Kari Wührer

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Kari Wührer
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BornKari Samantha Wührer
(1967-04-28) April 28, 1967 (age 46)
Brookfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesKari Wuhrer, Kari Wührer Salin, Kari Salin, or Kari Salin-Wührer
Years active1986-present
Spouse(s)Daniel Salin (1995-1999)
James Scura (2003-present)
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Kari Wührer
Kari Wührer.jpg
BornKari Samantha Wührer
(1967-04-28) April 28, 1967 (age 46)
Brookfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesKari Wuhrer, Kari Wührer Salin, Kari Salin, or Kari Salin-Wührer
Years active1986-present
Spouse(s)Daniel Salin (1995-1999)
James Scura (2003-present)

Kari Samantha Wührer (born April 28, 1967) is an American actress and singer, mostly credited as Kari Wuhrer, sometimes as Kari Salin.

Early life[edit]

Wührer was born in Brookfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Karin (née Noble), a payroll accountant, and German American Andrew Wührer, a police officer and car salesman. She has three siblings. As a teenager, she sang in nightclubs, sneaking out of the family home to perform. Wührer began studying acting at the age of 13 at the Wooster School. She studied drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London with famed teacher Uta Hagen.


Wührer's first television break was MTV's Remote Control (1987).[1] Wührer was a regular cast member in the television series Swamp Thing as Abigail from 1991-1992. She also worked as a VJ on MTV during the same period. In 1993 Wührer was a regular in the TV series Class of '96 where she played the role of college student Robin Farr. From 1994 to 1995 she starred as Ariel Hunter in the long-running prime-time soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210.[2]

After appearing in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) and starring in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991), Wührer had a difficult time obtaining the serious movie roles she studied for, allegedly due to her breast implants. She would eventually star in over a dozen straight-to-video sexploitation films, most notably Sex and the Other Man (1996), Kate's Addiction (1999), Poison (2001) and Spider's Web (2002). In between, she co-starred in a highly regarded but sexually charged Canadian art film entitled Vivid (1997) (also released as Luscious).

Wührer once again came to mainstream fame in 1997 on the series Sliders[1] as Maggie Beckett, joining the cast as a regular and staying until the series ended in 2000. Later mainstream film roles include Thinner (1996), Anaconda (1997), Berserker (2001) and Eight Legged Freaks (2002).[1] Wührer is also known by gamers for her role as Tanya in Westwood Studios' RTS video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its subsequent expansion pack, Yuri's Revenge.[3]

She more recently starred in the TV series Leverage, in a recurring role.[4]

Wührer signed a record deal with Rick Rubin and her debut album, Shiny, was released in 1999. In addition to her singing, she also wrote most of the songs on the album and played both the guitar and the flute on several tracks.

Wührer was later voted #76 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000, #73 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2001 and #36 in Maxim magazine's 50 Sexiest Women Countdown of 1999. She posed semi-nude in Playboy magazine in August 2000 as their Babe of the Month and earlier considered multiple offers to appear fully nude throughout 1998.[5][6][7][8] She was also #64 on Celebrity Skin's 100 Sexiest Stars of All Time and #4 in the Celebrity Nudity Database's Most Popular Actresses of 1999.[9]

Her breast implants encapsulated during the filming of Spider's Web so she had the implants removed in 2002 at the age of 35.[10] She later wrote an article for the September 2002 issue of Glamour magazine about the insecurities that led her to get implants early in her career and the sense of self-acceptance she acquired. After its publication, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and discussed the pressure she received from a prominent record producer to get the implants, during what she called "the era of the 'Video Vixen'".

General Hospital Suit[edit]

From February 3, 2005 through November 2005, Wührer joined the cast of the daytime soap opera General Hospital as FBI Agent Reese Marshall, the former love interest of mobster Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and former best friend/rival of main character, Carly Corinthos, played by Jennifer Bransford. Wührer's character died after suffering injuries in a train wreck. In January 2006, Wührer announced that she was suing General Hospital, claiming that she was fired because of her pregnancy.[11] The case was resolved in December 2006.


