Pauley Perrette (born March 27,
1969) is an American actress, known for playing Abby Sciuto on NCIS. She
is also a published writer and civil rights advocate.
Perrette was born in New Orleans and raised all over the southern United
States. She told Craig Ferguson, on The Late Late Show, that she has lived
in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York,
New Jersey, and California.
Perrette has worked for years in television and film, mostly doing
commercials, voice-overs, music videos and short films, and worked as a
bartender in New York City. In 2001, as a recurring character introduced
in Season 2 of Special Unit 2, she played Alice Cramer, the Unit's public
relations person. She then landed her current role, playing Abby Sciuto,
an eccentric forensic scientist, on NCIS, a TV series based on the Naval
Criminal Investigative Service. Perrette's initial appearances as the
character were on two episodes of JAG aired in spring of 2003 that served
as a backdoor pilot and introduced the characters. She has since appeared
as Abby in two 2009 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.
She also appeared as a waitress at Cafe Nervosa in Frasier during season
4, and later guest starred in Season One of 24. She has made appearances
in several films, including The Ring and Almost Famous.
In addition to acting, Perrette is a published poet, writer, photographer,
and spoken-word artist, a lover of music of all kinds, and a passionate
advocate for civil rights. In 2007, she produced a documentary about U.S.
civil rights attorney and author Mark Lane.
In an interview with Craig Ferguson, who is the host of The Late, Late
Show, she said she has a lifelong crime obsession. She was an undergrad
student in sociology, psychology, and criminal science. She started her
master's degree in criminal science before ending up in the entertainment
industry. She now plays a forensic scientist, her former career goal.
Perrette recorded her song, "Fear" (co-written with Tom Polce) under the
name "Stop Making Friends". The song was recorded for NCIS: The Official
TV Soundtrack which was released on February 10, 2009. "Fear" was featured
in a Season 6 episode of NCIS, according to the soundtrack's website.
Prior to this, Perrette was the lead singer in the Los Angeles-based all
female band Lo-Ball using the stage name Pauley P. A song by Lo-Ball,
"Can't Get Me Down", can be heard during the movie Legally Blonde.
Perrette appeared in the "The Unnamed Feeling" video for heavy metal band
Metallica from their album St. Anger.
Perrette supports many charitable organizations, including animal rescue,
the American Red Cross, civil rights, and gay rights. Pauley and her long
term boyfriend, Michael Bosman, held their wedding in Hollywood on
Valentine's Day, 2009. The event benefitted charities, such as Project
Angel Food. She was married for three years to actor and musician Coyote
Shivers. She has been granted restraining orders against him since leaving
Perrette toured the real NCIS offices on September 30, 2005, accompanied
by an Entertainment Tonight camera crew. During the tour, NCIS Regional
Forensic Lab director Dawn Sorenson (Abby's real life counterpart) told
Perrette, "You make us all look good, so we're grateful."
Perrette worked with America's Most Wanted in February 2004 to present the
city of Prattville, Alabama with a check for $10,000, which will be used
to supplement the reward offer for information leading to the arrest of
the person who killed Shannon Paulk. Paulk was from Prattville, Alabama,
near where Perrette had once lived as a child. Perrette also donated
$10,000 to Detroit law enforcement officials to be used as a reward for
information regarding the disappearance/murder of Raven Jeffries, a
7-year-old Detroit girl. (Perrette's husband was from Detroit.) The story
originally aired on America's Most Wanted on September 8, 2007 on Fox.
During the fall of 2008, Perrette opposed the California referendum item
Proposition 8, writing a public letter urging Californians to vote against
the measure. She is a member of the Hollywood United Methodist Church.
Perrette does not use any social networking sites like MySpace or Twitter.
Profiles on such sites are impersonators.
