Jeri Ryan - Biography
Jeri Lynn Ryan (born February 22,
1968) is a German-born American actress, best known for her role as the
ex-Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, as Tara Cole on Leverage, and
as Ronnie Cooke on Boston Public. She was also a regular on the science
fiction show Dark Skies and the legal drama series Shark.
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
eleven, her father retired from the Army and the family settled in
Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from 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 Miss Illinois. She was the third runner-up in the
1990 Miss America Pageant, winning the preliminary swimsuit competition.
She graduated from Northwestern in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
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 TV shows like Melrose Place, Matlock, and The Sentinel as well as
TV movies such as Co-Ed Call Girl.
Her big break came when she won a regular role as an extraterrestrial
investigator named Juliet Stuart on the TV show Dark Skies. The show was
cancelled after one season, but the role had drawn the attention of the
In 1997 came her biggest role to date. Ryan was cast to play Seven of
Nine, a Borg drone freed from the collective on the science fiction series
Star Trek: Voyager. After Voyager ended in 2001, Ryan joined the cast of
Boston Public in the role of Ronnie Cooke, a frustrated lawyer who quits
to become a high school teacher. The show's producer, David E. Kelley,
wrote the role specifically for her. The show ended in 2004.
Ryan has recently appeared in films, such as Down With Love. Ryan also
played Lydia in the independent film Men Cry Bullets. Jeri then starred in
her first film lead in the indie comedy The Last Man, playing the last
woman on Earth, released by Lion's Gate.
She also had a recurring role as Charlotte Morgan on The O.C. in the
autumn (U.S. September through December) of 2005 and guest-starred on
David E. Kelley's Boston Legal in 2006. Ryan starred in the CBS legal
drama Shark, playing Los Angeles District Attorney Jessica Devlin opposite
James Woods, but did not return for episodes aired after the WGA strike.
CBS cancelled the broadcast of the series.
She debuted 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.
On June 26, 2009, it was announced that Jeri Ryan would play a recurring
role on the TNT drama Leverage, which began its second season in July
2009. She plays Tara, a con woman whom Sophie (Gina Bellman) calls on for
In 1990, while dealing blackjack at a charity event, Jeri 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, Ryan and her husband took turns commuting between
Los Angeles and Chicago for their careers, but finally 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.
Jeri Ryan had at one point dated Star Trek: Voyager producer Brannon
Braga. Between February and November 2000 the two of them were stalked by
one Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats
in May 2001. According to Crime Stories, aired on the UK Crime channel on
05/07/2009, the stalker had letters stating that he was going to sexually
assault Jeri and torture her boyfriend Brannon.
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 records public, but not the custody
records, claiming that their release could be harmful to their son.
On June 22, 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 because it
generally reversed the early decision to seal the papers in the best
interest of the child. It was revealed that six years previously, 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 Ryan described
one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from
the ceiling." Jack Ryan denied these allegations. Although Jeri Ryan
refused to comment on the matter during the campaign, the document
disclosure led Jack Ryan to withdraw his candidacy, clearing the way for
Barack Obama to win the seat.
Ryan's avocation, according to statements she has made in interviews, 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 serves French food with a modern interpretation. They 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 two, episode twenty-six 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".
Ryan married Émé in the Loire Valley, France, on June 16, 2007. On
September 7, 2007, Ryan announced that she and Émé were expecting their
first child together, a daughter, in March 2008. On March 2, 2008, Ryan
gave birth to daughter Gisele Émé in Los Angeles, California.
Jeri Ryan - Personal Quotes
"He's a good man and good
father" - on her ex husband Jack Ryan who is running for US Senator
"There are three things pageant women do. There's the Vaseline
thing, which I didn't do. There's duct-taping your boobs, which I
never did because I'm not into pain. The third thing is using
athletic spray adhesive on your butt to keep your swimsuit in place.
I did do that. So one out of three ain't bad."
