Misty Upham

Actress
Native American actress Misty Upham wowed audiences and critics alike as a young mother thrust by financial despair into the dangerous world of illegal immigrant smuggling in "Frozen River" (2008). The tense independent ... Read more »
Born: 07/06/1982 in Kalispell, Montana, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

Cake 2014 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

Crawlspace 2014 (Movie)

Tina Walsh (Actor)

Jimmy P. 2014 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

Johnna Monevata (Actor)

Big Love 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frozen River 2008 (Movie)

Lila Littlewolf (Actor)

Skinwalkers 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Skins 2002 (Movie)

Mrs. Blue Cloud (Actor)

Edge of America (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Native American actress Misty Upham wowed audiences and critics alike as a young mother thrust by financial despair into the dangerous world of illegal immigrant smuggling in "Frozen River" (2008). The tense independent drama was the high point of her relatively brief career, which up until that point was largely comprised of supporting roles in Native American-themed television movies like "Skinwalkers" (PBS, 2002) and the occasional independent feature by director Chris Eyre. But her nuanced performance in "Frozen River" helped to thrust her into the spotlight and paved the way for what appeared to be a promising career in features. Sadly, Upham died under mysterious circumstances before that promise could be fulfilled, her body found at the bottom of a 150-foot ravine nearly two weeks after she disappeared on October 5, 2014.

Milestones

2008

Reprised the role of Lila, a young Mohawk mother in Courtney Hunt’s feature-length version of "Frozen River"

2008

Nominated for the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female ("Frozen River")

2006

Cast in the comedy "Expiration Date"

2004

First portrayed Lila in Courtney Hunt’s short film, "Frozen River"

2003

Cast as a member of a Native American high school basketball team in the Showtime movie, "Edge of America"

2003

Appeared in the ABC TV movie, "DreamKeeper"

2002

Made her feature debut in Chris Eyre’s Native American drama, "Skins"

2002

Featured in the adaptation of Tony Hillerman’s mystery novel "Skinwalkers"

First spotted while performing at the Nippon Kan Theater in Seattle

Performed with the Native American theater group, Red Eagle Soaring

Began performing and writing plays at age 14

Bonus Trivia

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Penned several articles for the Native American magazine, Native Vue

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