Penny Johnson Jerald

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Penny Johnson Jerald
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Jerald at Paleyfest 2012
Penny Johnson

(1961-03-14) March 14, 1961 (age 59)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active1983–present
Gralin Jerald
(m. 1982)

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, Captain Victoria "Iron" Gates on the ABC comedy-drama series Castle, and currently plays Dr. Claire Finn on the Fox network's series The Orville.

Early life[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]


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

Following Larry Sanders, Jerald appeared in 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. In 1997 she played Laura Simon in the film Absolute Power. 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 arguably 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 portrayed 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]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson married Gralin Jerald in 1982 when she was 21, and together they have a daughter, Danyel.[3]


Penny Johnson Jerald film work
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Swing Shift Genevieve
1984 The Hills Have Eyes Part II Sue
1991 Goin' to Chicago Darlene
1993 Fear of a Black Hat Re-Re
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Lorraine Taylor
1994 Molly & Gina Maria
1995 Automatic Julia Rodriguez
1997 Absolute Power Laura Simon
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Teacher Uncredited
2005 Rent Bohemian Uncredited
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters President Amanda Waller
2017 Parker's Anchor Laurie
2019 The Lion King Sarafina Voice
Penny Johnson Jerald television film work
Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Impostor Michelle
1985 The Grand Baby Betty
1990 Kaleidoscope Paula
1990 Night Visions Luanne
1993 Class of '61 Lavinia
1993 Empty Cradle Gail Huddle
1996 The Road to Galveston Laney Roosevelt
1996 Death Benefit Sylvia Guzman
1996 The Writing on the Wall Geraldine
1999 The Test of Love Hope
2000 The Color of Friendship Roscoe Dellums
2000 Deliberate Intent Laura Harmon
2003 DC 9/11: Time of Crisis Condoleezza Rice
2006 The Path to 9/11 Condoleezza Rice
2015 Media Jackie Jones
Penny Johnson Jerald television series work
Year Title Role Notes
1983 American Playhouse Jill Hatch Episode: "The Files on Jill Hatch: Part 1"
1984 T. J. Hooker Lisa Cody Episode: "Anatomy of a Killing"
1984 Hill Street Blues Jackie DeWitt Episode: "Blues for Mr. Green"
1984–86 The Paper Chase Vivian Conway 17 episodes
1985 The Jeffersons Danelle Episode: "Last Dance"
1985 Simon & Simon Hanna McKenzie Episode: "Out-of-Town Brown"
1986 General Hospital Debbie Unknown episodes
1987 1st & Ten: The Championship Phyllis 3 episodes
1987 Women in Prison Patty Episode: "Walk This Way"
1988 The Cosby Show Nurse (uncredited) Episode: "The Visit"
1988 Simon & Simon Evelyn Jacobson/Doris Beeman Episode: "Zen and the Art of the Split-Finger Fastball"
1989 Homeroom Virginia Harper 13 episodes
1989 Tour of Duty Jan Hudson Episode: "For What It's Worth"
1989 She's the Sheriff Dorothy 2 episodes
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Elaine Alamo Episode: "Life Sentence"
1990 Coach Susan Birch Episode: "The Day That Moses Came to Town"
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"
1992–98 The Larry Sanders Show Beverly Barnes 82 episodes
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dobara Episode: "Homeward"
1995–99 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 The Gregory Hines Show Elizabeth Episode: "Pilot"
1998–99 ER Lynette Evans 9 episodes
2000 Family Law Christine Webber Episode: "Family Values"
2001 The X-Files Dr. Hellura Lyle Episode: "Medusa"
2001 The Practice Atty. Laura Garrett Episode: "Awakenings"
2001 Citizen Baines Denise Willis Episode: "A Day Like No Other"
2001–04 24 Sherry Palmer 45 episodes
2002 Touched by an Angel Eleanor Episode: "The Impossible Dream"
2003 Frasier Carol Episode: "Maris Returns"
2005–06 Eve Beverly Williams 4 episodes
2006 Law & Order Ms. Booker Episode: "Choice of Evils"
2007 The 4400 Rebecca Parrish 3 episodes
2007–08 October Road Dean Leslie Etwood 10 episodes
2009–10 NCIS Joanne Torrence 2 episodes
2010 Bones Rachel Adams Episode: "The X in the File"
2010 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Maxine 3 episodes
2011–15 Castle Capt. Victoria Gates 60 episodes
2015 Gods and Monsters Chronicles President Amanda Waller Episode: "Bomb"
2017–present The Orville Dr. Claire Finn 26 episodes
2018 Sideswiped Cynthia Episode: "The Rock Star"


  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!". Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "".

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