Sean Young

Mary Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Stripes (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Dune (1984), No Way Out (1987), Wall Street (1987), Cousins (1989) and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

Sean Young
Young in 2007
Mary Sean Young

(1959-11-20) November 20, 1959
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Years active1980–present
  • Robert Lujan
    (m. 1990; div. 2002)
  • Robert Lujan (m. 2011)

Early life

Young was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Donald Young, Jr., a television producer and journalist, and Lee Guthrie (born Mary Lee Kane), a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist.[1][2][3] Young graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, followed by the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan.[4] She also attended the School of American Ballet in New York City.[5] Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and ballet dancer.

Film career


Young began her film career in the film Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980), followed by a role in the film Stripes (1981). She then played the female lead, Rachael, alongside Harrison Ford in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner (1982). On television, Young played the female lead opposite Lenny Von Dohlen in Under the Biltmore Clock (1986), based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story Myra Meets His Family. The following year, she had a small role in the film Wall Street (1987) as the wife of Michael Douglas's character, Gordon Gekko. Her role was originally intended to be larger, but was significantly reduced due to clashes with Oliver Stone.[6][7]

One of Young's most prominent roles was as the lover of a ruthless Washington politician (Gene Hackman) in No Way Out (also 1987), alongside Kevin Costner. Her other credits include Dune (1984), Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) and Fatal Instinct (1993).

Young appeared in The Boost (1988), with James Woods. Woods later sued her for harassing him and his then-fiancée, alleging that, in addition to other disruptive behavior, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep. Young denied the allegations and claimed that Woods filed the lawsuit out of spite. Young stated, "It was a crush being turned down, that's all .... So sue me! And he [Woods] did." The suit was settled out of court in 1989.[6] Young was awarded $227,000 to cover her legal costs.[8]

Young was next cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's film Batman (1989), but during rehearsals, she broke her arm after falling off a horse and was replaced by Kim Basinger. In an unsuccessful attempt to win the role of Catwoman (which was originally offered to Annette Bening but, after Bening became pregnant, Michelle Pfeiffer was cast) in the sequel Batman Returns (1992), Young constructed a homemade Catwoman costume and attempted to contact Burton and actor Michael Keaton during production.[6] She appeared on The Joan Rivers Show in character as the Catwoman, campaigning for the role and making a plea to Tim Burton.


Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the movie Dick Tracy (1990). However, she was dismissed in favor of Glenne Headly for not appearing maternal in the role. Young later claimed her dismissal was punishment for her having rebuffed Warren Beatty's advances, a claim Beatty denies.[6] In 1991, she was awarded the Worst Actress and the Worst Supporting Actress Razzies for her roles in A Kiss Before Dying.[9] She played a supporting role in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. She also played Helen Hyde in the comedy Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995), in which she performed the first two-way footsie (foot-in-crotch) scene in cinema.

During most of the 1990s, she resided in Sedona, Arizona, and her career cooled.[6] Young reprised her role as Rachael in the Blade Runner video game released in 1997. Her face was scanned and reproduced in three dimensions, one of the earliest times such technology was used in a game.


Young has appeared in independent films, including roles in Poor White Trash (2000), Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001), and Sugar & Spice (also 2001). She spent four months in Russia filming the miniseries Yesenin (2005), in which she portrayed the dancer Isadora Duncan. Young had roles in two films, The Man Who Came Back and Haunted Echoes (both 2008).

In 2008, Young competed in the television program Gone Country 2, which included a competition in a celebrity demolition derby at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, Tennessee. Young went on to win the celebrity derby heat and then went on to compete against 21 professional demolition derby drivers. Young finished in fourth place.


Young appeared on The Young and the Restless in June 2010 as Canadian barmaid Meggie McClain, alongside good friend Eric Braeden.[10][11] She returned to the show on July 14 in a recurring role, which lasted through February 2011.[12]

In 2010, she was cast on the first season of the ABC show Skating with the Stars as a celebrity contestant who skated with professional skater Denis Petukhov,[13][14] but she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.

In October 2011, Young appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.[15] During the interview, she described how she was now looking for movie work after raising her two sons, and produced a short video clip promoting her job search which Letterman played. She was subsequently cast in a film about Nikola Tesla, slated for release in 2013, titled Fragments From Olympus: The Vision of Nikola Tesla (unreleased as of September 2017).