On her Seven of Nine costume: "Initially, I would stay in the
costume much longer than I ended up staying in it, because it takes
about twenty minutes to get into. Someone has to dress me and
undress me. It's a production break if I have to get out of the
costume to use the rest room or something. It grinds to a halt
unless they can shoot something without me, which typically they
can't, if it's a scene that I'm in. So, in the interest of being a
team player, the first season, I would not take rest room breaks, I
just didn't drink anything on set, which is not the healthiest thing
"When I started out on Voyager, they had to tell me everything about
Star Trek, because I knew nothing about it. I had never seen the
original series, I had never seen The Next Generation. I think I'd
seen a couple of episodes here and there - of the original series,
probably. Never seen Voyager. Didn't know what a Borg was. They gave
me a copy of First Contact, the movie, so I could at least see what
a Borg was. They also gave me a copy of the Big Star Trek
encyclopedia, whatever it is, so that I could bone up on my Star
Trek knowledge. Fortunately, it sort of worked for the character
that I wouldn't know any of the back stories of the people on
Voyager, because she was coming in cold, like I was. That was
actually helpful as opposed to detrimental."
Jeri Ryan - Filmography
Secrets in the Walls (2010)
(TV) .... Rachel
"Psych" .... Dr. Phenix (1 episode, 2010)
- The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damn Episode (2010) TV episode ....
"Leverage" .... Tara Cole / ... (7 episodes, 2009-2010)
- The Maltese Falcon Job (2010) TV episode .... Tara Cole
- The Three Strikes Job (2010) TV episode .... Tara Cole
- The Future Job (2010) TV episode .... Tara Cole
- The Zanzibar Marketplace Job (2010) TV episode .... Tara Carlisle
- The Bottle Job (2010) TV episode .... Tara Cole
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Patrice Larue (2 episodes,
... aka Law & Order: SVU (UK: promotional abbreviation) (USA:
... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title) (UK:
informal short title)
- Hardwired (2009) TV episode .... Patrice Larue
- Baggage (2009) TV episode .... Patrice Larue
"Shark" .... Jessica Devlin
(22 episodes, 2006-2007)
- Wayne's World 2: Revenge of the Shark (2007) TV Episode ....
- Strange Bedfellows (2007) TV Episode .... Jessica Devlin
- Fall from Grace (2007) TV Episode .... Jessica Devlin
- Porn Free (2007) TV Episode .... Jessica Devlin
- Trial by Fire (2007) TV Episode .... Jessica Devlin
"Boston Legal" .... Courtney Reese (2 episodes, 2006)
- BL: Los Angeles (2006) TV Episode .... Courtney Reese
- Spring Fever (2006) TV Episode .... Courtney Reese
"The O.C." .... Charlotte Morgan (7 episodes, 2005)
- The Anger Management (2005) TV Episode .... Charlotte Morgan
- The Swells (2005) TV Episode .... Charlotte Morgan
- The Perfect Storm (2005) TV Episode .... Charlotte Morgan
- The Last Waltz (2005) TV Episode .... Charlotte Morgan
- The End of Innocence (2005) TV Episode .... Charlotte Morgan
"Two and a Half Men" .... Sherri (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
- A Low, Guttural Tongue-Flapping Noise (2005) TV Episode ....
