Steve Pierson (m. 2000)
Melinda McGraw is an American actress. She has starred in movies such as Albino Alligator (1996), Wrongfully Accused (1998), and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), and is also known for her television performances on The Commish, The X-Files, NCIS and Mad Men.
The youngest of three daughters, she grew up in Cambridge and Dover in the Boston area. Her father served as a diplomat for the Agency of International Development before becoming an executive with a major hotel in Boston. She attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge and got her start in acting with the Boston Children's Theater.
After attending Bennington College, McGraw was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (one of only seven women admitted in her year). Theatrical performances in the West End and elsewhere in Britain followed, among them Don Carlos, The Foreigner and Twelfth Night. She returned to the U.S. in 1990.
McGraw's first major on-screen role was as Detective Cydavia "Cyd" Madison on The Commish (1992–1994). While on the set, she met actor Nicholas Lea and the pair dated for a few years. McGraw later earned recognition for her role as Melissa Scully, Dana Scully's ill-fated sister, in four episodes of The X-Files ("One Breath", "The Blessing Way", "Paper Clip", and "Christmas Carol"). Coincidentally, Alex Krycek, the recurring antagonist responsible for Melissa's death, was played by Nicholas Lea.
McGraw has starred in The Pursuit of Happiness (1995), Soul Man (1997–1998), Living in Captivity (1998), Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) (2002), and Center of the Universe (2004). Notable guest appearances include Quantum Leap, Night Court, Seinfeld, Cybill, The Larry Sanders Show, Mad About You, The District, The Practice, and Inconceivable. She has been featured in four episodes of Desperate Housewives as Annabel Foster and was cast in Neighbors, an ABC pilot for 2005-06 that was not picked up.
In 2006, McGraw played Jane Braun, campaign advisor to Presidential candidate Arnold Vinick, in several episodes of The West Wing and appeared in an episode of Bones. She played U.S. Attorney Valerie Por in Close to Home and Hartley Green in Saving Grace in 2007, as well as Annette Barron in two episodes of Journeyman.
McGraw appeared in 2008's The Dark Knight (the sequel to Batman Begins) as Lieutenant Gordon's wife, Barbara. She guest-starred in the Law & Order: SVU episode "Crush" as Samantha Copeland. She had a recurring role as seductive adulteress Bobbie Barrett in the 2008 season of AMC's Mad Men. McGraw co-starred with Kelsey Grammer on the ABC sitcom Hank before its cancellation on November 11, 2009. She enjoyed a recurring role as Erin, Scott Bakula's love interest, on the TNT original series Men of a Certain Age in 2010–11. In 2011 and 2012, she made guest appearances in the 9th season of NCIS in the episodes "Devil's Triangle", "Devil's Trifecta" and "Devil's Triad" as Diane Sterling, an ex-wife of both Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Tobias Fornell. In season 12 of the series, her character's arc was closed when she was murdered in the episode "Check". In 2013 she appeared in ABC series Scandal.
McGraw is married to composer/recording artist Steve Pierson, eight years her junior, and they have a daughter Lucy. They all belong to Pierson's band Jambo, which performs roots music for children.
|1996||Albino Alligator||Jenny Ferguson|
|1998||Wrongfully Accused||Cass Lake|
|2000||Nutty Professor II: The Klumps||Leanne Guilford|
|2008||The Dark Knight||Barbara Gordon|
|2011||Meeting Spencer||Didi Ravenal|
|2017||Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town||Mrs. Percy|
|1988||Rockliffe||WPC Heather Ackroyd||"Top Man"|
|1988||American Playhouse||Dixie||"The Big Knife"|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Laura Downey||"A Little Miracle"|
|1991||Night Court||Wendy||"To Sleep, No More"|
|1992||Seinfeld||Angela||"The Good Samaritan"|
|1992||The Human Factor||Rebecca Travis||Main role|
|1992–94||The Commish||Cyd Madison||Regular role|
|1994–97||The X-Files||Melissa Scully||"One Breath", "The Blessing Way", "Paper Clip", "Christmas Carol"|
|1995||The Pursuit of Happiness||Mackenzie 'Mac' Rutledge||Main role|
|1996||Cybill||Lana||"Cybill, Get Your Gun"|
|1997||The Larry Sanders Show||Alex||"Larry's New Love"|
|1997||House of Frankenstein||Det. Maggie Delbo||TV miniseries|
|1998||Mad About You||Cheryl Gendelman||"Good Old Reliable Nathan"|
|1998||Millennium||Dr. Stoller||"The Pest House"|
|1998||Living in Captivity||Becca Marek||Main role|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Nancy Gower||"Lost and Found"|
|2001–02||The District||Vicky Montgomery||Recurring role|
|2002||Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)||Lindsay Urich||Main role|
|2003||Skins||Zelda Ziti||"Amber Synn", "Blowback"|
|2003||The Practice||Marcie Bartos||"Goodbye"|
|2003||It's All Relative||Kate O'Neil||"Thanks, But No Thanks"|
|2004–05||Center of the Universe||Lily Barnett||Main role|
|2005||Desperate Housewives||Annabel Foster||"Fear No More", "Sunday in the Park with George", "Goodbye for Now"|
|2005||Inconceivable||Suzanne Cohen||Recurring role|
|2006||The West Wing||Jane Braun||Recurring role|
|2006||Bones||Gayle Seaver||"The Truth in the Lye"|
|2007||Close to Home||Valerie Por||"Eminent Domain"|
|2007||Saving Grace||Hartley Green||"Would You Want Me to Tell You?"|
|2007||Journeyman||Annette Barron||"The Hanged Man", "Perfidia"|
|2008||Gotham Tonight||Barbara Gordon||"Billionaire Without a Cause", "Top Cop"|
|2008||Mad Men||Bobbie Barrett||Recurring role|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Beth Campbell||"Wrecking Crew"|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mrs. Griffin||"Miscarriage of Justice"|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Samantha Copeland||"Crush"|
|2009–10||Hank||Tilly Pryor||Main role|
|2010||Legally Mad||Sylvie||TV film|
|2010||Pleading Guilty||Elise Malloy||TV pilot|
|2010–11||Men of a Certain Age||Erin Riley||Main role (season 2)|
|2011||Have a Little Faith||Janine||TV film|
|2011–15||NCIS||Diane Sterling||Recurring role|
|2012||Harry's Law||Amanda||Recurring role|
|2012||Fairly Legal||Judge Victoria Connors||"Teenage Wasteland"|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Patricia Slater||"Ohuna"|
|2013||Ben and Kate||Vera Everson||"Girl Problems", "Bake Off", "Ethics 101"|
|2013||Scandal||Debora Clarkson||"Snake in the Garden"|
|2013||Lauren||Cynthia||"2.4", "2.11", "2.12"|
|2013||Family Tools||Beverly||"Book Club Romance"|
|2014||Glee||Clara Banks||"Old Dog, New Tricks"|
|2014||Crisis||Julia Devore||Recurring role|
|2014–15||State of Affairs||Sen. Kyle Green||Recurring role|
|2015||Proof||Sasha Turing||"Private Matters", "Reborn", "Tsunami: Part Two"|
|2016–present||Outcast||Patricia MacCready||Supporting role|
|2018||The Crossing||Eve||a.k.a. Greta Pryor|
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