Karen Young (actress)
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Karen Young Actress
Karen Young
Karen Young at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Karen Young at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1958-09-29) September 29, 1958 (age 61)
Years active1983-present
Tom Noonan
(m. 1992; div. 1999)

Ken Eisen
(m. 2012)

Karen Young (born September 29, 1958) is an American film, television, and stage actress.

Background and personal life

Young was raised in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. She graduated from Douglass College at Rutgers University as an English major.[1][2]

Young married actor Tom Noonan[3] in 1992, and they had two children together before their 1999 divorce. She married Ken Eisen in 2012.[4]


After graduation, Young moved to New York City and became an actress. She was working as a waitress when she saw an advertisement in Backstage that read: "Wanted: 24-year-old Irish Catholic girl with long blond hair." Young responded to the ad and ended up starring in Tony Garnett's 1983 vigilante thriller Handgun, for which she cut off her hair and in which she agreed to appear nude.[5]

She also appeared in films such as 9½ Weeks, Heat (1986), Jaws: The Revenge, Night Game, The Wife, Daylight and Mercy. Young has also portrayed Sister Mary in The Orphan Killer (2011), and starred in many U.S. independent and foreign films including Heading South,[2]Two Gates of Sleep and Conviction.

For television, Young portrayed FBI Agent Robyn Sanseverino on The Sopranos[6] and has portrayed various characters for the Law & Order franchise, as well as in The Equalizer.

Her stage credits include roles in both New York productions of Sam Shephard's A Lie of the Mind, playing daughter Sally in 1985 and mother Lorraine in Ethan Hawke's 2010 production.[7][8] Young and the rest of the cast were recognized as some of the "best performers of 2010" by Hilton Als in The New Yorker.[9]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Dicker, Ron. "Young's Star Rises in Midlife", San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2006. Accessed July 21, 2007. "A Pequannock, N.J., native and graduate of Douglass College, the women's school at Rutgers University, Young got her start on a film called Deep in the Heart (1983)."
  2. ^ a b Duckett, Richard (November 2, 2006). "Heading to Worcester ; Vacationing women seek more than sun in `South':". Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, Massachusetts. Retrieved 2020 – via Proquest Global Newsstream.
  3. ^ "Tom Noonan Still Reflecting on "What Happened"". IFC.
  4. ^ "MIFF brings husband and wife together". WCSH.
  5. ^ Chase, Chris (January 20, 1984). "At the Movies". The New York Times. p. C6. Retrieved 2020 – via Proquest.
  6. ^ a b c "Karen Young". August 29, 2006.
  7. ^ "New Search for the Truth in 'A Lie'". The New York Times. January 31, 2010. Retrieved 2020 – via Proquest.
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben (February 19, 2010). "Theater Review: Home Is Where the Soul Aches". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020 – via Proquest.
  9. ^ Als, Hilton (December 14, 2010). "The Best Performers of 2010". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d "KAREN YOUNG: Age-Defying Actress by Nancy Simon". www.matchflick.com.
  12. ^ Reviews, New York Times Theater (December 5, 2001). "The New York Times Film Reviews 1999-2000". Taylor & Francis – via Google Books.
  13. ^ "VERS LE SUD". Filmkrant.
  14. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 4, 2012). "Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2013: 25th Anniversary Edition". Andrews McMeel Publishing – via Google Books.
  15. ^ "cast".
  16. ^ Brady, John F. Hogan & Judy E. (January 5, 2015). "Great Chicago Beer Riot, The: How Lager Struck a Blow for Liberty". Arcadia Publishing – via Google Books.

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