Name:
Sean Young
Birth Date:
November 20, 1959
Birth Place:
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Height:
5' 10
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Rachael in 'Blade Runner' (1982)
Profession:
actress, former model and trained dancer
Education:
Cleveland Heights High School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
BIOGRAPHY
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Blade Runner

Background:

''All right, I'm young, I'm beautiful, but you don't have to hate me.'' Sean Young

Model and trained dancer Sean Young began her acting career in the Merchant-Ivory production of "Jane Austen in Manhattan" (1980). She had her breakout role as Rachael, an experimental replica and lover of Harrison Ford's lead character, in Ridley Scott's neo-noir science fiction film, "Blade Runner" (1982). The raven-haired, smoky-voiced screen siren subsequently played such memorable roles as Michael Douglas's wife, who has an affair with Charlie Sheen, in Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning film "Wall Street" (1987) and as Gene Hackman's beautiful mistress, who cheats on him to be with Kevin Costner, in the government thriller film "No Way Out" (1987). She also enjoyed a surprise success at the box office with the mega-hit "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994), where she supported Jim Carrey as the tough-as-nails police Lt. Einhorn.

Young received two Razzie Awards for her performance opposite Matt Dillon in "A Kiss Before Dying" (1991) and earned Razzie nominations for her roles in the films "Love Crimes" (1992), "Once Upon a Crime..." (1992), "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (1993) and "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde" (1995). She subsequently worked on a variety of independent films and made guest appearances on television. She will next be seen in the upcoming films "The Man Who Came Back" with Billy Zane and Armand Assante and "Darkness Visible" with M. Emmet Walsh. Young is also in talks to star in Paul Lynch's sci-fi drama film "Harvest Moon."

On a more personal note, the 5' 10'' tall, slender, graceful brunette had a bizarre spat with her ''The Boost'' co-star James Wood back in the late 1980s. She was married to actor Robert Lujan (aka Bob Lujan) from 1990 to 2002 and they have two sons together.


Mary Sean

Childhood and Family:

On November 20, 1959, Mary Sean Young was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Donald Young (died February 14, 1995 at age 63) and Lee Guthrie. She has two siblings, Cathleen Young (producer and writer; co-wrote the TV-movie "A Place for Annie" with Lee Gutherie) and Donald Young Jr.

Young grew up in Ohio, where she attended Cleveland Heights High School. Young also trained as a dancer at the school of American Ballet in New York and Interlochen Arts Academy, in Interlochen, Michigan.

On November 24, 1990, Young married actor Robert Lujan (aka Bob Lujan). They have two sons, Rio Kelly Lujan (born on November 2, 1994) and Quinn Lee Lujan (born on January 26, 1998). Young and Lujan divorced on April 29, 2002.


No Way Out

Career:

After completing her dance training at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Sean Young moved to New York and immediately landed her first role in director James Ivory's romantic film set in the 18th century, "Jane Austen in Manhattan" (1980), starring Anne Baxter and Robert Powell. She followed it up with a supporting role in Ivan Reitman's comedy movie starring Bill Murray, "Stripes" (1981). She also tested for the role of Marion Ravenwood in Steven Spielberg's adventure film starring Harrison Ford, ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' (1981), a role which eventually went to Karen Allen.

In 1982, Young delivered a comedic turn in Garry Marshall's comedy film set in a hospital, "Young Doctors in Love.” That same year, she received the breakthrough film role of Rachael, an experimental replica and lover of Harrison Ford's lead character, in Ridley Scott's neo-noir science fiction film, "Blade Runner," based on the novel ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'' by Philip K. Dick.

Next, Young was seen on the small screen starring in two TV projects based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's work, "Under the Biltmore Clock" (1985). Young portrayed the title role for PBS' "American Playhouse" and the Showtime miniseries "Tender is the Night" (1985), in which Young played Rosemary Hoyt, a beautiful movie starlet who falls for Dick Diver (played by Peter Strauss), a handsome American psychologist. She also played the young wife of Jose Ferrer's character in the CBS Emmy-nominated miniseries inspired by the 1932 Massie Trial in Honolulu, Hawaii, "Blood and Orchids" (1986).

Returning to the wide screen, Young played the lead role of Susan Atwell, Gene Hackman's beautiful mistress who has an affair with Kevin Costner, in Roger Donaldson's government thriller film "No Way Out" (1987), a remake of the 1948 film "The Big Clock.” She spent the rest of the 1980s acting in the films "Wall Street" (1987), "Arena Brains" (1988), "The Boost" (1988) and "Cousins" (1989). She was also originally cast as Vicky Vale in Tim Burton's Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character, "Batman" (1989), but was replaced by Kim Basinger after Young was thrown from a horse and injured while filming a scene.

