Thora Birch

Thora Birch

Mar. 11th, 1982
Born in
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 4"

Thora Birch's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Night Visions TV Show
Night Visions
Parenthood TV Show
Day by Day TV Show
Day by Day
Monty TV Show

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Petunia
2009 - Winter of Frozen Dreams
2006 - Dark Corners
2006 - Dark Corners
2005 - Slingshot
2001 - Ghost World
2001 - The Hole
2000 - Dungeons & Dragons
2000 - The Smokers
1999 - American Beauty
1999 - Anywhere But Here
1996 - Alaska
1995 - Now and Then
1994 - Monkey Trouble
1994 - Clear and Present Danger
1993 - Hocus Pocus
1992 - Patriot Games
1991 - Paradise

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Aggie Travers
Vega (Voiced)
Jane Burnham
Allison Rhodes
[Complete List]


From Monkey Trouble (1994) to American Beauty (1999)-- that's Hollywood "Hocus Pocus"! Thora Birch was born on Thursday (as in Thor's Day) March 11, 1982. Her father Jack, and mom Carol, named her after the Norse God Thor ("Thora" being the feminine), the God of thunder; she has a younger brother named Bolt. Thora appeared in one of the "classic" California raisin commercials in 1986 (at age 4), and later did other commercials. At age 6, Thora appeared in Purple People Eater (1988) and won a Youth in Film Award for her performance. Then she appeared in the television series "Parenthood" (1990), which co-starred a not-yet-discovered Leonardo DiCaprio. Thora's breakout movie was Paradise (1991) with bona fide stars Don Johnson (I) and Melanie Griffith; Thora bested 4,000 young hopefuls to land the role, and she again got great reviews. Thora appeared in Hocus Pocus (1993) with major stars; however, she got real recognition by having a starring role in Monkey Trouble (1994), in which her affection for her pet (and sometimes scene-stealing) monkey basically carried the entire movie (she and the monkey did their own stunts). All grown up, this petite beauty (5' 4") with green eyes had a major role in American Beauty (1999) which won 5 Oscar awards. Thora delivered a strong, effective performance as the alienated daughter of parents whose mid-life crises drive them to affairs and destruction; her acting was convincing and inspired, and once again received good reviews. A down-to-earth young woman in real life, she loves Italian food and diet root beer.

  • Was actually only 16 years old at the time she was filmed nude for a scene in _American Beauty (1999)_ (qv). She told TV talk show host 'Craig Kilborn' (qv) when she appeared on his show in 2002 that her parents didn't have a problem with her doing a nude scene, despite her being under age, and they encouraged her to go ahead and do it. They agreed that her character's nude scene was so important to the development of her character that they gave their approval.
  • Is a contributing director for sketch comedy group The Doomed Planet.
  • Used to live on her family ranch in East Los Angeles, but now lives in an apartment in LA.
  • Was fired from _Election (1999)_ (qv) due to differences with director 'Alexander Payne (I)' (qv).
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Brother is 'Bolt Birch' (qv).
  • Has a Blue Belt in Karate.
  • She is of German, Scandinavian, and Italian descent.

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