Linda Hamilton

Actor
Her genre success overshadowed her impressive range, but Linda Hamilton enjoyed a remarkable and varied career. Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, she became a movie star as Sarah Connor, the mother-to-be ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1956 in Salisbury, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Defiance 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bermuda Tentacles 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

In Your Dreams 2014 (Movie)

Georgie (Actor)

Lost Girl 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Refuge 2014 (Movie)

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T2 3-D: Battle Across Time 2014 (Movie)

Sarah Connor (Actor)

Bad Behavior 2013 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Chuck 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Weeds 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broken 2007 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Home By Christmas 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Thief 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

According to Jim 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smile 2005 (Movie)

Bridgette (Actor)

The Kid & I 2005 (Movie)

Susan Mandeville (Actor)

Missing in America 2004 (Movie)

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Silent Night 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Skeletons in the Closet 1999 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

The Color of Courage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Line 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Robots Rising 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Unglued 1998 (Movie)

Ruby Sanford (Actor)

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

Rachel Wando (Actor)

Frasier 1993, 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shadow Conspiracy 1997 (Movie)

Amanda Givens (Actor)

The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Separate Lives 1995 (Movie)

Lauren Porter (Actor)

Silent Fall 1994 (Movie)

Karen Rainer (Actor)

1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

Sarah Connor (Actor)

Beauty and the Beast 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Destiny 1990 (Movie)

Ellen Burrows (Actor)

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Moon Rising 1986 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

King Kong Lives 1986 (Movie)

Amy Franklin (Actor)

Stephen King's Children of the Corn 1984 (Movie)

Vicky Baxter (Actor)

The Stone Boy 1984 (Movie)

Eva the Crescent Moon Lady (Actor)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

Sarah Connor (Actor)

Wishman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Reunion 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets of Midland Heights 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Tag 1981 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Actor

A Mother's Prayer (TV Show)

Actor

Bailey's Mistake (TV Show)

Actor

Club Med (TV Show)

Actor

Country Gold (TV Show)

Actor

Go Toward the Light (TV Show)

Actor

Holy Water (Movie)

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King's Crossing (TV Show)

Actor

Point Last Seen (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Weapons (TV Show)

Actor

Sex & Mrs. X (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Her genre success overshadowed her impressive range, but Linda Hamilton enjoyed a remarkable and varied career. Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, she became a movie star as Sarah Connor, the mother-to-be of humanity's last hope in James Cameron's action/sci-fi masterpiece, "The Terminator" (1984), and then won over an entirely new set of fans as a doomed lover in the lushly romantic urban fantasy "Beauty and the Beast" (CBS, 1987-1990) opposite Ron Perlman. Her impressive turn - and even more impressive muscular physique - as the ultimate warrior woman in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) ensured her a measure of cinematic immortality and marked her greatest professional triumph. She made headlines with her marriage to (and lucrative divorce from) James Cameron, and notched a series of well-received, award-winning TV-movie and voiceover roles, but made her biggest subsequent impact as a vocal advocate for mental illness issues when she publicly revealed her lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Hamilton was a talented, tough actress who deserved a bigger career beyond her iconic genre work, but made the most of the one she had.

Relationships

Bruce Abbott

Husband
married on December 19, 1982 divorced in 1989 met while filming "TAG" (1982)

Dalton Abbott

Son
born on October 4, 1989 in Los Angeles, California father, Bruce Abbott

James Cameron Actor

Husband
Began dating in 1991; Cameron directed Hamilton in both "Terminator" films Split during pre-production of "True Lies" (1994) Reunited and married on July 26, 1997 Separated in May 1998 Divorced on Dec. 16, 1999

James Cameron

Husband
directed Hamilton in "Terminator" and "Terminator 2" together from 1991-94 (end date approximate) reportedly separated for a period reconciled and in March 1997 announced plans to marry married on July 24, 1997 separated in May 1998 Hamilton filed for divorce on December 14, 1998 after she learned of Cameron's relationship with actress Suzy Amis

