Sheila McCarthy

Actor
A versatile supporting player and occasional lead, Sheila McCarthy starred in Canadian productions of "Godspell," "Little Shop of Horrors" (as Audrey), and "Cabaret" before breaking into film and TV. Her first film of ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1956 in Canada

Filmography

Actor (51)

Algonquin 2014 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

A Fighting Man 2013 (Movie)

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Antiviral 2013 (Movie)

Dev Harvey (Actor)

Rookie Blue 2011 (Tv Show)

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Breakfast With Scot 2008 (Movie)

Ms. Patterson (Actor)

The Stone Angel 2008 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Bailey's Billion$ 2005 (Movie)

Peggy Delaney (Actor)

Missing 2005 (Tv Show)

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Being Julia 2004 (Movie)

Grace Dexter (Actor)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen 2004 (Movie)

Mrs Gerard (Actor)

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

I Was a Rat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Rare Birds 2002 (Movie)

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The Rats 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Bad Dog 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Emily of New Moon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Free Willy 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

House Arrest 1996 (Movie)

Gwenna Krupp (Actor)

The Possession of Michael D. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Lotus Eaters 1992 (Movie)

Diana Kingswood (Actor)

Beautiful Dreamers 1991 (Movie)

Molly Jessop (Actor)

Beethoven Lives Upstairs 1991 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

George's Island 1991 (Movie)

Cloata Birdwood (Actor)

Paradise 1991 (Movie)

Sally Pike (Actor)

Stepping Out 1991 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

Samantha Copeland (Actor)

Montreal Vu Par... 1990 (Movie)

("Desperanto or Let Sleeping Girls Lie") (Actor)

Pacific Heights 1990 (Movie)

Liz Hamilton (Actor)

Steel Magnolias 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The White Room 1990 (Movie)

Zelda (Actor)

Friends, Lovers & Lunatics 1989 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Light Years 1988 (Movie)

of Council Spokeswoman/Head (Voice)

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing 1987 (Movie)

Polly Vandersma (Actor)

A Good Life (TV Show)

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A Private Matter (TV Show)

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Cow Belles (TV Show)

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Custody of the Heart (TV Show)

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Dead Husbands (TV Show)

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Full-Court Miracle (TV Show)

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Haven (TV Show)

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The Awakening (TV Show)

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The Lathe of Heaven (TV Show)

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Virtual Mom (TV Show)

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You Know My Name (TV Show)

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Biography

A versatile supporting player and occasional lead, Sheila McCarthy starred in Canadian productions of "Godspell," "Little Shop of Horrors" (as Audrey), and "Cabaret" before breaking into film and TV. Her first film of note was "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing" (1988), which won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. The redheaded, saucer-eyed McCarthy played a 31-year old photographer who can't organize her life, but through working for a lesbian art gallery owner comes to terms with herself as an artist. By 1990, she was dividing her time between Canada and the US. Her first American film was the independent and little-seen Dermot Mulroney vehicle "Bright Angel" (shot in 1989; released theatrically in 1991). Other prominent roles include the reporter who lends Bruce Willis a hand in "Die Hard 2" (1990) and the pseudo-worldly waitress friend of Melanie Griffith who is no stranger to sexual encounters in "Paradise" (1991). At the opposite end of the spectrum was her quiet member of Liza Minnelli's tap-dancing class who, as it turned out, was battered by her husband in "Stepping Out" (also 1991) and the mother of a girl who uses black magic when she finds out her father is cheating in "The Lotus Eater" (1993). She and Christopher MacDonald play battling spouses held captive by their children in "House Arrest" (1996).

EDUCATION

University of Victoria

Victoria , British Columbia

HB Studios

New York , New York
studied with Uta Hagen

Milestones

1996

Had recurring role on CBS drama series "Picket Fences"

1994

Provided voice of "Annie" in animated version of "Free Willy"

1991

Played sexually spirited waitress in "Paradise" and a battered, doormat wife in "Stepping Out"

1990

Starred opposite Sally Kirkland and Elaine Stritch in the pilot episode of "Steel Magnolias" for CBS; also made first American feature film, "Bright Angel"

1989

Starred in PBS production of "Trying Times"

1987

Had first significant feature role in "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing"

Began her career in theater; appeared in Canadian productions of the musicals "Little Shop of Horrors", "Godspell" and "Cabaret"

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