Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJuly 8, 1947
SpouseJack La Rue, Jr., James Westmoreland, William Tennant, James Stacy
FactMother, with James Stacy, of daughter Heather Elias.

Kim Darby is an American actress best known for her role as Mattie Ross in the 1969 film True Grit. She was born on July 8, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of professional dancers Joan and John Darby. She has two older sisters, Debbie and Dana. Darby began her career as a child model and appeared in a number of commercials before making her film debut in The Happiest Millionaire in 1967. She went on to star in a number of films and television shows throughout her career, including The Young Runaways, The Dunwich Horror, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Darby has been married three times and has two daughters. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

General Info

Full NameKim Darby
Date Of BirthJuly 8, 1947
ProfessionActor, Teacher


SpouseJack La Rue, Jr., James Westmoreland, William Tennant, James Stacy
ChildrenHeather Elias
ParentsInga Wiere, Jon Zerby


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Single Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Comedy Or Drama Series
MoviesTrue Grit, Better Off Dead, The Strawberry Statement, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Grissom Gang, Teen Wolf Too, Rich Man, Poor Man, Norwood, Bye Bye Birdie, Mockingbird Don't Sing, The One and Only, The People, Generation, Flatbed Annie and Sweetie Pie: Lad...

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1The April 1, 1970, issue of Variety reported that the movie Big Sur, formerly called Unexpected Things, would star Kim Darby. Director to be Arnold Schulman. No evidence the film was ever completed or distributed.
2Ex-sister-in-law of Louie Elias and Carolyn Elias.
3Married a genie, played by Larry Linville (Major Frank Burns on M*A*S*H (1972)) on an episode of Fantasy Island (1977). Later, she played the wife of David Ogden Stiers (Major Charles Winchester on MASH and Frank Burns' replacement) in Better Off Dead... (1985).
4Was engaged for a time to Pete Duel. They became involved while working together on Generation (1969).
5She teaches acting in the Los Angeles area. [August 2003]
6Her mother, dancer Inga Wiere, was a younger sister of entertainer Harry Wiere, Herbert Wiere, and Sylvester Wiere.
7While her parents were performing at The Carousel Club in Dallas, Texas, she was babysat by the owner of the club, Jack Ruby.
8Film acting and directing classes were mandated for all film students in the Entertainment Studies Department at UCLA, where she taught for 15 years (1990-2004).
9Gives seminars in acting and directing at film schools and universities. Taught film acting and directing at UCLA for 17 years.
10The daughter of dancers Jon Zerby and Inga Wiere, who were known as The Dancing Zerbys, a successful nightclub act in the 1940s and 1950s.
11While her parents, The Dancing Zerbys, were appearing in a Las Vegas showroom, she made her debut at the age of three, when the comedian introduced her on stage one night as the "manager" of the show. She kept the role and stayed in the act until she was old enough to go to school.
12Mother, with James Stacy, of daughter Heather Elias.




