Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan

Birth name: Jeri Lynn Zimmermann
Born: February 22, 1968
Age: 50
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany
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Biography

Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann; February 22, 1968) is an American actress best known for her role as the Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, for which she was nominated four times for a Saturn Award and won in 2001.

Ryan is also known for her role as Veronica "Ronnie" Cooke on Boston Public (2001-2004). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006-2008). In 2009 she guest starred on the series Leverage as Tara Cole. From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof. In 2016, she began appearing as Veronica Allen on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.

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Early life

Ryan was born in Munich, Germany, the daughter of Gerhard Florian "Jerry" Zimmermann, a master sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker. She has one older brother, Mark. As a "military brat", Ryan grew up on Army posts in Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia and Texas. When she was 11, her father retired from the Army and the family settled in Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986 (as a National Merit Scholar), and then attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

In 1989 Ryan was chosen as Miss Illinois. She competed in the Miss America 1990 pageant, where she finished as 3rd runner-up, also winning a preliminary swimsuit competition.

She graduated from Northwestern in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.

Career

After college, she pursued acting full-time in Los Angeles. She made her acting debut in Who's the Boss?, and followed that with guest-starring roles in television series such as Melrose Place, Matlock, and The Sentinel, as well as such television films as Co-Ed Call Girl.

Her big break came when she won a regular role as the extraterrestrial investigator Juliet Stuart on the television series Dark Skies. The series was cancelled after one season, but the role had drawn the attention of the science-fiction community.

In 1997 Ryan was chosen for a role on the science fiction series Star Trek: Voyager as Seven of Nine, a Borg drone who had been "liberated", or freed, from the Borg's collective consciousness. When she joined the cast in season four, ratings increased 60%. She appeared in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000. After Voyager ended in 2001, Ryan joined the cast of Boston Public in the role of Veronica "Ronnie" Cooke, a frustrated lawyer who becomes a high school teacher. The series' producer, David E. Kelley, wrote the role specifically for her. The series ended in 2004.

Ryan appeared in the romantic comedy film Down with Love and as Lydia in the independent film Men Cry Bullets. Ryan's first film lead was in the indie comedy The Last Man, as the last woman left on Earth.

In 2005 she had a role in a pilot called Commuters, a suburban version of Desperate Housewives. She also had a recurring role as Charlotte Morgan on The O.C. in 2005; and she guest-starred as Courtney Reece on David E. Kelley's Boston Legal in 2006. Ryan then co-starred in the CBS legal drama Shark as Los Angeles County District Attorney Jessica Devlin alongside series lead James Woods, but she did not return for episodes aired after the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, although she was credited in all four episodes. The series did not air between January 27 and April 29, 2008. CBS cancelled the broadcast of the series after its season-two finale, May 20, 2008.

She guest-starred as defense attorney Patrice La Rue on the April 7, 2009, episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, her first role since giving birth to her daughter Gisele. Ryan next won a seven-episode role on the TNT drama Leverage in season 2 as a grifter named Tara Cole, to fill in while series regular Gina Bellman (Sophie) was on maternity leave.

She was in the Kevin Tancharoen-directed short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as Sonya Blade. Although originally a film, it marketed as a web series, with previews scheduled to appear online in June 2010. The web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, officially launched in March 2011.

Ryan was a regular in the medical drama series Body of Proof, which premiered on March 29, 2011.

Ryan has also continued to appear in guest roles on genre television series, including the science-fiction series Warehouse 13 as US Marine Major Amanda Lattimer, ex-wife of the series' male lead character Pete Lattimer, in the episode "Queen for a Day". Ryan made a return guest appearance on the TNT drama Leverage in season 4, episode 13 as the grifter Tara Cole, in the episode entitled "The Girls' Night Out Job", which aired December 11, 2011. She also appeared for a multi-episode arc in Season 1 of the sci-fi series Helix, which first aired in 2014.

Personal life

In 1990, while dealing blackjack at a charity event, the actress met investment banker and future Republican political candidate Jack Ryan. The couple married on June 15, 1991, and had a son, Alex, on August 15, 1994. Throughout the marriage, they took turns commuting between Los Angeles and Chicago for their careers, but divorced on August 27, 1999. Although Ryan mentioned in an interview for Star Trek that the frequent separations had been difficult for the marriage, the reasons for the divorce were kept sealed at their mutual request. A few years after she joined the Voyager cast, Ryan began dating Star Trek: Voyager producer Brannon Braga. Between February and November 2000, they were stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats in May 2001.

When Jack Ryan's campaign for an open United States Senate seat in Illinois began in 2003, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the local ABC affiliate, sought to have his records released. Both Jeri and Jack agreed to make their divorce, but not custody, records public, saying their release could be harmful to their son.

On June 18, 2004, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider agreed to release the custody files. The decision generated much controversy, because it went against both parents' direct request and reversed the decision to seal the papers in the best interest of the child. It was revealed that six years earlier, Jeri had accused Jack Ryan of asking her to perform sexual acts with him in public, and in sex clubs in New York, New Orleans, and Paris. Jeri described one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips, and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling." Jack denied these allegations. Although Jeri only made a brief statement, and she refused to comment on the matter during the campaign, the document disclosure led Jack to withdraw his candidacy; his main opponent, Barack Obama, then won the 2004 United States Senate election in Illinois.

