Catlin Adams

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Los Angeles native Catlin Adams made her film debut using her birth name Nira Barab in "Up in the Cellar" (1970), playing the daughter of Larry Hagman and Joan Collins who succumbs to the charms of a seductive young ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Nash Bridges 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reality Show 1997 - 1998, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sirens 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Underworld: Awakening 2012 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Providence 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Freaky Friday 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

Rivka Rabinovitch (Actor)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

Patty Bernstein (Actor)

Up in the Cellar 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Panic in Echo Park (TV Show)

Actor

Toothless (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Intimate Portrait: Angie Dickinson 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Intimate Portrait: Bo Derek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Willmar 8 1980 (Movie)

(Assistant Producer)

Intimate Portrait: Marion Ross (TV Show)

Segment Producer
Director (4)

Beverly Hills 90210 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Stolen: One Husband (TV Show)

Director

Wanted: The Perfect Guy (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Los Angeles native Catlin Adams made her film debut using her birth name Nira Barab in "Up in the Cellar" (1970), playing the daughter of Larry Hagman and Joan Collins who succumbs to the charms of a seductive young man. After decamping to NYC to study and begin a writing career, she adopted her new name and began to find work. Adams appeared in the TV-movie "The Panic in Echo Park" (NBC, 1971) before landing several roles in Off-Off-Broadway productions. Returning to Hollywood in the late 1970s, she was cast as dominatrix encountered by Steve Martin's "The Jerk" (1979) and as the traditional Jewish wife of Neil Diamond's "The Jazz Singer" (1980).

Feeling frustrated by the lack of roles for women, Adams served as an assistant producer on Lee Grant's superb documentary "The Wilmar 8" (1981) before enrolling in the directing program at the American Film Institute. She found success with her first professional effort, the above-average TV-movie "Wanted: The Perfect Guy" (1986), which aired as an "ABC Afterschool Special" and also earned Adams a Directors Guild of America Award. She went on to collaborate with Melanie Mayron on the short "Shiny Little Shoes" and the pair co-wrote and co-produced "Sticky Fingers" (1988), an uneven female buddy comedy starring Mayron and directed by Adams. More recently, Adams served as project consultant and played the small role of Mrs. Barab in the Mayron-directed TV-movie remake of "Freaky Friday" (ABC, 1995). She was again guided by Mayron in "Toothless", a 1997 Disney/ABC telefilm starring Kirstie Alley as the Tooth Fairy.

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1975

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1997

Again played small role in a Mayron-directed TV-movie, "Toothless" (ABC)

1995

Served as project consultant and played small role in the TV-movie remake "Freaky Friday" (ABC); played character named Mrs. Barab (her birthname); project directed by Mayron

1988

Feature directorial debut, "Sticky Fingers", starring Melanie Mayron; also co-produced and co-wrote with Mayron

1986

Directed first TV-movie "Wanted: The Perfect Guy", aired as an "ABC Afterschool Special"

1981

Served as assistant producer on the documentary "The Wilmar 8", directed by Lee Grant

1979

First feature acting credit as Catlin Adams "The Jerk"

1977

Acted in first TV special, "Panic in Echo Park" (NBC)

1969

Film acting debut, "Up in the Cellar", billed as Nira Barab

Directed first short, "Little Shiny Shoes", co-written and co-produced with Melanie Mayron

Appeared in stage productions such as "Safe House" and "Scandalous Memories"

Moved to NYC to study acting

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