The Evil Withinpost-productionMildy Torres
Perception2014TV SeriesStacia Clairborne
Cold Ones2007Barbs
You Are So Going to Hell!2004Louise
For the People2002TV SeriesJanine Woods
Dark Realm2001TV SeriesTilly Lawless
Mockingbird Don't Sing2001Louise Standon
Newsbreak2000Frances Johnson
The X-Files2000TV SeriesKathy Lee Tencate
Becker1999TV SeriesKatherine
The Last Best Sunday1999Mrs. Summers
Profiler1996TV SeriesIlene Klinger
ABC Weekend Specials1995TV SeriesJo Howland
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers1995Debra Strode
Murder, She Wrote1984-1995TV SeriesJoan Kemp / Laurie Bascomb
Deadly Embrace1989Video uncredited
Teen Wolf Too1987Professor Brooks
Crazy Like a Fox1986TV SeriesJenny Fenwick
Riptide1986TV SeriesNice Beverly
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1985TV SeriesElizabeth Sullivan
Better Off Dead...1985Jenny Meyer
Embassy1985TV MovieSue Davidson
First Steps1985TV MovieSherry Petrofsky
This Is the Life1985TV Series
Hotel1984TV SeriesJean Lawrence
E/R1984TV SeriesMrs. Johnson
The Facts of Life1984TV SeriesDoris Garrett
The Mississippi1984TV Series
Trapper John, M.D.1983-1984TV SeriesMarsha Huber / Cassie Thomas
Summer Girl1983TV MovieMary Shelburne
Close Ties1983TV MovieEvelyn
The Love Boat1979-1982TV SeriesWendy / Sarah Curtis
The Capture of Grizzly Adams1982TV MovieKate Brady
Fantasy Island1982TV SeriesRebecca Walters
Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb1980TV MovieLucy Tibbets
Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers1979TV MovieSweetiepie
The Last Convertible1979TV Mini-SeriesAnn Rowan
The One and Only1978Mary Crawford
Family1978TV SeriesLily Barker
The Oregon Trail1977TV SeriesMary Anne Morehead
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesVirginia Calderwood
Baretta1975TV SeriesAnne
The Wide World of Mystery1975TV SeriesHelen Terrick
Thriller1975TV SeriesHelen
Archer1975TV SeriesLeslie Griffith
Petrocelli1975TV SeriesDonna
Police Story1974TV SeriesJennie Hill / Barbara Nations
This Is the West That Was1974TV MovieCalamity Jane
The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd1974TV MovieRuby Hardgrave
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1974TV SeriesPerry Stewart
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV SeriesPerry Stewart
Love Story1973TV SeriesEllie
Ironside1973TV SeriesSamantha
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark1973TV MovieSally Farnham
Circle of Fear1973TV SeriesCindy
Cool Million1972TV SeriesAnnette Borne
The Streets of San Francisco1972TV SeriesHolly Jean Berry
The People1972TV MovieMelodye Amerson
The Grissom Gang1971Barbara Blandish
Red Sky at Morning1971uncredited
Norwood1970Rita Lee Chipman
The Strawberry Statement1970Linda
Generation1969Doris Bolton Owen
True Grit1969Mattie Ross
Run for Your Life1966-1968TV SeriesCarol Sherman / Tina
Flesh and Blood1968TV MovieFaye
Bonanza1967TV SeriesTrudy Loughlin
Judd for the Defense1967TV SeriesCassie Rossiter
Gunsmoke1967TV SeriesAngel / Carrie Neely
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1967TV SeriesSandy True
Ironside1967TV MovieEllen Wells
The Road West1967TV SeriesSister Marie Aimee
Star Trek1966TV SeriesMiri
The Fugitive1965-1966TV SeriesRuth Simmons / Sharon Wolfe
Ben Casey1966TV SeriesGail McBride
The Restless Ones1965April
The John Forsythe Show1965TV SeriesDeidre Miller
The Donna Reed Show1965TV SeriesKaty Dalton
Bus Riley's Back in Town1965Gussie
Mr. Novak1963-1965TV SeriesJudy Wheeler / Julie Dean
Wagon Train1964TV SeriesHeather Heatherton
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesSandy Kimball / Patsy Carey
The Eleventh Hour1964TV SeriesGina Fields
The Farmer's Daughter1964TV SeriesAlexandra
Bye Bye Birdie1963Teenager (uncredited)


True Writing2007Video documentary shortHerself - 'Mattie Ross'
Working with the Duke2007Video documentary shortHerself - 'Mattie Ross'
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror2006Video documentaryHerself
Lesley Ann Warren: A Cinderella Story2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2011TV Series documentaryDebra Strode
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies1996TV Movie documentaryLiesl (screen test)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1978TV SeriesMary Crawford
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryMattie Ross (uncredited)
The Karate Killers1967Sandy True


Won Awards

1970Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureTrue Grit (1969)

Nominated Awards

1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama SeriesRich Man, Poor Man (1976)
1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - Comedy or MusicalGeneration (1969)
1970BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesTrue Grit (1969)

3rd Place Awards

1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale New FaceTrue Grit (1969)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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