Sean Young

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Sean Young
Sean Young LF.JPG
Young at the 2007 Jules Verne Adventure Film Special Awards Presentation
BornMary Sean Young
(1959-11-20) November 20, 1959 (age 55)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Robert Lujan (1990–2002, 2011–present 2 children)
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Sean Young
Sean Young LF.JPG
Young at the 2007 Jules Verne Adventure Film Special Awards Presentation
BornMary Sean Young
(1959-11-20) November 20, 1959 (age 55)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Robert Lujan (1990–2002, 2011–present 2 children)

Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in films from the 1980s such as Blade Runner (1982), Dune (1984), No Way Out (1987), Wall Street (1987) and Cousins (1989).

Early life[edit]

Young was born as Mary Sean Young in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Lee Guthrie (born Mary Lee Kane), a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist, and Donald Young, Jr., a television news producer and journalist.[1][2] She is of part Irish descent.[3] Young attended Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and then transferred to and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan.[4] She has also attended the School of American Ballet in New York.[5] Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and dancer.[5]

Film career[edit]

The 1980s[edit]

Young attending the 60th Academy Awards in 1988.

Young began her film career in 1980 in the film Jane Austen in Manhattan, followed by a role in the 1981 film Stripes. She then played the female lead, Rachael, alongside Harrison Ford in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner (1982). On television in 1986, Young played the woman lead opposite Lenny Von Dohlen in Under the Biltmore Clock, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story Myra Meets His Family. The following year, she had a small role in the film Wall Street as the wife of Michael Douglas's character, Gordon Gekko. Her role was originally intended to be larger, but was significantly reduced due to clashes with Oliver Stone.[6][7]

One of her most prominent roles was as the lover of a ruthless Washington politician (Gene Hackman) in 1987's No Way Out, alongside Kevin Costner. Other notable credits include Dune, Fatal Instinct, and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.[8]

In 1988, Young appeared in The Boost with James Woods. Woods later sued her for harassing him and his then-fiancée, alleging that, in addition to other disruptive behavior, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep. Young denied the allegations and claimed that Woods filed the lawsuit out of spite. Young stated, "It was a crush being turned down, that's all.... So sue me! And he [Woods] did." The suit was settled out of court in 1989.[6]

Young was next cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, but during rehearsals, she broke her arm after falling off a horse and was replaced by Kim Basinger. In an unsuccessful attempt to win the role of Catwoman (which was originally offered to Annette Bening but ultimately went to Michelle Pfeiffer after Bening became pregnant) in the sequel Batman Returns, Young constructed a homemade Catwoman costume and attempted to confront Burton and actor Michael Keaton during production.[6]

The 1990s[edit]

As the crazed heiress Twinkle in the 1992 screwball comedy Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Young played a tongue-in-cheek caricature of her public image at the time.[9]

Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy. However, she was dismissed in favor of Glenne Headly for not appearing maternal in the role. Young later claimed her dismissal was punishment for her having rebuffed Warren Beatty's advances, a claim Beatty denies.[6] In 1991, she was awarded the Worst Actress and the Worst Supporting Actress Razzies for her roles in A Kiss Before Dying.[10] She played a supporting role in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. During most of the 1990s, she resided in Sedona, Arizona, and her career cooled.[6] In 1997, however, Young reprised her role as Rachael in the 1997 Blade Runner video game. Her face was scanned and reproduced in 3D, one of the first times such technology was used in a game.

After the turn of the 21st Century[edit]

Since 2000, Young has appeared in a variety of independent films and made guest appearances on television, including roles in Poor White Trash, Mockingbird Don't Sing, Sugar & Spice, Boston Public, and Reno 911!.[8] In 2005, she spent four months in Russia filming the miniseries Esenin, in which she impersonated dancer Isadora Duncan.[11] She also had a small role on the CW's One Tree Hill in 2007.

In late 2007, Young finished work on two films, The Man Who Came Back and Haunted Echoes.

In 2008, Young competed in the television program Gone Country 2, which included a competition in a celebrity demolition derby at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, Tennessee. Young went on to win the celebrity derby heat and then went on to compete against 21 professional demolition derby drivers. Young finished in fourth place.[12]

The 2010s[edit]

Young appeared on The Young and the Restless in June 2010 as Canadian barmaid Meggie McClain, alongside good friend Eric Braeden.[13][14] She returned to the show on July 14 in a recurring role, which lasted through February 2011.[15]

In 2010, she was cast on the first season of the ABC show Skating with the Stars as a celebrity contestant who skated with professional skater Denis Petukhov.[16][17] But she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.

In October 2011, Young appeared on the CBS television show Late Show with David Letterman.[18] During the interview, she described how she was now looking for movie work after raising her two sons, and produced an amusing short video clip promoting her job search which Letterman played. She was subsequently cast in a film about Nikola Tesla, slated for release in 2013, titled Fragments From Olympus—The Vision of Nikola Tesla (unreleased as of September, 2014).

In October 2013, Young played the role of Dr. Lucien in Star Trek: Renegades, a fan project to create a pilot for a new Star Trek series (scheduled for release in 2014) where several former Star Trek actors appeared, including Tim Russ (who also directed the pilot) as well as Walter Koenig, Garrett Wang and J. G. Hertzler.

