Karen Young

Actor
A delicate, blonde player who has often been cast as tough-talking types, Karen Young is perhaps best remembered for her roles as wives in Joseph Sargent's "Jaws: The Revenge" (1987) and Paul Bogart's "Torch Song ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1958 in Pequonnock, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Warrior Woman 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: Miami 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twelve Thirty 2011 (Movie)

Vivien (Actor)

Two Gates Of Sleep 2011 (Movie)

Bess (Actor)

Conviction 2010 (Movie)

Elizabeth Waters (Actor)

Handsome Harry 2010 (Movie)

Muriel (Actor)

Law & Order 1996, 2002, 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Green 2010 (Movie)

Janette (Actor)

Restless 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Factotum 2006 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Heading South 2006 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2000 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Falling Like This 1999 (Movie)

Dolly (Actor)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

Pants on Fire 1999 (Movie)

Dierdre Grogan (Actor)

World Upon Her Shoulder 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

Sarah Crighton (Actor)

The Wife 1996 (Movie)

Arie (Actor)

Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

Young Woman at RTA (Actor)

L.A. Law 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Boy Who Cried Bitch 1991 (Movie)

Candice Love (Actor)

A Blink of Paradise 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Criminal Law 1989 (Movie)

Ellen Faulkner (Actor)

Night Games 1989 (Movie)

Roxy (Actor)

Little Sweetheart 1988 (Movie)

Dorothea (Actor)

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

Laurel (Actor)

Heat 1987 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Jaws: The Revenge 1987 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

Painted Landscapes of the Times 1987 (Movie)

(Voice)

Painted Landscapes of the Times 1987 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

This Time It's Personal -- Jaws: The Revenge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Things 1987 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

Maria's Lovers 1985 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

Almost You 1984 (Movie)

Lisa Willoughby (Actor)

Birdy 1984 (Movie)

Hannah Rourke (Actor)

Handgun 1981 (Movie)

Kathleen Sullivan (Actor)

On the Edge of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

The High Price of Passion (TV Show)

Actor

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

A Blink of Paradise 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A delicate, blonde player who has often been cast as tough-talking types, Karen Young is perhaps best remembered for her roles as wives in Joseph Sargent's "Jaws: The Revenge" (1987) and Paul Bogart's "Torch Song Trilogy" (1988).

The New Jersey native began her career appearing in off-off- and off-Broadway productions, including "Three Acts of Recognition" (1982) at the New York Shakespeare Festival and Sam Shepard's searing family drama "A Lie of the Mind" (1985). Young segued to the small screen with an appearance on the CBS drama series "The Equalizer" before landing her first high profile TV-movie role as Robin Benedict, a real life prostitute who had been murdered by a university professor (played by Richard Crenna) in "The High Price of Passion" (NBC, 1986). Other memorable TV appearances include portraying a homeless woman whose family moves into an abandoned TV studio in "To the Moon, Alice" (Showtime, 1990) and as a drug-addicted mother of a murder suspect in an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC, 1996).

On the big screen, Young made her film debut in "Handgun/Deep in the Heart" (1983), as a naive woman who turns to violence after a trauma. She went on to mostly undistinguished supporting roles in features like Alan Parker's "Birdy" (1984) and Adrian Lyne's "9 1/2 Weeks" (1986) before gaining some attention as the sculptor-wife of Lance Guest in "Jaws: The Revenge". Young also won praise as the wife of a bisexual (Brian Kerwin) in the film version of Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning "Torch Song Trilogy". In 1996, Young recreated her stage role as a stripper in "The Wife", written and directed by her husband Tom Noonan, and had a supporting part in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Daylight".

Relationships

Tom Noonan Actor

Husband
Married c. 1992 divorced

Wanda Noonan

Daughter
born c. 1994 father, Tom Noonan

EDUCATION

Douglass College

New Brunswick , New Jersey

Image Theatre/Studio

New York , New York
studied with Paul Austin

Douglass College

New Brunswick , New Jersey

Milestones

2006

Co-starred with Matt Dillon in "Factotum" a film based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski

2004

Joined the cast of the HBO drama, "The Sopranos" playing Agent Robyn Sanseverino

2001

Acted on stage in the Off-Broadway production of "The Wax"

1996

Recreated role of Arlie in "The Wife", adapted from Noonan's play "Wifey"

1994

Originated role of Arlie in her husband Tom Noonan's award-winning play "Wifey"

1991

Directed and acted in the short film "A Blink of Paradise"

1990

Played leading role of a homeless woman whose family moves into the abandoned set of a TV sitcom in the Showtime special "To the Moon, Alice"

1988

Co-starred as Laurel in the feature adapation of Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"

1987

Played featured role of Carly Brody in "Jaws: The Revenge"

1986

TV-movie debut in NBC's fact-based "The High Price of Passion"; Young played a prostitute murdered by a university professor

1985

Early TV credits include guest appearance in episode of the CBS drama series "The Equalizer"

1985

Played featured role in off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's stage play "A Lie of the Mind"; directed by Shepard

1983

Feature film debut in "Handgun/Deep in the Heart"

1982

First notable stage appearance, "Three Acts of Recognition", New York Shakespeare Festival

Born and raised in New Jersey

Moved to NYC; began appearing in off-off- and off-Broadway productions

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