Sarah Rose Karr:
• Born in California, USA on 13 November 1984
• Studied at Simon’s Rock College of Bard and New College of Florida, graduating with a Psychology degree in 2009
• Best known for roles in “Kindergarten Cop”, “Beethoven” and “Beethoven’s 2nd”
• Worked as a child actress before studying psychology
• Lives in Northampton and works as a psychologist
Early life, family, educational background
American former child actress Sarah Rose Karr, was born on 13 November 1984, in California, USA, making her a Scorpio.
Sarah Studied at Simon’s Rock College of Bard from August 2001, located in Massachusetts. Sarah then went to the New College of Florida in September 2005, and in 2009, she graduated with a Psychology degree.
She is best known for her roles in “Kindergarten Cop” as Emma, a student taught by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, and as Emily Newton in “Beethoven” and “Beethoven’s 2nd.”
Sarah’s debut role was as a child in the 1988 television movie “Roseanne,” followed in 1990 by “Kindergarten Cop,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Detective John whose mission is to track down a drug dealer named Cullen Crisp; to blend in and not cause suspicion, he goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher. Sarah had a very minor role in the film, but many fans still remember her adorable face. The film was released on the 21st December, just in time for Christmas – this may have helped the film achieve further commercial success, reaching $202 million in box office sales, however, critics weren’t crazed with the movie, it received a 51% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The following year, she had a very brief role as seven-year-old Annie Banks in the film “Father of the Bride,” starring Steve Martin as George Banks, Kieran Culkin as Matty Banks, Diane Keaton as Nina Banks, Martin Short as Franck Eggelhoffer, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks-MacKenzie,. The film follows George and his family when Annie announces her engagement, and George has a difficult time letting go of his daughter and watching her grow up. The movie earned $129 million at the box office, and received a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but more importantly, audiences loved the film, and it’s still much-loved and watched today.
The 1992 iconic film, “Beethoven” follows the Newton family who adopt a dog that they name Beethoven – they chose his name because their daughter, Emily (portrayed by Sarah), would play Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and the dog would get happy every time; the Saint Bernard quickly becomes an important part of their family. Sarah reprised her role in the 1993 sequel; as did the characters who played her parents, Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton and Charles Grodin as George Newton. Emily is the youngest of the Newton children, her older siblings are Ryce who is played by Nicholle Tom, and Ted played by Christopher Castile. The villains in the film, Harvey, and Vernon were portrayed by Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci respectively. Although “Beethoven” achieved commercial success, the film wasn’t loved by critics. Roger Ebert gave it a two-and-a-half-star rating, but admitted, ‘… I concede that the filmmakers secured an admirable dog for the title role, and that Charles Grodin, who is almost always amusing, has what fun can be had playing the grumpy dad.’ The franchise released a total of seven “Beethoven” films, the latest in 2011.
A Saint Bernard actor named Chris portrayed Beethoven in the first two films but sadly passed away before the next five were filmed, so his role was replaced by other ‘actors’. Charles left acting for a few years in the ‘90s to be a political commentator for the show “60 Minutes II,” and a CNBC host. He returned to acting, and guest-appeared in “Law and Order: SVU,” and “Louie,” until his passing in 2021 from bone marrow cancer. Bonnie was 26 years younger than Charles, so her acting career is still going strongly. She has played characters in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Jerry Maguire,” and “Jumanji,” as well as having hosted her talk show, “The Bonnie Hunt Show” from 2008 to 2010. Bonnie also does voice acting, she has lent her talents in “Monsters University,” “Cars,” “Toy Story 3 and 4,” and “Zootopia.”
Nicholle is still acting, and has appeared in “Castle,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Mentalist,” and “Gotham.” Christopher – who played Ted, the middle Newton child – was playing Mark in the ‘90s sitcom, “Step by Step” at the time; the show ended in 1998 and he decided to change the direction of his career. Christopher studied teaching, and is teaching Social Studies at a high school in Downey, California as reported by Closer Weekly. However, according to Nine, he now works at Biola University as a Political Science Professor. In his free time, he plays golf and has even earned his pilot’s license.
Obviously, Oscar-nominee Stanley Tucci has made quite the name for himself in the film industry, his career is going strongly, and he’s appeared in films such as “Easy A,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Hunger Games” series as Caesar Flickerman, and “The Devil Wears Prada” as Nigel opposite Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. He has also released cookbooks, “Taste,” and “Searching for Italy.” In 2017, he was diagnosed with oral cancer, but he only shared his diagnosis with the public three years later, after he underwent treatment. “Beethoven”’s other villainous actor, Oliver has since appeared in “Chicago Med,” “The Good Wife,” and 2011’s “X-Men: First Class.”
In 1992, Sarah also appeared in the television movie, “Homewrecker” as Dana Whitson. 1995 marked her last role – she played Stacie Millard in Disney’s television movie “The Four Diamonds,” which was written by Christopher Millard and directed by Peter Werner. Christopher wrote the symbolic fantasy short story in 1972 when he was 14 and unfortunately shortly after penning the story, he passed away after losing his battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer. The story follows an aspiring knight, Millard, who is fighting to defeat a magical evil queen named Raptenahad who symbolised his cancer, hence the character’s name which was a play on words to sound like his form of cancer. In order to defeat the wicked queen, Millard has to complete four tasks – the namesake of the book. In 1972, his parents, Irma and Charles founded the Four Diamonds Fun which is a childhood cancer organization. The film stars Tom Guiry as Christopher/Squire Millard, Kevin Dunn as Charles/Charles the Mysterious, Jayne Brook as Irma/Hermit of the Lagoon, and Christine Lahti as Dr. Burke/Sorceress Raptenahad.
Since leaving the acting profession, Sarah has been very private – it’s even challenging to find recent photos of her. It can be assumed that she decided to turn in a life of fame to focus on her education as she went on to study towards a psychology degree. She now lives in Northampton where she works as a psychologist. Before living there, she resided in Santa Monica, Virginia, and Maryland. Because of her lack of an online presence, it’s unknown whether she is married, has children, or even pets.
Photo from Beethoven 1st pic.twitter.com/sKPewYrg9C
— Sarah Rose Karr (@KarrSarahRose) March 20, 2014
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- Her birthstone is Citrine and Topaz, her birth flower is Chrysanthemum, and according to her zodiac, her ruling planet is Pluto.
- According to the Chinese zodiac, she was born in the year of the Rat.
- Sarah is a millennial.
- She enjoys reading, traveling, and photography.
Sarah has reddish, light brown hair, and blue-green eyes. Her current weight unknown, but stands 5ft 6ins (168cm) tall.
Net worth and salary
As of October 2022, her net worth is estimated at $700,000, accumulated mostly during her acting career.