Brenda Bakke

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Brenda Bakke
Born (1963-05-15) May 15, 1963 (age 52)
Klamath Falls, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present

Brenda Jean Bakke (born May 15, 1963) is an American actress, best known for her roles in 1990s films Hot Shots! Part Deux, Gunmen, Demon Knight and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Bakke also played Lana Turner in the 1997 neo-noir L.A. Confidential.

Life and career[edit]

Bakke was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and began acting career in a Portland stage production of Years Ago at age 15 before moving to Los Angeles to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[1] She made her screen debut in the 1986 movie Hardbodies 2, and the following year guest starred in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In later years, she had number of roles in low-budget genre movies, such as Gunhed, Solar Crisis, and The Medium.

In 1993, Bakke starred as Michelle Rodham Huddleston in the comedy film Hot Shots! Part Deux, where she plays a spoof on Sharon Stone's character (Catherine Tramell) from Basic Instinct and romantic interest of Charlie Sheen.[2] The following year, she played the female leading role in the action-comedy film, Gunmen. In 1995, Bakke appeared as Cordelia the prostitute in Ernest Dickerson's Demon Knight, and as Captain Linda Gilder in Under Siege 2 opposite Steven Seagal.[2] During 1995-96 television season, she was regular cast member in the CBS horror series, American Gothic alongside Gary Cole. In 1997, Bakke appeared as Lana Turner in the neo-noir mystery crime film, L.A. Confidential, directed by Curtis Hanson. In 1999, she returned to television with role of lead character's mother in the short-lived Fox drama series, Ryan Caulfield: Year One.[2]

In 2000s, Bakke continued appearing in films, playing roles in smaller movies, such as The Quickie and Moving August. She spend the following years playing small parts in the episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NYPD Blue, The Mentalist, and Supernatural.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Last Resort Veroneeka
1986 Hardbodies 2 Morgan
1987 Scavengers Kimberly Blake
1987 Medium Rare
1988 Fast Gun Julie Comstock
1988 A Father's Homecoming Nurse Pitzer Television film
1988 Dangerous Love Chris
1989 Fist Fighter Ellen
1989 Nowhere to Run Joannie
1989 Another Chance Sandy
1989 Ganheddo Texas Air Ranger Sgt. Nim
1989 Death Spa Laura Danvers
1990 Stolen: One Husband Samantha Television film
1990 Solar Crisis Claire Beeson
1992 The Medium
1992 Secrets Sandy Warwick Television film
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux Michelle Rodham Huddleston
1994 Gunmen Maria
1994 Twogether Allison McKenzie
1994 Terminal Voyage Zinovitz
1995 Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight Cordelia
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Captain Linda Gilder
1995 Lone Justice 2 Wren
1996 Lone Justice 3 Wren
1996 Frame by Frame
1997 L.A. Confidential Lana Turner
1997 Trucks Hope
1998 Shelter Helena
1998 The Fixer C.J. Television film
1998 Nobody Lives Forever Laurel Trevelyn Television film
2000 Warm Texas Rain Kim
2000 Time Loves a Hero Alice Short film
2001 The Quickie Jane
2002 Moving August Ginny Forster
2002 Groom Lake Joyce
2004 Hot Rush Old Lady Short film
2004 Leave No Trace Victoria Blake
2015 There LLM
2015 Unbelievable!!!!! Nurse Christine Choppel
2016 Billy Boy Margarette


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation Rivan Episode: "Justice"
1987—1988 High Mountain Rangers Episodes: "Pilot" and "Russian Skier Defects"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Claudia Marshall Episode: "The Showgirl Mystery"
1991 The Young Riders Alice Episode: "The Peacemakers"
1992 Jake and the Fatman Lori Menza Episode: "Come Closer to Me"
1993 Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life Wren Miniseries
1994 Second Chances Lara Peterson Episodes: "Miss Friendly Santa Rita" and "Justifiable Jealousy"
1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Frances McCabe Episode: "Ned Zed"
1995—1996 American Gothic Selena Coombs Series regular, 18 episodes
1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Mrs. Caulfield Series regular, 8 episodes
1999 Charmed Soul Collector Episode: "The Power of Two"
2001 Popular Mary Lou Parker Episodes: "Miss Friendly Santa Rita" and "It's Greek to Me"
2001 Dark Angel Dr. Adriana Vertes Episode: "Female Trouble"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bonnie Ritten Episode: "Burked"
2004 NYPD Blue Claudia Weintraub Episode: "I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid"
2009 Dollhouse Margaret Bashford Episode: "Haunted"
2010 The Mentalist Det. Sharon Florey Episode: "Blood in, Blood Out"
2010 Dark Blue Ana Perry Episode: "Dead Flowers"
2014 The Bridge Guard Episode: "Eye of the Deep"
2015 Supernatural Suzie Episode: "The Werther Project"


  1. ^ Brenda Bakke, The New York Times
  2. ^ a b c "Brenda Bakke". Retrieved 30 August 2015. 

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