Patricia McPherson

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Patricia McPherson
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Patricia McPherson in 2004
Patricia McPherson

(1954-11-27) November 27, 1954 (age 64)
Oak Harbor, Washington
Alma materSan Diego State University
Years active1978 -1991, 2009
Known forPlaying Bonnie Barstow in Knight Rider
Spouse(s)James Garrett

Patricia McPherson is an American actress best known for her role in the 1980s TV series Knight Rider as Bonnie Barstow.

Early life[edit]

McPherson was born November 27, 1954 in Oak Harbor, Washington. She is the daughter of a naval officer. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in advertising.[1]


McPherson has made guest appearances in a variety of television shows including Dynasty, Starman, Murder She Wrote, MacGyver, Matlock, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She retired from acting in 1991, although she made a cameo appearance as a Regent in the Syfy television series Warehouse 13 in 2009.[2]

Knight Rider[edit]

She is known for her role in the 1980s TV series Knight Rider as Bonnie Barstow, KITT's mechanic. She appeared in season one and was absent from season two, but she was subsequently asked to return to the show, which she did in the season-three opener,[3] remaining from 1984 until the end of the series in 1986.

Personal life[edit]

McPherson is married to James Garrett.[4][5]

She is very active conserving wildlife and the forests; her efforts have included helping in attempts to preserve the Ballona Wetlands in southern California and working with the Ballona Wetlands Trust to sue the Playa Vista community for failure to take action concerning methane.[6][7]



  1. ^ O'Rourke, Peggy (February 27, 1985). "Ask TV Scout". The Index-Journal. South Carolina, Greenwood. p. 5. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Warehouse 13 - Breakdown (TV episode 2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  3. ^ "Female roles being revamped on NBC shows". The Times Leader. Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. Knight-Ridder Newspapers. May 22, 1984. p. 40. Retrieved June 23, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Bonnie Barstow (Patricia McPherson)". Archived from the original on 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  5. ^ O'Hallaren, Bill (1986-01-04). "Boy, Has She Got Car Troubles". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  6. ^ "Playa Vista Methane Gas Misinformation". New Century Realty. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  7. ^ Playa Vista, Los Angeles, California#Methane

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