Anne Archer

Actor
While Anne Archer earned an Academy Award nomination for her supporting performance in the popular 1987 thriller "Fatal Attraction," it was the actress' television career that provided the most long-term visibility. She ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (82)

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

Vonda Volkom (Actor)

Felon 2008 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movies That Shook the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caught in the Headlights 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Man of the House 2005 (Movie)

Professor Molly McCarthy (Actor)

November 2005 (Movie)

Sophie's mother (Actor)

Uncle Nino 2005 (Movie)

Marie Micelli (Actor)

The L Word 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

We All Dream of Oz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rules of Engagement 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Mourain (Actor)

The Art of War 2000 (Movie)

Eleanor Hooks (Actor)

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of Gentle Heart (Voice)

Inside Scientology 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Summer 1998 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Gene Hackman: Portrait of an Artist 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nico the Unicorn 1998 (Movie)

Julie Hastings (Actor)

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The World Fashion Premiere From Paris 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mojave Moon 1997 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon's Jake's Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 (Movie)

The (Actor)

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Leslie's Folly 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Cathy Ryan (Actor)

Body of Evidence 1993 (Movie)

Joanne Braslow (Actor)

Family Prayers 1993 (Movie)

Rita Jacobs (Actor)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Claire Kane (Actor)

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Nails 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Dr Cathy Ryan (Actor)

Eminent Domain 1991 (Movie)

Mira Burski (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Love at Large 1990 (Movie)

Miss Dolan (Actor)

Narrow Margin 1990 (Movie)

Carol Hunnicut (Actor)

Leap of Faith 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

Beth Gallagher (Actor)

The Check Is in the Mail 1986 (Movie)

Peggy Jackson (Actor)

The Naked Face 1985 (Movie)

Ann Blake (Actor)

The Family Tree 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Waltz Across Texas 1983 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Green Ice 1981 (Movie)

Holbrook (Actor)

Too Scared to Scream 1981 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Hero at Large 1980 (Movie)

J Marsh (Actor)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

Dana Archibald (Actor)

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Guys Wear Black 1978 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

Annie O'Sherlock (Actor)

Seventh Avenue 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifeguard 1976 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

Trackdown 1976 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

The Mark of Zorro 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Cancel My Reservation 1974 (Movie)

Crazy (Actor)

The All-American Boy 1972 (Movie)

Drenna (Actor)

The Honkers 1970 (Movie)

Deborah Moon (Actor)

A Different Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Because Mommy Works (TV Show)

Actor

Jane's House (TV Show)

Actor

Judicial Indiscretion (TV Show)

Actor

My Husband's Secret Life (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Knight (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark Side of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

The Last of His Tribe (TV Show)

Actor

The Log of the Black Pearl (TV Show)

Actor

The Man in the Attic (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Santiago (TV Show)

Actor

The Sky's No Limit (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Squeeze 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paris Fashion Collections 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

While Anne Archer earned an Academy Award nomination for her supporting performance in the popular 1987 thriller "Fatal Attraction," it was the actress' television career that provided the most long-term visibility. She earned her reputation as a loyal wife in big budget movies "Patriot Games" (1992) and "Clear and Present Danger" (1994) opposite Harrison Ford, and on the small screen she starred in countless movies-of-the-week as women coping with the aftermath of divorce, death, remarriage and infidelity. Archer also starred in a number of family-related television series, playing high-powered executive matriarchs on the glamorous dramas "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990), and "Privileged" (The CW, 2008-09), proving her versatility as both a vulnerable every-woman and a saucy force to be reckoned with.

Archer was born on Aug. 24, 1947 in Los Angeles to actor parents John Archer - who appeared in the film classics "White Heat" (1947) and "Rock Around the Clock" (1956) - and Marjorie Lord, who starred as Danny Thomas' TV wife Kathy "Clancy" Williams on the classic sitcom, "Make Room for Daddy" (ABC, 1953-57; CBS 1957-1964). Young Anne was determined to continue in the family business, and earned a degree in Theater Arts from nearby Claremont Men's College (now known as Claremont McKenna College). Archer's professional acting career began with a number of guest television appearances before she was cast as one of the title foursome on the short-lived sitcom version of Paul Mazursky's feature "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (ABC, 1973). She had a number of supporting film roles in the early 1970s and landed her first screen lead in "Lifeguard" (1976), playing opposite Sam Elliott as a former sweetheart who reconnects at a high school reunion and encourages Elliot's lifeguard to reexamine his life. Archer studied with Scientologist drama coach Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in the late 1970s and appeared in a string of movies like Sylvester Stallone's "Paradise Alley" (1978) and the famous adventure flop "Raise the Titanic!" (1980).

