Lea Thompson has accomplished a forty year career in the arts that encompasses film, television, and theatre. She is best known as Michael J Fox’s mom in Steven Spielberg's BACK TO THE FUTURE I, II, and III; as the title character in the syndicated series CAROLINE IN THE CITY, for which she won TV Guide and People’s Choice Awards; and as Kathryn Kennish in five seasons of the ground breaking Peabody Award winning series, SWITCHED AT BIRTH. Lea will next be seen in the indie film THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN, WHO WE ARE NOW, LITTLE WOMEN, and Netflix’s SIERRA BURGESS IS A LOSER.
Lea is very proud of her feature film directorial debut, THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN, starring her two daughters Madelyn and Zoey Deutch. Along with starring in this family project, Madelyn also wrote and scored the film, which Lea described to Variety as “a personal peek into the life, language, and love of the Millennial Woman.” The film is set to premiere on June 15th in select cities and was an Official Selection of the 2017 LA Film Festival. Lea has been directing television for over 12 years including two JANE DOE telefilms, the 100th episode of SWITCHED AT BIRTH, ABC’s AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, the 100th episode of ABC’s THE GOLDBERGS, and CBS’s award winning, MOM.
A native of Minnesota, Thompson began her career as a professional ballet dancer and performed in more than 45 ballets with the Minnesota Dance Theatre. Her first taste of professional theatre was with the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, starring in “The Little Mermaid.” After apprenticing with the Pennsylvania Ballet, she moved to New York at age 20 to pursue an acting career. She was first featured in JAWS 3-D with Dennis Quaid, followed by a starring role opposite Tom Cruise in ALL THE RIGHT MOVES, and John Milius’ RED DAWN. Her film career took off after that with her many incarnations of Lorraine McFly in the BTTF films, and George Lucas’s infamous HOWARD THE DUCK. She met her future husband when he directed her in the John Hughes’ film, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. Other memorable films include ARTICLE 99, CASUAL SEX?, DENNIS THE MENACE, THE WIZARD OF LONELINESS, SPACE CAMP, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE LITTLE RASCALS, THE UNKNOWN CYCLIST, MAYOR CUPCAKE (which featured her two daughters as well), SPLINTERHEADS with Thomas Middleditch, LEFT BEHIND as Nicolas Cage's wife, THE DOG LOVER, LITERALLY RIGHT BEFORE AARON, THIN ICE with Greg Kinnear, THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH with John Shea, Clint Eastwood’s J. EDGAR, and PING PONG SUMMER (Sundance) with Susan Sarandon.
Always up for an adventure, Lea won episodes of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, CUPCAKE WARS, and FAMILY FEUD, and danced her way through nine weeks in Season 19 of DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC.
Theatre highlights include BUS STOP, Tony Kushner’s THE ILLUSION, LONG TIME COMING, CHARLIE BACON’S FAMILY, THE TRIP BACK DOWN, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, I LOVE MY WIFE, and CAROLINE IN JERSEY. Her personal favorite will always be as Sally Bowles in both the National Tour and the Broadway Studio 54 production of Sam Mendes’ revival of CABARET.
Lea can often be seen performing for charity functions around Los Angeles, including cancer research’s What A Pair, the Alzheimer’s Association, the WeSpark Foundation to name a few, and is a big supporter of The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 29 years, film/television director Howard Deutch, their two very talented daughters, Madelyn and Zoey Deutch, and a menagerie of dogs, a cat, a parrot, loads of fish and chickens, a bunny and several horses.
THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN Synopsis
Izzy Klein has (barely) graduated from college, broken up (sorta) with her boyfriend, and is stranded in New York City with a bad case of pre-real-world millennial-itis. Unsure of what the next step is, her movie star little sister Sabrina convinces her to move back home to Los Angeles and into her shared apartment with movie star boyfriend Sebastian, where they can keep an eye on rudderless Izzy. Emotionally unable to deal with the loss of her father, and slightly distracted by her mother Deb's newfound love affair with loopy yogi Amythyst, Izzy funnels her energy into dating a colorful bouquet of five complicated and spectacular men: Aaron, Ross, Logan, Mikey, and Charlie, over the course of the next year. Coping just barely with the help of her trusty notebook, she falls in and out of some not so romantic romances, and figures out that when it totally feels like the end of your story, it's often just the beginning.