Entering the new decade, Young was the first person cast as Tess Trueheart in "Dick Tracy" (1990), but was replaced by Glenne Headley. That same year, she played the female lead, opposite Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones, in David Green's action movie, "Fire Birds.”

After forming Shonderosa Productions in 1991, Young delivered a dreadful performance as twin sisters in Gerd Oswald's film adaptation of Ira Levin's award-winning novel, "A Kiss Before Dying" (1991), opposite Matt Dillon. For her performance in the film, Young received two Golden Raspberry Awards (or Razzies) for Worst Actress for playing one twin, and another one for Worst Supporting Actress for playing the other twin.

In the subsequent year, Young played the heiress and maniac wife in writer/director Joel Hershman's funky indie "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," with Max Parrish, Adrienne Shelly, and Diane Ladd, and starred as a tough female district attorney in Lizzie Borden's erotic thriller, "Love Crimes." She was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. She also made her musical stage debut in "Stardust" at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills on May 7, 1992.

Young then played the blonde sexpot Lola in Carl Reiner's comedy spoof movie "Fatal Instinct" (1993), which spoofs the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mystery films, including "Basic Instinct" and "Fatal Attraction." The movie was released in the 1990s on VHS and is currently available on DVD.

Afterward, Young enjoyed a surprise success at the box office with the mega-hit "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994), where she supported Jim Carrey as the tough-as-nails police Lt. Einhorn, and was outrageously wicked as the predatory, utterly ruthless Helen Hyde in David Price's comedy "Dr. Jeckyl and Ms. Hyde" (1995; opposite Tim Daly), which earned her two nominations at the Razzies (for Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple). She also appeared in another Ismail Merchant film, "The Proprietor" (1996; starring Jeanne Moreau), and appeared as a female police sketch artist in USA Network's original movie, "Evil Has a Face" (1996).

In 1997, Young starred as a woman pregnant with an alien baby in the HBO movie "The Invader" and a woman in search of love in Zoe Clarke-Williams' novel-based film, "Men." She then starred with Perry King in the romantic drama TV movie "The Cowboy and the Movie Star" (1998) before starring in three independent films, Richard Trevor's drama "Out of Control" (1998), Kenneth A. Carlson's romantic comedy "Special Delivery" (1999) and Sam Firstenberg's thriller "Motel Blue" (1999).

The new millennium saw Young starring in the TV-movie version of Steven Levenkron's novel, "Secret Cutting," as well as in the independent films "Poor White Trash," a crime/comedy by Michael Addis, and "The Amati Girls," a drama by Anne De Salvo. Afterward, she continued to add to her resume with roles in the films "Night Class" (2001), "Sugar & Spice" (2001), "Mockingbird Don't Sing" (2001), "Aftermath" (2002), "The House Next Door" (2002) and "Threat of Exposure" (2002). TV viewers could catch her in the movies "Before I Say Goodbye" (2003), "1st to Die" (2003), "The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay" (2003), and the miniseries ""Kingpin" (2003). She was also spotted as a guest in the TV series "Third Watch," "Russkie v Gorode Angelov," "Boston Public" and "Reno 911!"

In 2005, Young co-starred with Tony Goldwyn and Faye Dunaway in Steve Freedman's dramatic film "Ghosts Never Sleep" and had a supporting role in Andrew van den Houten's drama "Headspace," starring Christopher Denham. She was also seen in TV movies "Third Man Out" and "Home for the Holidays" as well as the miniseries "Esenin," based on the book by Vitali Bezrukov.

Young recently appeared in the 2006 films "The Drop" (opposite John Savage and Michael P. Bondies), "The Garden" and "Living the Dream.” She also starred in the made-for-TV movies "A Job to Kill For" (2006) and "Jesse Stone: Sea Change" (2007) and made guest appearances in the Emmy Award-winning CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," NBC’s hit medical drama "ER" and The CW teen drama "One Tree Hill."

Young will soon return to the wide screen. She is currently working on her upcoming films, "The Man Who Came Back," Glen Pitre's Western drama in which she will co-star with Billy Zane and Armand Assante, and "Darkness Visible," Harry Bromley Davenport's thriller in which she will co-star with M. Emmet Walsh. She is also in talks to co-star with Colm Feore in Paul Lynch's sci-fi drama film "Harvest Moon."


Awards:

  • Razzie: Worst Actress, ''A Kiss Before Dying,'' 1992

  • Razzie: Worst Supporting Actress, ''A Kiss Before Dying,'' 1992

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