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Lea Thompson is a Actor and Producer American born on 31 may 1961 at San Francisco (USA)

Lea Thompson

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Birth name Lea Katherine Thompson
Nationality USA
Birth 31 may 1961 (57 years) at San Francisco (USA)

Lea Kathleen Thompson (born May 31, 1961, Rochester, Minnesota) is an American actress, television director, and television producer. She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. Other films she is known for include All the Right Moves, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard the Duck, Jaws 3-D, Red Dawn, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Since 2011 she has co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth.

Biography

Early life
Thompson was born in Rochester, Minnesota, one of five children of Clifford and Barbara Barry Thompson. Her mother is of Irish descent.

She studied ballet as a girl and danced professionally by the age of 14, winning scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet.Feeling she was not tall enough to become a prima ballerina, she changed her focus to acting. Moving to New York at age 20, she performed in a number of Burger King advertisements in the 1980s along with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Elisabeth Shue, her eventual co-star in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III.


Career
Thompson made her home-media screen debut in 1982 as Cecily "Sissy" Loper in the interactive live-action video game "MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone?" and her movie significant debut in 1983, with Jaws 3-D. She recalled the film as "the very first movie I ever got, but I lied and said I had done a couple of other movies, so when I showed up, I really knew absolutely nothing. Also, I had said that I knew how to water-ski. And I did not. So I had, like, five days to learn really, really complicated water-skiing things, because I had to fit into the Sea World water-skiing show. I don’t even know how to swim!" She followed this with All the Right Moves, Red Dawn (1984), and The Wild Life (1984).

Thompson's most famous role is that of Lorraine Baines McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy, with the first film released in 1985. Thompson's character is the mother of Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, whom Marty meets when she is a 1950s adolescent age after he travels back in time: he has to avoid having Lorraine fall in love with him instead of with his future father, George (Crispin Glover), which leads to awkward scenes where Lorraine is attracted to him.

In 1986, Thompson starred in SpaceCamp and Howard the Duck. For the latter film she sang several songs on the soundtrack in character, as musician Beverly Switzler, who was the lead vocalist for a band called Cherry Bomb. The recordings appeared on both the soundtrack album and on singles. Rounding out film appearances in the late 1980s, Thompson starred in Some Kind of Wonderful, Casual Sex?, and The Wizard of Loneliness. She also had a prominent role in the 1989 TV film Nightbreaker, for which she was nominated for a CableACE Award. In the early 1990s, Thompson starred as the mother of the eponymous character in Dennis the Menace (1993), the villainess in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and a snooty ballet instructor in The Little Rascals (1994). She also appeared in several TV films throughout the 1990s, including The Substitute Wife (1994) and The Right To Remain Silent (1996).

Thompson found moderate critical and popular success as the star of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City from 1995 to 1999. In 1996 Thompson received a People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series, while her show won for Favorite New TV Comedy Series.

After a break from acting, Thompson went on to star in several Broadway plays. She later appeared in a TV series called For the People, which only lasted one season. She then starred in a TV film, Stealing Christmas (2003), starring Tony Danza and Betty White. Thompson also appeared in several episodes of the dramedy series Ed and in a guest role for one episode in 2004 on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; she played a woman whose embryos were stolen.

In 2005 Thompson began a series of made-for-TV films for the Hallmark Channel, in which she plays Jane Doe, an ex-secret agent turned housewife, who helps the government solve mysteries. Thompson directed two films from the Jane Doe series – Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall and Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder.

Thompson was a featured singer on Celebrity Duets and the second contestant eliminated in 2006. In April 2007 she starred in another TV film, A Life Interrupted, which premiered on Lifetime Television.



Thompson guest-starred on the show Head Case in January 2008. She appeared in the TV film Final Approach, which debuted in the U.S. on May 24, 2008. Her film credits include Exit Speed, Spy School, Splinterheads and Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer. She starred in the television movie The Christmas Clause, which received good reviews and ratings.

Thompson stars in Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake, an adventure game released in November 2012 by Big Fish Games. Thompson's daughter Madeline Deutch plays as a paranormal television-series host in it.

Since 2011 Thompson has starred in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, about a family realizing their 16-year-old daughter is not biologically theirs and was switched with another baby at the hospital.

