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Summer Lyn Glau is an American actress, known for playing River Tam in the science fiction series Firefly and follow-up film Serenity, and for playing Cameron in the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Glau’s first television credit was a guest role as a ballerina on the 2002 episode “Waiting in the Wings” of the television series Angel. There she caught the eye of director Joss Whedon, who later cast her in his critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series Firefly as River Tam, a role she reprised for the show’s feature film sequel, Serenity. Glau previously auditioned for the role as a Pink Ranger on one of the Power Rangers series before meeting Joss Whedon.
Glau appeared on the episode “Love Conquers Al” of the TV series Cold Case. She had a small role in the film Sleepover, in which she played a high school senior named Shelly. She also appeared in the CSI episode “What’s Eating Gilbert Grissom?”, and the second season of The Unit; portraying Crystal Burns, the girlfriend of Jeremy Erhart. In 2006, Glau played Tess Doerner, a paranoid schizophrenic returnee in the second season premiere of The 4400 (episode “Wake-Up Call”), and became a recurring character from season 3 onwards. She also starred in the science fiction film Mammoth. Glau was cast in the ABC Family TV movie The Initiation of Sarah.
In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a series that debuted January 13, 2008, Glau played the role of Cameron Phillips, a Terminator infiltration unit sent back to protect John Connor and Sarah Connor from Skynet. The seventh episode of the series, “The Demon Hand”, included several scenes in which Glau (in character as Cameron) dances ballet. Glau also guest starred as herself in the 2009 episode “The Terminator Decoupling” from the second season of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory.
Summer has also starred in NBC’s The Cape, guest starred on Fox’s Dollhouse Syfy’s Alphas, and the movie Knights of Badassdom.
Glau voiced Kara Zor-El in the DC Comics original animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
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