Who is Katharine Towne?

Katharine Towne is an American actress who is perhaps still best known for starring in movies such as “She’s All That” (1999), “What Lies Beneath” (2000), as well as the 2001 Oscar-nominated thriller movie “Mulholland Drive”. Additionally, she is widely recognized as a former spouse of English actor Charlie Hunnam.

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Early Life and Family

Katharine Payne Towne was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on the 17th July 1978, in Los Angeles, California, the only child in the family of the Oscar-winning screenplay writer and producer Robert Towne and actress Julie Payne; she is of American nationality and white ethnicity.

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Additionally, Katharine is a grandchild of the Oscar-nominated actress Anne Shirley, and actor and producer John Payne. With such a strong connection to the movie-making industry, it is no wonder that she became a successful actress herself.

Famous Parents

Robert Bertram Schwartz, known as Robert Towne, was born on the 23rd November 1934, in Los Angeles, California, to Lou and Helen Schwartz. He graduated from Pomona College, then into the movie-making industry Robert dived in 1960, when he wrote the scenario for the Sci-Fi movie “Last Woman on Earth”. He then honed his skills by working on popular TV series such as “The Outer Limits”, “Breaking Point” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”.

The real breakthrough in his career occurred in 1974 when he wrote the screenplay for Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning masterpiece – the neo-noir mystery thriller movie “Chinatown”. For this venture, Towne was rewarded with several prestigious accolades such as an Oscar, Golden Globe as well as BAFTA Awards. In 1976 he earned an Oscar nomination for the comedy drama movie “Shampoo”, while in 1985 he earned another nomination, this time for his works on the adventure film “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes”.

Additionally, Towne is also widely recognized for his writing credits for popular movies such as the Oscar-nominated crime drama film “Tequila Sunrise” (1988), Oscar-nominated sport action movie “Days of Thunder” (1990), two-time Oscar-nominated thriller movie “The Firm”, as well as the first two sequels from the “Mission Impossible” film franchise.

Julie Anne Payne was born on the 10th July 1940, in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Hollywood’s Golden Age legends, Anne Shirley and John Payne. She made her acting debut in 1959 and quickly gained popularity for appearing in TV series such as “One Step Beyond” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”.

She came to prominence during the 1960s when she starred in movies such as the Oscar-nominated thriller “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962), Golden Globe-winning drama “Island of the Blue Dolphins” (1964), as well as in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV series “The Wild Wild West”. Julie passed away at the age of 78 on the 7th June 2019, due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Acting Career

Katharine debuted into the world of acting at the age of 20, when in 1998 she appeared in the musical comedy film “Girl”, followed by an appearance in her father’s 1998 Golden Globe-nominated biographical sport drama film about famous American long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine, entitled “Without Limits”.

Katharine Towne

The following year of 1999 was quite busy for Katharine, as she made appearances in an episode of the popular TV fantasy series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as well as in several critically praised movies such as “She’s All That”, “Go”, “But I’m a Cheerleader” and “The Bachelor”. However, to greater prominence she came in late 1999, when she was cast for the role of Cynthia in David Lynch’s TV mystery drama thriller movie “Mulholland Dr.” starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts.

With her career on the rise, in 2000 she was cast for the recurring role of Riley Veatch in the TV comedy series “M.Y.O.B.”, followed by a guest appearance in the thriller movie “The In Crowd”.

Towne then appeared opposite Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer in the fantasy horror movie “What Lies Beneath”, before in 2001 reprisingd her role of Cynthia in the Oscar-nominated two-and-a-half-hour-long big screen version of the TV movie “Mulholland Dr.”, entitled “Mulholland Drive”. Later that year, she appeared alongside Julianne Moore and David Duchovny in the Sci-Fi comedy movie “Evolution”, then in the romantic comedy film “The Anarchist Cookbook”.

In 2003 Katharine landed the main role in the critically booed horror film “LD 50 Lethal Dose”, after which she appeared in the 2005 comedy movie “Barry Dingle”.

In 2006 she was in the critically praised romance comedy drama film “Something New”, after which she starred in the 2006 drama movie “Looking for Sunday”. Towne appeared opposite Will Ferrell and John Heder in the 1997 highly-rated sport comedy movie “Blades of Glory”, after which she was cast for the recurring role of Mason in the TV romantic drama series “Tell Me You Love Me”.

In 2009 Towne appeared in the drama film “To Love”, then in 2011 in an episode of “CSI: NY” TV series, and in the mystery thriller movie “Blur”. Her latest on-screen engagement occurred in 2012, opposite Mischa Barton and Ben Banks in the romantic comedy movie “Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks”.

Personal Life

Katharine first met Charlie Hunnam in 1999, at auditions for the “Dawson’s Creek” TV series. After knowing each other for just three weeks, the couple decided to tie the knot, and their wedding ceremony took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the 25th July 1999. The two barely-legal adults exchanged their vows in front of the Reverend RJ Cotton at the Silver Bell Wedding Chapel at 2am. After ‘three terrible, painful expensive years‘ years, perhaps unsurprisingly the couple divorced in 2002.

Ex-husband Charlie Hunnam

Charles Matthew ‘Charlie‘ Hunnam was born on the 10th April 1980, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, the younger of two sons of William Hunnam and Jane Bell. Although being expelled for bad behavior from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Charlie later graduated from Cumbria College of Art and Design, majoring in film theory and the history of film.

Charlie Hunnam

After debuting as an actor in the mid-1990s, his first major engagement occurred in 1999 when he was cast for the recurring role of Nathan Maloney in the TV series “Queer as Folk”. He then made a streak of memorable appearances in critically praised movies such as the 2002 Golden Globe-nominated film “Nicholas Nickleby”, the 2003 Oscar-winning historic drama movie “Cold Mountain”, as well as the 2005 sports crime drama film “Green Street Hooligans” and the Oscar-nominated drama thriller “Children of Men” in 2006.

The real breakthrough in Charlie’s acting career occurred in 2008 when he landed the role of Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller – the leader of the notorious bike gang in the TV crime drama series “Sons of Anarchy“, appearing in over 90 episodes before the show was called off in 2014.

In 2016 he was cast for the main role of Major Percival Fawcett in the historical drama film “The Lost City of Z”. Into the limelight he stepped again in 2017, when he starred as King Arthur in Guy Ritchie’s movie “King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword”. Hunnam’s most recent big screen engagement includes appearance in Ritchie’s 2019 action crime comedy film “The Gentlemen”.

Net Worth

It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total of Katharine Towne‘s net worth, speaking as of mid-2020, exceeds the sum of $2 million. It has all been acquired through her on-screen acting career for over 14 years, between 1998 and 2012.

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