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Michelle Meyrink (born September 1, 1962) is a Canadian actress.

Michelle Meyrink
Born (1962-09-01) September 1, 1962 (age 57)
Years active1983–1988 2018-present
Spouse(s)John Dumbrille

Early lifeEdit

Meyrink was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and began acting at an early age.

Acting careerEdit

She performed roles during the 1980s in both television and in feature films, mostly playing roles as offbeat teen girls, and she appeared in many comedy films, including 1983s Valley Girl as Suzi Brent, 1983's The Outsiders as Cherry Valance's best friend Marcia. In 1984 she guest-starred on the television show Family Ties as Mallory's friend (and character Skippy's latest infatuation).

She is best remembered as the female nerd Judy in the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds and as the hyperactive whiz-kid Jordan Cochran in Martha Coolidge's 1985 film Real Genius. Her last Hollywood role was in the 1988 film Permanent Record.[citation needed]

Leaving acting for Zen BuddhismEdit

Meyrink gave up acting as a career in 1989, stating she wanted more out of life than the profession was offering.[1] During this transition period she became interested in the practice of Zen Buddhism. She moved for a time to the Dominican Republic to be near family members living there. Meyrink later returned to her hometown of Vancouver, where in 1996 she met her future husband John Dumbrille at the Zen Centre of Vancouver. Following their wedding, she and John began raising a family of three children.

Meyrink and Dumbrille currently live in Vancouver, BC. Her family was the subject of a 2004 episode of the Canadian television series Quiet Mind which focused on their embrace and practice of Zen Buddhism.

Meyrink started her own acting school named Actorium in Vancouver. It is modeled, in part, after the Loft Studio, which she attended with other Hollywood actors while she worked in Los Angeles.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Outsiders Marcia
1983 Valley Girl Suzi
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Judy
1984 National Lampoon's Joy of Sex Leslie Hindenberg
1984 Family Ties Jane Episode: "Don't Kiss Me, I'm Only the Messenger"
1985 Real Genius Jordan Cochran
1985 One Magic Christmas Betty
1987 Tonight's the Night Steffi TV movie
1987 Nice Girls Don't Explode April Flowers
1988 Permanent Record M.G. (final film role)


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