Who is Kathleen Wilhoite?
Kathleen Wilhoite was born on 29 June 1964, in Santa Barbara, California, USA, and is an actress, best known for her work in films during the 1980s up to the 1990s. Some of her most notable projects include “Lorenzo’s Oil”, “Murphy’s Law”, and “The Edge”. Some of her most recent known projects include “Gilmore Girls” and “ER”.
The Wealth of Kathleen Wilhoite
As of early-2020, Kathleen Wilhoite’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through a successful career in acting since 1983. She’s also released music as a recording artist, and has done voice-over work in animated projects.
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Kathleen started her acting career strongly as she was cast in several notable films that would help move her forward. One of her earliest notable roles was in the 1986 film “Murphy’s Law” in which she played the role of “Arabella McGee”. The film featured her alongside Charles Bronson and Carrie Snogress, featuring the sixth collaboration between Charles and film director J. Lee Thompson. While it didn’t fare well in terms of reviews, it gave her enough attention as she worked with some of the most notable names of the 1980s.
During the same year, she appeared in the film “Witchboard”, marking one of her first ventures into the horror genre. The film follows the story of a student who fiddles with a Ouija board in her friend’s house, unknowingly attracting an evil spirit. This film also wasn’t very successful in terms of critical reception, but it has since gained a cult following. Sequels were later released, but were unrelated to the film’s original plot.
Rise to Prominence
Three years later, Wilhoite played a minor role in the film “Road House”, which starred Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliot in the story of a man hired as a cooler, a specialized bouncer for a newly refurbished bar.
At around the same time, she appeared in a string of television movies, including “Not My Kid”, “Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac”, “Heartbeat” and “Cathy”, which marked one of her earliest forays into voice acting. She later reprised the role of Cathy Andrews in subsequent films about the character.
One of her first notable projects in the 1990s was the film “Lorenzo’s Oil”, which is inspired by the true story of parents who go on the search for a cure for their son’s adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a disease that causes hyperactivity and seizures.
In 1993, she played Kathie Rogers in the science fiction film “Fire in the Sky”, which is based on the book “The Walton Experience”, which describes an alleged encounter with aliens by the writer Travis Walton. She followed it up with the film “Color of Night”, and appeared in “The Edge” which starred Alec Baldwin alongside Anthony Hopkins in the story of individuals trying to make it back to civilization after their plane crashes in the wilderness of Alaska. The film features the trained Hollywood bear, Bart the Bear.
Heading into the new millennium, Kathleen had more guest roles in popular television shows. One of her bigger roles during this period was in the show “ER”, in which she played the character, Chloe Lewis, and was a prominent cast member of the medical television show during its first eight seasons. The show was at the time the longest-running medical drama series until it was overtaken by “Grey’s Anatomy”. She also became known for voicing the character Pepper Ann in the animated show of the same name.
In 2000, she was featured in both “Drowning Mona” and “Pay it Forward”; the latter is a film based on the Catherine Ryan Hyde novel of the same name, and starred Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, but was criticised for its attempt at manipulating its audience’s emotions. She also continued her television work, appearing in various shows as a guest – some of the more popular shows she worked on include “24”, “Judging Amy”, “Will & Grace”, “The 4400”, and “Ghost Whisperer”. She also played the character Liz Danes in “Gilmore Girls” from its fourth up to its seventh season.
While her starring roles lessened in recent years, Wilhoite has maintained consistent work as an actress, becoming a mainstay in various television programs, appearing as a guest in “Jane the Virgin”, “The Mentalist”, “Wisdom of the Crowd” and “The Resident”. In 2018, she was one of the main cast members of the animated program “Summer Camp Island” which aired on Cartoon Network, created by one of the animators from the hit show “Adventure Time”.
Her film work also dcreased in the last decade or so.
A few of her latest projects include “California Solo” which starred Robert Carlyle, and was released at the Sundance Film Festival. She continued to pursue more independent film projects, such as “Crazy Kind of Love” which is based on the April Stevens novel “Angel Angel”. She also appeared in the film “A Sort of Homecoming” which starred her alongside Katherine McNamara and Laura Marano, and had roles in “Ride” and “The Dog Lover”. While she hasn’t taken any new projects in 2020, she did work on the Netflix series called “The OA”, which received good reviews until its sudden cancellation in 2019.
Kathleen married record producer David Harte in 1997 and they have three children together. She doesn’t talk a lot about her relationship and their family life, preferring to keep her work separate.
Aside from acting, she is passionate about music and even envisioned a career as a recording artist with the help of her husband. He helped her gain a contract with his record label, leading to the release of a couple of CDs. This eventually led her to hold one-woman theatrical shows such as “Stop Yellin” which she acts and sings for the entire show.