Amanda Detmer

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Amanda Detmer
Born1971 or 1972 (age 51–52)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Chico (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active1995–present

Amanda Detmer (born 1971/1972)[1] is an American actress. She made her big screen debut playing Miss Minneapolis in 1999 comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous, and later had a supporting role in Final Destination.

In the early 2000s, Detmer had starring roles in comedy films, including Boys and Girls (2000), Saving Silverman (2001), The Majestic (2001), and Kiss the Bride (2002). She has had starring roles in short-lived television series, such as A.U.S.A. (2003) and What About Brian (2006–07).

Early life[edit]

Detmer and her family moved to Chico, California when she was in primary school.[1] Her mother, Susan (née Thurmon), is a teacher, and her father, Melvin Lester Detmer, is a singing cowboy.[1][2] She attended California State University, Chico for her undergraduate education and completed her Master of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before embarking on a career in show business.[3]


Detmer made her onscreen debut in 1995 with the television movie Stolen Innocence, and her big-screen debut playing Miss Minneapolis in the beauty pageant-set comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999). In 2000, she appeared as Terry Chaney in the supernatural horror film Final Destination and in the romantic comedy Boys and Girls alongside Freddie Prinze Jr., Jason Biggs and Claire Forlani.[4] The following year, Detmer had major roles in comedy film Saving Silverman with Jason Biggs and romantic comedy-drama The Majestic, directed and produced by Frank Darabont, starring opposite Jim Carrey. She appeared in the cover of Stuff the same year.[5]

In 2002, she had her first star-billed role in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer romantic comedy Kiss the Bride.[6] She also had supporting roles in Big Fat Liar (2002) and You, Me and Dupree (2006).

On television, Detmer was regular cast member on the two short-lived NBC sitcoms, M.Y.O.B. (2000) starring Lauren Graham, and A.U.S.A. (2003) opposite Scott Foley. From 2006 to 2007, she starred in the ABC comedy-drama What About Brian alongside Barry Watson, Sarah Lancaster and Rosanna Arquette.[3] In 2009, she had a recurring role in the ABC medical drama Private Practice. From 2011 to 2012, she co-starred in another ABC series, short-lived sitcom Man Up!.[7][8] From 2011 to 2013, Detmer also had a recurring role in USA Network drama series Necessary Roughness. She also guest-starred on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Vampire Diaries, The Mentalist and Two and a Half Men. In 2017, Detmer was cast in the unaired television pilot for Red Blooded, for a series meant to star Reba McEntire,[9] which American Broadcasting Company passed on.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Miss Minneapolis
1999 A Little Inside Sarah Parker
2000 Final Destination Terry Chaney
2000 Boys and Girls Amy
2001 Saving Silverman Sandy Perkus
2001 The Majestic Sandra Sinclair
2002 Big Fat Liar Monty Kirkham
2002 Last Seen Jennifer Langson
2002 Kiss the Bride Danisa 'Danni' Sposato
2003 Final Destination 2 Terry Chaney Photograph, uncredited
2003 Patching Cabbage Rhonda Short film
2004 Portrait Esther Short film
2005 Lucky 13 Amy
2005 Alone in a Crowd Short film
2005 Extreme Dating Lindsay Culver
2006 Final Move Amy Marlowe
2006 Jam Amy
2006 You, Me and Dupree Annie
2008 American Crude Olivia
2008 AmericanEast Kate
2011 Final Destination 5 Terry Chaney Archive footage
2011 Shape Joi Video short
2012 For Spacious Sky Meg Short film
2015 Lethal Seduction Tanya Richards
2015 The Week Jessie Briggs
2016 Baseball and the Ballerina Sarah Parker
2017 Pure Country: Pure Heart Elizabeth Spencer
2020 A California Christmas Wendy
2021 A California Christmas: City Lights Wendy


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Stolen Innocence Dannie Baldwin TV movie
1999 To Serve and Protect Tyler Harris-Carr Miniseries
1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Casey Episodes: "Pilot",
"Po-Piggity and Other Racial Slurs"
2000 M.Y.O.B. Lisa Overbeck Main cast
2003 All Grown Up TV movie
2003 A.U.S.A. Susan Rakoff Main cast
2003 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Wedding Guest Episode: "The Fugitive"
2003 Miss Match Gabrielle Davis Episode: "I Got You Babe"
2003 Picking Up & Dropping Off Jane TV movie
2004 Weekends Carolyn McIntyre TV movie
2004 Weekends Carolyn McIntyre TV movie
2004 CSI: Miami Ms. Mancini Episode: "Murder in a Flash"
2006 Proof of Lies Christine Hartley TV movie
2006–07 What About Brian Deena Greco Main cast
2007 1321 Clover Sharon Tuttle TV movie
2007 Making It Legal TV movie
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Tammy Mills Episode: "Lonelyville"
2008 Single with Parents Sasha TV movie
2008 Psych Ciaobella Episode: "Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion"
2009 Medium Sarah Episode: "All in the Family"
2009 Private Practice Morgan Gellman Recurring role (seasons 2–3)
2010 The Vampire Diaries Trudie Peterson Episode: "A Few Good Men"
2011 Man Up! Brenda Hayden / Bridgette Hayden Main cast
2011–13 Necessary Roughness Jeannette Fiero Recurring role (seasons 1–3)
2012 The Exes Jill Episode: "Sister Act"
2012 The Mentalist Nicola Karlsen Episode: "The Crimson Ticket"
2013 Two and a Half Men Meghan Episode: "My Bodacious Vidalia"
2014 Baby Daddy Margot Episodes: "Send in the Clowns",
"Play It Again, Bonnie"
2015 Battle Creek Lydia Conrad Episode: "Homecoming"
2016 Second Chance Helen Pritchard Recurring role
2016 The Night Shift Katherine Santiago Episode: "Unexpected"
2017 Red Blooded Randa Post unaired pilot
2018-19 Empire Tracy Kingsley Recurring role (seasons 5–6)
2019 Family Reunion Haven Sheeks Episode: "Remember Macho Mazzi?"


  1. ^ a b c Baldwin, Chris (July 26, 2001). "To Hollywood with love". Chico News & Review. Archived from the original on January 25, 2023. Retrieved January 30, 2017. Six years ago, an article appeared in Newsweek magazine written by... Amanda Detmer. Its title was "The Reality of Make-Believe," ... Written with conviction and passion ... from a 23-year-old who has just begun acting.
  2. ^ Detmer, Amanda (February 25, 1995). "The Reality Of Make-Believe". Newsweek. Archived from the original on January 25, 2023. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Amanda Detmer". Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Boys and Girls". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on December 12, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "Amanda Detmer: You'll Be Glad You Met Her". Stuff. February 2001.
  6. ^ "Kiss the Bride". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 8, 2011). "Gretchen Egolf, Edi Gathegi, Amanda Detmer Among Latest Pilot Castings". Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Man Up!: ABC pulls (cancelled) sitcom". December 8, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (January 27, 2017). "Amanda Detmer Joins Marc Cherry ABC Drama Pilot; 'Libby & Malcolm' Adds Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 31, 2020. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "It's Your Call: Cable considers Reba's "Red-Blooded," after ABC reportedly passes". ABC News Radio. May 16, 2017. Archived from the original on October 19, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2023.

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