Debbie Rochon (born November 3, 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian B-movie actress and former stage performer, best known for her work in Troma films.
Rochon’s early life was fraught with tragedy and misfortune. After her parents were deemed unfit to raise her, she was remanded to foster care at the age of 10. Shuttled from one foster home to the next, Rochon ran away to live on her own on the streets.
Alerted to an open casting call by a fellow homeless youth, Rochon attended and, at the age of thirteen, found herself cast as an extra in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains starring Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Ray Winstone. At that point, she realized that acting was going to be her life. By age seventeen, she had saved up enough money to move to New York City. Early on, Rochon worked with numerous off-off Broadway theater companies, performing in over 25 stage productions. She garnered her first printed review in Back Stage which read: “Debbie Rochon acquitted her self well as the cocaloony bird in Tennessee Williams’ The Gnadiges Fraulein”.
Feeling like she had gone as far as she could on the stage, Rochon focused on the cinema and has worked on over one hundred independent features since. The Hubcap Awards founder Joe Bob Briggs crowned Rochon runner-up Best Actress of the year in 1994 for her work on the Canadian-lensed Abducted II: The Reunion. In 1995 she was singled out for her work as the conniving television producer in Broadcast Bombshells winning her the prestigious Barbarella Award.
She was a featured guest player on Foxâ€™s New York Undercover. In 2002 Rochon was crowned Scream Queen of the Decade (1990-1999) by the horror genre publication, Draculina magazine, based on reader voting. She also received Best Psychette Award 2002 (Best Female Psycho in a Movie) for her work in American Nightmare.
She is perhaps best-known for her work with Troma Entertainment. First appearing as “Edna Purlmutter” for the satirical The Troma System, she went on to appear in Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV and multiple episodes of Troma’s Edge TV. In November 2006 Troma released a “Buy and Burn” DVD at EZtakes.com called Debbie Rochon Confidential, featuring never before seen footage from Debbie’s years working with Troma.
Two of her most recent features, The Deepening and Vampyre Tales (appearing in both with genre actor Jim O’Rear) have been made available on DVD.
In 2003, while working on an unreleased film in Tennessee, Rochon suffered an accident with a prop machete which resulted in the near-severing of the four fingers of her right hand. After extensive surgery and physical therapy, she has regained limited use of the hand and continues to sport visible scarring.
In 2004, Rochon won MicroCinemaFest’s “Best Comedy Actress” award for her work in Dr. Horror’s Erotic House of Idiots.
She also co-hosted the 2005 Village Halloween Parade with Dee Snider and fellow scream queens Felissa Rose. The following year, she and Snider began broadcasting Fangoria Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio, a weekly talkshow detailing the latest in horror movie news and reviews. She appears regularly at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors conventions, promoting Fangoria Radio, her films, and most recently Mr. Skin.
2008 will see the world premiere of new horror ventures, including the Michigan-made film DOG, Savaged, The Colour from the Dark, Psychosomatika and Beg. She can also be seen in the After Dark-released film Mulberry Street, directed by Jim Mickle, which had a theatrical run as part of the Horrorfest series in 2007.
Rochon resides in New York City and works for the horror magazines Fangoria and Sirens of Cinema.
She continues to co-produce and co-host Fangoria Radio on Sirius channel 102 every Friday night. Rochon currently focuses on her radio, film and writing work. Completing book based on her early life surviving the streets and experiences in the indie-horror-cult world is one of her top priorities. One of the most highly anticipated of Rochon’s up-coming titles is the Italian-made H.P. Lovecraft-based film Colour From The Dark in which she plays the possessed wife of a farmer during the war-ravaged period 1943.
She appeared in a 2009 documentary Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror.
In 2009, Rochon starred as “Alice” in Slime City Massacre, a follow-up to the cult film Slime City, both directed by Gregory Lamberson. She presented the movie on the Premiere at 2010 Beloit International Film Festival on 18 February 2010.
Rochon appeared as herself in the 2008 novel Bad Moon Rising by Jonathan Maberry. She is one of several real-world horror celebrities who are in the fictional town of Pine Deep when monsters attack. Other celebrities include Tom Savini, Jim O’Rear, Brinke Stevens, Ken Foree, Stephen Susco, Joe Bob Briggs, James Gunn and blues man Mem Shannon. Rochon portrayed Madam Won Ton in the horror comedy film Won Ton Baby!, she stars in the James Morgart film alongside Gunnar Hansen which is set for release in 2011.
On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 it was discussed on the Howard Stern Show that Debbie appears in a new feature film by Sean Pomper Productions, “Killer Hoo Ha.” Howard confirmed that Sal the Stockbroker and Richard Christy both have roles in the film. On Friday, December 11, 2009 Brimstone and producer Sean Pomper were guests on Rochon’s Fangoria Radio show and discussed the film. The cast of the film includes Brimstone, Gina Lynn, Lloyd Kaufman, Leilene Ondrade, and Erik Chopin. Sean Pomper announced that Killer Hoo Ha will be a horror trilogy.