Karen Sillas

Actor, Speech coach
A cool, confident-looking blonde with evocative, glamorous eyes and a clefted, jutting chin, Karen Sillas began a collaboration with filmmaker Hal Hartley when she performed in his student thesis film, "Kid" (1985) ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1965 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ned Rifle 2015 (Movie)

Alice Gardner (Actor)

Wanted (TNT) 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

75 Degrees in July 2000 (Movie)

Letty Anderson (Actor)

Falcone 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Money 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reach the Rock 1998 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Sour Grapes 1998 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Female Perversions 1997 (Movie)

Renee (Actor)

Flirt 1996 (Movie)

Dr Clint (Actor)

Peter Benchley's The Beast 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Risk 1994 (Movie)

Maya (Actor)

What Happened Was... 1994 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Simple Men 1992 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Liebestraum 1991 (Movie)

3rd Nurse (Actor)

Trust 1991 (Movie)

Nurse Paine (Actor)

Kid 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

As Time Runs Out (TV Show)

Actor

Lies He Told (TV Show)

Actor

Night Sins (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A cool, confident-looking blonde with evocative, glamorous eyes and a clefted, jutting chin, Karen Sillas began a collaboration with filmmaker Hal Hartley when she performed in his student thesis film, "Kid" (1985), while the two attended SUNY-Purchase. Moving to New York City, she studied at the Actors Studio and appeared in such Studio productions as "Miss Julie", "The Cherry Orchard" and "Rasputin" before making her feature debut in a small role as the no-nonsense Nurse Paine in Hartley's striking "Trust" (1990). Sillas continued her affiliation with the director, playing a more prominent part as a lonely cafe owner who becomes involved with two very different brothers in his intriguing "Simple Men" (1992), and made a cameo appearance in Hartley's feature version of "Flirt" (1994). Her search for offbeat parts to spotlight her pensive seriousness and skill at conveying an edgy toughness tinged with vulnerability led her to portray a struggling artist in Dierdre Fishel's "Risk" (1993).

Relationships

Peter Stormare Actor

Husband
Married 1989 Divorced 2006

Peter Stormare

Husband
divorced

EDUCATION

State University of New York, Purchase

Purchase , New York 1984

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Shelley Winters and John Costopoulos

Milestones

1998

Played the part of Joan in Larry David's balck comedy "Sour Grapes"

1998

Filmed pilot, "The Repair Shop" (CBS), executive produced by Mark Frost, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal and directed by Philip Noyce

1998

Appeared in the John Hughes-scripted drama "Reach the Rock"

1997

Acted opposite Gary Cole in the ABC movie "Lies He Told"

1997

Portrayed Dr Hannah Garrison in CBS miniseries "Night Sins"; featured alongside Hartley regular Martin Donovan

1996

Co-starred with Tilda Swinton and Amy Madigan in "Female Perversions"

1996

Starred opposite William Petersen in NBC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'The Beast'"

1994

Made cameo appearance in Hartley's feature "Flirt"

1994

First TV series as a regular, "Under Suspicion", a CBS police detective drama, with Sillas in the leading role of Rose 'Phil' Phillips

1993

First feature lead, "What Happened Was..."; first created the role on stage; also provided some of the film's financing

1992

First prominent role in a feature film, "Simple Men", directed by Hartley; billed third, Silas received an Indepent Spirit Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1990

Earliest TV appearances include a guest spot on the NBC police drama series "True Blue"

1990

Feature debut in a small role in Hartley's "Trust"

1984

Acted in director Hal Hartley's short film, "Kid", the thesis film he made at SUNY Purchase; first collaboration with Hartley

Selected to join the Actors Studio in New York; performed in such Studio productions as "Rasputin", "Miss Julie" and "The Cherry Orchard"

Acted for a time on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"

Moved to NYC and began a career in the theater, supporting herself for a time as a children's speech coach

Bonus Trivia

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About landing her role in "Under Suspicion": "They'd tried for a long time to find 'Phil' [her character in the show]. Then the head of CBS casting went to Sundance and [said], 'We've got to get this woman.' It was only the second time I'd ever been to L.A., and I went down there to do an audition with just this small bag, and I did the audition and got the role, and we started shooting the pilot right away, and I never went back to Brooklyn." --Karen Sillas, PARADE MAGAZINE, April 2, 1995

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