The Movie Hero
American actress Dina Meyer received critical raves after portraying the supporting role Elizabeth in the comedy/romance The Movie Hero (2003, starring Jeremy Sisto), in which she took home a Dahlonega International Film Festival award. A favorite among science fiction fans, Meyer wooed audiences when she played private Dizzy Flores in Paul Verhoeven’s Sci-fi Starship Troopers (1997). Her big screen credits include the action-thriller Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Dragonheart (1996), Rupert Hitzig’s action-thriller Nowhere Land (1998), the horror film Bats (1999), thriller Stranger Than Fiction (2000), D-Tox (2002), Federal Protection (2002), Unspeakable (2002), the latest installment of the legendary franchise Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Darren Lynn Bousman’s hit Saw (2004) and Andrew Getty’s horror The Storyteller (2005). Meyer’s admirers should not miss her performance in the newly-released horror film Saw II (2005) and the upcoming Crazy Eights (2006).
On the small screen, Ms. Meyer was well received while playing the recurring roles of traitorous professor Lucinda Nicholson in the Aaron Spelling phenomenon "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1993-1994) and Kate Miller in the NBC popular series "Friends" (1997). She was also known for her portrayal of Barbara Gordon and her alter ego, Oracle, in the WB Sci-fi series "Birds of Prey" (2002).
Off screen, 37-year-old Dina Meyer remains single. Dragonheart director Rob Cohen once stated, "Dina got incredibly proficient with the double axes...and that's why, if you go out with Dina, just be careful what you say to her!"
In her teens, the big fan of Duran Duran dreamed of marrying the vocalist, John Taylor.
Childhood and Family:
In Queens, New York, Dina Meyer was born on December 22, 1968, to the owner of an auto part and repair shop in Queens. Just before her last year of Junior High School, Dina moved to Dix Hills, Long Island, with her parents and two brothers.
Dina Mayer, whose childhood nicknames were Dee or Dean, discovered an early interest in the performing arts. As a child, she spent most of her time in her dance class and performed on stage in dance recitals. Her potential talents brought the youngster to study at New York's High School of Performing Arts. However, her parents banned her from entering showbiz because they believed acting was not a wise career move. Following her parents’ advice, Dina attended Long Island University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in marketing and a minor in French. After graduation, however, Dina decided to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming an actress and studied acting with Ron Stetson at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
The actress currently resides in Los Angeles with her dogs. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, rollerblading, biking, scuba diving, and other outdoor activities. She also loves cooking and spending time watching the Food Network.
A model from age nine to sixteen, Dina Meyer made up her mind to pursue acting after completing her bachelor’s degree. Three years working on her acting with Ron Stetson gave Meyer enough confidence to enter the entertainment industry. In 1993, she made the first of several attempts to break into the Hollywood scene with a small role as a delivery person in the made-for-television movie Strapped (1993) and soon moved on to the prime time with her recurring role of Lucinda Nicholson in the Aaron Spelling high profile drama, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1993-1994).
Meyer began her film career in 1995 when she landed the starring role of Jane, opposite Keanu Reeves, in the action-thriller Johnny Mnemonic (1995). Doing most of her own stunt work, Meyer received a reputation as an athletic actress. She then flew to Eastern Europe to star in her second film, Dragonheart (1996, opposite Dennis Quaid), but it was Paul Verhoeven' Sci-fi Starship Troopers (1997) that made her a star. Portraying private Dizzy Flores, Meyer’s career started to take flight. The science-fiction film also starred Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards. Meyer was also known for her recurring role of Kate Miller, an actress who becomes involved with Matt LeBlanc’s character, on the NBC popular sitcom "Friends" (1997).
Meyer next landed guest starring gigs in "Michael Hayes" and "Ally McBeal" before playing Laura Parker-Marlowe in the HBO television film Poodle Springs (1998, with James Caan). On the wide screen, she costarred with Peter Dobson in Rupert Hitzig’s action-thriller Nowhere Land (1998) and starred as Dr. Sheila Casper in the horror film Bats (1999).
In the new millennium, Meyer costarred with Mackenzie Astin and Todd Field in the thriller Stranger Than Fiction (2000) and reappeared on television when she costarred in the UPN series "Secret Agent Man" (2000). From 2001-2002, she added to her resume such films as D-Tox (2002), Federal Protection (2002), Unspeakable (2002) and the Sci-fi hit Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). She also portrayed Barbara Gordon and her alter ego, Oracle, in the WB Sci-fi series "Birds of Prey" (2002).
In 2003, Meyer was perfectly cast as Elizabeth in the comedy/romance The Movie Hero (2003), opposite Jeremy Sisto. Helmed by director Brad T. Gottfred, she earned a Dahlonega International Film Festival award for Best Supporting Actress. A year later, she scored another hit with the horror movie Saw (2004, starring Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes) and appeared in the short film Breach (2004).
Meyer recently played the supporting role of Lydia in director Andrew Getty’s horror The Storyteller (2005), portrayed Kirsten Richards in the television film Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough (2005), was cast as Rebecca Walker in the television movie Crimes of Passion (2005) and appeared in the short film The Receipt (2005). She was also a regular cast in the now-canceled "Point Pleasant" (2005). Meyer also reprised her role of Kerry in Darren Lynn Bousman’s horror/thriller Saw II (2005) and will costar with Traci Lords and Frank Whaley in the horror film Crazy Eights (2006).
- Dahlonega International Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, The Movie Hero, 2003