Birth Date: April 24, 1969
Birth Place: Dana Point, California, USA
Height: 5' 7"
Melinda Clarke was born on April 24, 1969, in Dana Point, California. Her father, John, is an actor, and her mother, Patricia, is a ballet dancer. Melinda was trained in dance and ballet, and even as a coloratura soprano, while growing up with brother Joshua and sister Heidi (who died in 1994). Once in her teens, Melinda decided to pursue acting.
Melinda moved to Los Angeles to start her acting career at age 18, and n no time at all she had her first job, playing Faith Taylor on Days of Our Lives. Of course, it didn't hurt that Melinda's father John had been a regular on that daytime soap since it first began back in 1965. Melinda left the show after a brief stint from 1989 to 1990.
During the first half of the 1990s, Melinda took roles in mostly forgettable movies, such as Hot Under the Collar (1991), Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993), Young Goodman Brown (1993), Out for Blood (1993), and Return to Two Moon Junction (1994). During this time, she turned down a role in Scream (1996) -- reportedly because she didn't want to be in another horror movie like Return of the Living Dead 3 -- and she was also one of a few actresses to turn down the starring role in TV's Xena: Warrior Princess. Nevertheless, things began to pick up for Melinda during the rest of the decade. In a bit of a reversal, she appeared in the cult horror outing The Killer Tongue in 1996. She then appeared in Spawn (1997) and became a bigger TV star, landing guest shots on Xena, Seinfeld and Sliders, and starring in S.O.F. Special Ops Force.
In June 1997, she married Ernie Mirich in a small, private ceremony with friends and family in her hometown of Dana Point. The two now have a daughter, Kathryn Grace.
After 2000, Melinda appeared on Nash Bridges, Charmed, Star Trek: Enterprise and Everwood, had a role in the pilot for First Monday, and had memorable recurring roles on The District, as Detective Olivia Cahill, and on CSI, as Lady Heather.
In 2003, Melinda lent her voice to The Animatrix and began starring on the new FOX hit show The O.C.. As Julie Cooper-Nichol, Melinda has helped redefine that staple character of prime-time soaps, the Machiavellian matriarch.
Melinda Clarke Filmography
88 Minutes (2006) .... Vanessa Bridges
"The O.C." .... Julie Cooper-Nichol
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" .... Lady Heather
... aka C.S.I. (USA: short title)
... aka CSI: Las Vegas (USA: syndication title)
... aka CSI: Weekends (USA: promotional title)
... aka Experts, Les (Canada: French title)
... aka Firefly: The Series (USA)
- Heart of Gold (2004) TV Episode .... Nandi
Mission: Impossible - Operation Surma (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Sofia Ivanescu
Matriculated (2003) (voice) .... Alexa
... aka The Animatrix: Matriculated (USA: series title)
The Animatrix (2003) (V) (voice) .... Alexa (segment "Matriculated")
"The District" .... Detective Olivia Cahill
- Night of the Shriekers (2003) TV Episode .... Dr. Megan Flynn
... aka Our New Life in Everwood (UK: new syndication title)
- Till Death Do Us Part (2002) TV Episode .... Sally Keyes
- Siren Song (2002) TV Episode .... The Siren
- Pilot (2002) TV Episode
Cold Sweat (2002) .... Starring
.com for Murder (2002) .... Michelle Williams
Dynamite (2002) .... Beta
... aka Family Under Siege (USA: MIFED title)
... aka Star Trek: Enterprise (USA: new title)
- Broken Bow: Part 1 (2001) TV Episode .... Sarin
- Broken Bow: Part 2 (2001) TV Episode .... Sarin
... aka Bridges
- End Game (2000) TV Episode .... Inspector Abby Gordon
- Out of Chicago (1997) TV Episode .... Karen Decker
- Meltdown (2000) TV Episode .... Miss Eve
"Soldier of Fortune, Inc." (1997) TV Series .... Margo Vincent
... aka S.O.F. Special Ops Force (USA: second season title)
... aka S.O.F., Inc.
... aka SOF, Inc.
Spawn (1997) .... Jessica Priest
- This Slide of Paradise (1997) TV Episode .... Allasandra
- The Muffin Tops (1997) TV Episode .... Alex
"Xena: Warrior Princess"
- A Necessary Evil (1997) TV Episode .... Velasca
- The Quest (1997) TV Episode .... Velasca
Critics and Other Freaks (1997) .... Mrs. M
Soldier of Fortune (1997) (TV) .... Margo Vincent
Lengua asesina, La (1996) .... Candy
... aka The Killer Tongue
Mulholland Falls (1996) .... Cigarette Girl
- Lightning Strikes (1996) TV Episode .... Lola Vale
Return to Two Moon Junction (1995) .... Savannah Delongpre
"Heaven Help Us" (1994) TV Series .... Lexy Monroe
"The George Carlin Show"
- George Helps Sidney (1994) TV Episode .... Christy
Out for Blood (1993) .... Laura
Return of the Living Dead III (1993) (as Mindy Clarke) .... Julie Walker
... aka Return of the Living Dead 3 (USA: DVD box title)
... aka Return of the Living Dead Part III
Young Goodman Brown (1993) .... Faith Brown
... aka Nataniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown
"Jake and the Fatman"
- Every Time We Say Goodbye (1991) TV Episode
Hot Under the Collar (1991) .... Monica
"Days of Our Lives" (1965) TV Series .... Faith Taylor (1989-1990)
... aka Cruise of Deception: Days of Our Lives (new title (summer title))
... aka DOOL (USA: informal short title)
... aka Days (USA: short title)
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