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan, with whom she has two sons, Rio Kelly and Quinn Lee.[1] The couple divorced in 2002.[6]

In January 2008, Young checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse.[19][20][21]

During a stay in rehab in 2011, which was depicted on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Lujan was identified as Young's husband, both when he visited her during Family Weekend in Episode 6,[22] and when he and Young spoke to Doctors Drew Pinsky and John Sharp about their relationship.[23]

On June 9, 2013, Young performed in a benefit skating event at the Ice Theater of New York. She competed in a Celebrity Skating competition against Michael Buckley, YouTube personality, and Tim Morehouse, US Olympic Fencing silver medalist.


1980Jane Austen in ManhattanAriadne Charlton
1981StripesLouise Cooper
1982Blade RunnerRachael
Young Doctors in LoveDr. Stephanie Brody
1985Baby: Secret of the Lost LegendSusan Matthews-Loomis
Tender Is the NightRosemary Hoyt
1986Blood & OrchidsLeonore Bergman
Under the Biltmore ClockMyra Harper
1987No Way OutSusan Atwell
Wall StreetKate Gekko
1988The BoostLinda Brown
1989CousinsTish Kozinski
1990Fire BirdsBillie Lee Guthrie
1991A Kiss Before DyingDorothy Carlsson
1992ForeverMary Miles Minter
Love CrimesDana Greenway
Once Upon a CrimePhoebe
Sketch ArtistRayanne Whitfield
Blue IceStacy Mansdorf
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss MeTwinkle
1993Even Cowgirls Get the BluesMarie Barth
Fatal InstinctLola Cain
1994BoltPatty Deerheart
Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveLt. Lois Einhorn / Ray Finkle
Witness to the ExecutionJessica Traynor
Model by DayMercedes
1995MirageJennifer Gale
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. HydeHelen Hyde
1996Evil has a FaceGwen McGerrall
The ProprietorVirginia Kelly
Everything to GainMallory Ashton Jordan Keswick
1997Exception to the RuleAngela Bayer
The InvaderAnnie Neilsen
MenStella James
A Dog of FlandersSister Alois
1998The Cowboy and the Movie StarSean Livingston
Out of ControlLena
1999Motel BlueLana Hawking
2000Secret CuttingJoyce Cottrell
Poor White TrashLinda Bronco
The Amati GirlsChristine
2001Sugar & SpiceMrs. Hill
Mockingbird Don't SingDr. Judy Bingham
Night ClassClaire Sherwood
2002AftermathRachel Anderson
The House Next DoorMonica
Threat of ExposureDr. Daryl Sheleigh
2003KingpinLorelei Klein
Before I Say GoodbyeNell MacDermott Cauliff
1st to DieJoanna Wade
The King and Queen of Moonlight BaySandy Bateman
2004A Killer WithinRebecca 'Becky' Terrill
Until the NightCosma
2005Ghosts Never SleepRebecca
Home for the HolidaysMartha McCarthy
Third Man OutAnn Rutka
2006The DropIvy
The GardenMiss Grace Chapman
Living the DreamBrenda
A Job to Kill ForJennifer Kamplan
2007Jesse Stone: Sea ChangeSybil Martin
2008The Man Who Came BackKate
ParasomniaMadeline Volpe
Haunted EchoesLaura
Harvest MoonMeg
2012Attack of the 50 Foot CheerleaderBrenda Stratford
2013Jug FaceLoriss
Star Trek: RenegadesDr. Lucien
2015Bone Tomahawk

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sean Young Biography (1959-)
  2. ^
  3. ^ Robert Kane
  4. ^ Interlochen Arts Academy - Famous Alumni
  5. ^ a b Sean Young. The New York Times. accessed July 31, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Valby, Karen (2007-09-21). "Sean Young: 'I'm a Comeback Waiting To Happen'". Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  7. ^ Austin American Statesman Jan 24, 1989 Page C6 Nasty reputation Vulnerable woman from Boost juggles real-life trouble
  8. ^ a b Sean Young at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Thomas, Kevin (July 30, 1993). "MOVIE REVIEW : Romantic 'Hold Me, Thrill Me' a Breezy Minor Diversion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  10. ^ "A CLIFF NOTES HISTORY of THE RAZZIES®". Accessed 15 April 2011.
  11. ^ Esenin at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Demolition Derby Attracts Music, TV Stars, Big Crowd. May 10, 2008.
  13. ^ Sean Young Speaks Out! (Interview)
  14. ^ Sean Young on her upcoming stint as "Sultry" Meggie on Y&R!
  15. ^ "Sean Young Returning for More Young and the Restless". 
  16. ^ Congrats to Our Skating Soap Star!
  17. ^ Pro Skater Pairings, Host and Color Commentator for ABC's "Skating With the Stars" Announced
  18. ^ "Sean Young in Late Show Appearance". 
  19. ^ Tracking the awards: A list of movie awards leading up to the Oscars
  20. ^ Sean Young to Rehab After DGA Outburst. January 30, 2008.
  21. ^ DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film For 2007. January 8, 2008.
  22. ^ "Family Weekend". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 6. July 31, 2011. VH1.
  23. ^ "Preparing for Discharge". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

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