In October 2013, Young played the role of Dr. Lucien in Star Trek: Renegades, a fan project to create a pilot for a new Star Trek series (released in August 2015) where several former Star Trek actors appeared, including Tim Russ (who also directed the pilot) as well as Walter Koenig, Garrett Wang and J. G. Hertzler.

In June 2013, Young performed in a benefit skating event at the Ice Theater of New York., competing in a Celebrity Skating competition against YouTube personality Michael Buckley, and US Olympic Fencing silver medalist Tim Morehouse.

Young reprised her 1982 role of Rachael for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), portraying both the original (using archival footage from the first film) and a brand new cloned version of the character. This was achieved through the use of CGI facial de-aging to match her 1982 appearance, as well as the use of another actress as a body double. Sean Young was also credited in the new film as acting coach to the actress portraying her character.[16]

Personal life

In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan, with whom she has two sons.[1] The couple divorced in 2002, but remarried in 2011.[6]

In January 2008, Young checked herself into rehabilitation for alcohol abuse.[17] A later stay in rehab occurred in 2011, which was depicted on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, as were Lujan's visits to her.[18][19]

On February 26, 2012, during an after party for the 84th Academy Awards, Young was placed under a citizen's arrest. It was alleged she was asked to leave since she had not possessed a ticket to enter. An argument ensued and resulted in Young slapping the security guard. Young stated she was not intoxicated and was well behaved, and that the security guard was the aggressor.[20] The charges were later dropped.[21]

In August of 2018, Young and her son were identified on surveillance video removing two MacBook laptops from the Astoria, Queens, production office for the film Charlie Boy. She was originally set to direct the film but was replaced by Timothy Hines, with co-writer Greg Kritikos saying "she was out of her depth." The laptops and production software on them were valued at $12,000, and the New York City Police Department sought her for questioning. The two laptops that Young was accused of stealing were returned a few days later, on August 14, through her attorney. No charges were filed. Young claimed it was a misunderstanding and she had permission to enter the offices to retrieve personal property that had been left there.[22][23] Young released a statement the day after initial reports were posted, saying that she "gathered what I believed to be my property but later discovered I was mistaken" and had contacted members of the office to return the items. Those involved with the production denied Young had contacted them.[23]



1980Jane Austen in ManhattanAriadne Charlton
1981StripesLouise Cooper
1982Blade RunnerRachael
Young Doctors in LoveDr. Stephanie Brody
1985Baby: Secret of the Lost LegendSusan Matthews-Loomis
1986Under the Biltmore ClockMyra Harper
1987No Way OutSusan Atwell
Wall StreetKate Gekko
1988The BoostLinda Brown
1989CousinsTish Kozinski
1990Fire BirdsBillie Lee Guthrie
1991A Kiss Before DyingDorothy/Ellen Carlsson
1992ForeverMary Miles Minter
Love CrimesDana Greenway
Once Upon a CrimePhoebe
Blue IceStacy Mansdorf
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss MeTwinkle
1993Even Cowgirls Get the BluesMarie Barth
Fatal InstinctLola Cain
1994BoltPatty DeerheartDirect-to-video
Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveLt. Lois Einhorn / Ray Finkle
Model by DayMercedes
1995MirageJennifer Gale
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. HydeHelen Hyde
1996The ProprietorVirginia Kelly
1997Exception to the RuleAngela Bayer
The InvaderAnnie Neilsen
MenStella James
The Dog of FlandersSister AloisEnglish version
1998Out of ControlLena
1999Motel BlueLana Hawking
2000Poor White TrashLinda Bronco
The Amati GirlsChristine
2001Sugar & SpiceMrs. Hill
Mockingbird Don't SingDr. Judy Bingham
Night ClassClaire Sherwood
2002AftermathRachel Anderson
The House Next DoorMonica
Threat of ExposureDr. Daryl Sheleigh
2004A Killer WithinRebecca "Becky" Terrill
Until the NightCosma
In the Shadow of the CobraSamantha
2005Ghosts Never SleepRebecca
2006The DropIvy
The GardenMiss Grace Chapman
Living the DreamBrenda
2008The Man Who Came BackKate
ParasomniaMadeline Volpe
Haunted EchoesLauraDirect-to-video
Harvest MoonMeg
2012Attack of the 50 Foot CheerleaderBrenda Stratford
The Black DoveBonnie Williams
2013Jug FaceLoriss
Send No FlowersToni
GingerclownNelly the SpiderwomanVoice
2014My Trip Back to the Dark SideHerself
My Man Is a LoserTherapist
2015Bone TomahawkMrs. Porter
Lost Cat CoronaRoxie
2016Confidence GameSylvie
2017Blade Runner 2049Rachael and Rachael CloneLikeness only
Acting coach to substitute actress[16]