1986Fire with FireGloriaAlternative title: Captive Hearts
1990The Adventures of Ford FairlaneMelodi
1991Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of TimeJackie Trent
1994The PostgraduateJane Decue
BoulevardJennefer(First nude role)
1995Terminal JusticePamela TravisCredited as Kari Salin
Higher LearningClaudiaCredited as Kari Salin
SensationLila Reed
Sex & the Other ManJessica Hill
The Crossing GuardMia
1996Beyond DesireRitaAlternative title: The Last American Elvis
ThinnerGina LempkeAlternative title: Stephen King's Thinner
An Occasional HellJeri Gillen
1997VividBillie ReynoldsAlternative title: Luscious , Credited as Kari Salin
AnacondaDenise Kalberg
Red-Blooded American Girl IIMiyaAlternative title: Hit and Run, Credited as Kari Salin
The Disappearance of Kevin JohnsonKristi Wilson
Touch MeMargot
1998The Undertaker's WeddingMaria
Kissing a FoolDara
Ivory TowerKaren Clay
PhoenixKatie Shuster
1999Kate's AddictionKate McGrathAlternative title: Circle of Deception
2000Fatal ConflictSasha BurnsAlternative title: The Prey
SandSandyAlternative title: Sandstorm
G-Men from HellMarete Morrisey
2001BerserkerAnya/BrunhildaAlternative title: Berserker: Hell's Warrior
Angels Don't Sleep HereDr. April WilliamsAlternative title: Backflash 2: Angels Don't Sleep Here
PoisonAnn Stewart/Anna JohnsonAlternative title: Thy Neighbor's Wife
The Medicine ShowGwendolyn
2002The Rose TechniqueKristiAlternative title: Deranged
Do It for Uncle MannyJenny Marsh
Killer LoveDanielleAlternative title: Dark Labyrinth
Eight Legged FreaksSheriff Samantha Parker
MalevolentJessica Tarrant
Spider's WebLauren BishopExecutive producer
2003Final ExaminationJulie SeskaDirect-to-video
Death of a DynastySexy Woman No. 2
King of the AntsSusan Gatley
The Hitcher II: I've Been WaitingMaggieDirect-to-video release
2005Hellraiser: DeaderAmy KleinDirect-to-video release
The Prophecy: UprisingAllisonDirect-to-video release
The Prophecy: ForsakenAllisonDirect-to-video release
2007The Air I BreatheCorrespondent
2010Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsModel Citizen, Black Canary (uncredited)Direct-to-video release
2012Alien TornadoGail Curtis
1991Married... with ChildrenJoanieEpisodes: "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 1"
"Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2"
1991–1992Swamp ThingAbigail10 episodes
1993Class of '96Robin Farr17 episodes
1994–1995Beverly Hills, 90210Ariel HunterEpisodes: "Vital Signs"
"Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington"
"Little Monsters"
1995The MarshalSherry Prairie1 episode
1997Nash BridgesC.J.Episode: "Blackout"
1997–2000SlidersMaggie Beckett49 episodes
1998To Have & to HoldPaula2 episodes
2000Lip ServiceSunniTelevision movie
Kiss Tomorrow GoodbyeDarcy DavisTelevision movie
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTiffany LangerEpisode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2005General HospitalReese Marshall
2006CSI: MiamiJanet SterlingEpisode: "If Looks Could Kill"
2007–2008Lincoln HeightsKimberly LundEpisodes: "The Feelings That We Have"
"Sex, Lies and Secrets"
2008Stargate AtlantisNancy SheppardEpisode: "Outcast"
2010LeverageMiranda MilesEpisode: "The Reunion Job"
2010-2012Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesMaria HillVoice
Video games
2000Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2Special Agent Tanya Adams
2001Command & Conquer: Yuri's RevengeSpecial Agent Tanya Adams
2013Marvel HeroesMaria Hill


2001New York International Independent Film and Video FestivalWonBest ActressDo It for Uncle Manny


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