Tia Carrere biography
Birth Name: Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo
Date of Birth: January 2, 1967
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tia attended Sacred Hearts Academy, a private
school for girls. Born of a Filipino, Chinese and Spanish background, she
dropped her first dream of becoming a nun and aspired to a singing and
acting career instead.
While paying her bills by modeling, she began entering talent contests,
where she could display her acting and singing ability.
While shopping at a
grocery store, she was noticed by the parents of a film producer who was
looking to cast a girl in the film Aloha Summer (1988). The producer
agreed and she landed the supporting role of Lani Kepoo.
After graduating from high school, she moved to Los Angeles to make her
Carrere began working as a model and commercial actress which led
to her being cast in a number of guest spots on such series as The A-Team
and MacGyver. By 1992, she had gained national prominence as Cassandra, the
guitar-playing, kick-boxing "babe" in the mega-hit, Wayne's World. In the
film, she was given the chance to display her singing ability and recorded a
number of songs for the film soundtrack.
Following Wayne's World and its sequel in 1993, Carrere's career took
flight, with major roles in big budget films like Rising Sun (1993), True
Lies (1994), Jury Duty (1995) and Kull the Conqueror (1997).
In 1999 she landed the lead role in the hit series Relic Hunter playing
history professor and adventure seeker Sydney Fox.
Though much of her time
is spent on the set of Relic Hunter, she did have time to voice the
character of Nani in the animated feature Lilo & Stitch (2002).
Currently living in Los Angeles, Carrere is an avowed dog lover and
supporter of numerous charities, including Planned Parenthood.
Lilo & Stitch (2002) (voice)
Meet Prince Charming (1999)
Merlin: The Return (1999)
Five Aces (1999)
20 Dates (1998)
Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target (1998)
Scar City (1998)
Top of the World (1997)
Kull the Conqueror (1997)
High School High (1996)
Hollow Point (1995)
The Immortals (1995)
My Teacher's Wife (1995)
Jury Duty (1995)
Hostile Intentions (1994)
True Lies (1994)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Rising Sun (1993)
Little Sister (1992)
Wayne's World (1992)
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Fatal Mission (1990)
Instant Karma (1990)
Aloha Summer (1988)
Zombie Nightmare (1986)
Tia Carrere Filmography