- Bad News from the Clinic (2004) TV Episode .... Sherri
"Boston Public" .... Ronnie Cooke (53 episodes, 2001-2005)
- Chapter Eighty-One (2005) TV Episode .... Ronnie Cooke
- Chapter Eighty (2005) TV Episode .... Ronnie Cooke
- Chapter Seventy-Nine (2004) TV Episode .... Ronnie Cooke
- Chapter Seventy-Six (2003) TV Episode .... Ronnie Cooke
- Chapter Seventy-One (2003) TV Episode .... Ronnie Cooke
The Commuters (2005) (TV) .... Anne
Sudbury (2004) (TV) .... Gillian Owens
Down with Love (2003) .... Gwendolyn
... aka Down with Love - Zum Teufel mit der Liebe! (Germany)
"Star Trek: Voyager" .... Seven of Nine (104 episodes, 1997-2001)
... aka Voyager (USA: short title)
- Endgame: Part 1 (2001) TV Episode .... Seven of Nine
- Endgame: Part 2 (2001) TV Episode .... Seven of Nine
- Renaissance Man (2001) TV Episode .... Seven of Nine
- Homestead (2001) TV Episode .... Seven of Nine
- Natural Law (2001) TV Episode .... Seven of Nine
Dracula 2000 (2000) .... Valerie Sharpe
... aka Dracula 2001 (UK)
... aka Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000 (USA: complete title)
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) (VG) (voice) .... Seven of
The Last Man (2000) .... Sarah
"Dilbert" .... Seven of Nine Alarm Clock (1 episode, 1999)
- The Gift (1999) TV Episode (voice) .... Seven of Nine Alarm Clock
"The Sentinel" .... Alexis Barnes (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
- Sentinel Too: Part 2 (1999) TV Episode .... Alexis Barnes
- Sentinel Too: Part 1 (1998) TV Episode .... Alexis Barnes
"Dark Skies" .... Juliet Stewart (7 episodes, 1997)
- Bloodlines (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Juliet
- Strangers in the Night (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) ....
- To Prey in Darkness (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) ....
- Both Sides Now (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Juliet
- Burn, Baby, Burn (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Juliet
Men Cry Bullets (1997) (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Lydia
"Diagnosis Murder" .... Melissa Barnes (1 episode, 1996)
- Murder by the Book (1996) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) ....
"Melrose Place" .... Valerie Madison (2 episodes, 1996)
- Ruthless People (1996) TV Episode .... Valerie Madison
- Devil in a Wet Dress (1996) TV Episode .... Valerie Madison
Co-ed Call Girl (1996) (TV) (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Kimberly
"The Client" .... Jennifer (1 episode, 1996)
... aka John Grisham's The Client
- The Morning After (1996) TV Episode .... Jennifer
Pier 66 (1996) (TV) (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Beth Saunders
"Charlie Grace" .... Claire (1 episode, 1995)
- Designer Knock-Off (1995) TV Episode .... Claire
"Murder, She Wrote" .... Maura (1 episode, 1995)
- Death 'N Denial (1995) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Maura
"Time Trax" .... Lauren Sanders (1 episode, 1994)
- Out for Blood (1994) TV Episode .... Lauren Sanders
"Matlock" .... Carrie Locke (2 episodes, 1993)
- The Fatal Seduction: Part 2 (1993) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan)
.... Carrie Locke
- The Fatal Seduction: Part 1 (1993) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan)
.... Carrie Locke
Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty (1993) (TV) (as Jeri Lynn Ryan)
"The Jackie Thomas Show" .... Pauline Yardley (1 episode, 1993)
- Jackie and the Model (1993) TV Episode .... Pauline Yardley
"Just Deserts" (1992) TV Series .... Nicole
Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (1992) (V) (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) ....
... aka The Flash 3: Deadly Nightshade (UK)
Nightmare in Columbia County (1991) (TV) (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) ....
Dawn Elizabeth Smith
... aka Victim of Beauty (UK)
"Reasonable Doubts" .... Rachel Beckwith (1 episode, 1991)
- One Woman's Word (1991) TV Episode .... Rachel Beckwith
"Nurses" .... Lisa (1 episode, 1991)
- Mother, Jugs, and Zach (1991) TV Episode .... Lisa
"Top of the Heap" .... Tyler (1 episode, 1991)
- The Marrying Guy (1991) TV Episode (as Jeri-Lynn Ryan) .... Tyler
"The Flash" .... Felicia Kane (1 episode, 1991)
- The Deadly Nightshade (1991) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) ....
"Who's the Boss?" .... Pam (1 episode, 1991)
- The Unsinkable Tony Micelli (1991) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan)
Jeri Ryan - Related Links
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