Thora Birch

Thora Birch

  • Highest Rated: 100% Kindred Spirits (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% All I Want for Christmas (1991)
  • Birthday: Mar 11, 1982
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • By the time six-year-old Thora Birch made her feature film debut with a small role in Purple People Eater (1988), she was already a veteran television actress with two years' worth of commercial and series work under her diminutive belt. Probably best known up to that point for her work opposite über-grandad Wilford Brimley in a Quaker Oats commercial, Birch went on to grow up in front of the camera, evolving from Monkey Trouble's moppet with a primate to a bras and boys-obsessed teeny bopper in Now and Then to Kevin Spacey's rebellious daughter in American Beauty. Birch, who was born in Los Angeles on March 11, 1982, first attracted sizable notice for her role as Elijah Wood's tomboy friend in Paradise, a 1991 family drama that also starred Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Afterwards, her visibility began to increase, first with a supporting role as Harrison Ford's daughter in Patriot Games (1992) (which she reprised in 1994's Clear and Present Danger), and then as one of the three kids who inadvertently bring three witches back to life in Hocus Pocus (1993).The actress got her first chance to play a teenaged role in the aforementioned Now and Then (1995), a coming-of-age drama that cast her as the younger version of Paradise co-star Melanie Griffith. Neither that film, nor Birch's subsequent project, Alaska (1996), made a great impact among critics or audiences, and it was not until the actress was cast in American Beauty (1999) that her career really began to accelerate. Birch, who dyed her hair Goth black and adopted a resolute sullenness for her role as the rebellious Jane Burnham, earned wide praise and a Screen Actors Guild award, and a host of international awards nominations, for her work in the acclaimed film. After the success of American Beauty, Birch -- who also had an uncredited role in that same year's Anywhere but Here -- was suddenly busy with a number of projects. Included among them were Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff's screen adaptation of Daniel Clowes' celebrated comic about two teenage girls trying to deal with life after high school; The Smokers, a teen drama that cast Birch as a drug-addled schoolgirl; and Dungeons and Dragons, in which she played an empress whose mystical kingdom is threatened by an evil wizard (Jeremy Irons).

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

71% The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way) Emily 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco Actor 2019
100% Kindred Spirits Chloe 2019
No Score Yet Affairs of State Callie Roland 2018
17% The Competition Lauren 2018
No Score Yet Above Suspicion Jolene 2018
No Score Yet Petunia Producer Vivian Petunia 2013
No Score Yet Deadline Lucy 2012
No Score Yet Pregnancy Pact Sidney Bloom 2010
No Score Yet The Story of Bonnie and Clyde Actor 2010
75% Capitalism: A Love Story Actor $14.4M 2009
No Score Yet Winter of Frozen Dreams Barbara Hoffman 2009
No Score Yet Train Alex 2009
No Score Yet Dark Corners Karen Clarke/Susan Hamilton 2006
No Score Yet Slingshot April 2005
No Score Yet Dot...and More Stories to Make You Feel Good Actor 2005
48% Silver City Karen Cross $0.9M 2004
No Score Yet Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story Liz Murray 2003
No Score Yet Shadow Realm Susan 2002
92% Ghost World Enid $4.7M 2001
No Score Yet The Smokers Lincoln Roth 2001
50% The Hole Liz Dunn 2001
10% Dungeons & Dragons Empress Savina $14.9M 2000
64% Anywhere but Here Actor 2000
87% American Beauty Jane Burnham 1999
No Score Yet Night Ride Home Clea Mahler 1999
18% Alaska Jessie Barnes 1996
28% Now and Then Young Teeny 1995
80% Clear and Present Danger Sally Ryan 1994
50% Monkey Trouble Eva Gregory 1994
34% Hocus Pocus Dani Dennison 1993
72% Patriot Games Sally Ryan 1992
0% All I Want for Christmas Hallie O'Fallon 1991
36% Paradise Billie 1991
No Score Yet Purple People Eater Molly Johnson 1988

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

81% The Walking Dead
2010
Gamma
  • 2019
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
Susan
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1995
No Score Yet Parenthood
1990-1991
Taylor Buckman
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
Megan
  • 1989

