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Kathleen York

With her dark sandy vocals and haunting melodies, Kathleen 'Bird' York is probably best known  internationally for her Academy Award-nominated song – In The Deep – for the Oscar-winning film "Crash". With an understated delivery, the song wrapped a memorable aural blanket around the film's pivotal ending sequence. Her song Have No Fear delivered a similar emotional punch under the searing reveal in the Will Smith drama "Seven Pounds".
Respected music guru Nic Harcourt calls Bird, "a songwriter of extraordinary depth with a voice to match."  Music Biz magazine referred to her brand of moody groove as "torch trip hop". A songwriter since her early teens, Bird started her own label  releasing two critically acclaimed cds, the self titled Bird York and Wicked Little High (formerly distributed by EMI now by Bird's own Bird In The Hand Music). Her new cd "Go With It" is expected out in late 2017.
Production collaborations include Grammy award winning mixer-engineer Thom Russo (Audioslave, Macy Gray, Juanez) and Grammy Award winning producer Larry Klein (Madelaine Peyroux, Herbie Hancock). On her new release, GO WITH IT,  Bird partnered with "Dexter" composer Dan Licht and artist-composer Duane Niellson. "This is a funkier record-- less late night soul searching,  a little more ‘shake that ass'".

In addition to Crash and Seven Pounds, York's music has been featured prominently on dozens of television shows and film. Among them: American Idol, House (FOX), CSI:NY,  Army Wives, So You Think You Can Dance, Warehouse 13, Nip /Tuck (FX) In Justice (ABC), Everwood (WB), Stand Off, an entire season of Paul Haggis' CBS series Family Law. Film's include  Newline's Happy Campers , the John Cusack produced indie Never Get Outta The Boat, Magnolia Pictures Dumbstruck and the upcoming indie After The Fall. Promo campaigns include HSBC Bank, Lifetime season promos, CBS daytime promos.
   In tandem with her music career, York has worked extensively as an actor and  screenwriter. Acting highlights include starring roles in films opposite Diane Keaton, Tom Waits, Tom Cavanaugh, Dennis Hopper -- cameos in Crash and Curb Your Enthusiasm -- her recurring role on The West Wing and the lead role as a young Naomi Judd in the NBC miniseries Love Can Build A Bridge.
As a screenwriter she has written projects for Sony, Warner Brothers. Paramount, Fox Television Studios and Fox Broadcasting Company.

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Cast Credits

All Rise (2019)
Guest starring as Valerie Moore
In the Dark (2019)
Starring as Joy Mason (6 episodes)
Guest starring as Joy Mason (8 episodes)
Outcast (2016)
Guest starring as Jeanne (2 episodes)
Chicago Med (2015)
Guest starring as Roxanne
Code Black (2015)
Guest starring as Vicky
Jane the Virgin (2014)
Guest starring as Angelique Harper (2 episodes)
How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
Guest starring as Judge Martha Vitkay (5 episodes)
Sleepy Hollow (2013)
Guest starring as Mrs. Hudson
Major Crimes (2012)
Guest starring as Janice Clark
Longmire (2012)
Guest starring as Penny VanBlarcom
The Client List (2012)
Starring as Jolene (8 episodes)
Revenge (2011)
Guest starring as Sheila Lurie
  • Episode 3x04: Mercy (Oct 20, 2013)
Chase (2010)
Guest starring as Ellen Mays
The Glades (2010)
Guest starring as Dr. Britney Newhall
Castle (2009)
Guest starring as Kat Kingsley
True Blood (2008)
Guest starring as Madeline Kapneck
  • Episode 7x06: Karma (Jul 27, 2014)
Shark (2006)
Guest starring as Jillian Parks
Bones (2005)
Guest starring as Marianne Thorn
House (2004)
Guest starring as Dr. Schaffer
Desperate Housewives (2004)
Guest starring as Monique Polier (3 episodes)
CSI: NY (2004)
Guest starring as Krista DiBello
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Stephanie Flynn
  • Episode 5x03: Ex-File (Oct 9, 2007)
The O.C. (2003)
Guest starring as Renee Wheeler (4 episodes)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as A.D.A. Hardt
Malcolm in the Middle (2000)
Guest starring as Ellie Johnson
  • Episode 7x13: Mono (Feb 12, 2006)
Vengeance Unlimited (1998)
Starring as K.C. Griffin (16 episodes)
The Practice (1997)
Guest starring as Sharon
Murder One (1995)
Guest starring as D.D.A. Cheryl Dreyfuss (3 episodes)
The John Larroquette Show (1993)
Guest starring as Lisa
Tales from the Crypt (1989)
Guest starring as Coralee
Aaron's Way (1988)
Starring as Susannah Lo Verde (14 episodes)
Dallas (1978)
Guest starring as Little Betty (10 episodes)
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as Kathleen York
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