I Am Bad (2009) .... Mom
"Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" .... Abby Sciuto
(153 episodes, 2003-2010)
... aka NCIS (USA: short title)
... aka NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (USA: new title)
- Jack Knife (2010) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
- Masquerade (2010) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
- Jet Lag (2010) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
- Flesh and Blood (2010) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
- Ignition (2010) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
Satan Hates You (2009) .... Marie Flowers
"NCIS: Los Angeles" .... Abby Sciuto (2 episodes, 2009)
- Random on Purpose (2009) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
- Killshot (2009) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
To Comfort You (2009) .... Theresa
Potheads: The Movie (2005) .... LuLu
A Moment of Grace (2004) .... Dr. Grace Peters
Cut and Run (2004) .... Jolene
Brother Bear (2003) (voice) .... Female Lover Bear
... aka Tierra de osos (USA: Spanish title)
Ash Tuesday (2003) .... Gina Mascara
... aka Beyond the Ashes (USA: video title)
"JAG" .... Abby Sciuto (2 episodes, 2003)
... aka JAG: Judge Advocate General (Australia)
- Meltdown (2003) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
- Ice Queen (2003) TV episode .... Abby Sciuto
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" .... Candeece / ... (1 episode,
... aka CSI: Las Vegas (South Africa: English title: informal
alternative title) (USA: syndication title)
... aka C.S.I. (USA: short title)
... aka CSI: Weekends (USA: promotional title)
... aka Les experts (Canada: French title)
- Lady Heather's Box (2003) TV episode .... Candeece/Pink Hair
"Haunted" .... Nadine (1 episode, 2002)
- Fidelity (2002) TV episode .... Nadine
Hungry Hearts (2002) .... Cokie Conner
The Ring (2002/I) .... Beth
... aka Za ringu (Japan)
Red Skies (2002) (TV) .... Patty Peirson
"24" .... Tanya (2 episodes, 2002)
- 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (2002) TV episode .... Tanya
- 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (2002) TV episode .... Tanya
"Special Unit 2" .... Alice Cramer (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
... aka SU2 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- The Straw (2002) TV episode .... Alice Cramer
- The Eve (2001) TV episode .... Alice Cramer
- The Invisible (2001) TV episode .... Alice Cramer
- The Grain (2001) TV episode .... Alice Cramer
"Dawson's Creek" .... Rachel Weir, Ph.D. (2 episodes, 2001)
- Hotel New Hampshire (2001) TV episode .... Rachel Weir, Ph.D.
- Text, Lies and Videotape (2001) TV episode .... Rachel Weir, Ph.D.
"Philly" .... Angela (1 episode, 2001)
- Light My Fire (2001) TV episode .... Angela
"Dead Last" .... Erica (1 episode, 2001)
- Death Is in the Air (2001) TV episode .... Erica
"Time of Your Life" .... Cecilia Wiznarski (19 episodes, 1999-2001)
- The Time She Saved the Day (2001) TV episode .... Cecilia
- The Time She Found Her Father (2001) TV episode .... Cecilia
- The Time They Got Busy (2001) TV episode .... Cecilia Wiznarski
- The Time They Found a Solution (2000) TV episode .... Cecilia
- The Time She Made a Temporary Decision (2000) TV episode ....
My First Mister (2001) .... Bebe
... aka Mein erster richtiger Freund (Germany: TV title)
"Smash" (2001) TV series .... Charley (unknown episodes)
Almost Famous (2000) .... Alice Wisdom
... aka Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut (USA: director's cut
Civility (2000) .... Carolyn
... aka Malicious Intent (USA: video title)
Batman Beyond: The Movie (1999) (TV) (voice) .... Police Officer
"Veronica's Closet" .... Nicole (1 episode, 1999)
- Veronica's Little Ruse (1999) TV episode .... Nicole
"Jesse" .... Gwen (3 episodes, 1999)
- Crazy White Female (1999) TV episode .... Gwen
- Hickory, Dickory, Death (1999) TV episode .... Gwen
- The Mischevous Elf (1999) TV episode .... Gwen
"Batman Beyond" .... Cop (1 episode, 1999)
... aka Batman of the Future (Europe: English title) (UK)
- Golem (1999) TV episode (voice) .... Cop
"The Drew Carey Show" .... Darcy (4 episodes, 1998)
- Sexual Perversity in Cleveland (1998) TV episode .... Darcy
- Drew Between the Rock and a Hard Place (1998) TV episode ....
- Golden Boy (1998) TV episode .... Darcy
- In Ramada Da Vida (1998) TV episode .... Darcy
"The Naked Truth" .... Ilana (1 episode, 1998)
... aka Wilde Again
- The Seer and the Sucker (1998) TV episode .... Ilana
"That's Life" (1998) TV series .... Lisa (unknown episodes)
Hand on the Pump (1998) .... Hi-Girl
Blade Runner (1997) (VG) (voice) (as Pauley P) .... Lucy Devlin
The Price of Kissing (1997) (as Pauley P.) .... Renee
"Frasier" .... Rebecca / ... (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
- Three Dates and a Breakup (1997) TV episode (as Pauley P.) ....
- The Impossible Dream (1996) TV episode (as Pauley P.) .... Rebecca
"Early Edition" .... Theresa Laparko (1 episode, 1997)
- Mob Wife (1997) TV episode (as Pauley P) .... Theresa Laparko
"Murder One" .... Gwen (10 episodes, 1996-1997)
- Chapter Eleven, Year Two (1997) TV episode (as Pauley P.) ....
- Chapter Ten, Year Two (1997) TV episode (as Pauley P.) .... Gwen
- Chapter Nine, Year Two (1997) TV episode (as Pauley P.) .... Gwen
- Chapter Eight, Year Two (1996) TV episode (as Pauley P.) .... Gwen
- Chapter Seven, Year Two (1996) TV episode (as Pauley P.) .... Gwen
"Moloney" .... Samantha (1 episode, 1996)
- Pilot (1996) TV episode .... Samantha
"ABC Afterschool Specials" .... Shannon (1 episode, 1994)
- Magical Make-Over (1994) TV episode .... Shannon