Josephine Cameron

Daughter
born on February 15, 1993 father, James Cameron

Leslie Gearren

Sister
Hamilton's identical twin born six mintutes after her acted as sister's non-speaking double in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

John Hamilton

Brother
younger

Laura Hamilton

Sister
older

EDUCATION

Washington College

Chestertown , Maryland
studied acting for two years

attended high school in Salisbury, Maryland, graduating in 1974

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York

Wicomico Junior High

Salisbury , Maryland

Milestones

2005

Cast in Tom Arnold's feature screenwriting debut "The Kid and I"

2001

Co-starred with Treat Williams and Jonathan Jackson in "Skeletons in the Closet"

2001

Had featured role in the anthology film "A Girl Thing" (Showtime)

2000

Played title part in L.A. stage production of "Laura"

2000

Portrayed a journalist whose life is altered after an encounter with a notorious Parisian madam in the Lifetime movie "Sex & Mrs. X"

1998

With Alfred Molina, portrayed a married couple who shelter Jewish children at their boarding school during WWII in the "Marie Taquet" segment of "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples" (Showtime)

1997

Co-starred in the feature "Dante's Peak"

1995

Offered a strong turn as a widow infected with HIV who seeks to find a suitable home for her young son in the affecting TV-movie "A Mother's Prayer" (USA Network)

1991

Reprised her signature role of Sarah Connor in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", again directed by Cameron

1987

Played the female lead of Catherine Chandler, an attorney who was attacked and nursed back to health by the leonine Vincent (Ron Perlman) in the cult hit CBS romantic drama "Beauty and the Beast"; character was killed off in 1989 when the actress opted to

1986

Stumbled on the big screen in "Black Moon Rising" and "King Kong Lives"

1984

Breakthrough screen role, as Sarah Connor in "The Terminator", helmed by her future husband James Cameron

1984

Had recurring role on NBC's "Hill Street Blues" as Ed Marinaro's girlfriend

1983

Acted in "The Stone Boy"

1982

Had lead in the short-lived CBS primetime soap "King's Crossing"

1982

Feature film acting debut, a lead in "TAG: The Assassination Game"; met first husband Bruce Abbott, who co-starred

1980

Starred as Greta Rideout, a woman who accused her husband of marital rape, in the fact-based ABC movie "Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case"

1980

TV series debut as regular, played one of the teens in the short-lived CBS primetime serial "Secrets of Midland Heights"

1979

Moved to Hollywood

1979

Primetime TV debut in a guest role on the NBC series "Shirley", starring Shirley Jones

1976

Moved to NYC

Became involved with acting as a child; worked with children's theater groups

Played the young Elizabeth in an Actor's Studio production of "Richard II"

While in college, appeared with the Kent Players, a community theater in Maryland

Professional bow and TV acting debut on the daytime soap "Search For Tomorrow" in the late 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Like her father, Hamilton has suffered from a bipolar disorder. After her diagnosis as a youngster, she reportedly refused drug therapy but relented in 1996 and began taking medication for the condition.

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According to Hamilton, she began using cocaine in 1982 when she discovered her business manager had embezzled over $100,000 from her. She underwent rehab and stopped using in 1985.

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"Linda Hamilton has taken on the totally shut face of males of the genre. Often her eyes are masked by hair or dark glasses. She has the square jaw, the hidden eyes. No makeup. Short, square unpolished nails. She has those very full-blown lips in the contemporary mode ... but they are bare and pale and certainly not sexual tools. This is a new standard of beauty.She has made herself the power body, the arms and shoulders packed with muscle, the straight thick waist, the boy hips, no ass, the bosom so small it does not require a bra. She does the entire movie in an undershirt."---From "Here Come the Hardbodies" by Julie Baumgold in New York, July 29, 1991.

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