Lea Thompson is perhaps best known for her role as the various incarnations of Lorraine McFly in BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990, Kid’s Choice Film Actress Award); as the star of Caroline in the City (People’s Choice and TV Guide Award) and as Kathryn Kennish on Switched at Birth.
Thompson’s more than 35 films include Some Kind of Wonderful (1987); All the Right Moves (1983); The Beverly Hillbillies (1993); SpaceCamp (1986); Dennis the Menace (1993); Article 99 (1992); Red Dawn (1984); The Little Rascals (1994); The Wild Life (1984); The Unknown Cyclist (1998); Exit Speed (2008); Splinterheads (2009); Mayor Cupcake (2011), as star and producer; the now infamous Howard the Duck (1984), as star and vocals; Thin Ice (2011); The Trouble with the Truth, as both star and producer (2011); J. Edgar (2011); Ping Pong Summer (2014); Left Behind (2014); Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2019); Who We Are Now (2017); Little Women (2018); Dinner in America (2020); and actor and director in The Year of Spectacular Men (2017).
Thompson’s more than 25 television movies include The Substitute Wife (1994); Stolen Babies (1993); The Right to Remain Silent (1996); The Unspoken Truth (1995); Nightbreaker (1989, Cable Ace Best Actress nominee); the NBC miniseries, A Will of Their Own (1998); Stealing Christmas (2003); A Life Interrupted (2007); The Cabin (2011); Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013); and My Mother’s Future Husband (2014), to name a few! TV guest spots include: Friends; The Larry Sanders Show; Tales from the Crypt; Ed; Greek; Law and Order: SVU; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Muppets; and Scorpion.
Television series include Freeform’s Peabody Award-winning five-season hit show, Switched at Birth (actor and director); the nine Mystery Movies series; Jane Doe (star and director); NBC’s Caroline in the City (star and producer); Lifetime’s For The People; Disney’s animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero; The 19th season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, which she made it through the ninth week of competition; and the recently completed Lee Daniels’ pilot for Fox, Our People.
As a director, Thompson has helmed several Jane Doe telefilms; multiple episodes of Switched at Birth; The Goldbergs; Schooled; Mom; American Housewife; The Kids Are Alright; Young Sheldon; Stargirl; and Katy Keene. Lea made her film directorial debut recently with The Year of Spectacular Men, a joyous four-year collaboration with her daughters, Madelyn and Zoey Deutch.
Thompson’s theater works include over 20 ballets and shows such as The Little Mermaid, Bus Stop, The Illusion, The Vagina Monologues, I Love My Wife, Caroline in Jersey and her personal favorite, as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret on Broadway.
Lea Thompson can often be seen around Los Angeles performing at charity events for the Alzheimer’s Association, Michael J. Fox Foundation, various breast cancer charities and lots of other great causes. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 30 years, film/TV director Howard Deutch, and a menagerie of dogs, fish, horses and chickens.