Sarah Connor (born fall 1965) is the mother of the Resistance, responsible for raising John Connor and teaching him in the ways of war. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. (See Terminator 2: John Connor Chronicles)


  • Sarah Reese ("Pilot")
  • Sarah Baum ("Gnothi Seauton")
  • Sarah Hamilton (The Terminator: The Dark Years, Issue #1)

Films timeline (1965–1984)

Sarah ConnorBorn 1965, Sarah Connor lived a normal life growing up. At the age of 18, she worked as a waitress at Big Jeff's family restaurant and shared a two-story apartment in the Palm District with her roommate Ginger Ventura while studying at college. But everything Sarah had ever known was to change that year in 1984. By the events of The Terminator, Sarah finds herself pursued by a relentless cyborg killer, the Terminator; a Series 800 Model 101 Infiltrator unit (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger), for reasons completely unknown to her. She is rescued from the Terminator by time-traveling soldier Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), who explains that in the future, an artificial intelligence called Skynet will be created by military software developers to make strategic decisions. The program becomes self-aware, seizes control of most of the world's military hardware (including various highly-advanced robots), and launches an all-out attack on human beings. However, a man named John Connor eventually leads the human resistance group Tech-Com to victory, only to discover that in a last-ditch effort, Skynet had researched time travel and sent a robotic killer back in time in an effort to destroy John Connor's family before he can be born. John Connor is Sarah's future son, and Connor sends back a trusted sergeant (Reese - who, unbeknownst to Reese, is John's father) to protect his mother at all costs. During their brief time together, Sarah falls in love with Reese. Reese becomes the only thing protecting her from the Terminator, and her only companion as they flee together. Initially, she is unaware that Reese himself had been in love with her from afar, having been given a picture of her by John Connor, and having always admired her legendary strength and resilience. They share a night of intimacy that results in the conception of John. Their relationship is cut short when Reese dies fighting the Terminator in a Cyberdyne factory; Sarah in turn crushes the Terminator in a hydraulic press. Though Reese's death deeply saddens her, his sincerity and courage inspires Sarah to carry on and develop the necessary skills and abilities that would make her a suitable mentor and teacher to John.

Timeline (1984–1995)

Going into hiding, Sarah gave birth to John on 1985-02-28 and began his training, learning from whoever would teach them. It was not until she attempted to blow up the local offices of some computer corporation, getting herself caught by the police that she was seen again by the authorities. Upon trying to warn of the impending Judgment Day, Sarah was handed over to the custody of Dr. Peter Silberman at the Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where she was diagnosed with acute schizo-affective disorder and institutionalized, her son John being put into foster care.

When Sarah was 29 years old, another Terminator, this time a T-1000, was sent back to eliminate Sarah's ten-year-old son John. With the help of her son, and a reprogrammed 800 series Terminator sent back in time to protect him, Sarah broke out of Pescadero. Trying to prevent Judgment Day, Sarah found out about Skynet's construction by Miles Dyson, and set out to kill him. Although she found herself unable to eliminate him in cold blood, she helped convince Dyson to stop work on Skynet and destroy all his files and the Cyberdyne Systems building. Upon the destruction of Cyberdyne (resulting in Dyson's death) and both Terminators, Sarah took John back into hiding, training him to become a great military leader and tactician.

1995–1997 (Terminator 3 orginal timeline)

Three years later, after training John in the ways of warfare and leadership, and ensuring that Judgment Day did not take place on its original date, Sarah Connor finally died in 1997 from Leukemia, three years after her initial diagnosis in Baja. (Although one interpretation of the timeline would suggest that this means she would have been aware of her condition at the time of T2.) She was cremated in Mexico, and her friends scattered her ashes into the sea. Never believing that they had truly won even at the end, she had her friends store weapons in a coffin in a mausoleum in the Valley of Peace cemetery.

Alternate Timelines

1990s–2007 (Sarah Connor Chronicles timeline)

Sarah and John escape from authorities across the country and end up in New Mexico where Cromartie identifies John and attempts to kill him. Fortunately, he had been tracked down first by Cameron and saved. Sarah, John, and Cameron drive to Los Angeles to find out information about Miles Dyson and are unsuccessful. Cromartie catches up again and Cameron suggests they go to a safety deposit box in a bank. After forcing their way to the vault, they locate pieces of a plasma gun and a time machine, which they use to travel to 2007. While in 2007, Cameron tells Sarah that they traveled to this year to avoid Sarah's death by cancer in 2005.

