Thora Birch

Thora Birch

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1982-03-11 (39 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA

45 Movies · 17 TV shows

Biography

Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut in Purple People Eater (1988), for which she won a Young Artist Award for "Best Young Actress Under Nine Years of Age". Birch rose to prominence as a child star with appearances in films, such as All I Want for Christmas (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), Monkey Trouble (1994), Now and Then (1995), and Alaska (1996).Her breakthrough role came in 1999 when she played Jane Burnham in the highly acclaimed film American Beauty, for which she earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She then starred as Enid in the cult hit Ghost World (2001), earning a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Actress. In 2003, Birch received an Emmy Award nomination for playing the title role in Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story. Her other films include Dungeons & Dragons (2000), The Hole (2001), Silver City (2004), Dark Corners (2006), Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009), and Petunia (2012).After taking a break from acting, Birch resumed her career in 2016 and has since starred in several independent films. Birch also played Whisperer Mary / Gamma on season 10 of The Walking Dead (2019–2020).

Personal Life

Birch married talent manager and philanthropist Michael Benton Adler on December 21, 2018. Birch is a long time Democrat who volunteered in the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In addition, she has supported Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and local politics such as North Carolina State Senator Wiley Nickel's campaign.

Early Life

Birch was born in Los Angeles, the eldest child of Jack Birch and Carol Connors. Birch, whose family's original surname was Biersch, is of German-Jewish, Scandinavian, French-Canadian and Italian ancestry. Her name, Thora, is derived from that of Norse god of thunder and lightning, "Thor", which would have been her name, had she been a boy. She has one brother, Kian Bolt Birch.Birch's parents have been her business managers since Birch was six years old, and are former adult film actors who both appeared in the film Deep Throat. Because of their own experience with the entertainment industry, they were reluctant to encourage her, but were persuaded to show Thora's photograph to agents by a babysitter who noticed her imitating commercials. Birch got her first big break at the age of four, when the babysitter accompanied her to a successful audition for a Quaker Oats commercial.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
13 Minutes

13 Minutes

2021
As a new day begins in the small American town of Minninnewah, the residents start their day as usual. Mother Nature has other plans for them. Before the largest tornado on record ravages the town, in...

2020.

1 Movie
In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover

In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover

2020
"In Search of the Sanderson Sisters" is a hilarious mockumentary to benefit The New York Restoration Project, starring "Hocus Pocus's" Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

2019.

4 Movies
Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

2019
A single mother in a relationship with Alex has her life turned upside down when her younger sister comes home after a long absence. She is a deeply disturbed young woman who has a sinister agenda reg...
The Etruscan Smile

The Etruscan Smile

2019
Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman, leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. After moving in with his son, he sees his life change through ...
Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

4
2019
The chilling true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to a mountain town in Kentucky. He was drawn into an affair with a woman who was poor. It's a ticket to disaster for both of them, be...
The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

2019
His grandfather built the Victorian home in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left th...

2018.

3 Movies
Affairs of State

Affairs of State

2018
A young campaign aide gets in way over his head when he sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate, sending him into a downward spiral of corruption and blackmail. He is left fighting not only f...
Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash

Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash

2018
Join us for a night of celebration, packed with celebrity guests and Hocus Pocus nostalgia.
The Competition

The Competition

2018
A romantic comedy about a woman who thinks all people cheat and a man who challenges her to a competition to prove that she's wrong.

2017.

1 Movie
Art as Dialogue

Art as Dialogue

2017
There is a documentary on acting in Ghost World.

2016.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TruInside: Election

TruInside: Election

2016
A documentary about the making of Alexander Payne's 1999 film "Election" features on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew.
TV
Colony

Colony

5.84
2016
A family will have to make difficult decisions in the near future as they try to survive. They live in Los Angeles, which has been occupied by invaders. Some people have chosen to work with the author...

2013.

1 Movie
Petunia

Petunia

2013
As their family unit teeters on the edge of collapse, brothers Charlie, Adrian and Michael try to unlearn everything their parents have taught them.

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

6.62
2010
A sheriff's deputy awakens from a coma to find a world dominated by zombies. He travels to find his family and other survivors.
The Pregnancy Pact

The Pregnancy Pact

8
2010
Teenagers at Gloucester High School agreed to get pregnant at the same time.

2009.

3 Movies
Deadline

Deadline

2009
A screenwriter travels to an abandoned house to finish a script, but a series of strange events lead her to a psychological breakdown.
Winter of Frozen Dreams

Winter of Frozen Dreams

2009
The University of Wisconsin has a student named Barbara. She works at a massage parlor. She is a murderer. Detective Lulling has to prove it.
Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story

6
2009
Michael Moore has looked at the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Unitedstatians throughout his career.

2008.

1 Movie
Train

Train

2008
After a night of partying and missing their train, a group of students are invited to board another which is heading their way. The team goes missing once on board, and their would-be rescuers claim t...

2006.

1 Movie
Dark Corners

Dark Corners

2006
A troubled young woman wakes up one day and is followed by creatures.

2005.

2 Movies
Slingshot

Slingshot

2005
Two drifters are looking to have sex with wealthy and lonely housewives.
My Life as a Teenage Robot: Escape from Cluster Prime

My Life as a Teenage Robot: Escape from Cluster Prime

2005
There is a show on television. The town was damaged by Jenny/XJ9. Vexus used to escape from the wreck and she stumbled onto it. A supposed robot utopia is called Cluster Prime.

2004.

