Helen Shaver

Actor, Director
A cool blonde beauty who played several effective lead and character roles in the 1980s, Shaver was outstanding as a prim East Coast college professor who makes a wary, but liberating foray into lesbianism in Donna ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1951 in St. Thomas, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Down River 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Numb 2006 (Movie)

Audrey Milbank (Actor)

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Keeper 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

DC Sniper: 21 Days of Terror 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4400 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Common Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bear With Me 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Bradley--Emily's Mom (Actor)

We All Fall Down 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Open Season 1996 (Movie)

Rachel Rowen (Actor)

The Craft 1996 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

A Silent Betrayal 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Born to Be Wild 1995 (Movie)

Margaret Heller (Actor)

Egg Salad 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tremors 2: Aftershocks 1995 (Movie)

Kate White Reilly--Scientist (Actor)

Dr. Bethune 1993 (Movie)

Ms Dowd (Actor)

Morning Glory 1993 (Movie)

Lula Peaks (Actor)

Poisoned By Love: The Kern County Murders 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

That Night 1993 (Movie)

Ann O'Connor (Actor)

Trial & Error 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Zebrahead 1992 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

WIOU 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Pair of Aces 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dancer's Touch 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Tree of Hands 1989 (Movie)

Benet Archdale (Actor)

The Land Before Time 1988 (Movie)

of Littlefoot's Mother (Voice)

Walking After Midnight 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

No Blame 1987 (Movie)

Amy Donaldson (Actor)

The Believers 1987 (Movie)

Jessica Hallowell (Actor)

Desert Hearts 1986 (Movie)

Vivian Bell (Actor)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

Janelle (Actor)

Lost! 1985 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Osterman Weekend 1983 (Movie)

Virginia Tremayne (Actor)

Harry Tracy 1982 (Movie)

Catherine Tuttle (Actor)

Jessica Novak 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Gas 1980 (Movie)

Rhonda (Actor)

United States 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

In Praise of Older Women 1979 (Movie)

Ann MacDonald (Actor)

Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amityville Horror 1979 (Movie)

Carolyn (Actor)

High-ballin' 1978 (Movie)

Pickup (Actor)

Search and Rescue: The Alpha Team 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Outrageous 1977 (Movie)

Jo (Actor)

Shoot 1976 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Starship Invasions 1976 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Who Has Seen The Wind 1976 (Movie)

Ruth Thompson (Actor)

The Supreme Kid 1975 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Between Two Brothers (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown to Looking Glass (TV Show)

Actor

Falling For You (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Memories (TV Show)

Actor

Many Happy Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Ride With the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Survive the Night (TV Show)

Actor

The First Gentleman (TV Show)

Actor

The Forget-Me-Not Murders (TV Show)

Actor

The Park Is Mine (TV Show)

Actor

The Sweetest Gift (TV Show)

Actor

The Wishing Tree (TV Show)

Actor

Without Consent (TV Show)

Actor
Director (24)

Vikings 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Elementary 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Reign 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Revolution 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Person of Interest 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Firm 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Flashpoint 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Castle 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Private Practice 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Beggars and Choosers 1997 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

CSI: New York 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Judging Amy 1994 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Medium 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Vanished 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Close to Home 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The O.C. 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Just Cause 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The District 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Due East (TV Show)

Director

Heartbeat (Tv Show)

Director

Summer's End (TV Show)

Director

The Stranger I Married (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

We All Fall Down 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A cool blonde beauty who played several effective lead and character roles in the 1980s, Shaver was outstanding as a prim East Coast college professor who makes a wary, but liberating foray into lesbianism in Donna Deitch's moving "Desert Hearts" (1985). She was certainly seen by a wider audience opposite Paul Newman in "The Color of Money" (1986). Shaver exudes enthusiasm in every role. She made her film debut in "Shoot" in 1976, but made a greater impact as the wife in the poltergeist-infested home in "The Amityville Horror" (1979), at the time the highest grossing independent film in history. She is also remembered as the woman "cured" by philandering Tom Berrenger in "In Praise of Older Women" (1978), the Protestant missionary in "Dr. Bethune" (1993) and as the mother of a teenage witch (Fairuza Balk) in "The Craft" (1996).

Relationships

Steven Smith

Husband

Mackenzie Smith

Son
born c. 1988

EDUCATION

Banff School of Fine Arts

Alberta
(AB)

Milestones

2001

Returned to primetime series as co-star of the CBS drama "The Education of Max Bickford"

1992

Broadway debut, "Jake's Women"

1990

Returned to series TV in "WIOU" (CBS)

1985

Breakthrough feature role, as a divorcee who discovers her Sapphic side in "Desert Hearts"

1985

First major US stage role as Julia in "Ghost on Fire" at La Jolla Playhouse

1982

Made key guest appearances on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)

1981

Played title role in "Jessica Novak" (CBS)

1980

Co-starred as Beau Bridges' wife in the short-lived TV series "United States"

1978

TV-movie debut, "A Circle of Children, Part II"

1976

Film debut, "Shoot"

Series debut, "Search and Rescue: The Alpha Team"

Began career as theater actress in Canada

Cast as Dr. Rachel Corrigan on the series "Poltergeist" (aired on Showtime and in syndication); also directed episodes

Helmed the Showtime movie "Due East" (scheduled to air in 2001-2002)

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