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Shirley Knight is a Actor American born on 5 july 1936 at Goessel (USA)

Shirley Knight

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Birth name Shirley Knight
Nationality USA
Birth 5 july 1936 at Goessel (USA)
Death 22 april 2020 (at 83 years)

Shirley Knight Hopkins (born July 5, 1936) is an American stage, film, and television actress. She has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960) and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), eight times for Emmy Awards (winning three), and has also netted a Golden Globe and Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her role in the film Dutchman (1966).


Knight was born in Goessel in Marion County, east central Kansas, the daughter of Virginia (née Webster) and Noel Johnson Knight, an oil company executive.

Knight was married twice, to actor and producer Gene Persson, from 1959 until they divorced in 1969, and to writer John Hopkins, from 1969 until his death in 1998. She has two daughters, actress Kaitlin Hopkins and elementary school teacher Sophie Hopkins.

Best films

As Good as It Gets (1997)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Usually with

A.D. Calvo
A.D. Calvo
(3 films)
Kevin James
Kevin James
(2 films)
George Lucas
George Lucas
(1 films)
Jesús Franco
Jesús Franco
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Shirley Knight (58 films)

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Mercy (2015)
, 1h19
Directed by Peter Cornwell
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Chandler Riggs, Dylan McDermott, Hana Hayes, Mark Duplass, Frances O'Connor, Joel Courtney
Roles Gramma
Rating50% 2.503372.503372.503372.503372.50337
A single mother and her two children George (Chandler Riggs) and Buddy (Joel Courtney) go to help take care of their grandmother who has mystical powers.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, 1h34
Directed by Andy Fickman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Molly Shannon, Neal McDonough, Kevin James, Daniella Alonso, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez
Roles Mom
Rating44% 2.2135552.2135552.2135552.2135552.213555
Six years after the events of the first film, Paul Blart is recovering from several misfortunes. His wife Amy divorced him six days into their marriage, and his mother Margaret was killed after being hit by a milk truck. To feel better, Paul takes pride in patrolling his mall, the West Orange Pavilion Mall. Paul receives an invitation to a security officers' convention in Las Vegas and begins to believe his luck is about to change. His daughter Maya Blart discovers that she was accepted into UCLA and plans to move across the country to Los Angeles, but in light of her father's invitation, she decides to withhold the information for now.
The Missing Girl, 1h29
Directed by A.D. Calvo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Alexia Rasmussen, Eric Ladin, Thomas Jay Ryan, Shirley Knight, Kevin Corrigan
Roles Mrs. Colvins
Rating60% 3.0478053.0478053.0478053.0478053.047805
Elevator (2013)
, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Transport films
Actors Anita Briem, Christopher Backus, John Getz, Shirley Knight, Rachel and Amanda Pace, Devin Ratray
Roles Jane Redding
Rating52% 2.648522.648522.648522.648522.64852
Nine people aboard an elevator in a New York City skyscraper 52 stories tall: security guard Mohammed (Waleed Zuaiter), sexy television reporter Maureen (Tehmina Sunny) and her bossy fiance Don (Christopher Backus), racist comedian George (Joey Slotnick), alcoholic newly widowed Jane (Shirley Knight), overweight employee Martin (Devin Ratray), pregnant Celine (Anita Briem), and the building owner Henry Barton (John Getz) with his spoiled ten-year-old granddaughter Madeline (Rachel and Amanda Pace), are on their way to a company party on the top floor.
Redwood Highway
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Shirley Knight, Tom Skerritt, Catherine E. Coulson, Sam Daly, Zena Grey, Brent Hinkley
Roles Marie
Rating63% 3.194673.194673.194673.194673.19467
Living in a comfortable retirement community in southern Oregon, estranged from her family, unsatisfied with her surroundings, and generally not happy about life, Marie (Shirley Knight) decides to journey 80 miles on foot to the coast of Oregon to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years and attend her granddaughter's wedding as an unexpected guest. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary cast of characters and discovers that you're never too old to learn something about life and about yourself.
Our Idiot Brother, 1h30
Directed by Jesse Peretz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn
Roles Ilene Rochlin
Rating63% 3.1987353.1987353.1987353.1987353.198735
Ned Rochlin (Paul Rudd) is a biodynamic farmer living with his girlfriend, Janet (Kathryn Hahn). While selling produce at a local market, Ned sells marijuana to a uniformed police officer due to the officer's claim that he had a stressful week, which made Ned feel sympathetic after initially being skeptical. Ned is then arrested on a charge of selling drugs.
The Melancholy Fantastic, 1h23
Directed by A.D. Calvo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Themes Christmas films
Actors Geneva Carr, Shirley Knight, Robin Lord Taylor
Roles Mor (the voice of)
Rating48% 2.421832.421832.421832.421832.42183
Still suffering from her mother's recent suicide, a delusional young girl falls for an alluring Goth, against the objections of a life-size talking doll. The Melancholy Fantastic is a psychological thriller set during the holidays.
Listen to Your Heart
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Actors Cybill Shepherd, Alexia Rasmussen, Ernie Sabella, Shirley Knight
Roles Grandma Sam
Rating69% 3.450513.450513.450513.450513.45051