T2: Infiltrator

Sarah is still alive in 2029 and witnesses the departure of both Kyle Reese and 'Uncle Bob'.

John Connor Chronicles

set in the somewhat original unaltered timeline where Judgment Day now occurs in 2081, Sarah now well over 100 years old. Both Sarah and her son are kept alive through experimental cybernetic proceedures given to them by still existing SuperCorporation Wayland/Utani Corporation. Sarah is quoted as saying "The damm things 1st were trying to kill us now there the only things keeping us alive". After the fall of most of Earths governments the remaining remmants of the UN and NATO turned to the mother of earths only hope to lead the remains of human civilization. So on September 10, 2089 Sarah Conner became ruling member of the now Human Global Alliance.

Behind The Scenes

Sarah Connor was portrayed by Linda Hamilton in the first two Terminator films and now has returned to portray her again for John Connor Chronicles. Lena Headey took over the role for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Sarah's Birth and Death

According to the script for The Terminator (1984)—available on the Special Edition DVD—Sarah was 19 years old. The film was set from May 12th through May 14th of 1984, placing her birth date between 1964-05-11 and 1965-05-15.

In Terminator 2 Sarah's psychologist states that she is 29. The film itself takes place on a summer weekend when John (born 1985-02-28) is age 10 (between 1995-05-27 and 1995-09-02). This places Sarah's birth date between 1965-05-28 and 1966-09-02, making her 17 or 18 during The Terminator.

The tombstone shown in Terminator 3 (2003) reads 1959–1997. The birth year would make her 24 or 25 during The Terminator. Her death was described as from leukemia shortly after the original "Judgment Day" (1997-08-29). The T3 DVD data files give her birth year as 1965.

The alternate ending for Terminator 2 (1991)—available on the Ultimate Edition DVD—shows Sarah alive and well on August 29th, 2029. She is by then a grandmother (and John is a Senator) in a world where Skynet was never able to start its war on humanity.

The Pilot episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, picks up Sarah and John on the run in 1999. Her FBI file lists her age as 33 on 1999-08-24, placing her birth date between 1965-08-25 and 1966-08-24. This would make her 17 or 18 during The Terminator.

In "Gnothi Seauton", Cameron Phillips mentions that Sarah would have died from cancer in 2005, had they not jumped forward in time she wouldn't been able to help fighting Skynet. Cameron also mentions that John Connor sent Cameron back in time to let Sarah jump to 2007. At the end of the episode Sarah is at a doctor's office, where her forged drivers license shows her current alias' birthday as February 4th.

For the sake of comparison, Linda Hamilton was born in September 1956, three years before the earliest date given for Sarah's birth in T3, 1959. Lena Headey was born in October 1973, making her 33 at the time the first season was filmed and the same age Sarah is said to be in 1999.


The television series establishes that Sarah would have died of cancer in 2005 if she hadn't jumped forward to 2007. Therefore, if she does not receive treatment (or a cure) for her condition, she can expect to die sometime in 2013, assuming the time travel or other factors related to the relocation don't affect the progress of the disease. This bears some similarity to the film version of Sarah, who also dies sometime after the predicted 1997 date of Judgment Day.


  • The Terminator (played by Linda Hamilton)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (played by Linda Hamilton)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Mentioned only)
  • Untitled Terminator: Cyborg (played by Chloe Walter)
  • The Terminator: Secondary Objectives (Mentioned only)
  • The Terminator: End Game
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Cybernetic Dawn
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Nuclear Twilight
  • The Terminator: The Dark Years
  • Terminator 2: Infinity (Mentioned only)


  • T2: Infiltrator
  • T2: Rising Storm
  • T2: The Future War



  • Frakes, Randal & Bill Wisher. The Terminator (novelization), page 29. November 1985. ISBN 0-553-25317-4
  • 2.0 2.1 "Skynet Database: Human Central Archive" Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: DVD Special Features (specifies year as 1965). To match the age (29) mentioned in Terminator 2, and the age (33) shown on screen in "Pilot", Sarah would have to be born between 1965-08-25 and 1965-12-31.
  • Technically, she was a busser, and was merely training as a waitress on the day she is shown in the restaurant.

External links/Official bio

Sarah Connor at the Internet Movie Database Also See Sarah Connor on Terminator Wiki

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