Kristy Swanson

Actor
An athletic, appealing performer who decided at the age of nine that she wanted to be an actress, Kristy Swanson had racked up some 30 TV commercial credits by the age of 15. In 1986, she made her feature debut in the ... Read more »
Born: 12/18/1969 in Mission Viejo, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

A Lesson in Romance 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Psych 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Swamp Shark 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Whole Banana 2014 (Movie)

Fran (Actor)

Beethoven's Treasure Tail 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Operation Cupcake 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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What if... 2010 (Movie)

Wendy Walker (Actor)

Hell's Kitchen 2009 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 (Tv Show)

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Skating With Celebrities 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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CSI: Miami 2004 (Tv Show)

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Just Shoot Me 2003 (Tv Show)

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Soul Assassin 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dude, Where's My Car? 2000 (Movie)

Christie Boner (Actor)

Grapevine 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

Early Edition 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Supreme Sanction 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Tinseltown 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ground Control 1998 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Lover Girl 1998 (Movie)

Darlene (Actor)

Meeting Daddy 1998 (Movie)

Laurel-Lee (Actor)

8 Heads in A Duffel Bag 1997 (Movie)

Laurie Bennett (Actor)

The Phantom 1996 (Movie)

Diana Palmer (Actor)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

Kristen Connor (Actor)

Getting In 1994 (Movie)

Kirby Watts (Actor)

The Chase 1994 (Movie)

Natalie Voss (Actor)

The Program 1993 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

Buffy (Actor)

Highway to Hell 1992 (Movie)

Rachel Clark (Actor)

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

Kowalski (Actor)

Mannequin Two: on the Move 1991 (Movie)

Jessie (Actor)

Diving In 1990 (Movie)

Terry Hopkins (Actor)

The Dream Trap 1990 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

Blues For Buder 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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

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Juarez 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Nightingales 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Loner 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Flowers in the Attic 1987 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

Deadly Friend 1986 (Movie)

Samantha Pringle (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Economics Student (Actor)

Mr. Boogedy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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A Christmas Wish (TV Show)

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Bad to the Bone (TV Show)

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Forbidden Secrets (TV Show)

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Marshal Law (TV Show)

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Nightingales (TV Show)

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Not Quite Human (TV Show)

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Red Water (TV Show)

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The Black Hole (TV Show)

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The Only Witness (TV Show)

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Zebra Lounge (TV Show)

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Biography

An athletic, appealing performer who decided at the age of nine that she wanted to be an actress, Kristy Swanson had racked up some 30 TV commercial credits by the age of 15. In 1986, she made her feature debut in the John Hughes-produced "Pretty in Pink" and also appeared in Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" before essaying her first lead as the girl next door brought back to life a la Frankenstein in Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend". After landing a key role in the film version of V C Andrews' classic horror novel "Flowers in the Attic" (1987), Swanson segued to TV, playing the recurring part of Jody Campbell on "Knots Landing" (CBS) during the 1987-88 season, followed by turns as Lynn Ellingsworth in two 1989 installments of "B.L. Stryker" (aired under the umbrella of "The ABC Mystery Movie"). She had her first shot at series stardom portraying student nurse Rebecca Halliday in the short-lived Aaron Spelling-produced "Nightingales" (NBC, 1989). When small screen stardom eluded her, Swanson once again returned to features as the female lead of "Mannequin 2: On the Move" (1991), but the choice to play a medieval peasant trapped in the body of a mannequin proved embarrassing. Her career received a big boost, albeit delayed, as the Valley Girl title character of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992). Despite her engaging, exuberant performance and quirky turns from the likes of Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman), future Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Rutger Hauer, the film failed to perform at the box office. But fans discovered its young star when the picture became a hot video rental, helping to spawn the highly successful TV series version. She put her athleticism to good use as a calm, cool tennis star in "The Program" (1993) and starred as a millionaire's daughter taken hostage by an innocent man (Charlie Sheen) on the run in "The Chase" (1994), though director John Singleton showed her to better effect in that year's "Higher Learning", as a naive college freshman coming to terms with her burgeoning homosexuality. Swanson also snagged the female lead of Diana Palmer to Billy Zane's "The Phantom" (1996), in the tepid adventure thriller based on the popular comic strip but was outshone by villainess Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Relationships

Lloyd Eisler Actor

Husband
Started dating while co-starring on "Skating With Celebrities" (FOX) in 2005, while Eisler was still married to Marcia O'Brien, who was then pregnant with the couple's second child Eisler divorced O'Brien in January 2007, a month before Swanson gave birth to their son Magnus Hart married February 7, 2009

Magnus Eisler

Son
Born February 16, 2007 father, Lloyd Eisler

Jonathan Kahn

Companion
Wrote "The Chili Con Carne Club" starring Swanson no longer together

David Spade Actor

Companion
Together from 1996-97

Robert Swanson

Father
Worked in Orange County, CA

Rosemary Swanson

Mother
Worked in Orange County, CA

EDUCATION

Graduated high school at age 15

Home-schooled by her parents when she was cast in "Dreamfinders"

Milestones

2006

Competed on the Fox reality series, "Skating with Celebrities"

2000

Co-starred as a match-making cruise-line executive in the CBS midseason comedy, "Grapevine"

1999

Appeared as Adam Sandler's girlfriend Vanessa in the hit comedy "Big Daddy"

1998

Played Erica Paget, a love interest of the main character for one season of the CBS series, "Early Edition"

1997

Starred as the devestatingly beautiful and seductive sociopath Francesca Wells in the ABC movie, "Bad to the Bone"

1996

Played plucky female lead Diana Palmer to Billy Zane's "The Phantom"

1995

Portrayed a naive student discovering her sexuality in John Singleton's "Higher Learning"

1994

Re-teamed with Sheen for "The Chase"

1993

Appeared as a calm, cool tennis star in "The Program"

1992

Played the title role in the film, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

1991

Cast opposite Charlie Sheen in the comedy spoof, "Hot Shots!"

1989

Appeared in the shortlived Burt Reynolds vehicle, "B.L. Stryker" (ABC)

1989

First leading role in a series, "Nightingales" (NBC)

1987

Played one of the teenage children in the disappointing adaptation of V.C. Andrews' novel, "Flowers in the Attic"

1987

Had a recurring role as Jody Campbell in "Knots Landing" (CBS)

1986

Made feature debut in the John Hughes-produced, "Pretty in Pink"; also acted in Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

1986

First leading role in Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend"

1985

Became emancipated from her parents at age 15

1983

TV series debut, "Dreamfinders" (Disney)

Appeared in first commercial at the age of nine

Bonus Trivia

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Swanson was arrested June 16, 2007, for allegedly assaulting Marcia O'Brien, the ex-wife of her companion and former "Skating With Celebrities" partner, Lloyd Eisler. Swanson, was released after posting $468 bail in Kingston, Ontario. Swanson alleges that O'Brien attacked her in front of Eisler and O'Brien's children. The charges were withdrawn on Oct. 31, 2007

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