Danny plays piano in 'Anthony's Cafe' every morning and evening when no one's there. He buys newspapers from a man who is homeless, because he likes the guy, just to throw them away every night. He works at the cafe with his best friend Roger.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop, 1h31
Directed by Steve Carr
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Medical-themed films, Obésité, Films about disabilities, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Jayma Mays, Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Shirley Knight, Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Rannazzisi
Roles Mom
Rating53% 2.651262.651262.651262.651262.65126
Paul Blart is a resident in West Orange, New Jersey with his teenage daughter, Maya, and elderly mother, Margaret. Aspiring to join the New Jersey State Police, he trains at the police academy, but his hypoglycemic medical condition causes him to collapse, therefore failing the exam. To shape things up for his career, Blart works as a security guard at the West Orange Pavillion Mall.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, 1h38
Directed by Rebecca Miller, Lady Day-Lewis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about suicide
Actors Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Maria Bello, Monica Bellucci, Blake Lively Reynolds, Julianne Moore
Roles Dot Nadeau
Rating62% 3.147293.147293.147293.147293.14729
The film chronicles the life of a woman named Pippa Lee, with flashbacks to her tumultuous past. Pippa Sarkissian was the youngest child and only girl in her large Christian family. Her mother Suky (Maria Bello) was a neurotic mother with an obsessive fixation on her daughter's looks. By her teen years, Pippa discovers that her mother takes amphetamines in order to self-medicate her vast mood swings. She has a confrontation with her mother by taking drugs that results in Pippa leaving home and moving in with her aunt and roommate, who are in a lesbian relationship. After a time, the aunt discovers Pippa participating in erotic photo sessions with the roommate and her friends and banished from that apartment and goes on to live a bohemian life of drugs and working as an exotic dancer. On a weekend jaunt with like-minded friends, she meets a charismatic publisher named Herb Lee who is 30 years older than she is and a romance develops between the young woman and the older man. The couple marry, have two children and later move into a retirement home in Connecticut. Through her marriage, Pippa has become the "perfect wife": loving, supportive, everything to everyone and no one to herself. The couple grow apart; Herb has an affair with one of Pippa's friends and middle-aged Pippa has encounters with a younger man named Chris. After Herb dies from a heart attack, Pippa finally breaks with her life of subservience and refuses to set up the burial, leaving the details to her children. The film ends with Pippa driving off with Chris.
The Other Side of the Tracks, 1h32
Directed by A.D. Calvo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Crime, Romance
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Ghost films
Actors Brendan Fehr, Chad Lindberg, Tania Raymonde, Beatrice Rosen, Natassia Malthe, Stephnie Weir
Roles Helen
Rating49% 2.4569352.4569352.4569352.4569352.456935
Ten years after a tragic train accident killed his girlfriend, Josh finds himself haunted by disturbing visions from somewhere between the world of the living and the dead—haunting memories that keep him from moving on. His buddy, back in town for their high school reunion, tries to wake Josh from his painful past, but a mysterious young waitress offers a seductive alternative.
Grandma's Boy, 1h36
Directed by Nicholaus Goossen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Vieillesse, Films about video games, Children's films
Actors Allen Covert, Nick Swardson, Doris Roberts, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight
Roles Bea
Rating68% 3.4485153.4485153.4485153.4485153.448515
Alex is a single, 35-year-old video game tester who lives with his friend Josh. When Josh wastes their rent money on Filipino hookers, his landlord kicks them both out, and Alex has to find a new place to live. Alex tries to stay with his marijuana dealer, Dante, but cannot do so because Dante is adopting a wild lion to live in the house. Alex spends one night with his co-worker Jeff, but Jeff still lives with his parents. After an embarrassing "encounter" with Jeff's mom, in which he is caught masturbating in the bathroom and subsequently ejaculates on her, Alex is forced to move in with his grandmother and her two eccentric friends, Bea and Grace.
Mrs. Ashboro's Cat, 1h32
Directed by Don McBrearty
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats, Ghost films
Actors Michael Ontkean, Ellen Page, Shirley Knight, Shawn Roberts, Lori Hallier, Mark Rendall
Roles Mrs. Ashboro
Rating55% 2.756452.756452.756452.756452.75645
A widower (Ontkean) and his teen daughter (Page) move into a house that was once owned by the friendly Mrs. Ashboro and her pet cat, Margaret. Strange things begin happening, and it soon becomes clear that the ghost of Mrs. Ashboro's cat Margaret, who died on the same day as its owner, is haunting the house.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, 1h51
Directed by Callie Khouri
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Ellen Burstyn, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Angus Macfadyen, Fionnula Flanagan, James Garner
Roles Necie Kelleher
Rating60% 3.049993.049993.049993.049993.04999
The film opens in 1937 Louisiana with four little girls out in the woods at night, each wearing a home-made headdress. The leader, Viviane Abbott, initiates them into a secret order she dubs the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood," which they seal by cutting their palms and taking a blood oath of undying loyalty.