Lori Petty Biography

Birthday: 1963-10-14
Place of Birth: Chattanooga, Tennessee USA
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: After this feisty, kinetic, highly offbeat actress from Chattanooga, Tennessee, broke into TV in the 1980s, she immediately set herself apart from the norm with the mini-movie Bates Motel (1987) (TV). This rather inauspicious beginning would also set Lori Petty off on a career as a fighter and a misfit, types for which she would be best known. She spent her childhood traveling the US with her father, a Pentecostal minister. Her keen talents first lent themselves toward being a graphic artist in Omaha, Nebraska, but an impulsive desire to act quickly took precedence and soon she was off to New York, where she took acting classes and pounded the pavement for jobs. Going nowhere fast, she eventually headed for Los Angeles and finally found an "in". Following a number of mediocre TV roles, she won a bit of attention on the short-lived series "Booker" (1989) as a lippy secretary, then hit paydirt in secondary roles as an outrageous Cyndi Lauper wannabe in Cadillac Man (1990) and as Patrick Swayze's ex-girlfriend/waitress who hooks up with Keanu Reeves in Point Break (1991). It looked like mainstream stardom might happen for the tomboy actress, especially after getting cast as Geena Davis' bratty baseball-playing sister in the highly successful A League of Their Own (1992). However, Lori was an intriguing, kooky sort and difficult to cast. Such disparate roles as a kind-hearted animal trainer in Free Willy (1993) and the sole female recruit in Pauly Shore's inane comedy In the Army Now (1994) only proved the point. She seemed bent towards playing scrappy figures alongside the big action guys but started off on the wrong foot when she was replaced by Sandra Bullock in Sylvester Stallone's Demolition Man (1993) due to "artistic differences". She did play a lone female cop in the thriller The Glass Shield (1994), then found her true calling as the bizarre cartoon heroine Tank Girl (1995), which was billed as "a post-apocalyptic comedy". The crop-haired, tough-as-nails actress has been taking it to the limit ever since, most recently co-starring with the similarly styled Gina Gershon in Prey for Rock & Roll (2003) as members of a punk rock band.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Thorns Cricket 1988 - 1988
Booker Suzanne Dunne / ... 1989 - 1990
A League of Their Own Kit Keller 1992 Comedy
Free Willy Rae Lindley 1993 Family
Brimstone 1998 Fantasy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Bates Motel 1987 Comedy, Drama, Horror
Cadillac Man 1990 Comedy, Crime
Point Break 1991 Action, Crime, Thriller
A League of Their Own Kit Keller 1992 0
Free Willy Rae Lindley 1993 Family, Adventure, Drama
In the Army Now 1994 0
Tank Girl Tank Girl 1995 0, Sport, 0
Countdown Sara Daniels 1996 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Relax... It's Just Sex Robin Moon 1998 Comedy
The Arrangement Candy 1999 Crime, Thriller
MacArthur Park Kelly 2001 Action, Drama
Firetrap Lucy 2001 Crime
The Karate Dog COLAR 2004 Action, Comedy, Crime
Prey for Rock & Roll 2004 Drama, Music
Broken Arrows Erin 2007 Drama
Cryptid Dr.Lean Carlin 2008 Horror
Last Call Bartender 2008 Drama