| Amanda Wyss|
| November 24, 1960 (age 55) (1960-11-24) Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.|
Highlander: The Series, Cagney & Lacey
A Nightmare on Elm St, Better Off Dead, Fast Times at Ridgemo, Shakma, The Graves
Heather Langenkamp, Jsu Garcia, Ronee Blakley, John Saxon, Wes Craven
Amanda Wyss (born November 24, 1960) is an American film and television actress. She began her career in the early 1980s and first gained notice for her role as Lisa in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). She then rose to international prominence after playing Tina Gray in the fantasy film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). She subsequently starred in Silverado (1985), Better Off Dead (1985), Powwow Highway (1989), Shakma (1990), and The Id (2016). Outside of film, Wyss has guest starred on a variety of television series including Cheers (1985-1986), Charmed (1999), and Dexter (2006). Wyss is also known for her role as Randi McFarland in the television series Highlander: The Series (1992-1993).
Wyss was born in Manhattan Beach, California. She was discovered by an agent who saw her portray Flora, in The Innocents and Rhoda, in The Bad Seed at local LA theatres. After appearing in commercials, Wyss landed her first television role, recurring on Universal's When the Whistle Blows (1980) as Dolph Sweet's daughter. The same year, she guest starred on the television series The Righteous Apples. In 1981, Wyss starred in the films This House Possessed and Force: Five, and guest starred on episodes of the several television series including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, ABC Afterschool Specials, Jessica Novak, and Teachers Only.
In 1982, Wyss had a supporting role as Lisa in the teen comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, along with then-unknown actors Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicolas Cage. The same year, she guest starred on two episodes of Star of the Family. In 1983, Wyss appeared in the television films Lone Star, The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour, and A Killer in the Family. The following year, Wyss starred in the television film My Mother's Secret Life before starring in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as Tina Gray (the first person murdered onscreen by Freddy Krueger), along with Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, and Johnny Depp.
The following year, Wyss guest starred in the television series Otherworld before starring in the films Silverado as Phoebe and Better Off Dead as Beth, who sunk the main character into his depression by breaking up with him. From 1985 to 1986, Wyss guest starred on St. Elsewhere as Pru Dowler and Cheers as Beth Curtis. In 1986, Wyss starred in the television films Firefighter and Something in Common. The same year, she starred in Flag. In 1987, Wyss was cast in the television film Independence and the television series The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, My Two Dads, and Cagney & Lacey. In 1989, Wyss starred in the horror film To Die For as Celia Kett. The same year, she portrayed Rabbit Layton in Powwow Highway.
In 1990, Wyss appeared in the cult horror film, Shakma (1990). In 1991, Wyss reprised her role as Celia in Son of Darkness: To Die For II and starred alongside Mark Hamill in Black Magic Woman. The following year, Wyss starred in Season 1 of the fantasy television series Highlander: The Series (1992) as a reporter named Randi McFarland. In 1997, Wyss was cast as Michelle Harding in Strategic Command. In 1999, Wyss guest starred as Stevie on the television series Charmed. The following year, Wyss was cast in the short film Bella! Bella! Bella! as Charlotte Breceda. In 2001, Wyss guest starred on the crime series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2002, she appeared in an episode of Judging Amy and Drew Carey Show. In 2004, Wyss portrayed Sonya Witkowski in 2 episodes of the television series Cold Case. In 2006, Wyss guest starred as a social worker in the television series Dexter.
She was a special guest of the Crypticon 2010. The same year, Wyss appeared in The Graves (2010). In 2014, Wyss portrayed Joanna Cass in an episode of Major Crimes. In 2016, Amanda starred in the horror film The Id. The same year, Wyss had a recurring role as Kat Cooper in 3 episodes of the television series Murder in the First.
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