Thora Birch

Actor
A pretty, rambunctious child actress who began acting in commercials at the age of four, Thora Birch appeared opposite Wilford Brimley (in 14 Quaker Oats spots) and Jimmy Stewart (for Campbell's Soup), not to mention ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1982 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Colony 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deadline 2014 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Train 2014 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Petunia 2013 (Movie)

Vivian Petunia (Actor)

Winter of Frozen Dreams 2009 (Movie)

Barbara Hoffman (Actor)

Dark Corners 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Slingshot 2006 (Movie)

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Women Rock! 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

8th Annual Prism Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Karen Cross (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost World 2001 (Movie)

Enid (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hole 2001 (Movie)

Elizabeth 'Liz' Dunn (Actor)

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Dungeons and Dragons: the Movie 2000 (Movie)

Empress Savina (Actor)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Jane Burnham (Actor)

The Smokers 1999 (Movie)

Lincoln (Actor)

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1990, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alaska 1996 (Movie)

Jessie Barnes (Actor)

Now and Then 1995 (Movie)

Young Teeny (Actor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Sally Ryan (Actor)

Monkey Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

Dani (Actor)

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Sally Ryan (Actor)

The Itsy Bitsy Spider 1992 (Movie)

of Piano Student (Voice)

All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

Hallie O'Fallon (Actor)

Paradise 1991 (Movie)

Billie Pike (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Day By Day 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Purple People Eater 1988 (Movie)

Molly Johnson (Actor)

Dark Avenger (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Corners (Movie)

Karen/Susan (Actor)

Monty (TV Show)

Actor

Night Ride Home (TV Show)

Actor

The Pregnancy Pact (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A pretty, rambunctious child actress who began acting in commercials at the age of four, Thora Birch appeared opposite Wilford Brimley (in 14 Quaker Oats spots) and Jimmy Stewart (for Campbell's Soup), not to mention turning up in the "Just Say No" to drugs campaign. Early in her career, when she was a pretty blonde moppet, she was billed simply as 'Thora' in such efforts as her regular series roles in "Day by Day" (NBC, 1988-89) and "Parenthood" (NBC, 1990) and for her feature acting debut "Purple People Eater" (1988). The tot utilized her full name in the role that first attracted real attention, the precocious young neighbor of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith in "Paradise" (1991), which she followed with the hollow holiday-themed "All I Want for Christmas" (also 1991). Birch went on to portray Harrison Ford's daughter in the thriller "Patriot Games" (1992), then appeared as one of three children who must contend with a trio of witches in the Disney comedy "Hocus Pocus" (1993).

Relationships

Carol Birch

Mother

Jack Birch

Father
handles daughter's career

Kian Birch

Brother
born in 1990

EDUCATION

graduated from high school in 2001

Milestones

2004

Cast in John Sayles’ political satire "Silver City" which starred Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Daryl Hannah and Richard Dreyfuss

2003

Starred in the true Lifetime story "Homeless to Harvard"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2001

Starred opposite Scarlett Johansson as Enid, an ultra-hip, recent high school graduate trying to find herself, in "Ghost World", produced by John Malkovich and his production company Mr. Mudd

2001

Played lead in the thriller "The Hole"; released in the United Kingdom

2000

Played Empress Savina in "Dungeons & Dragons: The Movie", based on the popular role-playing game

2000

Acted in "Smokers", set at the posh Lindenhurst Academy in the Midwest; screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

1999

Had featured role in the CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Night Ride Home"

1999

Co-starred as the petulant, mixed-up daughter of Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in "American Beauty"

1999

Made uncredited appearance in "Anywhere But Here"

1997

Made guest appearances on "Touched By an Angel" and "Promised Land" (both CBS)

1996

Starred in the adventure flick "Alaska"

1995

Was in the ensemble cast of "Now and Then"; first teenage role in films; her character would grow up to be Melanie Griffith

1994

Reprised role as Ford's daughter in "Clear and Present Danger"

1994

First starring role in "Monkey Trouble", with Harvey Keitel as a gypsy who'd been using the monkey to pick pockets and Mimi Rogers as her mother

1993

Acted in "Hocus Pocus", starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy

1992

Portrayed Harrison Ford's daughter in "Patriot Games"

1991

Played first major role as Billie in "Paradise", starring Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith; first billing using full name

1990

Appeared in the CBS action pilot "Dark Avenger"

1990

Had featured role in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Parenthood", based on the popular movie

1988

Film debut in "Purple People Eater"

1988

Played Molly on short-lived NBC comedy series, "Day by Day", billed as Thora

1986

Began acting in commercials at age four, including the "Just Say No" to drugs campaign and 14 Quaker Oatmeal commercials opposite Wilford Brimley

Bonus Trivia

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Her parents were expecting a boy, whom they would have named Thor. Instead, they added an "a" to feminize Thor, learning later that Thora is actually a Norse goddess, the sister of Thor and ruler of Thursday.

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Birch holds a blue belt in karate.

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Her official fan Web site is at thora.org.

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