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Date Of BirthMay 12, 1966
FactHer mother is a nuclear scientist and her father is a gynecologist.

Deborah Kara Unger is a Canadian actress. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 12, 1966. Her parents are Mary (née Reid) and John Unger. She has two sisters, Jennifer and Leigh. She attended high school at North Toronto Collegiate Institute and later studied economics at the University of Toronto.

She began her acting career in the early 1990s with roles in the television series Street Legal and Highlander: The Series. She has also appeared in the films The Game (1997), Crash (1996), and Payback (1999). She has been nominated for several awards, including a Genie Award and a Saturn Award. Her net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

She is divorced from actor Cameron Daddo, with whom she has two daughters.

General Info

Full NameDeborah Kara Unger
Date Of BirthMay 12, 1966
Height1.7 m
EducationNational Institute of Dramatic Art, University of Victoria


NominationsGenie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
MoviesThe Game, Crash, Silent Hill: Revelation, Silent Hill, Payback, Highlander III: The Sorcerer, The Hurricane, The Way, 88 Minutes, Whispers in the Dark, White Noise, Stander, Between Strangers, A Love Song for Bobby Long, Keys to Tulsa, The Salton Sea, Fear X, Paranoia 1.0, A Dark Truth, The Samarita...
TV ShowsCombat Hospital, Bangkok Hilton

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1When I graduated from high school, I had artistic and academic scholarships, and I was trying to figure out what to do. I decided to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Juillard and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. As it happened, the National Institute's were the first auditions because their seasons are the opposite of ours. I phoned them and said, 'What is required?' and I remember this very, very taciturn secretary said, 'Well, darling, basically you gotta be able to breathe and speak and be believable.' And I thought to myself, Faaaantastic! I happened to get in, and there's about 3,000 people who audition and they accept between 12 and 15 and I was their first Canadian. So I decided to not look a gift horse in the mouth.
2About her role in Crash (1996): Shifted me as an individual? I was almost more inspired as an individual than as an actor.
3I'm not investigated as much as I get to investigate other people.
4I actually love auditioning because I usually don't get the part. I've tested with Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Tom Cruise. So I've gotten to that point, and I understand when I don't get it. There are a lot of very talented people out there.


1Her mother is a nuclear scientist and her father is a gynecologist.
2She fractured a bone in her foot and jumped into a dumpster infested with real rats on the set of The Game (1997).
3When not working, she divides her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.
4Studied philosophy and economics at the University of Victoria before becoming the first Canadian to be accepted into the highly-regarded Australian National Institute of Art, graduating in 1988.




Sophie & Sheba2010/IITina Bradshaw
Messages Deleted2010Det. Lavery
The Way2010/ISarah
Angel and the Bad Man2009TV MovieTemperance
Walled In2009Mary
Shake Hands with the Devil2007Emma (as Deborah Unger)
88 Minutes2007Carol Lynn Johnson
Silent Hill2006Dahlia Gillespie
Things That Hang from Trees2006Connie Mae Wheeler
Lies & Alibis2006Dorothy
Green Day: Jesus of Suburbia2005Video shortMother (uncredited)
White Noise2005/ISarah Tate
A Love Song for Bobby Long2004Georgianna
One Point O2004Trish (as Deborah Unger)
Emile2003Nadia / Nadia's Mother
Stander2003Bekkie Stander
Hollywood North2003Sandy Ryan
Fear X2003Kate
Thirteen2003Brooke LaLaine
Between Strangers2002Catherine
Ten Tiny Love Stories2002Seven (as Deborah Unger)
The Salton Sea2002Colette
Signs & Wonders2000Katherine
The Hurricane1999Lisa
Sunshine1999Maj. Carole Kovács
The Weekend1999Marian Kerr
Payback1999/IMrs. Lynn Porter
The Rat Pack1998TV MovieAva Gardner
Luminous Motion1998Mom
The Game1997Christine
Keys to Tulsa1997Vicky Michaels Stover
No Way Home1996Lorraine
Crash1996Catherine Ballard
Highlander: The Final Dimension1994Alex Johnson / Sarah
State of Emergency1994TV MovieSue Payton
Hotel Room1993TV Mini-SeriesSasha
Whispers in the Dark1992Eve Abergray (as Deborah Unger)
Till There Was You1991Anna Vivaldi
Breakaway1990Marion (as Deborah Unger)
Prisoners of the Sun1990Sister Littell (as Deborah Unger)
Bangkok Hilton1989TV Mini-SeriesAstra
Torch2017post-productionSister Ingrid
A Thought of Ecstasy2017post-productionLiz Archer
Jackals2016completedKathy Powell
Disorientatedpre-productionSenora Ccarlucci
Vengeance: A Love Story2017Agnes
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal Throne2016Video GameSCORPIO (voice)
Rehearsal2015Ellen Sinclair
The Hollow2015TV MovieAunt Cora
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire2015Video GameSCORPIO / Additional Voices (voice, as Deborah Unger)
A Dangerous Arrangement2015TV MovieSamantha
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan2014Video GameSCORPIO (voice)
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Rise of the Hutt Cartel2013Video GameSCORPIO (voice)
Samuel Bleak2013Roselyn Ramirez
Silent Hill: Revelation2012Dahlia
186 Dollars to Freedom2012Consul Powers
A Dark Truth2012Morgan Swinton
The Samaritan2012/IHelena
Star Wars: The Old Republic2011Video GameSCORPIO / Additional Voices (voice)
Combat Hospital2011TV SeriesMaj. Pederson, MD / Maj. Pedersen, MD
A halálba táncoltatott leány2011Lynn Court


A Thought of Ecstasy2017executive producer post-production
The Lost Oldenburg Weekend2012Short executive producer


Behind the Truth2013Video documentary short special thanks
Between Us2012thanks
Crying Freeman1995the producers wish to thank


Behind the Truth2013Video documentary shortHerself
Paybacks Are a Bitch2007Video documentaryHerself
Same Story... Different Movie: Creating 'Payback: The Director's Cut'2007Video documentary shortHerself
O Lucky Malcolm!2006DocumentaryHerself
Path of Darkness: Making 'Silent Hill'2006Video documentaryHerself
X-Rated2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Tussen de sterren2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Embracing the Chaos: A Conversation with the Cast of 'The Salton Sea'2002Video documentary shortHerself - 'Colette'

Archive Footage

The Frame2013TV SeriesCatherine Ballard
Payback: Straight Up2006VideoLynn Porter
Sexes2005TV SeriesCatherine Ballard
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentaryCatherine Ballard / Nadia
Gomorron1997TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2014The Gena Rowlands AwardBroken Glass Awards
2010Half-Life AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USA
2010Star of ExcellenceOldenburg Film FestivalWalk of Fame
2005Best ActressMálaga International Week of Fantastic CinemaOne Point O (2004)
2004Best ActressMethod FestFeature FilmEmile (2003)
2004Imagery HonorsSonoma Valley Film Festival
2003Libertas AwardDubrovnik International Film Festival
2000New American Cinema AwardSeattle International Film FestivalCitation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast PerformanceThe Weekend (1999)

Nominated Awards

2004VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting Actress - Canadian FilmEmile (2003)
2003GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBetween Strangers (2002)
2000GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleSunshine (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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