Theresa Russell

Theresa Russell

Highest Rated: 100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

Lowest Rated: 17% Now & Forever (2001)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1957

Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

Discovered by a photographer at the age of 12, Theresa Russell was rapidly initiated into the world of child modeling, and was encouraged to leave public school in order to attend the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. At 19 years old, Russell made her film debut in The Last Tycoon (1976), one of prolific director Elia Kazan's final six films before his death in 2003. Though The Last Tycoon did not share the type of praise garnered for many of Kazan's other films, it nonetheless allowed the inexperienced actress an opportunity to work alongside Robert De Niro, Robert Mitchum, and Jack Nicholson.In 1978, Russell found herself opposite Dustin Hoffman and a fledgling Kathy Bates in Straight Time, for which she earned no small amount of critical praise for her performance as Hoffman's steadfast love interest. Two years later, Russell took what turned out to be a fruitful risk starring in Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980). Her first of over six experiences acting with Roeg, whom she would later marry, the erotic drama featured Russell opposite Harvey Keitel and Art Garfunkel as a sexually frank woman involved in a torrid affair with her psychiatrist. Though the film was initially rated X, the more explicit scenes were edited enough to appropriate an R rating. Bad Timing wouldn't be Russell's last sexually provocative role; in 1991, she starred in Ken Russell's Whore, an NC-17-rated prostitution drama, and she later took part in Britain's three-part television series A Woman's Guide to Adultery and participated in Erotic Tales II, which was co-directed by Roeg.Interestingly enough, Russell also took on several pointedly feministic roles, such as her part as a young, idealistic lawyer in Physical Evidence (1989) with Burt Reynolds, and later played a proud, highly capable 19th century widow in The Proposition (1997). In The Razor's Edge, one of Bill Murray's first dramatic roles, Russell's performance as a painfully self-destructive alcoholic was lauded as one of her best yet. In 1998, she played a scorned wife in Wild Things with Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, and then "it" girls Neve Campbell and Denise Richards. In 2001, Russell was praised for her performance as co-leader of a skinhead sect in Henry Bean's The Believer, which also starred Billy Zane and Ryan Gosling. After several ill-advised film roles and relatively well-received, if short-lived, television appearances, Russell took part in the star-studded television movie Empire Falls (2004) opposite Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Joanne Woodward, and Paul Newman.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet A Winter Rose Rachal 2016
No Score Yet Moving Mountains Trish Bragg 2014
No Score Yet 1 Out of 7 Actor 2012
33% Liz & Dick Sara Taylor 2012
No Score Yet The Legends of Nethiah Nethiah's Mother 2012
50% Rid of Me Mrs. Lockwood $10.9K 2011
No Score Yet Born To Ride Frances 2011
No Score Yet 16 To Life Louise $11.2K 2010
48% Jolene Aunt Kay 2008
No Score Yet On the Doll Actor 2007
63% Spider-Man 3 Emma Marko $336.6M 2007
No Score Yet Empire Falls Charlene 2005
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Actor 2004
57% Passionada Lois Rasuk $0.5M 2003
No Score Yet The Box Dora Baker 2003
No Score Yet Love Comes Softly Sarah Graham 2003
No Score Yet Save It for Later (Water Under the Bridge) Jackie O'Connor 2003
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
No Score Yet Project Viper Dr. Nancy Burnham 2002
83% The Believer Lina Moebius 2002
No Score Yet The House Next Door Helen Schmidt 2002
No Score Yet Earth vs. the Spider Trixie Grillo 2002
17% Now & Forever Dori 2001
No Score Yet Running Woman Actor 2001
No Score Yet Luckytown Stella 2001
63% Wild Things Sandra Van Ryan 1998
No Score Yet Running Woman Emily Russo 1998
No Score Yet The Proposition Catherine Morgan 1997
No Score Yet Grave Indiscretion Lady Harriet Coal 1995
No Score Yet Trade-Off Jackie Daniels 1995
No Score Yet A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Morgan Le Fay 1995
No Score Yet Public Enemies Kate 'Ma' Barker 1995
54% Being Human The Storyteller 1994
No Score Yet The Spy Within (The Flight of the Dove) Alex 1994
No Score Yet Thicker Than Water Debbie/Jo 1993
No Score Yet A Woman's Guide to Adultery Actor 1993
No Score Yet Cold Heaven Marie 1992
46% Whore Liz 1991
52% Kafka Gabriela 1991
25% Impulse Lottie Mason 1990
22% Physical Evidence Jenny Hudson 1989
63% Track 29 Linda Henry 1988
50% Aria King Zog 1988
48% Black Widow Catharine 1987
71% Insignificance Actress 1985
50% The Razor's Edge Sophie 1984
33% Eureka Tracy 1984
50% Bad Timing Milena Flaherty 1980
75% Straight Time Jenny Mercer 1978
45% The Last Tycoon Cecilia Brady 1976


No Score Yet Cold Case
Rachel Malone 2010
90% Fringe
Rebecca 2009
No Score Yet Nash Bridges
Ellen Holiday 2000


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Catharine says: Well, you know, it's such an old joke... how do two porcupines make love?...Very carefully.

Catharine says: I'll tell you two things about me: I'm very rich, and I'm very wealthy.

Kelly Van Ryan says: I miss Dad.

Sandra Van Ryan says: I miss him too... sometimes...

Kelly Van Ryan says: No you don't!

Sandra Van Ryan says: He didn't HAVE to kill himself, Kelly.