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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 21, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bloomington, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, paralegal

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An attractive blonde actress with an honest, unadorned appeal, Arija Bareikis projects a quietly powerful presence that has led to a burgeoning career on both stage and screen. She racked up theater credits in regional productions before landing a major Broadway role in 1997 as Sunny Freitag, an Aryan-featured Wesleyan student and Southern Jewish socialite who longs to be a WASP, in Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning "The Last Night of Ballyhoo". Bareikis made her film debut in the 1994 short "Celestial Navigation" and followed with the festival-screened independents "Ties to Rachel" (1996) and 1997's "Pants on Fire" before landing a breakthrough role in Bart Freundlich's acclaimed "The Myth of Fingerprints" (also 1997). In the film, she played Daphne, the ex-girlfriend that Noah Wyle's Warren has never gotten over. Through the course of the film the two are reunited and the painful events surrounding their breakup are uncovered. Bareikis offered a very complex and likable characterization as Daphne, an obviously strong and grounded individual trying to release the pain of the past. Her interaction with the comparatively unstable Warren is appropriately tender, and the two display the walk between...

An attractive blonde actress with an honest, unadorned appeal, Arija Bareikis projects a quietly powerful presence that has led to a burgeoning career on both stage and screen. She racked up theater credits in regional productions before landing a major Broadway role in 1997 as Sunny Freitag, an Aryan-featured Wesleyan student and Southern Jewish socialite who longs to be a WASP, in Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning "The Last Night of Ballyhoo". Bareikis made her film debut in the 1994 short "Celestial Navigation" and followed with the festival-screened independents "Ties to Rachel" (1996) and 1997's "Pants on Fire" before landing a breakthrough role in Bart Freundlich's acclaimed "The Myth of Fingerprints" (also 1997). In the film, she played Daphne, the ex-girlfriend that Noah Wyle's Warren has never gotten over. Through the course of the film the two are reunited and the painful events surrounding their breakup are uncovered. Bareikis offered a very complex and likable characterization as Daphne, an obviously strong and grounded individual trying to release the pain of the past. Her interaction with the comparatively unstable Warren is appropriately tender, and the two display the walk between familiarity and apprehension that exists with an abandoned relationship. The actress could additionally be seen in the Ethan Coen-penned direct-to-video comedy "The Naked Man" (1999). She had her first leading role in a major studio release, starring opposite Rob Schneider in the zany Touchstone comedy "Deuce" (1999).

Bareikis' TV appearances have generally been in productions in her adopted hometown of New York, appearing on the daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Love" (ABC) and "Another World" (NBC), and making her primetime debut in a 1997 episode of "Law & Order". In addition, she had a recurring role on HBO's hard-hitting prison drama "Oz" in 1999. playing Tricia Ross, the sister of a slain inmate who falls in love with Said (Eamonn Walker), the prison's Muslim leader. A spark between the two strong and temperate individuals is evident at their initial meeting to discuss a potential wrongful death lawsuit. The two continue their budding relationship although Tricia's race threatens to ruin Said's status as a spiritual and political leader. Bareikis and Walker's quiet and understated scenes together stood out as some of the more emotionally powerful and well-acted segments of the already exceptional show.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Purge, The (2013)
2.
 Stand Up, The (2012)
3.
 Tenderness (2009)
4.
 No Reservations (2007)
6.
 Melinda and Melinda (2004) Cast
7.
 John Grisham's A Painted House (2003) Kathleen Chandler
8.
 Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) Susan Marie Heine
9.
 30 Days (1999) Sarah Meyers
10.
 Naked Man, The (1999)
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Raised in Indiana
1988:
Moved to NYC and began taking acting lessons
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Appeared at repertory theaters throughout the USA in plays like "Romeo and Juliet" (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), "The Sweet By'n'By" (Barter Theatre) and "The Visit" (Williamstown Theatre Festival)
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Appeared on the daytime dramas "All My Children" (ABC) and "Another World"
1994:
Film acting debut in the short "Celestial Navigation"
1994:
Feature acting debut in small role in "Twisted Tales"
1996:
Starred in the independent feature "Ties to Rachel"
1996:
Had recurring role on the ABC soap "One Life to Live"
1997:
Primetime TV debut in episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)
1997:
Played featured role in the black comedy "Pants on Fire"
1997:
Had co-starring role as Noah Wyle's old girlfriend in the independent film "The Myth of Fingerprints"
1997:
Made Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry's award-winning play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"
1997:
Acted in the feature "The Naked Man" (released directly to video in 1999)
1999:
Appeared in a recurring role as the sister of a slain inmate who falls in love with an imprisoned Muslim leader on "Oz", HBO's acclaimed prison-set series
1999:
Had small role in "Snow Falling on Cedars"
1999:
Played female lead opposite Rob Schneider in "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo"
2000:
Starred in Aaron Harnick's "30 Days" (filmed in 1998)
2002:
Had leading role in the midseason replacement series "The American Embassy" (Fox)
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Education

Stanford University: Stanford , Connecticut -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Her name is pronounced AIREE-A BAR-AY-KUSS.

Bareikis on the lesson she learned while lensing her breakthrough role in "The Myth of Fingerprints": "I realized how vital it is to put aside my insecurities and just embrace my total essence of geek. I can't believe I'm getting paid to do what I do. Not only is it fun, but I get to learn so much about myself, about life and about being a human freak." --quoted in Us, September 1997.

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