QUOTES FROM Thora Birch CHARACTERS

Enid
You know what my number one fantasy used to be?
Seymour
What?
Enid
I used to think about one day, just not telling anyone, and going off to some random place. And I'd just... disappear, and they'd never see me again.
Ricky Fitts
It's like God's looking right at you, just for a second, and if you're careful... you can look right back.
Jane Burnham
And what do you see?
Ricky Fitts
Beauty.
Enid
Go die, asshole.
Jane Burnham
Look mom, I really don't feel like having a Kodak moment here, OK?
Caroline Burnham
(slaps her) You ungrateful little brat. Just look at everything you have. When I was your age, we lived in a duplex. We didn't even have our own house.
Thackery Binx
Dani. Come on, please don't be sad for me.
Dani
Binx? Is that you?
Thackery Binx
Yeah, the witches are dead, my soul's finally free, you freed, me Dani thank you, hey Max thanks for lighting the candle
Emily
Thackery! Thackery Binx!
Thackery Binx
It's Emily!
Thackery Binx
(whispers to Dani) I shall *always* be with you
Thackery Binx
[whispers to Dani] I shall *always* be with you
Emily
Thackery Binx, what took thee so long?
Thackery Binx
I'm sorry, Emily, I had to wait 300 years for a virgin to light a candle.
Thackery Binx
(comes back to life after being rolled over by a bus) I *hate* it when that happens, I told you I can't die. Dani, are you all right?
Thackery Binx
[comes back to life after being rolled over by a bus) I *hate* it when that happens, I told you I can't die. Dani, are you all right?
Dani
Yeah!
Thackery Binx
Okay then, let's go!
Enid
[At the graduation ball, Enid watches a loner classmate eating a slice of cake by himself] God, just think, we'll never see Dennis again.
Enid
[at the graduation ball, Enid watches a loner classmate eating a slice of cake by himself] God, just think, we'll never see Dennis again.
Becky
[shrugs] Good.
Enid
No, really think about that. It's actually totally depressing.
Enid
Everyone's too stupid!
Ricky Fitts
She's not your friend, she's someone you use to feel better about yourself!
Angela Hayes
Go fuck yourself psycho!
Jane Burnham
Hey shut up bitch!
Angela Hayes
Jane, he's a freak!
Jane Burnham
Well than so am I, and we'll always be freaks and never be like other people, and you'll never be a freak, because you're too .. perfect.
Angela Hayes
Yeah, well, at least I'm not ugly.
Ricky Fitts
Yes you are .. and you're boring .. and you're totally ordinary .. and you know it.
Angela Hayes
You two deserve each other.
Ricky Fitts
If I had to leave tonight, would you come with me?
Jane Burnham
What?
Ricky Fitts
If I had to go to New York, to live, would you come with me?
Jane Burnham
Yes.
Angela Hayes
You guys can't be serious, you're just a kid, and he's, like, a mental case, you'll end up living in a box on the street!
Jane Burnham
I'm no more a kid than you are! .. We can use my plastic surgery money.
Colonel Fitts
We won't have to, I have over $40000 and I know people in the city who can help us get set up.
Colonel Fitts
We won't have to, I have over $40,000 and I know people in the city who can help us get set up.
Angela Hayes
What, other drug dealers?
Ricky Fitts
Yes!
Angela Hayes
You're way to uptight about sex!
Jane Burnham
Just don't fuck my dad, alright!? Please!?
Angela Hayes
Why not?
Angela Hayes
I think maybe you forgot your medication today, mental-boy
Ricky Fitts
Hi, Jane
Jane Burnham
Look I want you to stop filming me.
Ricky Fitts
OK
Angela Hayes
Well, whatever, this is boring .. lets go!
Jane Burnham
Do you need a ride?
Angela Hayes
Are you crazy? I don't want to end up hacked to pieces in a dumpster somewhere.
Ricky Fitts
It's OK, I'll walk .. but thanks.
Angela Hayes
Yeah, see, he doesn't want to go anyways, come on, let's go .. come on, Jane!
Jane Burnham
I think I'm going to walk too..
Angela Hayes
What?! Jane .. that's, like, almost a mile!
Enid
We graduated high school. How totally amazing.
Hallie O'Fallon
[singing]Have yourself a Merry little Christmas. Have yourself a Merry little Christmas. Have yourself a Merry little Christmas. Have yourself a Merry little Christmas.
Hallie O'Fallon
[singing] Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Eva
EW! I am so not letting you eat lizards! From now on you are on a strict "no-yuck" diet.
Eva
EW! I am so not letting you eat lizards! From now on you are on a strict 'no-yuck' diet.
Jane Burnham
I know you think my dad's harmless, but you're wrong.
Jane Burnham
Yeah, to you, he's just another guy who wants to jump your bones. But to me, he's just... too embarrassing to live.
Jane Burnham
Yeah, to you, he's just another guy who wants to jump your bones. But to me, he's just, too embarrassing to live.
Angela Hayes
Who are you looking for?
Jane Burnham
My parents are coming tonight. They're trying to, you know, take an active interest in me.
Angela Hayes
Gross. I hate it when my mom does that.