Deborah Kara Unger Birthday & Fun Facts

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Martha Martins
Jan 31, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Jun 06, 2022
Deborah Kara Unger was born in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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About Deborah Kara Unger

Deborah Kara Unger is an actress from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, known for her role as Dr. Alexandra Johnson/Sarah Barrington in 'Highlander III: The Sorcerer.'

She is the first Canadian to be accepted into Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art. On May 12, 1966, she was born to a scientist mother and gynecologist father.

After completing her graduation, she found steady work in Australian films and television series such as 'Bangkok Hill' with Nicole Kidman. She also made her film debut with 'Till There was You' the following year. Although the film didn't manage to make good box office numbers, her performance was critically acclaimed. Her breakthrough role came in David Cronenberg's 1996 drama 'Crash.' She has also appeared in numerous independent films such as 'Fear X,' 'A Love Song For Bobby Long,' and 'Ten Tiny Love Stories.' She also appeared in a psychological thriller called '88 Minutes' with Al Pacino.

Her recent works include 'Emily,' 'The Long Night,' 'A Love Song for Bobby Long,' 'Ten Tiny Love Stories,' and 'Fear X' to name a few.

Deborah Kara Unger's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Deborah Kara Unger's net worth?

Deborah Kara Unger is the first Canadian to be accepted into Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art. She is known for roles in films such as 'Highlander III: The Sorcerer' (1994), 'Crash' (1996), 'The Game' (1997), and 'Silent Hill' (2006), to name a few. Her net worth, as of 2019, is estimated at $1 million.

How much does Deborah Kara Unger earn per year?

Deborah Kara Unger earns mainly by working in television series and big-screen movies, but her annual earnings are not known to us.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Deborah Kara Unger?

The television star stands at a height of 5 ft 7 in (170 cm).

How old is Deborah Kara Unger?

Deborah Kara Unger, born on May 12, 1966, is 56 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Born on May 12, 1966 (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), Deborah Kara Unger was a rebellious and troublesome kid and often a cause of worry to her parents. Her mother was a nuclear disposal specialist, and her father was a gynecologist. Despite being a mischievous child, she was an intelligent child and jumped two grades at the age of 11. At the University of Victoria, she pursued philosophy and economics and later developed an interest in acting and movies. After her college, she decided to pursue her area of interest and joined NIDA, a well-known Australian training institute for acting.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Deborah Kara Unger dating?

As of 2022, Deborah Kara Unger is currently single. The Canadian actress dated James Spader before calling it quits. She then dated Danish pop singer Simon Matthew for a brief period before ending her relationship. She has not been previously engaged.

Career And Professional Highlights

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After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, she actively pursued her dream in the Australian entertainment industry. She made her acting debut with Nicole Kidman in 'Bangkok Hilton' in 1989. She made her film debut with 'Till There Was You' in the same year. She was critically acclaimed for her performance, even though the movie didn't manage to make a good box office collection.

After her brief stint in the Australian Entertainment business, she then ventured to Hollywood during the early '90s. In 1993, Deborah played a pivotal role in the conclusion of a mini-series, 'Hotel Room,' co-created by David Lynch; the anthology series aired on HBO. During the same year, she was signed to play a leading role in a controversial film directed by David Cronenberg, 'Crash.' The film is based on J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name. While the movie managed to draw mixed reactions both from the critics and the audiences, Deborah released two films, 'Keys to Tulsa' and 'No Way Home.'

In the subsequent years, she played versatile roles in the thriller 'Game,' 'Payback,' and 'The Hurricane.' She has worked with famous Hollywood stars such as Michael Douglas and Sean Penn in the thriller 'Game.' The year 1999 featured Deborah in a Denzel Washington starred film, 'The Hurricane,' which narrates the story of an American-African boxer accused of murder and the subsequent proceedings. In 2007, she appeared in a sci-fi thriller 'Sunshine' which went on to win awards. In early 2000, her career trajectory took a drastic turn, and she decided to work in more economic independent films. She performed in films such as 'Signs and Wonders,' 'Ten Tiny Love Stories,' 'Leo,' and 'Between Strangers.' Over time, she established a name in the low-budget content-driven industry.

She claims to find joy in doing roles that move her emotionally. She also supports indie cinema and finds it fulfilling to support fresh talent. She was nominated for a 'Genie Award' for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a leading role' for her performance in the indie film 'Between Strangers.' She acted in various critically acclaimed films such as 'Things That Hang from Trees,' 'Silent Hill,' 'The Alibi,' 'Walled In,' and 'The Way.' Deborah continues to work in content-driven films; her recent works include 'Emile,' 'Venegence: The Love Story,' and 'The Long Night.'

What awards has Deborah Kara Unger won?

Deborah Kara Unger won Seattle International Film Festival for her film 'The Weekend' in 2000. She was also nominated twice for Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Sunshine' and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for 'Between Strangers' in 2000 and 2003, respectively. In 2003, she was nominated for Sonoma Valley Film Festival in the category Imagery Honors Award and won the Libretas Award at the Dubrovnik International Film Festival. Other awards won by the actress include the best actress for her films 'Emile' and 'One Point O' in 2005 and 2010, respectively.

Deborah Kara Unger's Hobbies And Interests

While in college, Deborah developed an interest in films and acting. She then decided to take acting as her professional career.

Other interests include reading, photography, learning, traveling, and internet surfing, to name a few.

Other Interesting Deborah Kara Unger Facts And Trivia

  • Deborah Kara Unger is the first actress from Canada to be accepted into Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art.
  • At the age of 15, she started learning economics and philosophy.
  • Deborah Kara Unger became the first actress to win the Libretas award.
  • Deborah splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver due to her work commitments.
  • Deborah has worked in over 28 movies throughout her career.

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