Karen Sillas

Karen Sillas

Born: June 5, 1963
Age: 59
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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Karen Sillas (born June 5, 1963) is an American stage and film actress. She graduated from the Acting Conservatory of the State University of New York. She is also a speech coach.

Karen Sillas was born in Brooklyn and graduated from the Acting Conservatory of the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase).



Sillas appeared in Hal Hartley's 1992 film Simple Men. In 1994, she starred in What Happened Was..., which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and launched Sillas into prime-time television. In CBS's critically acclaimed detective series Under Suspicion, Sillas portrayed Rose Phillips, the only female detective in an otherwise male-dominated squad room. She also starred in several miniseries for television, including Peter Benchley's The Beast with William Petersen.

In the 1998-99 prime-time television season, Sillas appeared on two of CBS's most acclaimed series, Touched by an Angel and Promised Land. She also appeared on the hit HBO series The Sopranos as Debbie.

Personal life

Sillas is married to writer Ivan Menchell. They have two daughters, Olivia and Lou.


This article contains a list of works that does not follow the Manual of Style for lists of works (often, though not always, due to being in reverse-chronological order) and may need cleanup. Please improve this article if you can.


  • Ned Rifle (2014) .... Alice Gardner
  • Bad Money (1999) .... Jan Wells
  • Reach the Rock (1998) .... Donna
  • Sour Grapes (1998) .... Joan
  • Female Perversions (1996) .... Renee
  • Flirt (1995) .... Doctor Clint
  • Risk (1994) .... Maya
  • What Happened Was... ... (1994) .... Jackie Marsh
  • Simple Men (1992) .... Kate
  • Liebestraum (1991) .... Nurse #3
  • Trust (1990) .... Nurse Paine
  • The Cartographer's Girlfriend (1987)
  • Kid (1984) .... Patsy


  • Wanted (2005) (TV movie and series) .... Mariah Belichek
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series)
    • "Consumed" (2004) .... Beth Landau
  • The Sopranos (TV series)
    • "Nobody Knows Anything" (1999) .... Debbie
  • Lies He Told (1997) (TV movie) .... Alyson Haywood
  • Night Sins (1997) (TV movie) .... Dr. Hannah Garrison
  • The Beast (1996) (TV movie) .... Lt. Kathryn Marcus
  • Under Suspicion (1994) (TV series) .... Det. Rose Phillips (1994-1995)
  • Law & Order (TV series) .... Cynthia Thomas (1 episode, 1994)
  • Monsters: Bug House (1990) (TV series) .... Ellen

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