Melanie Kinnaman

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Melanie Kinnaman
Born (1953-12-18) December 18, 1953 (age 65)
  • Dancer
  • actress

Melanie Kinnaman (born December 18, 1953)[1] is an American dancer, film and stage actress. She is best known for her role as Pam in the 1985 horror film Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, she later co-starred with Eric Roberts in Best of the Best.

Kinnaman has also made guest appearances on television in programs such as Hill Street Blues, The People Next Door and Cheers, she is still acting working on projects for stage, television and film.


Kinnaman was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where she attended Holyoke High School, and later, the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton.[2]

After graduating from high school, Kinnaman relocated to New York City, where she appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, and attempted to obtain roles in soap operas,[3] as well as appearing in commercials,[4] she relocated to Los Angeles in 1982, and eight months later appeared in a thirteen-week run of General Hospital.[3]

In 1984, Kinnaman was cast as a drug-addicted prostitute in Cannon Films's Thunder Alley (1985),[3] she was subsequently cast as the lead heroine, Pam, in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.[5] She was going originally to reprise her role as Pam (who evidently survived in the previous film) in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, but Paramount Pictures changed the concept of the sequel and the character was written out.[6]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978 Saturday Night Live Cheryl Ladd 1 episode
1982 General Hospital Maria Daytime serial
1982 Hill Street Blues Tanya Episode: "Stan the Man"
1985 Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning Pam Roberts Feature film
1985 Thunder Alley Star Feature film
1989 The People Next Door Bridesmaid Episode: "I Do, I Do"
1989 Best of the Best Woman Feature film
1989 Cheers Tanya Episode: "For Real Men Only"
1990 Cop Rock 1 episode
2014 Slasher Fest '85 Jamie Saxon Short film


  1. ^ "Melanie Kinnaman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Dobbs 2014, p. 169.
  3. ^ a b c Dobbs 2014, p. 170.
  4. ^ "TV STORE ONLINE talks with actress Melanie Kinnaman about Friday The 13th: A New Beginning". TV Store Online. September 12, 2013. Archived from the original on March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Dobbs 2014, pp. 169–71.
  6. ^ Farrands, Daniel (dir.) (2013). Crystal Lake Memories: A Complete History of Friday the 13th (Blu-ray)|format= requires |url= (help). Image Entertainment.

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