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Deborah Van Valkenburgh is a Los Angeles-based Actress, Singer, Artist and Writer working in all manner of media including TV, Film and Theatre across the globe.
Deborah graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a BFA in Painting & Drawing. However, performing has always been an integral facet of her creative repertoire. As a teen in Upstate New York she performed in coffee houses with the folk band Spur Of The Moment and during college she sang locally in a duo popularly known as The Myrtle Avenue Watermelon.
She made her professional debut on Broadway in the revival of HAIR. This was swiftly followed by Deborah’s memorable performance as "Mercy" in Walter Hill’s cult classic The Warriors then 5 years as "Jackie Rush" on the hit TV sitcom Too Close For Comfort.
Extensive Film and Television credits also include Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, The Trials Of Cate McCall (opposite Kate Beckinsale), the award winning short film Broken Hart, Albert Pyun’s Road To Hell (for which Deborah won the 2012 PollyGrind Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress), Walter Hill's Streets Of Fire, William Friedkin's Rampage, Criminal (with John C. Reilly & Diego Luna), Free Enterprise (opposite William Shatner), Mean Guns, Brainsmasher: A Love Story, A Bunny's Tale (starring Kirstie Alley), the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Firestarter 2: Rekindled (with Malcolm McDowell), horror anthology series Monsters, and a mèlange of guest-starring roles on such shows as Touch (with Kiefer Sutherland), Castle, The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, The Unit, Without A Trace, Cold Case, The Shield, ER, Mystery Woman, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Throughout her career, Deborah has appeared on a wide array of stages across the country performing in such notable venues as TOSOS, Geva Theatre Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, San Diego REP, The Old Globe Theatre, South Coast REP, The Blank Theatre Company, The Matrix, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, LATC, Arizona Theatre Company and Portland Center Stage. Acclaimed Productions include Amy and David Sedaris’ The Book Of Liz, Steve Martin’s Picasso At The Lapin Agile, the World Premiere of Ruby’s Bucket O’ Blood, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, Dancing At Lughnasa, Burn This, The Goat, Company, Tamara, The Heidi Chronicles, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and Livin’ Dolls by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Deborah continued her musical escapades in the early 90’s as a featured vocalist for Peter Tork: A Likely Story and acoustic band DB HOUSE at a variety of legendary clubs like The Roxy, At My Place and Coconut Teaszer.
Deborah recently completed work on Shirlyn Wong’s short film Love’s Routine as part of Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions’ Jameson First Shot Screenwriting Competition starring Willem Dafoe. Love’s Routine will premiere online June 2013. For further information go to www.jamesonfirstshot.com.