Kari Samantha Wuhrer is an American actress known for her role in the series ‘Sliders.’ She is also a singer who put out her studio album, ‘Shiny’, in 1999. Originally from Connecticut, Wuhrer began singing when she was quite young and performed at night clubs when she was a teenager. At the age of 13, she began attending Wooster School to study acting and later enrolled at various institutions to study drama. In 1986, Wuhrer made her screen debut in the romance-drama film ‘Fire with Fire’. She debuted on the small screen as an actress five years later, portraying the recurring character Joanie in Fox’s sitcom ‘Married... with Children’. Over the course of her three-decade-long career, she has accumulated about 80 film and TV credits. While she has appeared in several mainstream films, she is widely regarded as a B-movie queen for a considerable number of low-budget entries in her filmography. Wuhrer is also a former model and former MTV VJ. In 2001, she won the Best Actress Award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival for comedy film ‘Do It for Uncle Manny’.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on April 28, 1967, in Brookfield, Connecticut, USA, Kari Wuhrer is one of the four children of Karin (née Noble) and Andrew Wuhrer. Her mother worked as a payroll accountant while her father was a police officer turned car salesman. She has two brothers, Christopher and Scott, and one sister, Kim. Wuhrer is of German and Cherokee ancestry.
Gifted with an inherent charm, performing and enthralling her audience comes naturally to her. When she was a teenager, she had a punk rock band named Freudian Slip. She would often leave the house without telling her parents to perform in nightclubs.
At the age of 13, she was admitted in Wooster School, where she studied acting. She later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts as a student of drama.
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Trained under the renowned teacher Uta Hagen at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, she had her big-screen debut in ‘Fire with Fire’ (1986). She was then selected to serve as a VJ on MTV’s quiz show ‘Remote Control’ (1988). At one point, Wuhrer was also a model signed to the Ford Modeling Agency and had appeared in several commercials.
Wuhrer worked with Marc Singer in the adventure-fantasy ‘Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time’ (1991), Jack Nicholson in the indie-drama ‘The Crossing Guard’ (1995), and Omar Epps and Kristy Swanson in the critically-acclaimed ‘Higher Learning’ (1995).
In the late 1990s, she collaborated with Joe Mantegna in the body-horror ‘Thinner’ (1996), Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, and Owen Wilson in the adventure-horror ‘Anaconda’ (1997), and David Schwimmer in the romantic-comedy ‘Kissing a Fool’ (1998).
She also appeared in a series of B-movies in the 2000s, including ‘Final Examination’ (2003), ‘King of the Ants’ (2003), ‘Hellraiser: Deader’ (2005), and ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ (2014).
She was cast as Abigail, an escaped synthetic human, in USA Network’s science fiction show ‘Swamp Thing’. Wuhrer portrayed Florida native Robin Farr in Fox’s short-lived drama series ‘Class of ‘96’.
In the primetime drama series ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, she appeared as Ariel Hunter in three episodes between 1994 and 1995. In 2006, she played Reese Marshall in ABC’s soap opera ‘General Hospital’.
Wuhrer lent her voice to Maria Hill in the animated series ‘The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes’ (2010-12). She voiced another comic book character, Patricia "Patty" McCabe, in the web series ‘Vixen’. Her most recent appearance was in the 2018 crime-thriller film ‘Fiancé Killer’.
Known for her natural brunette hair, curvaceous, buxom figure, and breathless voice, Wuhrer was placed at #3 on Maxim magazine's "Hottest Women of Horror Movies" list, #36 on Maxim magazine's 50 sexiest woman countdown (1999), and #73 on FHM magazine's 100 sexiest women poll (2001).
In 1991, Kari Wuhrer performed the song ‘Feel Like I’m Falling (In Love’) for the soundtrack of ‘Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time’. She released her first and only album to date, ‘Shiny’, through Del-Fi Records in1999.
Kari Wuhrer joined the cast of Fox’s (later Sci Fi’s) science fiction and fantasy television series ‘Sliders’ in season three, portraying the character Captain Margaret Alison "Maggie" Beckett. Initially a guest star, she later became a member of the main cast as season three progressed. Wuhrer was affiliated with the show until its fifth and final season and garnered a large fan base because of her performance.
She starred opposite David Arquette in the 2002 horror-comedy ‘Eight Legged Freaks’. Directed by Ellory Elkayem, the film was a box-office hit, despite receiving mix reviews from the critics. Since then, the film has achieved a cult classic status among horror fans.
Family & Personal Life
From 1995 to 1999, Kari Wuhrer was married to Daniel Salin. She married film producer James Scura on July 26, 2003. They have three children together, two sons, Enzo (born January 2004) and Echo Luna (born September 8, 2008), and one daughter, Evangeline Lotus (born March 27, 2006). At present, the family lives in Hollywood, California.
While Wuhrer was shooting for the 2002 telefilm ‘Spider’s Web’, her breast implants went through capsular contracture. Soon after, she underwent surgery to take them out.