Penny Johnson Jerald

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Penny Johnson Jerald
Penny Johnson Jerald Paleyfest 2012.jpg
Jerald at Paleyfest 2012
Born Penny Johnson
(1961-03-14) March 14, 1961 (age 53)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Education Juilliard School (1982)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present

Penny Johnson Jerald (born March 14, 1961) is an American actress. She played Beverly Barnes on the HBO comedy series The Larry Sanders Show, Kasidy Yates on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sherry Palmer on the Fox action/drama series 24 and Captain Victoria "Iron" Gates on the ABC comedy-drama series Castle.

Early life and education[edit]

Penny Johnson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She trained at the Juilliard School, where her classmates in 1982 included Megan Gallagher, Jack Kenny, Jack Stehlin, and Lorraine Toussaint.[1]

Career[edit]

Jerald began her career with small guest roles, and appeared in Do The Right Thing in 1989, The Paper Chase from 1984 to 1986 and General Hospital in 1986, before she played the title character's unflappable personal assistant, Beverly Barnes, on The Larry Sanders Show. Throughout the 1990s, Jerald guest starred in many television series such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Grace Under Fire, Cosby and Family Law.

Following Larry Sanders, Jerald appeared in the 1997 film Absolute Power and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine playing freighter captain Kasidy Yates, the love interest for the series' main character Benjamin Sisko, a recurring role which she played from 1995 to the show's end in 1999. She also had a recurring guest role on ER as Lynette Evans from 1998 to 1999. She then appeared as Roscoe Dellums in the Emmy Award winning TV movie The Color of Friendship. Jerald also guest starred on Frasier, The Practice, Touched by an Angel and The X-Files.

Jerald's most-recognized role came in 2001 when she appeared in the pilot episode of the Kiefer Sutherland-led Fox series, 24, playing Sherry Palmer, the wife of Senator David Palmer. She appeared in all but two of the first season episodes and multiple episodes of the second and third seasons.

In 2003, Jerald played Condoleezza Rice in DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, a TV movie about the September 11 attacks in 2001. She reprised the role in the miniseries The Path to 9/11, which aired September 10–11, 2006.

Jerald also guest-starred on the sitcom Eve, playing Shelly's mother Beverly in four episodes. She guest starred in three episodes of sci-fi series The 4400 in 2007. Penny had a recurring role on ABC midseason drama October Road for the 2007-08 season.

Jerald also teaches acting workshops and produces and directs for Outreach Christian Theater Company, which she and her musician husband Gralin Jerald founded in 1994.

She also had guest appearances on episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

Jerald joined the cast of ABC's Castle in its fourth season as the new captain of the 12th Precinct, Victoria "Iron" Gates, replacing Ruben Santiago-Hudson's deceased character Roy Montgomery as captain of the precinct.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 American Playhouse Jill Hatch Episode: "The Files on Jill Hatch: Part I"
1984 Swing Shift Genevieve
1984 The Hills Have Eyes Part II Sue
1984 T.J. Hooker Lisa Cody Episode: "Anatomy of a Killing"
1984 Hill Street Blues Jackie DeWitt Episode: "Blues for Mr. Green"
1984-1986 The Paper Chase Vivian Conway 17 episodes
1985 The Jeffersons Donelle Episode: "Last Dance"
1985 Simon & Simon Hanna McKenzie Episode: "Out-of-Town Brown"
1987 Women in Prison Patty Episode: "Walk This Way"
1988 The Cosby Show Nurse Episode: "The Visit"
1988 Simon & Simon Evelyn Jacobson Episode: "Zen and the Art of the Split-Finger Fastball"
1989 Tour of Duty Jan Hudson Episode: "For What It's Worth"
1989 She's the Sheriff Dorothy Episode: "Divorce, Wiggins Style"
1989 Homeroom Virginia Harper 13 episodes
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Elaine Alamo Episode: "Life Sentence"
1990 Coach Susan Episode: "The Day That Moses Came to Town"
1990 Kaleidoscope Paula Television movie
1990 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Ms. Miriam Donnelly Episode: "Teacher, Teacher"
1991 Columbo Maxine Jarrett Episode: "Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health"
1992-1998 The Larry Sanders Show Beverly Barnes 82 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
1993 Fear of a Black Hat Re-Re
1993 Class of '61 Lavinia Television movie
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Lorraine Taylor
1993 Empty Cradle Gail Huddle Television movie
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dobara Episode: "Homeward"
1994 Molly & Gina Maria
1995 Automatic Julia Rodriguez
1995-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kasidy Yates 15 episodes
1996 Grace Under Fire Bailey Alford 2 episodes
1997 Cosby Penny Episode: "Brave New Hilton"
1997 Absolute Power Laura Simon
1997 The Gregory Hines Show Elizabeth Episode: "Pilot"
1998-1999 ER Nurse Practitioner Lynette Evans 9 episodes
1999 A Secret Life Hope Television movie
2000 The Color of Friendship Roscoe Dellums Television movie
2000 Family Law Christine Webber Episode: "Family Values"
2001 The X-Files Dr. Hellura Lyle Episode: "Medusa"
2001 The Practice Attorney Laura Garrett Episode: "Awakenings"
2001 Citizen Baines Denise Willis Episode: "A Day Like No Other"
2001-2004 24 Sherry Palmer 45 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2002 Touched by an Angel Eleanor Episode: "The Impossible Dream"
2003 DC 9/11: Time of Crisis Condoleezza Rice Television movie
2003 Frasier Carol Episode: "Maris Returns"
2005 Rent Bohemian Uncredited
2005-2006 Eve Beverly Williams 4 episodes
2006 Law & Order Ms. Booker Episode: "Choice of Evils"
2006 The Path to 9/11 Condoleezza Rice Television movie
2007 The 4400 Rebecca Parish 3 episodes
2007-2008 October Road Dean Etwood 10 episodes
2009-2010 NCIS Joanne Torence 2 episodes
2010 Bones Rachel Adams Episode: "The X in the File"
2011-present Castle Captain Victoria "Iron" Gates 47 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gussow, Mel (April 29, 1982). "Juilliard Theater Students Put On 'Love's Labor's Lost'". The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bryant, Adam (July 13, 2011). "Castle Exclusive: Meet Castle and Beckett's New Captain!". TVGuide.com. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 

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