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Jeri Ryan


Birth name:

Jeri Lynn Zimmerman




Munich, Bavaria, Germany



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United States

Executive summary:

Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager


5' 8" (1.73 m)


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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 Theatre.

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 science-fiction community.
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 help.

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 in Illinois

"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 to do."

"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 .... Dr. Phenix
"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
(2 more)
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Patrice Larue (2 episodes, 2009)
... aka Law & Order: SVU (UK: promotional abbreviation) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... 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 .... Jessica Devlin
- 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
(17 more)
"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
(2 more)
"Two and a Half Men" .... Sherri (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
- A Low, Guttural Tongue-Flapping Noise (2005) TV Episode .... Sherri
- 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
(48 more)
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
(99 more)
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 Nine
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 Stewart
- Strangers in the Night (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Juliet Stewart
- To Prey in Darkness (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Juliet Stewart
- Both Sides Now (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Juliet Stewart
- Burn, Baby, Burn (1997) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Juliet Stewart
(2 more)
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) .... Melissa Barnes
"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) .... Rebecca
"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) .... Felicia Kane
... 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) .... Felicia Kane
"Who's the Boss?" .... Pam (1 episode, 1991)
- The Unsinkable Tony Micelli (1991) TV Episode (as Jeri Lynn Ryan) .... Pam


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