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Birth Place: Canada Profession: actor

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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...

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fighting Man, A (2014)
2.
 Algonquin (2013)
3.
 Antiviral (2012)
4.
 Stone Angel, The (2007)
5.
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 Day After Tomorrow, The (2004) Judith
8.
 Being Julia (2004) Grace Dexter
9.
 Rare Birds (2001)
10.
 Rats, The (2001) Susan'S Boss
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Began her career in theater; appeared in Canadian productions of the musicals "Little Shop of Horrors", "Godspell" and "Cabaret"
1987:
Had first significant feature role in "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing"
1989:
Starred in PBS production of "Trying Times"
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"
1991:
Played sexually spirited waitress in "Paradise" and a battered, doormat wife in "Stepping Out"
1994:
Provided voice of "Annie" in animated version of "Free Willy"
1996:
Had recurring role on CBS drama series "Picket Fences"
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Education

University of Victoria: Victoria , British Columbia -
HB Studios: New York , New York -

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