Deborah Kara Unger

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Deborah Kara Unger
Deborah Kara Unger in Sep 2009.jpg
Unger at the premiere of Cassandra's Dream, Toronto Film Festival 2007
Born(1964-05-12) 12 May 1964 (age 50)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active1989–present
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Deborah Kara Unger
Deborah Kara Unger in Sep 2009.jpg
Unger at the premiere of Cassandra's Dream, Toronto Film Festival 2007
Born(1964-05-12) 12 May 1964 (age 50)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active1989–present

Deborah Kara Unger (born 12 May 1964)[1] is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles in the films: Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994), Crash (1996), The Game (1997), Payback (1999), The Hurricane (1999), White Noise (2005), Silent Hill (2006), 88 Minutes (2008), and The Way (2010).

Early life[edit]

Deborah Kara Unger was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a nuclear disposal specialist mother and a gynaecologist father.[1] She was the first Canadian to be accepted into Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art.[2] Unger now lives in Los Angeles.[2]


Unger made her debut on the Australian television mini-series Bangkok Hilton with Nicole Kidman. A year later she made her film debut in the two Australian movies Till There Was You and Blood Oath.[3] In 1993 she starred in David Lynch's HBO mini-series Hotel Room. The following year she played the lead female role in the movie with a big budget Highlander III: The Sorcerer opposite Christopher Lambert.[4]

Unger appeared in her breakthrough role in the David Cronenberg's drama film Crash in 1996 about a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents, a notable form of paraphilia. That year she also starred in the comedy-drama film Keys to Tulsa with Eric Stoltz and James Spader.[3] In 1997 Unger starred with Michael Douglas in the critically and financially successful psychological thriller film The Game directed by David Fincher.[5] The film debuted at No.1 at the box office.[6] In 1998 she played the role Ava Gardner in HBO film The Rat Pack. In 1999 she appeared in the films Payback with Mel Gibson, The Hurricane with Denzel Washington and award-winning ensemble cast historical movie Sunshine.[3]

Unger starred in many independent films in the early 2000s, such as Signs and Wonders, Ten Tiny Love Stories, Fear X, Thirteen, Stander, Hollywood North, Emile, Paranoia 1.0 and A Love Song for Bobby Long. She played a leading role opposite Sophia Loren and Mira Sorvino in the 2002 independent movie Between Strangers, about three women confront their pasts which changes their futures, for which she was nominated on Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.[7] In 2005, she starred in the financially successful supernatural horror film White Noise with Michael Keaton.[8]

In 2006, Unger appeared in a supernatural horror Silent Hill feature based on the popular video game series.

From 2006 to 2010, she appeared in the movies The Alibi, Things That Hang from Trees, 88 Minutes, Walled In, Messages Deleted and The Way. In 2010 she won the award Action On Film International Film Festival for career achievements.[7][9] In 2011 she received her first starring role in TV series called Combat Hospital, which premieres in June on ABC.[9] In 2012, Unger reprise her role as Dahlia Gillespie in a sequel to Silent Hill, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D in 2012.[10]


1989Bangkok HiltonAstraTV mini-series
1990Till There Was YouAnna Vivaldi
Prisoners of the SunSister Littell
1992Whispers in the DarkEve Abergray
1993Hotel RoomSashaTV mini-series, 1 episode, "Getting Rid of Robert"
1994State of EmergencySue PaytonTV movie
Highlander III: The Final DimensionAlex Johnson/Sarah
1996CrashCatherine Ballard
No Way HomeLorraine
Keys to TulsaVicky Michaels Stover
1997The GameChristine
1998Luminous MotionMom
The Rat PackAva GardnerTV movie
1999PaybackMrs. Lynn Porter
The WeekendMarian Kerr
SunshineMaj. Carole Kovács
The HurricaneLisa Peters
2000Signs and WondersKatherine
2002Ten Tiny Love StoriesSeven
The Salton SeaColette
Between StrangersCatherine
2003ThirteenBrooke LaLaine
Fear XKate
Hollywood NorthSandy Ryan
StanderBekkie Stander
2004Paranoia 1.0Trish
A Love Song for Bobby LongGeorgianna
2005White NoiseSarah Tate
Jesus of SuburbiaSaint Jimmy's mothermusic video by Green Day
2006Things That Hang from TreesConnie Mae Wheeler
Silent HillDahlia Gillespie
The AlibiDorothy
2007Shake Hands with the DevilEmma
88 MinutesCarol Lynn Johnson
2009Walled InMary
Messages DeletedDet. Lavery
Angel and the BadmanTemperanceTV movie
The WaySarah
SophieTina Bradshaw
2011Combat HospitalMajor Grace Pedersen13 episodes, first role in TV series
Samuel BleakRoselyn Ramirez
The Maiden Danced to DeathLynn Court
186 Dollars to FreedomConsul Powers
2012Silent Hill: Revelation 3DDahlia Gillespie
A Dark TruthMorgan Swinton

Awards and nominations[edit]

2000WonSeattle International Film FestivalCitation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast PerformanceThe Weekend
NominatedGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleSunshine
2003NominatedBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBetween Strangers
WonDubrovnik International Film FestivalLibertas Award
NominatedSonoma Valley Film FestivalImagery Honors Award
2004WonMethod FestBest ActressEmile
2005WonMálaga International Week of Fantastic CinemaBest ActressOne Point O
2010WonAction on Film International Film FestivalHalf-Life Award


  1. ^ a b Hochman, David (3 October 1997). "Unger Strikes". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ a b Ojumu, Akin (13 February 2000). "Everyone's talking about... Deborah Kara Unger's big cover-up". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Deborah Kara Unger- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Deborah Kara Unger- Biography". AllRovi. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Game (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Game". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Awards for Deborah Kara Unger". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "White Noise (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Combat Hospital". American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (15 March 2011). "Mitchell & Bean Back for Silent Hill 2". IGN. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 

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