Toni Collette

An Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage, television and film as well as a secondary career as the lead singer of the band Toni Collette & the Finish. Collette's acting career began in the early 1990s with comedic roles in films such as Spotswood (1992) and Muriel's Wedding (1994), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Following her performances in Emma (1996) and The Boys (1998), Collette achieved international recognition as a result of her Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Lynn Sear in The Sixth Sense (1999). She has appeared in thrillers such as Shaft (2000) and Changing Lanes (2002) and independent comedy films like About a Boy (2002), In Her Shoes (2005) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006). In 2009, she began playing the lead role in the television series United States of Tara, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2010.

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Enough Said (2013)

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Eva is a divorced soon-to-be empty-nester wondering about her next act. Then she meets Marianne, the embodiment of her perfect self. Armed with a restored outlook on being middle-aged and single, Eva decides to take a chance on her new love interest Albert — a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Catherine Keener  •  James Gandolfini  •  Toni Collette

Eva is a divorced soon-to-be empty-nester wondering about her next act. Then she meets Marianne, the embodiment of her perfect self. Armed with a restored outlook on being middle-aged and single, Eva decides to take a chance on her new love interest Albert — a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Catherine Keener  •  James Gandolfini  •  Toni Collette

The Sixth Sense (1999)

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An eight year old boy named Cole Sear, who believes he can see dead people, aids the help of a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  M. Night Shyamalan
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Haley Joel Osment  •  Toni Collette  •  Olivia Williams

An eight year old boy named Cole Sear, who believes he can see dead people, aids the help of a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  M. Night Shyamalan
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Haley Joel Osment  •  Toni Collette  •  Olivia Williams

The Way Way Back (2013)

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Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Faxon  •  Jim Rash
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Toni Collette  •  Allison Janney  •  Sam Rockwell

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Faxon  •  Jim Rash
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Toni Collette  •  Allison Janney  •  Sam Rockwell

About a Boy (2002)

Will Freeman is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms, Will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Weitz  •  Chris Weitz
CAST:  Hugh Grant  •  Nicholas Hoult  •  Toni Collette  •  Rachel Weisz

Will Freeman is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms, Will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Weitz  •  Chris Weitz
CAST:  Hugh Grant  •  Nicholas Hoult  •  Toni Collette  •  Rachel Weisz

Changing Lanes (2002)

A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two complete strangers into vicious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Michell
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kim Staunton  •  Toni Collette

A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two complete strangers into vicious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Michell
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kim Staunton  •  Toni Collette

Connie and Carla (2004)

After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in the Windy City, gal pals Connie and Carla skip town for L.A., where they go way undercover as singers working the city's dinner theater circuit ... as drag queens. Now, it's not enough that they become big hits on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lembeck
CAST:  Nia Vardalos  •  Toni Collette  •  David Duchovny  •  Stephen Spinella

After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in the Windy City, gal pals Connie and Carla skip town for L.A., where they go way undercover as singers working the city's dinner theater circuit ... as drag queens. Now, it's not enough that they become big hits on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lembeck
CAST:  Nia Vardalos  •  Toni Collette  •  David Duchovny  •  Stephen Spinella

Dirty Deeds (2002)

Set in 1960's Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caesar
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Toni Collette  •  John Goodman  •  Sam Neill

Set in 1960's Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caesar
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Toni Collette  •  John Goodman  •  Sam Neill

Emma (1996)

Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people’s affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas McGrath
CAST:  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Toni Collette  •  Denys Hawthorne

Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people’s affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas McGrath
CAST:  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Toni Collette  •  Denys Hawthorne

Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger's quest begins when she escapes from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cathy Randall
CAST:  Danielle Catanzariti  •  Cassandra Jinman  •  Talia Monaghan  •  Yen Yen Stender

This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger's quest begins when she escapes from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cathy Randall
CAST:  Danielle Catanzariti  •  Cassandra Jinman  •  Talia Monaghan  •  Yen Yen Stender

In Her Shoes (2005)

Irresponsible party girl, Maggie is kicked out of her father's and stepmother's home—where she lives for free—and is taken in by her hard-working sister, Philadelphia lawyer, Rose. After Maggie's disruptive ways ruin her sister's love life, Rose turns her out as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Toni Collette  •  Richard Burgi  •  Candice Azzara

Irresponsible party girl, Maggie is kicked out of her father's and stepmother's home—where she lives for free—and is taken in by her hard-working sister, Philadelphia lawyer, Rose. After Maggie's disruptive ways ruin her sister's love life, Rose turns her out as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Toni Collette  •  Richard Burgi  •  Candice Azzara

Japanese Story (2003)

Sandy, a geologist, finds herself stuck on a field trip to the Pilbara desert with a Japanese man she finds inscrutable, annoying and decidedly arrogant. Hiromitsu's view of her is not much better. Things go from bad to worse when they become stranded in one of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sue Brooks
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Gotaro Tsunashima  •  Matthew Dyktynski  •  Lynette Curran

Sandy, a geologist, finds herself stuck on a field trip to the Pilbara desert with a Japanese man she finds inscrutable, annoying and decidedly arrogant. Hiromitsu's view of her is not much better. Things go from bad to worse when they become stranded in one of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sue Brooks
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Gotaro Tsunashima  •  Matthew Dyktynski  •  Lynette Curran

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Dayton  •  Valerie Faris
CAST:  Abigail Breslin  •  Toni Collette  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Paul Dano

A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Dayton  •  Valerie Faris
CAST:  Abigail Breslin  •  Toni Collette  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Paul Dano

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

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A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Bill Hunter  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Sophie Lee

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Bill Hunter  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Sophie Lee

Shaft (2000)

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

Spotswood (1992)

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Joffe
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Alwyn Kurts  •  John Walton

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Joffe
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Alwyn Kurts  •  John Walton

The Boys (1998)

Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day will not end well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Woods
CAST:  David Wenham  •  Toni Collette  •  Lynette Curran  •  John Polson

Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day will not end well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Woods
CAST:  David Wenham  •  Toni Collette  •  Lynette Curran  •  John Polson

The Hours (2002)

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"The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Daldry
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Julianne Moore  •  Meryl Streep  •  Stephen Dillane

"The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Daldry
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Julianne Moore  •  Meryl Streep  •  Stephen Dillane

The Night Listener (2006)

In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan—a young boy—via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrick Stettner
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Robin Williams  •  Joe Morton  •  Bobby Cannavale

In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan—a young boy—via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrick Stettner
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Robin Williams  •  Joe Morton  •  Bobby Cannavale

The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)

It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens, and in the depths of the emerald seas, and upon every grain of sand in the vast deserts, that the world which we see is an outward and visible dream, of an inward and invisible reality .. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Williams
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Vincent Price

It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens, and in the depths of the emerald seas, and upon every grain of sand in the vast deserts, that the world which we see is an outward and visible dream, of an inward and invisible reality .. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Williams
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Vincent Price

Velvet Goldmine (1998)

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Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself forged by the music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Haynes
CAST:  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Christian Bale  •  Toni Collette

Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself forged by the music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Haynes
CAST:  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Christian Bale  •  Toni Collette
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