While continuing to average a movie a year, Archer worked steadily in television on the blended family drama "The Family Tree" (NBC, 1982-83) and "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-90), where she made her mark as a duplicitous advertising exec. Archer's status rocketed from "working actress" to "noted actress" in 1987 with her role as the beautiful, wronged wife of Michael Douglas in Adrian Lyne's thriller "Fatal Attraction" (1987), who ends up taking out her onscreen nemesis, Glenn Close, with a famous gunshot to the heart. For her work in the seminal 1980s film, Archer was recognized with Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Suddenly in demand, she began to field offers for big budget Hollywood features like "Patriot Games" (1992), where she played the beleaguered wife of CIA agent Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford). She followed up with supporting role in the critically lambasted Madonna vehicle "Body of Evidence" (1993), but made a better showing with her role as a children's party clown at a moral crossroads with her husband (Fred Ward) in Robert Altman's brilliant ensemble "Short Cuts" (1993), which earned a Best Ensemble Cast award at the Golden Globe Awards.

Archer reprised her role as Harrison Ford's supportive wife in "Clear and Present Danger" (1994), but the actress spent the majority of the decade playing wives in peril in movies-of-the-week, starring as a recent divorcee in "Because Mommy Works" (NBC, 1994), the new wife of a widower (James Woods) in "Jane's House" (CBS, 1994), and a woman whose marriage to a writer (Alan Alda) is threatened by his imaginary love life in "Jake's Women" (CBS, 1996). In a change of pace, the actress played Angelina Jolie's alluring mother in the independent feature "Mojave Moon" (1996) before resuming her telepic run with "Indiscretion of an American Wife" (Lifetime, 1998) and "My Husband's Secret Life" (USA, 1998). A pair of thankless roles in the military legal drama "Rules of Engagement" (2000) opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and the action thriller "The Art of War" (2000) opposite Wesley Snipes followed. Archer hit the London stage to essay the sultry Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," and following guest stints on "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09) and "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04), resurfaced on movie screens as Tommy Lee Jones' college professor love interest in the comedy "Man of the House" (2005).

After Archer's portrayal of first lady to president Jack Scalia in the political thriller "End Game" (2006) went straight-to-DVD, the actress returned to television with recurring roles as the socialite mom of Dee and Dennis on the sitcom "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX, 2005- ) and as the mother of a psychically gifted woman (Jennifer Love Hewitt) on the supernatural drama "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-09). In 2006, Archer founded the non-profit organization Artists for Human Rights. She resurfaced on movies screens as the sultry cougar who catches the eye of an irrepressible bachelor (Matthew McConaughey) in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" (2009) while at the same time appearing weekly as a jet-setting cosmetics entrepreneur on the glitzy drama "Privileged" (The CW, 2008-09).

By Susan Clarke

Relationships

John Archer Actor

Father
Younger

John Archer Actor

Half-Brother
Younger

Gregg Archer

Brother

Lisa Archer

Half-Sister
younger

William Davis

Husband
divorced

Thomas Davis

Son
born on August 18, 1972 father, William L Davis

Terry Jastrow

Husband
president of Jack Nicklaus Productions

Jeffrey Jastrow

Son
born on October 18, 1984 father, Terry Jastro

Marjorie Lord

Mother
born in 1918 divorced from actor John Archer co-starred on "Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show"

EDUCATION

Claremont Men's College

Claremont , California
college renamed Claremont McKenna College in 1981

Milestones

2005

Co-starred with Joe Mantegna in "Uncle Nino" a film about a dysfunctional family brought closer by a visiting relative

2005

Starred as Courteney Cox's mother in the drama "November"

2001

Replaced Amanda Donohoe in the role of Mrs. Robinson in the London stage version of "The Graduate" (June)

2000

Played the wife of an American ambassador in "Rules of Engagement"

2000

Acted in the L.A. stage production "The Poison Tree"

1994

Reprised role of Dr. Ryan in "Clear and Present Danger"

1993

Acted in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"

1992

First played Dr. Cathy Ryan opposite Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games"

1987

Had breakthrough film role as Michael Douglas' wife in "Fatal Attraction"; received Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination

1985

Had a recurring role on the primetime soap, "Falcon Crest"

1982

Co-starred in the series "The Family Tree"

1981

New York (off-Broadway) stage debut, "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking"

1975

First leading role in film, "Lifeguard"

1973

Starred in TV series, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"

1973

TV-movie debut, "The Blue Knight"

1970

Feature film debut, "The Honkers"

1969

Appeared on TV series, "The Storefront Lawyers"

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