Susan Tyrrell

Susan Tyrrell

Highest Rated: 100% Fat City (1972)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Demolitionist (1996)

Birthday: Mar 18, 1945

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Flinty blonde actress Susan Tyrell specialized in spangly film femmes since she made her screen debut in "Shoot Out" (1971). Ironically, Susan Tyrrell began her career as a teenager playing the ingénue in the stage comedy "Time Out for Ginger" opposite Art Carney. After settling in New York City, however, she began to excel at playing women of questionable virtue in stage productions like "The Time of Your Life" and "Camino Real." In John Huston's "Fat City" (1972), Tyrrell offered a brilliant characterization of an alcoholic involved in an interracial romance, for which she won a richly deserved Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Like many female actors, however, she found good roles were few and far between as the years went by. Tyrrell was relegated to portraying hardened women, like George C. Scott's mistress in "Islands in the Stream" (1976). Capitalizing on these qualities, she played Carroll Baker's daughter-in-law in "Andy Warhol's Bad" (1976) and a lesbian apartment building manager in "Angel" (1984) and its sequel "Avenging Angel" (1985). She was delightful as Johnny Depp's acid-breathing grandmother with a soft spot for a bad kid in John Waters' "Cry Baby" (1990). Her performances as motorchicks or 1950s-style moms in films that were either self-consciously campy - like her turn as Midge in "Big Top Pee-Wee" (1988) - or so delirious that they descended into camp, as in "Rockula" (1990). Much of her small screen work was in a similar vein like her performance as a prisoner in "Willow B: Women in Prison" (ABC, 1980) and the lady of the evening who engages in fisticuffs with Elizabeth Taylor's "Poker Alice" (CBS, 1987). The beloved character actress passed away on June 18, 2012.

Highest rated movies

Fat City
Night Warning
Islands in the Stream
Flesh & Blood
Forbidden Zone
Cry Baby




71% 67% Kid-Thing Esther (Character) - 2012
24% 45% Masked and Anonymous Ella the Fortune Teller (Character) $533.3K 2003
63% 67% Buddy Boy Sal (Character) $10.3K 1999
56% 68% Relax... It's Just Sex! Alicia Pillsbury (Character) $452.7K 1998
No Score Yet 36% Poison Ivy: The New Seduction Mrs. B (Character) - 1997
17% 57% The Demolitionist Mayor Eleanor Grimbaum (Character) - 1996
50% 69% Powder Maxine (Character) $30.9M 1995
60% 60% Motorama Bartender (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 52% Rockula Chuck (Character) - 1990
74% 77% Cry Baby Ramona Rickettes (Character) $7.5M 1990
No Score Yet 41% Far From Home Agnes Reed (Character) - 1989
38% 30% Big Top Pee-wee Midge Montana (Character) $14.9M 1988
75% 87% The Chipmunk Adventure Claudia Furschtien (Voice) $6.8M 1987
No Score Yet 34% From a Whisper to a Scream Beth Chandler (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thompson's Last Run Pookie (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 59% The Christmas Star Sara (Character) - 1986
86% 64% Flesh & Blood Celine (Character) - 1985
33% 26% Avenging Angel Solly Mosler (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 44% Angel Solly Mosler (Character) - 1984
92% 64% Night Warning Cheryl Roberts (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 61% Liar's Moon Lora Mae Bouvier (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 70% Tales of Ordinary Madness Vera (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Subway Riders Eleanor Langley (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker Unknown (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 50% Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker Unknown (Character) - 1981
83% 81% Forbidden Zone Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension / Ruth Henderson (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady of the House Helen Proctor (Character) - 1978
40% 53% I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Lee (Character) - 1977
63% 56% Another Man, Another Chance Alice (Character) - 1977
67% 66% Bad Mary Aiken (Character) - 1977
89% 64% Islands in the Stream Lil (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 50% September 30, 1955 Melba Lou (Character) - 1977
40% 22% The Killer Inside Me Joyce Lakeland (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Kill the King Maggie Van Birchard (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Catch My Soul Emilia (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 58% Zandy's Bride Maria Cordova (Character) - 1974
100% 85% Fat City Oma (Character) - 1972
20% 46% Shootout Alma (Character) - 1971


No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown Unknown (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971