Kristy Swanson

Kristy Swanson

Highest Rated: 85% Hot Shots! (1991)

Lowest Rated: 10% 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)

Birthday: Dec 19, 1969

Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California, USA

An athletic, appealing performer who decided at the age of nine that she wanted to be an actress, Kristy Swanson had racked up some 30 TV commercial credits by the age of 15. In 1986, she made her feature debut in the John Hughes-produced "Pretty in Pink" and also appeared in Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" before essaying her first lead as the girl next door brought back to life a la Frankenstein in Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend." After landing a key role in the film version of V C Andrews' classic horror novel "Flowers in the Attic" (1987), Swanson segued to TV, playing the recurring part of Jody Campbell on "Knots Landing" (CBS) during the 1987-88 season, followed by turns as Lynn Ellingsworth in two 1989 installments of "B.L. Stryker" (aired under the umbrella of "The ABC Mystery Movie"). She had her first shot at series stardom portraying student nurse Rebecca Halliday in the short-lived Aaron Spelling-produced "Nightingales" (NBC, 1989). When small screen stardom eluded her, Swanson once again returned to features as the female lead of "Mannequin 2: On the Move" (1991), but the choice to play a medieval peasant trapped in the body of a mannequin proved embarrassing. Her career received a big boost, albeit delayed, as the Valley Girl title character of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992). Despite her engaging, exuberant performance and quirky turns from the likes of Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman), future Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Rutger Hauer, the film failed to perform at the box office. But fans discovered its young star when the picture became a hot video rental, helping to spawn the highly successful TV series version. She put her athleticism to good use as a calm, cool tennis star in "The Program" (1993) and starred as a millionaire's daughter taken hostage by an innocent man (Charlie Sheen) on the run in "The Chase" (1994), though director John Singleton showed her to better effect in that year's "Higher Learning," as a naive college freshman coming to terms with her burgeoning homosexuality. Swanson also snagged the female lead of Diana Palmer to Billy Zane's "The Phantom" (1996), in the tepid adventure thriller based on the popular comic strip but was outshone by villainess Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Highest rated movies

Hot Shots!
Higher Learning
The Phantom
The Program
Ground Control
The Chase
Big Daddy
Buffy the Vampire Slayer




No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Another Dream Cindy Miller (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courting Mom and Dad Sarah Lambert (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Parent's Worst Nightmare Joanna (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mimesis Nosferatu Max's Mother (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 20% Bad Stepmother Louise (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 38% Killer Under the Bed Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 20% Winter's Dream Kat Miller (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Qu'est-il arrivé à ma fille ? Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mother's Sacrifice Kathrin (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 30% Crowning Jules Victoria (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 38% Angels in the Snow Judith Montgomery (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 33% Merry Ex-Mas Noëlle (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 44% A Belle for Christmas Dani Downy (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 28% Beethoven's Treasure Tail Anne (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Lesson in Romance Megan Mills (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 33% The Bouquet Terri (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 65% Storm Rider Jody Peterson (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 0% Mom and Dad Undergrads Unknown (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIttle Women Big Cars Rocky (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Cupcake Janet Carson (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 12% Swamp Shark Rachel Broussard (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 60% A Christmas Wish Martha Evans (Character) - 2011
33% 68% What If ... Wendy Walker (Character) $814.9K 2010
No Score Yet 19% Living Death Elizabeth Harris (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 8% The Black Hole Shannon Muir (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 7% Bound by Lies Laura Cross (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 18% Forbidden Secrets Alexandra Kent Lambeth (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 19% Red Water Dr. Kelli Raymond (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silence Dr. Julia Craig (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 15% Soul Assassin Tessa Jansen (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 34% Zebra Lounge Louise Bauer (Character) - 2001
17% 47% Dude, Where's My Car? Christie Boner (Character) $46.7M 2000
39% 74% Big Daddy Vanessa (Character) $163.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tinseltown Nikki Randall (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meeting Daddy Laurel Lee (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Supreme Sanction Jenna (Character) - 1998
40% 35% Ground Control Julie Albrecht (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lover Girl Darlene Ferrari/"Sherry" (Character) - 1997
10% 34% 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Laurie Bennett (Character) $3.6M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad to the Bone Francesca Wells (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 50% Marshal Law Lilly Nelson (Character) - 1996
43% 31% The Phantom Diana Palmer (Character) $17.3M 1996
45% 74% Higher Learning Kristen Connor (Character) $36.8M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chili Con Carne Club Julie (Character) - 1995
40% 37% The Chase Natalie Voss (Character) $8.0M 1994
No Score Yet 31% Getting In Kirby Watts (Character) - 1994
43% 80% The Program Camille Shafer (Character) $22.8M 1993
36% 43% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers (Character) $14.1M 1992
No Score Yet 53% Highway to Hell Rachel Clark (Character) $12.3K 1991
13% 40% Mannequin: On the Move Jessie (Character) $3.2M 1991
85% 65% Hot Shots! Kowalski (Character) $68.3M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dream Trap Sue Halloran (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diving In Terry Hopkins (Character) - 1990
11% 50% Flowers in the Attic Cathy (Character) $13.1M 1987
13% 39% Deadly Friend Samantha Pringle (Character) $8.9M 1986


No Score Yet 86% SEAL Team Julia (Guest Star) 2019
89% 93% Psych Marlowe (Guest Star) 2012-2014
No Score Yet 66% One Tree Hill Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Chopper - Senior vs Junior Self 2009
No Score Yet 74% Hell's Kitchen Guest 2009
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lorelai Mailer (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 67% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Alison (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grapevine Susan Crawford (Character) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Character) 1998-1999
No Score Yet 0% Growing Pains Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1986