Tina Caspary

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Tina (or Katrina) Caspary (born December 28, 1970) is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer and dance instructor.[1][2] She had supporting roles in the late 1980s with Can't Buy Me Love and cult film Mac and Me.[3]

Teen actor[edit]

As a child then a teen actor in the mid to late 1980s, Caspary had roles on television and films, while her debut role was as a dancer in the 1982 movie Annie, then she appeared three years later on an episode of the TV series Silver Spoons.

In December 1986, the 15-year-old Caspary played the role of Kelly Bundy in the un-aired pilot episode of the TV series Married... with Children. She was replaced by Christina Applegate.[4]

Caspary's performance in the 1986 TV movie News at Eleven earned her a nomination for a Young Artist Award in the Exceptional Young Actress Starring in a Television Special or Movie of the Week category. Her 1987 role in Can't Buy Me Love earned a second Young Artist nomination, for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy. She earned a third Young Artist Award nomination for her performance in 1988's Mac and Me, a cult film that is regarded as one of the worst films ever made.


Caspary quit acting after two teen roles in 1989's My Mom's a Werewolf and Teen Witch, re-focusing on dance.

She has appeared in music videos by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Reba McEntire, and was a principal dancer on the Academy Awards show for five years, working with Debbie Allen.


Year Title Role Other Notes
1982 Annie Dancer as Tina Maria Caspary
1985 Silver Spoons Amanda Season 4, Episode 9 "A Magnificent Obsession"
1986 News at Eleven Gretchen Kent TV movie
Combat Academy Mary Beth TV movie
The Thanksgiving Promise 1st Girl TV special
1987 Growing Pains Jamie "Choices" (Season 2, Episode 11)
Married... with Children Kelly Bundy 1 episode (unaired pilot)
Can't Buy Me Love[5] Barbara Alternative title: Boy Rents Girl
1988 Totally Minnie Dancer TV special
Mac and Me[6] Courtney as Katrina Caspary
1989 Day by Day Linda 1 episode, as Katrina Caspary
Teen Witch Shawn as Tina Marie Casapary
My Mom's a Werewolf[7] Jennifer Shaber as Katrina Caspary

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1987 Young Artist Awards Nominated Exceptional Young Actress Starring in a Television Special or Movie of the Week News at Eleven
1988 Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Can't Buy Me Love
1989 Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Fantasy Mac and Me


  1. https://www.radixdance.com/faculty/tinacaspary
  2. Hines, Terrance (1990). An Actor Succeeds: Career Management for the Actor. S. French. ISBN 9780573606038. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Cedar Rapids Gazette Archives, Aug 21, 1987, p. 36". Cedar Rapids Gazette. 1987-08-21. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  4. "The Lost Roles of Married… with Children". Vulture. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  5. Maltin, Leonard (2014-09-02). Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide. Penguin. ISBN 9780698183612. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "The Best Bad Movies Of All TimeMac and Me (1988)". Complex. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  7. Harris, J. P. (2002). Time Capsule: Reviews of Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films and TV Shows from 1987-1991. iUniverse. ISBN 9780595213368. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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