Kate McNeil

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Kate McNeil
Born (1959-08-17) August 17, 1959 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981-present
Spouse(s) Roy Friedland (1987-present)
Children 2 children

Kate McNeil (born August 17, 1959) is an American actress. She starred in the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns from 1981 to 1985, and in 1983 had the leading role in the slasher film The House on Sorority Row. McNeil also was female lead in the 1988 horror film Monkey Shines.

Early years

The daughter of the president of U.S. Cocoa Corporation, McNeil grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In high school, she said, "I was in a lot of plays, and I was a bit wild."[1] She went on to study theater at Ithaca College.[1]


McNeil began her acting career on the soap opera As the World Turns in 1981. In 1982, she appeared in the low-budget comedy Beach House. The following year, she starred in the slasher film The House on Sorority Row.[2] 1985 saw Kate McNeil appearing in the miniseries Kane & Abel and in 1986 she was featured in another miniseries, North and South Book II. She co-starred in director George A. Romero's horror film Monkey Shines in 1988. In the 1990s, Kate McNeil appeared as Janet Gilchrist in the final three Waltons TV movies.

In the early 1990s, McNeil was a cast member of two television shows, WIOU and Bodies of Evidence.[3] Kate McNeil has also made numerous television guest appearances. She has appeared on Amazing Stories, Simon & Simon, Designing Women, Midnight Caller, Quantum Leap, The X-Files, Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Veronica Mars, Bones, The Mentalist, and Mad Men.

Personal life

McNeil has been married to Roy Friedland, a director and script writer,[1] since 1987. They have two children.



Year Film Role Notes
1982 Beach House Cindy
1983 The House on Sorority Row Katherine
1988 Monkey Shines Melanie Parker Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actress
1994 I'll Do Anything Stacy
1995 Sudden Death Kathi
1999 Shadow Dancer Det. Frances Hayes
2000 Space Cowboys Female Astronaut
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Betty
2001 Glitter Karen Diana
2002 Until Morning Gillian Scott



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hughes, Mike (October 31, 1990). "Kate McNeil's role reflection of real life". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. p. 34. Retrieved November 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> open access publication - free to read
  2. Eleanor Mannikka. "The House on Sorority Row (1983) - Mark Rosman,Paul Schiff - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 20 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Kate McNeil Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 20 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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