Yet Bound and Gagged: A Love Story Carla 1993
80% Dark Blood Actor 1993
No Score Yet Cries of Silence Rose 1993
No Score Yet Tuesday Never Comes Actor 1993
No Score Yet Return of the Roller Blade Seven Actor 1993
No Score Yet Hitz Tiffany 1992
No Score Yet The Double O Kid Mrs. Elliot 1992
No Score Yet Auntie Lee's Meat Pies Auntie Lee 1992
No Score Yet Caged Fear Blanche 1992
No Score Yet The Double 0 Kid Actor 1992
No Score Yet Quiet Fire Actor 1991
No Score Yet Children of the Night Karen Thompson 1991
No Score Yet Children, The Sybil Lullmer 1991
No Score Yet Haunting Fear Dr. Harcourt 1991
No Score Yet Blood Money Barrett 1991
No Score Yet Rubin and Ed Rula 1991
No Score Yet Evil Spirits Ella 1990
No Score Yet Club Fed Sally 1990
No Score Yet Night Angel Rita 1990
No Score Yet Over Exposed Mrs. Towbridge 1990
No Score Yet Mirror, Mirror Susan Gordon 1990
0% Zapped Again Homeroom Teacher 1990
No Score Yet Twisted Justice Mrs. Granger 1990
0% Homer & Eddie Belle 1989
No Score Yet Trust Me Actor 1989
No Score Yet The Heist Actor 1989
50% Out of the Dark Ruth Wilson 1989
No Score Yet Final Judgment Mrs. Sorrel 1989
No Score Yet The Invisible Kid Mom / Deborah 1988
No Score Yet The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway Actor 1988
No Score Yet Hostage Laura Lawrence 1987
No Score Yet Eternal Evil Janus 1987
56% It's Alive III: Island of the Alive Ellen 1987
33% Invaders From Mars Linda Magnusson 1986
No Score Yet Savage Dawn Rachel Wade 1985
No Score Yet Cut and Run Karin 1985
No Score Yet Martin's Day Karen 1985
No Score Yet The Blue Man (Eternal Evil) Actor 1985
No Score Yet Bad Manners Gladys Fitzpatrick 1984
No Score Yet The Power Actor 1984
No Score Yet Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? Zee 1983
No Score Yet 1922 (The Number) Actor 1982
No Score Yet Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Joanne 1982
No Score Yet Separate Ways Valentine Colby 1982
No Score Yet Chanel Solitaire Emilienne d'Alencon 1981
No Score Yet Gräset sjunger (Killing Heat) (The Grass Is Singing) Mary Turner 1981
No Score Yet Miss Right Amy 1981
No Score Yet Mr. Horn Ernestina Crawford 1979
No Score Yet In Praise of Older Women Maya 1978
No Score Yet The Squeeze (The Rip-Off) Clarisse 1978
62% Capricorn One Judy Drinkwater 1978
No Score Yet Killer Fish Kate Neville 1978
92% Family Plot Fran 1976
54% Burnt Offerings Marian Rolf 1976
92% Nashville Connie White 1975
60% The Day of the Locust Faye Greener 1975
91% Trilogy of Terror Julie/Millicent Larimore/Therese Larimore/Amelia 1975
No Score Yet Crime and Passion Susan 1975
25% Airport 1975 Nancy Pryor 1974
No Score Yet Law and Disorder Gloria 1974
39% The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson 1974
No Score Yet The Outfit Bett Harrow 1974
No Score Yet Rhinoceros Daisy 1974
No Score Yet The Hooker Cult Murders Elizabeth Lucy 1973
No Score Yet Little Laura and Big John Laura 1973
No Score Yet Cisco Pike Sue 1972
No Score Yet Portnoy's Complaint Mary Jane Reid 1972
29% Born to Win Parm 1971
No Score Yet A Gunfight Jenny 1971
62% Drive, He Said Olive 1971
88% Five Easy Pieces Rayette Dipesto 1970
No Score Yet Hard Contract Ellen 1969
86% Easy Rider Karen 1969
82% You're a Big Boy Now Amy 1966
No Score Yet The Prime Time Painted Woman 1960

TV

Credit
100% Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
Appearing 2010
No Score Yet Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!
2007-2010
Performer 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Vera Morgan 2003
No Score Yet Party of Five
1994-2000
1998
No Score Yet Profiler
1996-2000
E.V. Long 1998
No Score Yet The Hunger
1997-1999
1997
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night
1988-1995
Carla Ray 1993
100% Tales of the City
1993
Herself 1993
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Helen Jackson 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Dr. Sylvia Dunn 1986
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1981
1976
75% More Tales Of The City
1998
Herself
No Score Yet The Hitchhiker
1983-1991

QUOTES FROM Karen Black CHARACTERS

Palm Apodaca says: Hey, follow that truck. They know the best places to stop.

Rayette Dipesto says: That's an old maid's tale.

Palm Apodaca says: Bullshit! Truck drivers are the only ones that know the best places to stop on the road.

Rayette Dipesto says: Salesmen and cops are the ones. If you'd ever waitressed, honey, you'd know that.

Palm Apodaca says: Don't call me honey, mac.

Rayette Dipesto says: Don't call me mac, honey.

Rayette Dipesto says: That was real good, wasn't it? I finally did it!

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Great. You throw the big Z's for 19 frames, and then you throw a strike on the last ball of a losing game. Wonderful. Just wonderful.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: You're just gonna sit here?

Rayette Dipesto says: Yes.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Okay. I hope no one hits on you.

Rayette Dipesto says: I hope they do.

Rayette Dipesto says: I'm gonna play it again.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: You play that thing one more time, I'm gonna melt it down into hairspray.

Rayette Dipesto says: Let me play the other side then.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: No, Rayette, it's not a question of sides. It's a question of musical integrity.

Chad Foster says: You've drugged me!

Julie says: [Flippant] No dear, I've killed you.

Amelia says: [last lines] This is Amelia, mom. I'm sorry I acted the way I did. I think we should spend the evening together, just the way we planned. It's kind of late though. Why don't you come by my place and we'll go from here? No, I'm all right! Good. I'll be waiting for you.

Amelia says: [on the phone, threatened by a supernaturally animated Zuni hunting fetish doll] Operator, get me the police! I DON'T KNOW where I'm located, just get me the police, there's a... there's a... just get me the police, PLEASE?

Amelia says: This can't be happening! This can't be happening!