Lea Thompson

Actor, Dancer
Curiously renowned for playing an adorably randy teenager who attempted to seduce her own time-traveling son, Leah Thompson became a cinematic darling of the 1980s. A native Midwesterner who fell in love with dance at ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1961 in Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

Hollywood Game Night 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Dog Lover 2016 (Movie)

Liz Holloway (Actor)

Back In Time 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Caroline in the City 1995 - 1999, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 1995 - 1999, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Switched at Birth 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

A to Z 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

At Mamu's Feet 2014 (Movie)

Leah (Actor)

Bound by Flesh 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Left Behind 2014 (Movie)

Irene Steele (Actor)

Out of Omaha 2014 (Movie)

Ginger Gainor (Actor)

Ping-Pong Summer 2014 (Movie)

Mrs. Miracle (Actor)

Senior Skip Day 2014 (Movie)

Cathleen (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

My Mother's Future Husband 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Game Of Your Life 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trouble With The Truth 2012 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Thin Ice 2012 (Movie)

Jo Ann Prohaska (Actor)

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

Lela Rogers (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Cabin 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Splinterheads 2009 (Movie)

Susan Frost (Actor)

Exit Speed 2008 (Movie)

Maudie McMinn (Actor)

Fatal Secrets 2008 (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

Final Approach 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Head Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Slyde 2008 (Movie)

Master Bartologist (Actor)

A Life Interrupted 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Duets 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy School 2007 (Movie)

Claire Miller (Actor)

Dateline NBC 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Come Away Home 2005 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss 2005 (Movie)

Cathy Davis (Actor)

Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

For the People 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Weddings InStyle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Looks at Christmas 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Union Square 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

All-New All-Star TV Censored Blooper-Palooza 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Unknown Cyclist 1997 (Movie)

Melissa Cavatelli (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Little Rascals 1994 (Movie)

Miss Roberts (Actor)

A Menace Called Dennis 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dennis the Menace 1993 (Movie)

Alice Mitchell (Actor)

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Dr Robin Van Dorn (Actor)

Robert Wuhl's World Tour 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

Maggie McFly (Actor)

Montana 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

Only Sin Deep 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Casual Sex? 1988 (Movie)

Stacy (Actor)

Going Undercover 1988 (Movie)

Marigold De La Hunt (Actor)

The Wizard of Loneliness 1988 (Movie)

Sybil (Actor)

Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 (Movie)

Amanda Jones (Actor)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

Beverly Switzler (Actor)

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

Kathryn (Actor)

Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

Lorraine Baines (Actor)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Erica (Actor)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

All the Right Moves 1983 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Jaws 3-D 1982 (Movie)

Kelly Ann Bukowski (Actor)

A Will of Their Own (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Doe: The Wrong Face (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Doe: Vanishing Act (TV Show)

Actor

Love at the Christmas Table (TV Show)

Actor

Nightbreaker (TV Show)

Actor

Stealing Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Stolen Babies (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Clause (TV Show)

Actor

The Right to Remain Silent (TV Show)

Actor

The Substitute Wife (TV Show)

Actor

The Unspoken Truth (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Curiously renowned for playing an adorably randy teenager who attempted to seduce her own time-traveling son, Leah Thompson became a cinematic darling of the 1980s. A native Midwesterner who fell in love with dance at an early age, Thompson broke into the arts as a ballerina. When a career en pointe did not pan out, undaunted, she moved to New York and in relatively short time began raising eyebrows. Her fresh-scrubbed, all-American good-looks won her largely teen parts in a series of archetypal Eighties films, such as "All the Right Moves" (1983), "Red Dawn" (1984), "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987) and "Back to the Future" (1985); the latter a blockbuster that would see her recur the role of Lorraine McFly, the mother of Michael J. Fox's hapless cross-time adventurer, throughout the trilogy. Her star would fade into less auspicious film work and supporting roles until, in 1995, she crossed over into series television as lead with the sitcom, "Caroline in the City" (NBC, 1995-99). In the 2000s, she re-established a serial presence on cable in the Hallmark Channel "Jane Doe" movie franchise, playing a suburban housewife drawn back into her old profession as a government agent. Known for a sparkling, dimpled smile, Thompson etched a lasting imprint as an accessible, Ivory Girl-esque dreamboat for young male moviegoers of the 1980s, going on to create a template for successfully shifting career gears when her cinematic halcyon days ebbed.

Relationships

Zoey Deutch Actor

Daughter

Howard Deutch Director

Husband
Met on the set of "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987) married in 1989 directed Thompson in "Article 99" (1992)

Madeline Deutch

Daughter
born March 23, 1991 father Howard Deutch

Zoey Deutch

Daughter
born December 1994

Dennis Quaid Actor

Companion
Lived together for four years Split c. 1987

Andrew Thompson

Brother
older

Barry Thompson

Brother
older

Colleen Thompson

Sister
older

EDUCATION

Marshall-University High School

began studying dance at nine

Milestones

2011

Portrayed the mother of actress Ginger Rogers in Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar"

2011

Co-starred on the ABC Family drama series "Switched at Birth"

2011

Acted alongside Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup in the crime drama "Thin Ice"

2008

Starred in the holiday themed "The Christmas Clause" (ION Television)

2008

Once again directed and starred in "Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder" (Hallmark Channel)

2006

TV directorial debut, "Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall" (Hallmark Channel); also starred

2005

Starred in the "Jane Doe" TV-movie franchise developed for the Hallmark Channel; made first appearance as secret agent Cathy Davis/Jane Doe in "Jane Doe: Vanishing Act"

2004

Joined the cast of NBC's "Ed" for three episodes as the title character's philandering ex-girlfriend

2000

Played Sally Bowles in a touring company of "Cabaret"

1998

Starred in the NBC miniseries "A Will of Their Own"

1995

TV series debut as title character on NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City"

1993

Played Alice Mitchell in the genial big screen comedy "Dennis the Menace"

1992

Cast in "Article 99," about a group of doctors in a veterans' hospital

1989

TV debut, opposite Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez in TNT movie "Nightbreaker"

1989

Reprised role of Michael J. Fox's mother in "Back to the Future Part II" and "Back to the Future Part III" (1990)

1988

Starred in the comedy "Casual Sex?" with Victoria Jackson and Andrew Dice Clay

1987

Starred opposite Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson in romantic drama "Some Kind of Wonderful," written by John Hughes

1986

Starred in "SpaceCamp," about a group of campers accidentally launched into space

1986

Landed leading role in the unfortunate "Howard the Duck," directed by future husband Howard Deutch

1985

Breakthrough screen role as the young version of Michael J. Fox's mother in "Back to the Future"

1984

Starred with Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell in John Milius' "Red Dawn"

1983

Feature film acting debut, "Jaws 3-D"

1983

Cast opposite Tom Cruise in "All the Right Moves"

1979

Danced professionally and studied on scholarship with such companies as the Pennsylvania Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theater's second company, Ballet Repertory

Appeared in over 20 Burger King commercials

Joined a professional dance company at 14

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