Kathleen Wilhoite is a talented actress who has had a long and successful career in the entertainment industry. Born on June 29th 1964, in Santa Barbara, California, Wilhoite began singing in her church choir from the first grade. Two years later, she was performing on stage, as part of a back-up choir, with The Carpenters, at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. She continued her interest in music by studying piano and songwriting and appeared in her high school’s theater productions, such as “The House of Blue Leaves”. Kathleen wrote and sang as one of the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls”, a harmony group inspired by The Andrews Sisters. She also became the youngest member of the Santa Barbara Songwriters Guild at the age of 16 years old.
Wilhoite’s film debut came in 1983 in the film Private School and roles followed on the big and small screen in Quarterback Princess, After MASH, Family Ties, Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac, Single Bars-Single Women, Cagney and Lacey, Murphy’s Law, Fame, Witchboard, Angel Heart, Under Cover, and Dream Demon. In 1989 Wilhoite undertook a role that got to show off her acting and musical talents when she played Carrie in Road House opposite Patrick Swayze. Around this time she also auditioned for the part of Phoebe on Friends!
Further roles included appearing in Twin Peaks, Quantum Leap, Fire in the Sky, L.A. Law, Wet, Perversions of Science, Breast Men, Ally McBeal, Pay It Forward, Pepper Ann, Touched By An Angel, 24, Family Guy, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as Chloe Lewis in the hit medical drama ER.
As the new millennium rolled in Wilhoite continues to create memorable role in a number of shows and movies including Third Watch, Quicksand, Boom Town, Judging Amy, Willa and Grace, The Division, The 4400, Charmed, Ghost Whisperer, The Cleaner, Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, The Glades, Jane The Virgin, The Oa, Yellowstone, and CSI: Vegas.
In addition to her acting career Wilhoite Has released two albums, Pitch Like a Girl (1997) and Shiva (2000). Her songs have featured in such films as Murphy’s Law (1986), Roadhouse (1989), Valerie Flake (1999), East of A (2000), and Touched by an Angel (2000), as well as on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Wilhoite also wrote and performed an autobiographical one-woman show, “Stop Yellin’,” directed by Kathy Najimy, in which she sings her own music and performs monologues.
“Performers are a certain breed of the species and that’s what I am. Whether it’s singing or acting, that’s what I do.”
Despite her success, Wilhoite remains a humble and dedicated actress, and she has never lost her passion for her craft. She continues to take on new challenges, and is always pushing herself to explore new creative avenues. She is a true talent in the entertainment industry, and her long and successful career is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and passion for her craft. Whether she’s acting, singing, or composing, Wilhoite continues to inspire and captivate audiences with her work, and she remains a beloved and respected figure in the entertainment world and a true hero of cult.
Pamela Susan Shoop