According to statements she has made in interviews, Ryan's avocation is gourmet cooking. While starring in Boston Public, she moonlighted on weekends in the kitchen of the Los Angeles restaurant The House. In 2003, Ryan met French chef Christophe Émé at a chef's charity event. The two eventually began a relationship, and Émé moved in with Ryan and her son Alex in their San Fernando Valley home. In February 2005, Ryan, a "lifelong Francophile", opened—in partnership with Émé—the restaurant Ortolan. Located on Third Street in Los Angeles, California, the restaurant served French food with a modern interpretation. The two have appeared on Iron Chef America, where Émé and one sous-chef challenged Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and his two sous-chefs. The restaurant is seen in season 2, episode 26 of Boston Legal as Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader) are discussing the arrival of Courtney Reece (Jeri Ryan) at "her favorite restaurant". Despite its success, the restaurant closed in December 2010.

Ryan and Émé married in the Loire Valley, France, on June 16, 2007. On March 2, 2008, Ryan gave birth to daughter Gisele Émé in Los Angeles, California.

Notable awards and nominations

  • 1998 Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
  • 1999 Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
  • 1999 Won Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
  • 2000 Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Supporting Actress for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
  • 2001 Won Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role in Star Trek: Voyager

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Nightmare in Columbia County Dawn Elizabeth Smith Television film
Alternate title: Victim of Beauty
1992 Flash III: Deadly Nightshade Felicia Kane Two episodes of the 1990 Flash TV series combined into a two hour movie.
1992 Just Deserts Nicole Television film
1993 In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco Rebecca Television film
1996 Pier 66 Beth Saunders Television film
1999 Men Cry Bullets Lydia
2000 Last Man, TheThe Last Man Sarah
2000 Disney's The Kid Larry King guest
2000 Dracula 2000 Valerie Sharpe Alternate title: Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000
2003 Down with Love Gwendolyn
2005 Commuters, TheThe Commuters Anne Television film
2010 Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Sonya Blade Short Film
2010 Dead Lines Sophie Fyne Television film
2010 Secrets in the Walls Rachel Easton Television film
2016 Against the Wild: Survive the Serengeti Jennifer Croft Television film
2018 The Relic Filming

Television

Year Show Role Notes
1991 Who's the Boss? Pam Episode: "The Unsinkable Tony Micelli"
1991 Flash, TheThe Flash Felicia Kane Episode: "The Deadly Nightshade"
1991 Top of the Heap Tyler Episode: "The Marrying Guy"
1991 Nurses Lisa Episode: "Mother, Jugs, and Zach"
1991 Reasonable Doubts Rachel Beckwith Episode: "Graduation Day"
1993 Jackie Thomas Show, TheThe Jackie Thomas Show Pauline Yardley Episode: "Jackie and the Model"
1993 Matlock: The Fatal Seduction Carrie Locke 2 episodes
1994 Time Trax Lauren Sanders Episode: "Out for Blood"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Maura Episode: "Death n' Denial"
1995 Charlie Grace Claire Episode: "Designer Knock-Off"
1996 Client, TheThe Client Jennifer Episode: "The Morning After"
1996 Melrose Place Valerie Madison 2 episodes
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Melissa Farnes Episode: "Murder by the Book"
1997 Dark Skies Juliet Stewart 8 episodes
1997-2001 Star Trek: Voyager Seven of Nine 102 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
1999 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Alexis Barnes 2 episodes
1999 Dilbert Seven of Nine alarm clock Episode: "The Gift"
2001-2004 Boston Public Ronnie Cooke 59 episodes
2004-2011 Two and a Half Men Sherri 3 episodes
2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Charlotte Morgan 7 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Courtney Reese 2 episodes
2006-2009 Iron Chef America Herself 2 episodes
2006-2008 Shark Jessica Devlin 34 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Patrice Larue 3 episodes
2009-2011 Leverage Tara 8 episodes
2010 Psych Dr. Kim Phoenix Episode: "The Head, the Tail, and the Whole Damn Episode"
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Naomi Halloran Episode: "Boots on the Ground"
2011-2012 Warehouse 13 Major Amanda Lattimer 2 episodes
2011-2013 Body of Proof Kate Murphy 42 episodes
2014 - 2017 Major Crimes Linda Rothman 2 Episodes: "Return to Sender, Part 2";"Quid Pro Quo"
2014 Helix Constance Sutton 2 episodes
2015 NCIS Rebecca Chase Episode: "Check"
2015 Arrow Jessica Danforth Episode: "The Candidate"
2016-17 Bosch Veronica Allen 8 episodes

Web

Year Show Role Notes
2011 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Sonya Blade 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force Seven of Nine Voice role
2014 Star Trek Online Seven of Nine Voice role
Charities

Jeri Ryan supports the following charitable cause: Animals.

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