Karen Black

Lowest Rated: 0% Zapped Again (1990)
Birthday: Jul 1, 1939
Birthplace: Not Available
Karen Black began acting shortly after college, appearing in off-Broadway satirical revues. She trained with Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio. Her Broadway debut was in a play that closed within a month, The Playroom (1965), but she was acclaimed for her performance and nominated for a Critics Circle award. A year later, 26-year-old filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola cast her in his first professional film, You're a Big Boy Now (1967), a comedy in which she co-starred as one of three women involved with a young man learning about sex. After another film she landed her first important role, as an LSD-taking prostitute in the surprise hit Easy Rider (1969), which featured Jack Nicholson; she went on to appear again with Nicholson in her next two films: Five Easy Pieces (1970), for which she won the New York Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Oscar nomination; and Drive He Said (1971), Nicholson's directorial debut. She went on from there to be one of the screen's busiest actresses, though the quality of her films has been wildly uneven.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Wild in Blue Actor 2015
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 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
82% 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
36% 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
19% 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
98% The Player Herself 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
36% 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
65% Capricorn One Judy Drinkwater 1978
No Score Yet Killer Fish Kate Neville 1978
96% Family Plot Fran 1976
33% Burnt Offerings Marian Rolf 1976
93% Nashville Connie White 1975
64% 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
29% Airport 1975 Nancy Pryor 1974
No Score Yet Law and Disorder Gloria 1974
41% 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
33% Born to Win Parm 1971
No Score Yet A Gunfight Jenny 1971
62% Drive, He Said Olive 1971
87% Five Easy Pieces Rayette Dipesto 1970
No Score Yet Hard Contract Ellen 1969
89% 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
95% 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 The Hunger
1997-1999
  • 1997
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
Guest Host
  • 1981
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Hitchhiker
1983-1991

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