Happy birthday Jeri Ryan, born February 22, 1968.
Jeri Ryan is the actress best known for portraying Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager from season four on, first appearing in “Scorpion, Part II”.
Ryan was born Jeri Lynn Zimmerman in Munich, Germany. Her father, for whom she was named, was in the US Army, so for the first few years of her life Ryan grew up on numerous military bases in Germany and the US. Her family finally settled down in Paducah, Kentucky when she was 11.
She graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986, then went on to Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where she obtained a degree in theater. While at Northwestern, Ryan entered and won several beauty pageants as a way to help pay for her classes. In 1990 she won fourth place in the Miss America Pageant where she was Miss Illinois.
On June 15th, 1991 she married Jack Ryan, an investment banker-turned-politician from Illinois, with whom she had a son, Alex, in 1994. They divorced in 1999.
Following her divorce, she became romantically involved with Voyager executive producer Brannon Braga. The two lived together with Ryan’s son, but their relationship has since ended. On 8 February 2005, Ryan and her current husband, French Chef Christophe Emé, opened a restaurant called “Ortolan” which they ran until December 31st 2010. Ryan announced that she and Emé were engaged to be married in July 2006, and they married on 16 June the following year. The couple’s first child, a daughter Gisele, was born on 2 March 2008.
Before joining the cast of Star Trek: Voyager in 1997, Ryan was a cast member of another science fiction series, Dark Skies. However, this series, which only lasted one season, ended soon after she came aboard.
After Voyager came to an end in 2001, Ryan joined the cast of the FOX drama Boston Public, created by David E. Kelley. She played high school teacher Ronnie Cooke on this series, which ended in 2004. Afterward, Ryan had a recurring role on the hit series The O.C., beginning with the episode “The Aftermath” which aired on 8 September 2005 – the same day Star Trek: The Original Series began airing 39 years earlier.
Ryan starred as attorney Jessica Devlin on the CBS series Shark. This series began airing on 21 September 2006 and aired its final episode on 20 May 2008. Ryan took maternity leave from the series late in the second season and did not appear in the show’s last four episodes, although her name still appeared in the credits. CBS canceled the series before Ryan could return.
Ryan appeared as Lt. Sonya Blade in the web trailer Mortal Kombat: Rebirth at the personal invitation of its director and personal friend, Kevin Tanchareon. This trailer, which aired June 8, 2010, later evolved into the 2011 web mini-series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, in which she returned as Sonya.
Ryan’s next series, the ABC medical procedural drama Body of Proof, premiered on March 29, 2011. On this show Ryan plays Dr. Kate Murphy, while Voyager guest star John Carroll Lynch plays Detective Bud Morris.
Ryan played the role of Sherri in two episodes of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, one in 2004 and another in 2005 and also appeared in 2011. In 2009, Ryan made two appearances as defense attorney Patrice Larue on the NBC drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and a third one in 2010.
She portrayed the con artist Tara Cole in the series Leverage in seasons 2 and 4.
Throughout the 90s, Ryan starred in several made-for-TV movies, including 1993’s In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco. In 1996, Ryan was directed by Michael Ray Rhodes in the CBS TV movie Co-ed Call Girl.
Ryan was also the star of two independent feature films – Men Cry Bullets in 1997 and The Last Man in 2000. She also had a small but memorable role as a reporter-turned-vampire in the film Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000. This film also starred Christopher Plummer from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In 2003, Ryan made an appearance in the romantic comedy Down with Love.
In October 2010 Ryan starred in the TV movie Secrets in the Walls on the Lifetime Movie Network, followed by the television thriller Dead Lines also in 2010.
Ryan made guest appearances on such TV shows as Who’s the Boss?, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, and Melrose Place. She also appeared in a 1991 episode of The Flash.
In 2006, Ryan appeared in the two-hour second season finale of David E. Kelley’s series Boston Legal. In March 2010, she appeared on the popular comedy-detective series, Psych.
In 2011 Ryan had guest parts in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode “Boots on the Ground” in which she played Naomi Halloran and in the third season of the mystery series Warehouse 13 on which she worked with Saul Rubinek.
In 2014, the Star Trek Online expansion Delta Rising, set 32 years after the Voyager returned back home, featured Jeri Ryan, who reprises the voice of her role as “Seven of Nine”, among others.
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