Annabeth Gish 

“Before I Wake,” a horror film about a young couple who adopt a boy whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps, opens in late September. Directed by Mike Flanagan, the film also stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane. Release date is Sept. 25.

Annabeth Gish, who grew up in Cedar Falls, co-stars as Natalie, the case worker assigned to the Cody, the young boy. A busy actress, Gish has had some stand-out roles in recent years, including Sheriff Jarry on the final season of the hit TV show, “Sons of Anarchy,” and in “The Bridge.” She’s had roles in “Brotherhood,” “Parenthood,” “Betrayal,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “CSI Crime Scene Investigations,” “The X-Files,” “The West Wing,” and others.

A graduate of Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, her first film was “Desert Bloom” with Jon Voight, followed by movies like “Mystic Pizza,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Beautiful Girls” and “Nixon.”

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Gish is married to “X-Files” stunt man Wade Allen, and they have two children.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Gish is not related – even distantly – to the late movie star Lillian Gish. Annabeth once wrote a letter to Lillian Gish, who actually encouraged her to stay away from the business because there was too much talent and not enough work.

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