2 Movies
Silver City

Silver City

2004
The campaign for governor of Colorado could be in trouble after the discovery of a corpse.
The Dot

The Dot

2004
Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no ar...

2003.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Punk'd

Punk'd

8.33
2003
He pranked his celebrity friends with over-the-top stunts.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.
TV
Celebrities Uncensored

Celebrities Uncensored

2003
Celebrities Uncensored is a TV show on the E! network that edited together amusing paparazzi footage of celebrities, usually in public places such as public sidewalks, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. Th...
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

2003
Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. At 15 Liz was homeless and began working to finish high school.

2002.

2 Movies
The Maze

The Maze

2002
Sometimes college girls don't have time to get to know people or love.
Shadow Realm

Shadow Realm

2002
Night Visions was on the Fox Network. Each episode had two stories hosted by Henry Rollins. The last two episodes were made into a movie. The final product did not include the Henry Rollins introducti...

2001.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored

Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored

2001
See inside the exclusive Playboy Mansion, with parties attended by all the A-List celebrities
The Hole

The Hole

2001
Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.
TV
Night Visions

Night Visions

2001
Night Visions is an hour-long, American television horror anthology series, with each episode comprising two half-hour stories dealing with themes of the supernatural or simply the dark side of human ...
Ghost World

Ghost World

7.5
2001
Two girls are trying to figure out what to do with their lives after high school. After they play a prank on a middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls...

2000.

3 Movies
American Beauty: Look Closer...

American Beauty: Look Closer...

2000
A promotional short documentary on the making of the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball.
The Smokers

The Smokers

2000
These smokers are definitely bad for your health! A group of outcast prep school girls decide to turn the tables on some obnoxious guys by sexually humiliating them at gunpoint! A black comedy in the ...
Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

4.35
2000
The role-playing game comes to life in this magical adventure. The commoners are powerless while the elite magicians rule. When the empress vows to bring equality and prosperity to her land, the evil ...

1999.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Night Ride Home

Night Ride Home

1999
When a devastating accident tears apart the marriage of Neal and Nora, each family member must learn that their own emotions are best dealt with by relying on each other and their bonds as a family. T...
American Beauty

American Beauty

7.11
1999
A depressed father in a mid-life crisis decides to turn his life around after falling in love with his daughter's friend.
TV
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn

1999
Craig Kilborn hosted this zany talk show, which followed David Letterman's show, from 1999 until 2004. Kilborn left The Daily Show in 1999 to be this show's host after Tom Synder retired. The segment ...
Anywhere but Here

Anywhere but Here

6
1999
When it comes to making decisions, single mother August is bad with money and even worse. Ann is a successful high school student with Ivy League ambitions. Ann grew frustrated with her mother's irres...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Alaska

Alaska

1996
Jake Barnes and his family moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot. His plane goes down in the mountains during an emergency delivery. When they realized the authorities were...
TV
The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...

1995.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Now and Then

Now and Then

7
1995
Four childhood girlfriends recall the magical summer of 1970 in this tender coming-of-age tale. They reconcile their experiences with boys during their walk down memory lane.
TV
The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits

6
1995
Sometimes there is a plot twist at the end of The Outer Limits. Unlike the original incarnation of the series, which was a pure anthology with each episode completely unrelated to the others, the revi...

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Monkey Trouble

Monkey Trouble

5.46
1994
Dodger, a criminal monkey, belongs to a crooked street performer but escapes his life of crime only to end up in the arms of Eva, an innocent little girl whose mother has no idea that her daughter is ...
TV
Monty

Monty

1994
Monty was a short lived American sitcom that aired on the FOX network in 1994. Monty Richardson was played by Henry Winkler in the series. I'm Right was a best-selling book by Richardson. I'm correct....
Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

5.93
1994
CIA analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war by the US government.

1993.

1 Movie
Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

7.8
1993
After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches' rei...

1992.

2 Movies
The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

1992
A music teacher calls in The Exterminator when she discovers a spider during a piano lesson.
Patriot Games

Patriot Games

5.64
1992
Jack and his family are targeted by a group of people because Jack interfered with an IRA assassination.

1991.

2 Movies
Paradise

Paradise

1991
A 10-year-old boy is sent by his mother to stay with his best friend, who lives in a town called Paradise, in the Delta shrimp-fishing country. Ben and Lilly have been living in an unmentionable emoti...
All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

1991
Two New York City children are trying to get what they want.

1990.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Dark Avenger

The Dark Avenger

1990
An acid-scarred judge is supported by her crime lab and an electronics expert.
TV
Parenthood

Parenthood

2
1990
The show is based on the 1989 film of the same name. The series was executive produced by Ron Howard and aired on NBC.

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Doogie Howser, M.D.

Doogie Howser, M.D.

5.35
1989
M.D. by Doogie Howser. Neil Patrick Harris is a doctor who is also a normal teenager in a comedy-drama. The creators are Steven Bochco and David E. From 1989 to 1993 the show was aired by Kelley and A...

1988.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Day by Day

Day by Day

1988
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the stars of Day by Day. From February 29, 1988 to June 25, 1989 NBC aired Day by Day.
Purple People Eater

Purple People Eater

1988
A kid plays an old novelty song. Two people help an elderly couple who are being evicted.

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame

8.33
1951
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...

Unknown Year.

2 TV shows
TV
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

The Liz Murray Story is a television film. On April 7, 2003 it was released in the United States. The book was turned into a movie.
TV
Wednesday

Wednesday

Wednesday Addams was a student at the Nevermore Academy.
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