Tia Carrere Biography (1965-)

Original name, Althea Janairo; born January 2, 1965 (some sources say 1967),in Honolulu, HI; daughter of Alexander (a banker) and Audrey (a computer supervisor) Janairo; married Elie Samaha (a producer), November 22, 1992 (divorced, February, 2000). Addresses: Agent-- United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Career: Actress and producer. Appeared in television commercials and worked as a model. Awards, Honors: MTV Movie Award nomination, most desirable female, 1992,for Wayne's World; ShoWest Award, National Association of TheatreOwners (NATO), female star of tomorrow, 1994; MTV Movie Award nomination (with Arnold Schwarzenegger), best dance sequence, 1995, for True Lies. Member: Screen Actors Guild. Addresses: Agent: United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actress, producer
Birth Details
January 2, 1965
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Amy, Zombie Nightmare, New World Pictures, 1987
  • Lani Kepoo, Aloha Summer, Spectrafilm, 1988
  • Mai Chong, Fatal Mission(also known as Enemy), 1990
  • Instant Karma, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Video, 1991
  • Kimiko, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991
  • Minako Okeya, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Warner Bros., 1991
  • Adrienne, Little Sister, LIVE Home Video, 1992
  • Cassandra and song performer, Wayne's World, Paramount, 1992
  • Cassandra and song performer, Wayne's World 2, Paramount, 1993
  • Jingo Asakuma, Rising Sun, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Performer of song "I Never Even Told You," Batman: Mask of the Phantasm(also known as Batman: The Animated Movie and Batman: Mask ofthe Phantasm: The Animated Movie; animated), Warner Bros., 1993
  • Dr. Jessica Jamison, Treacherous, FoxVideo, 1994
  • Janet Sakamoto, Quick(also known as Crossfire), Academy Entertainment, 1994
  • Juno Skinner, True Lies, Twentieth Century-Fox/Universal, 1994
  • Monica Lewis, Jury Duty, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1995
  • Nora Bell, Hostile Intentions, WarnerVision, 1995
  • Vicki Mueller, Learning Curves(also known as Bad with Numbers and My Teacher's Wife), Savoy Pictures, 1995
  • Victoria Chapell, High School High, TriStar, 1996
  • Akivasha, Kull the Conqueror, Universal, 1997
  • Heather, Operation Delta Force III: Clear Target(also known as Clear Target), 1997
  • Herself, 20 Dates, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998
  • Scientist, Merlin: The Return, Peakviewing Productions, 1999
  • Mr. Hughes,2000
  • Title role, Shi(also known as Shi: The Way of the Warrior),Franchise Pictures, 2000
  • Also appeared in My Generation.
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer (with others), 20 Dates, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998
  • Producer, Shi(also known as Shi: The Way of the Warrior), Franchise Pictures, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Nurse Jade Soong Chung, General Hospital, ABC, 1985-87
  • Sydney Fox, Relic Hunter(also known as Sydney Fox l'aventuriere), syndicated, 2000-
  • Miniseries
  • Venus Poon, Noble House(also known as James Clavell's NobleHouse), NBC, 1988
  • Movies
  • Diane, The Road Raiders, CBS, 1989
  • Stella, Fine Gold, syndicated, 1990
  • Mina, Intimate Stranger(also known as After Midnight), Showtime, 1991
  • Gina Walker, The Immortals, HBO, 1995
  • Simone Gideon, Nothing but the Truth(also known as The Examiner), CBS, 1995
  • Diane Norwood, Hollow Point(also known as Rysk Roulette), HBO, 1996
  • Christina D'Amelio, Natural Enemy, HBO, 1997
  • Rebecca Mercer, Top of the World(also known as Cold Cash and Showdown), HBO, 1997
  • Candy, Scar City(also known as S.C.A.R. and Scarred City), HBO, 1998
  • Jennifer Dern, Dogboys(also known as Tracked), The Movie Channel, 1998
  • Cameo appearance, Free Money, Starz!, 1999
  • Karen Haggerty, Five Acres, Cinemax, 1999
  • Samantha Feld, Meet Prince Charming, Cinemax, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Associate producer, The Immortals, HBO, 1995
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Making of True Lies, Fox, 1994
  • Fox NFL Primetime, Fox, 1995
  • Celebrity competitor, Fox All-Star Challenge, Fox, 1995
  • Canned Ham: High School High, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Judge, The 79th Annual Miss America Pageant,1999
  • Voice of Katrina Van Tassel, The Night of the Headless Horseman, Fox, 1999
  • Also appeared in Circus of the Stars.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1992
  • Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards,1995
  • The ESPY Awards, ESPN, 1996
  • Presenter, Thirteenth Annual Genesis Awards,1999
  • Episodic
  • Kiki, "Annie Oakley," Airwolf, CBS, 1985
  • Lisa Chan, "The Wish Child," MacGyver, ABC, 1986
  • Tia, "The Sound of Thunder," The A Team, NBC, 1986
  • Lang, "Dislocations," Tour of Duty, CBS, 1987
  • Tiu, "Murderer's Sky," MacGyver, ABC, 1988
  • Cey, "Those Lips, Those Thais," Anything but Love, ABC, 1989
  • Chu-Hoi, "The Leap Home: Part 2 (Vietnam)--April 7, 1970," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1990
  • Michiko Tanaka, "Year of the Monkey," Friday the 13th: The Series,syndicated, 1990
  • Piper Bowman, "Kelly Bounces Back," Married... with Children, Fox,1990
  • Scarlett, "On a Dead Man's Chest" (also known as "None but the LonelyHeart" and "This'll Kill Ya"), Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1992
  • Beverly Nichols, Murder One, ABC, 1995
  • Voice of Princess Miga, "The Little Mermaid," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child(animated), HBO, 1995
  • Kim, "Veronica's on the Herb," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1998
  • Voice of Marigold (daughter of King Midas), Hercules(also known asDisney's Hercules; animated), ABC and syndicated, 1998
  • Also appeared in Hollywood Squares, syndicated; and Murphy's Law, ABC.
  • Albums
  • Dream, Reprise, 1993
  • Singles
  • "Ballroom Blitz," Warner Bros., 1992
  • "Why You Wanna Break My Heart," Warner Bros., 1992
  • "I Never Even Told You," Warner Bros., 1993
  • "State of Grace," Warner Bros., 1994
  • Taped Readings
  • Between Sisters, Dove Books Audio, 1996
  • Video Games
  • Ari, The Daedalus Encounter, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, 1995

Further Reference


    • Publishers Weekly, January 1, 1996 , p. 39.

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