Thora Birch

Highest Rated: 100% Kindred Spirits (2019)
Birthday: Mar 11, 1982
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
By the time six-year-old Thora Birch made her feature film debut with a small role in Purple People Eater (1988), she was already a veteran television actress with two years' worth of commercial and series work under her diminutive belt. Probably best known up to that point for her work opposite über-grandad Wilford Brimley in a Quaker Oats commercial, Birch went on to grow up in front of the camera, evolving from Monkey Trouble's moppet with a primate to a bras and boys-obsessed teeny bopper in Now and Then to Kevin Spacey's rebellious daughter in American Beauty. Birch, who was born in Los Angeles on March 11, 1982, first attracted sizable notice for her role as Elijah Wood's tomboy friend in Paradise, a 1991 family drama that also starred Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Afterwards, her visibility began to increase, first with a supporting role as Harrison Ford's daughter in Patriot Games (1992) (which she reprised in 1994's Clear and Present Danger), and then as one of the three kids who inadvertently bring three witches back to life in Hocus Pocus (1993).The actress got her first chance to play a teenaged role in the aforementioned Now and Then (1995), a coming-of-age drama that cast her as the younger version of Paradise co-star Melanie Griffith. Neither that film, nor Birch's subsequent project, Alaska (1996), made a great impact among critics or audiences, and it was not until the actress was cast in American Beauty (1999) that her career really began to accelerate. Birch, who dyed her hair Goth black and adopted a resolute sullenness for her role as the rebellious Jane Burnham, earned wide praise and a Screen Actors Guild award, and a host of international awards nominations, for her work in the acclaimed film. After the success of American Beauty, Birch -- who also had an uncredited role in that same year's Anywhere but Here -- was suddenly busy with a number of projects. Included among them were Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff's screen adaptation of Daniel Clowes' celebrated comic about two teenage girls trying to deal with life after high school; The Smokers, a teen drama that cast Birch as a drug-addled schoolgirl; and Dungeons and Dragons, in which she played an empress whose mystical kingdom is threatened by an evil wizard (Jeremy Irons).

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco Actor 2019
73% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) Emily 2019
100% Kindred Spirits Actor 2019
No Score Yet Affairs of State Callie Roland 2018
40% The Competition Lauren 2018
No Score Yet Above Suspicion Jolene 2018
No Score Yet Petunia Producer Vivian Petunia 2013
No Score Yet Deadline Lucy 2012
No Score Yet Pregnancy Pact Sidney Bloom 2010
No Score Yet The Story of Bonnie and Clyde Actor 2010
75% Capitalism: A Love Story Actor $14.4M 2009
No Score Yet Winter of Frozen Dreams Barbara Hoffman 2009
No Score Yet Train Alex 2009
No Score Yet Dark Corners Karen Clarke/Susan Hamilton 2006
No Score Yet Slingshot April 2005
No Score Yet Dot...and More Stories to Make You Feel Good Actor 2005
48% Silver City Karen Cross $0.9M 2004
No Score Yet Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story Liz Murray 2003
No Score Yet Shadow Realm Susan 2002
92% Ghost World Enid $4.7M 2001
No Score Yet The Smokers Lincoln Roth 2001
50% The Hole Liz Dunn 2001
10% Dungeons & Dragons Empress Savina $14.9M 2000
64% Anywhere but Here Actor 2000
88% American Beauty Jane Burnham 1999
No Score Yet Night Ride Home Clea Mahler 1999
18% Alaska Jessie Barnes 1996
28% Now and Then Young Teeny 1995
80% Clear and Present Danger Sally Ryan 1994
50% Monkey Trouble Eva Gregory 1994
33% Hocus Pocus Dani Dennison 1993
71% Patriot Games Sally Ryan 1992
0% All I Want for Christmas Hallie O'Fallon 1991
36% Paradise Billie 1991
No Score Yet Purple People Eater Molly Johnson 1988

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
Susan
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1995
No Score Yet Parenthood
1990-1991
Taylor Buckman
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
Megan
  • 1989

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