Mia Sara

Actor, Model
Possessing a dark Pre-Raphaelite beauty that is both sensual and sweet, Mia Sara landed a succession of leading roles early in her career--unfortunately, few of the films were very good. The Brooklynite began acting in ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1967 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

Don't You Forget About Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Impossible Elephant 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: New York 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Birds of Prey 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Turn of Faith 2002 (Movie)

Annmarie (Actor)

Hard Time 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullet to Beijing 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pompatus of Love 1996 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Maddening 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Day Blue Night 1994 (Movie)

Hallie Schrag (Actor)

Time Trax 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Timecop 1994 (Movie)

Melissa (Actor)

Blindsided 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

By the Sword 1993 (Movie)

Erin Clavelli (Actor)

Caroline at Midnight 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

Leah (Actor)

A Climate For Killing 1990 (Movie)

Elise (Actor)

Any Man's Death 1990 (Movie)

Gerlind (Actor)

Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows in the Storm 1989 (Movie)

Melanie (Actor)

Apprentice to Murder 1988 (Movie)

Alice Spangler (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Sloane Peterson (Actor)

Legend 1985 (Movie)

Princess Lili (Actor)

Big Time (TV Show)

Actor

Blindsided (Movie)

(Actor)

Call of the Wild (TV Show)

Actor

Daughter of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Queenie (TV Show)

Actor

The Set Up (TV Show)

Actor

Till We Meet Again (Movie)

Delphine (Actor)

Undertow (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Possessing a dark Pre-Raphaelite beauty that is both sensual and sweet, Mia Sara landed a succession of leading roles early in her career--unfortunately, few of the films were very good. The Brooklynite began acting in commercials and on the ABC daytime soap "All My Children" at age 13. By 16, she had made her screen debut opposite Tom Cruise in Ridley Scott's fantasy "Legend" (1985) as Princess Lili, the personification of innocence. Her beauty brightened "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986), where she co-starred as Matthew Broderick's girlfriend. Most of her subsequent performances, though, were in a series of forgettable thrillers and actioners like "Apprentice to Murder" (1988) and "By the Sword" (1991). She had a few moments as a lovely young Jewish girl in "A Stranger Among Us" (1992) but her role as the wife of Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Timecop" (1994) required little but to look beautiful. Sara was an elusive prey for ladies' man Adrian Pasdar in "The Pompatus of Love" but again had little to do but be threatened in the little-seen "The Maddening" (both 1996).

TV has also offered Sara many paychecks, but only the occasional chance to show off her acting skills. Some considered her miscast in the title role of the miniseries "Queenie" (ABC, 1987), a thinly veiled biopic of screen goddess Merle Oberon, based on Michael Korda's book. (Sara, who won the role in part because of her resemblance to Oberon, herself later admitted that at age 19 she was too young for the role). In Judith Krantz's sudsy "Till We Meet Again" (CBS, 1989), she fared somewhat better as the daughter whose extraordinary good looks lead to a successful film career. She also turned up in the TV-movies "Big Time" (PBS, 1989, as a frustrated fashion model), in the horror thriller "Daughter of Darkness" (CBS, 1990) and played the Loretta Young role in the remake of "Call of the Wild" (CBS, 1993). Among her more notable guest appearances was as the intelligent, sympathetic transsexual girlfriend of a hard-headed doctor (Peter Berg) on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1996), a character, unfortunately, killed off after two episodes. More recently, Sara was paired with her real-life husband Jason Connery as Soviet spies in the uneven thriller "Bullet to Beijing" (TMC, 1997).

Relationships

Diane Cilento

Mother-In-Law

Jason Connery

Husband
married in 1996

Dashiell Connery

Son
born in June 1997

Sean Connery

Father-In-Law

Brian Henson Executive Producer

Husband
Married April 6, 2010

Clayton Rohner

Companion
engaged as of October 1994 no longer together acted with Sara in "Caroline at Midnight" (1993)

Cassie Sarapocciello

Sister
younger

EDUCATION

graduated from high school in Brooklyn in 1985

studied acting with Roy London

Barnard College

New York , New York
left early to pursue acting

St Anne's School

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

1998

Appeared in Reynolds' "Hard Time: Premonition" (TNT)

1997

Played daughter of Captain Nemo (played by Michael Caine) in the ABC miniseries "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

1997

First time working with Michael Caine and husband Jason Connery, "Bullet To Beijing" (TMC)

1996

Acted in Danny Huston's "The Maddening", playing a young mother held hostage by Burt Reynolds and Angie Dickinson

1994

Starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Timecop"

1993

USA-movie "Blindsided" offered her a change-of-pace character whose tenderness and vulnerability masked duplicity

1992

Portrayed a young Hasidic woman in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us"

1990

TV-movie debut, "Daughter of Darkness" (CBS)

1987

TV miniseries debut in the title role of "Queenie" (ABC); character loosely based on screen star Merle Oberon

1986

Played Matthew Broderick's game-for-adventure girlfriend in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

1985

Feature film debut, Ridley Scott's "Legend" opposite Tom Cruise

1981

Began appearing in commercials at age 13 (date approximate)

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

TV acting debut, appeared on the ABC daytime serial "All My Children"

Bonus Trivia

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"I enjoy performing . . . but I don't know what drove me to it. The funny thing is that writing is my ultimate ambition. I respect it above all. I didn't strive to be a performer. It's come so easily for me. In some ways, I feel guilty about that. On the other hand, I enjoy it precisely because I'm not consumed by it." --Mia Sara, quoted in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" press notes

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Sara is fluent in French and Mandarin Chinese (according to the press notes for "Queenie")

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"Let's face it, it's a silly job sometimes. I mean, you're an adult and they dump water on you and tell you to climb up the roof in freezing cold rain wearing a bathrobe. And you do it!" --Mia Sara, DAILY NEWS, October 9, 1994

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