1984American PlayhouseMyra HarperEpisode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"
1985Tender Is the NightRosemary Hoyt4 episodes
1986Blood & OrchidsLeonore BergmanTV movie
1992Sketch ArtistRayanne WhitfieldTV movie
1994Witness to the ExecutionJessica TraynorTV movie
1996Evil Has a FaceGwen McGerrallTV movie
Everything to GainMallory Ashton Jordan KeswickTV movie
1997GunPaulaEpisode: "All the President's Women"
1998The Cowboy and the Movie StarSean LivingstonTV movie
2000Secret CuttingJoyce CottrellTV movie
2002Third WatchNancy2 episodes
2003Russians in the City of AngelsRachael Somov8 episodes
KingpinLorelei KleinEpisode: "Black Magic Woman"
Before I Say GoodbyeNell MacDermott CauliffTV movie
First to DieJoanna WadeTV miniseries
The King and Queen of Moonlight BaySandy BatemanTV movie
Boston PublicCandy SobellEpisode: "Chapter Sixty-Eight"
2004Reno 911!New WiegelEpisode: "Department Investigation: Part 2"
2005Third Man OutAnn RutkaTV movie
YeseninIsadora DuncanTV miniseries
Home for the HolidaysMartha McCarthyTV movie
2006A Job to Kill ForJennifer KamplanTV movie
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDustyEpisode: "Built to Kill: Part 2"
2007ERAnna HayesEpisode: "Crisis of Conscience"
One Tree HillHope BrownEpisode: "The Runaway Found"
Jesse Stone: Sea ChangeSybil MartinTV movie
2010–2011The Young and the RestlessMeggie McClaine45 episodes
2013Star Trek: RenegadesDr. LucienPilot episode
2018The AlienistMrs. Van Burgen4 episodes

Video games

1997Blade RunnerRachaelVoice and likeness

See also


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  2. "Donald Young". Variety. 1995-03-05. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  3. Robert Kane
  4. Archived April 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. Sean Young biography. The New York Times. accessed July 31, 2011.
  6. Valby, Karen (2007-09-21). "Sean Young: 'I'm a Comeback Waiting To Happen'". Retrieved 2008-01-30.
  7. " - Austin News, Video, Longhorns & Weather". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  8. Danny Leigh. "Blade Runner's Sean Young: 'If I were a man I'd have been treated better' | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  9. "Home of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation". 2000-02-03. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  10. "CBS TV Network Primetime, Daytime, Late Night and Classic Television Shows". Archived from the original on April 1, 2012.
  11. virginia taylor says: (2010-05-11). "Sean Young on her upcoming stint as "Sultry" Maggie on Y&R! | Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps | Daytime Soap Interviews, News, Updates and Previews, Video and Audio Interviews". Retrieved 2016-02-06.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  12. "Sean Young Returning for More Young and the Restless".
  13. Archived August 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  14. "Breaking News - Pro Skater Pairings, Host and Color Commentator for ABC's "Skating With the Stars" Announced". 2005-02-22. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  15. "Sean Young in Late Show Appearance". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05.
  16. Rougeau, Michael (9 October 2017). "How Blade Runner 2049 Resurrected That Character From The Original". GameSpot. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  17. Silverman, Stephen M. (February 27, 2012). "Sean Young Removed from Governors Ball: Report" Archived 2016-09-16 at the Wayback Machine. People.
  18. "Family Weekend". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 6. July 31, 2011. VH1.
  19. "Preparing for Discharge". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 8. August 14, 2011. VH1.
  20. "Sean Young Responds to Post-Oscars Arrest: 'I Was Sober'".
  21. Tracy, Thomas (August 10, 2018). "'Blade Runner' actress Sean Young sought for questioning in Queens burglary: police". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  22. "Sean Young, 'Blade Runner' actress, wanted for questioning in $12,000 burglary". USA Today. Associated Press. August 10, 2018. Retrieved Aug 10, 2018.
  23. Carlson, Adam (Aug 10, 2018). "Sean Young Claims She Didn't Mean to Take Laptops from Film That Fired Her — as Producers Say No Way". People.
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