In 2014, Thompson was a competitor on Dancing with the Stars: season 19. She was paired with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. The couple was eliminated in the quarterfinals, finishing sixth place. She also played Irene Steele in Left Behind.


Personal life
Thompson has been married to film director Howard Deutch since 1989. They first met on the set of the 1987 film Some Kind of Wonderful.

Thompson and Deutch have two daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, with whom she sang on stage in the Bye Bye Birdie production for the 16th annual Alzheimer's Association "A Night at Sardi's" in March 2008. Both daughters are actresses.

Best films

Back to the Future (1985)
(Actress)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
(Actress)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
(Actress)
Jaws 3-D (1983)
(Actress)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
(Actress)
Red Dawn (1984)
(Actress)

Usually with

Bob Gale
Bob Gale
(4 films)
Dean Cundey
Dean Cundey
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lea Thompson (41 films)

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Actress

Back in Time, 1h35
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical
Actors Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Bob Gale, Lea Thompson
Roles Herself
Rating63% 3.1519553.1519553.1519553.1519553.151955
Un documentaire sur Retour vers le futur, 30 ans après...
Ping Pong Summer, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander
Roles Mrs. Miracle
Rating54% 2.705072.705072.705072.705072.70507
In 1985, 13-year-old Rad goes on a summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland with his family. Experiencing lots of things first time, he finds a mentor for one of his obsessions, ping pong.
Left Behind, 1h50
Directed by Vic Armstrong
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Films about religion, Transport films, Aviation films, Films set in the future, Political films, Dans un avion, Dystopian films, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson, Jordin Sparks
Roles Irene Steele
Rating31% 1.5584051.5584051.5584051.5584051.558405
University of Central Arkansas student Chloe Steele has flown in from college to surprise her father, pilot Rayford Steele, for his birthday party. Her mother Irene Steele quickly calls to inform her, however, that her father cannot make it. While at the airport waiting for him, Chloe meets up with investigative reporter Cameron "Buck" Williams.
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, 1h25
Directed by Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd, Sharon Maguire
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Sarah Hyland, Brittany Snow, Melissa Leo, Mitch Rouse, Jennifer Hudson, Sofia Vassilieva
Roles Julia
Rating68% 3.442883.442883.442883.442883.44288
An anthology of five short films exploring the impact and stigma of mental illness.
Love at the Christmas Table, 1h29
Directed by Rachel Goldenberg
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Christmas films
Actors Dustin Milligan, Danica McKellar, Lea Thompson, Scott Patterson, Brian Huskey, Alexandra Paul
Roles Elissa Beth
Rating64% 3.243143.243143.243143.243143.24314
Kat et Sam, deux amis d'enfance, se retrouvent chaque année pour fêter Noël avec leurs familles. Aujourd'hui adultes, ils tombent amoureux mais aucun n'ose se déclarer à l'autre. Ils s'aperçoivent alors qu'ils ignorent tout de leurs vies respectives.
J. Edgar
J. Edgar (2011)
, 2h17
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about terrorism, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, Ed Westwick
Roles Lela Rogers
Rating65% 3.2979953.2979953.2979953.2979953.297995
The film opens with J. Edgar Hoover in his office during his later years. He asks that a writer, known as Agent Smith, be let in, so that he may tell the story of the origin of the FBI for the sake of the public. Hoover explains that the story begins in 1919, when A. Mitchell Palmer was Attorney General and Hoover's boss at the Justice Department. Palmer suffers an assassination attempt, but is unharmed when the bomb explodes earlier than intended. Hoover recalls that the police handling of the crime scene was primitive, and that it was that night that he recognized the importance of criminal science. Later, Hoover visits his mother, Anna Marie, and tells her that Palmer has put him in charge of a new anti-radical division, and that he has already begun compiling a list of suspected radicals. He leaves to meet Helen Gandy, who has just started as a secretary at the Justice Department. Hoover takes Gandy to the Library of Congress, and shows her the card catalog system he devised. He muses about how easy it would be to solve crimes if every citizen were as easily identifiable as the books in the library. When Hoover attempts to kiss her, she recoils. Hoover gets down on his knees and asks her to marry him, citing her organization and education, but his request is once again denied. However, Gandy agrees to become his personal secretary.
Thin Ice
Thin Ice (2011)
, 1h54
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, Lea Thompson, Bob Balaban, David Harbour
Roles Jo Ann Prohaska
Rating62% 3.1000753.1000753.1000753.1000753.100075
Wisconsin insurance salesman Mickey Prohaska is in desperate financial straits. His wife JoAnn has thrown him out of the house, and he is willing to do or say practically anything to sell anybody a policy. Mickey accompanies another insurance agent he has just met, Bob Egan, to the farm of an elderly man named Gorvy Hauer. The house is a mess and Gorvy is absent-minded, perhaps a tad senile. He does not have much money and, the little he has, he seems to keep in a jar. Mickey tries to sell the old man some insurance anyway.
The Cabin
The Cabin (2011)

Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Lea Thompson, Steven Brand, Bel Powley, Orla O'Rourke
Roles Lily MacDougal
Rating55% 2.7715252.7715252.7715252.7715252.771525
Two single parents bring their children to Scotland to enter a family-style competition.
Rock Slyde
Rock Slyde (2010)
, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Patrick Warburton, Andrew Roane Dick, Rena Sofer, Elaine Hendrix, Jaimie Alexander, Jason Alexander
Roles Master Bartologist
Rating57% 2.857712.857712.857712.857712.85771
A clumsy private detective (Patrick Warburton) tries to protect a seductive woman (Rena Sofer) from a mysterious stalker while contending with a cult leader (Andy Dick) who's trying to take over the detective's office space.
Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer, 1h33
Directed by Andrew Lauer
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dragons
Actors Hunter Allan, Lea Thompson, Wendie Malick, Amy Pietz, Eric Lutes, Andrew Lauer
Roles Laura
Rating31% 1.5913151.5913151.5913151.5913151.591315
Branded as a "nerd" and harassed by the school bully, twelve-year-old Arthur is rescued by a magical alchemist/troll who holds the secret to defeat an evil dragon, but is soon able to return the favor. Arthur's loving mom, struggling to keep her devious ex-husband from gaining custody of Arthur, dismisses her son’s "fantasies" until she realizes the all too real immediate danger and joins forces with Arthur, the troll, the Knights of the Square Table (Arthur's pals Natalie and Tim), and a dashing fantasy card-game creator named Shane Barker. Together, they hope to conquer an unleashed dragon and the wicked vice-principal who threaten civilization.
Exit Speed
Exit Speed (2008)
, 1h31
Directed by Scott Ziehl
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Fred Ward, Desmond Harrington, Lea Thompson, Alice Greczyn, Gregory Jbara, David Rees Snell
Roles Maudie McMinn
Rating53% 2.654982.654982.654982.654982.65498
In Texas, Sergeant Archie Sparks (Fred Ward), an MP, has finally caught up with AWOL Corporal Meredith Cole (Julie Mond), who was accused of assaulting a commanding officer. Archie turns his back on Meredith for just a second, and there she goes off and running again.
Spy School
Spy School (2008)
, 1h23
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Forrest Landis, AnnaSophia Robb, Taylor Momsen, Rider Strong, Lea Thompson, D. L. Hughley
Roles Claire Miller
Rating47% 2.355732.355732.355732.355732.35573
A twelve-year-old boy known for telling tall tales, overhears a plot to kidnap the President's daughter. When he goes public with his story, no one believes him, and he is forced to save her on his own.
Final Approach, 2h50
Directed by Armand Mastroianni
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films
Actors Dean Cain, Anthony Michael Hall, Ernie Hudson, Lea Thompson, Shailene Woodley, Sunny Mabrey
Roles Alicia Bender
Rating48% 2.4174152.4174152.4174152.4174152.417415
Jack Bender (Dean Cain) suddenly finds himself in a hostile situation as a group of highly trained and well-armed terrorists, led by Greg Gilliad (Anthony Michael Hall), seize the airplane on which he is traveling, a Lockheed L-1011 of Infinity Air Flight 732 from Newark International Airport to LAX. Bender must re-immerse himself into a world he thought he left behind forever.