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Karen Sillas

Highest Rated: 91% Simple Men (1992)

Lowest Rated: 21% Sour Grapes (1998)

Birthday: Jun 5, 1963

Birthplace: Not Available

A favorite player of director Hal Hartley, Karen Sillas has appeared to great effect in a number of his films, notably Trust and Simple Men. Her work in Hartley's films established the blonde, strong-jawed actress as a solid talent with a proclivity for deadpan humor, something she has also exhibited in a variety of film, television, and stage productions including Tom Noonan's What Happened Was..., a darkly humorous date movie that earned Sillas particular praise.A native of Brooklyn, where she was born June 5, 1965, Sillas studied at the acting conservatory at the State University of New York at Purchase. She got her start in films in the 1980s, making her debut in Hartley's first film, the 1984 short Kid. She and Hartley next collaborated on Trust (1990), which cast Sillas in the supporting role of a sage, no-nonsense abortion clinic nurse. She had a more substantial part in Hartley's Simple Men (1992), playing a lonely cafe owner. Sillas was given her first chance to carry a movie with Tom Noonan's What Happened Was...; her turn as a woman out on a singularly awkward date with a co-worker (Noonan) earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, while the film itself received the Grand Jury Prize at the 1994 Sundance Festival.As a result of her work in What Happened Was..., Sillas landed the starring role of the only female detective in an otherwise male-dominated squad room on the acclaimed TV detective series Under Suspicion. Although the show was eventually cancelled, the actress continued to appear in a number of TV series and independent films, including Hartley's Flirt (1995), Susan Streitfeld's Female Perversions (1996), which cast her as Tilda Swinton's psychiatrist lover, and Sour Grapes (1998), a black comedy which featured her as the girlfriend of a greedy neurologist.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Stuff Actor 2015
No Score Yet On the Edge Dr. Anna Richardson 2001
No Score Yet 75 Degrees Letty Anderson 2000
No Score Yet As Time Runs Out Det. Janet Wise 1999
38% Reach the Rock Donna 1998
21% Sour Grapes Joan 1998
70% Female Perversions Renee 1997
No Score Yet Lies He Told Alyson Haywood 1997
80% Flirt Dr. Clint 1996
No Score Yet The Beast Actor 1996
No Score Yet Peter Benchley's The Beast Actor 1996
No Score Yet Risk Actor 1995
90% What Happened Was... Jackie 1994
No Score Yet Risk Maya 1994
91% Simple Men Kate 1992
45% Liebestraum 3rd Nurse 1991
83% Trust Nurse Paine 1991


No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Ruth Montrose 2015
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Beth 2004
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Belle King 2003
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Sandra 1998
No Score Yet Law & Order
Cynthia Thomas 1994


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