Annabeth Gish

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Annabeth Gish
BornAnne Elizabeth Gish
(1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 43)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Wade Allen
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Annabeth Gish
BornAnne Elizabeth Gish
(1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 43)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Wade Allen

Annabeth Gish (born March 13, 1971) is an American actress. She has played roles in films Shag, Hiding Out, Mystic Pizza, The Last Supper and Double Jeopardy. On television, she played Special Agent Monica Reyes on The X-Files, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin on The West Wing and as Eileen Caffee on the Showtime drama Brotherhood.

She currently stars on the FX drama The Bridge.

Early life and education[edit]

Gish was born Anne Elizabeth Gish in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Judy and Robert Gish.[1] When she was two, her family moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she grew up with her brother Tim and sister Robin. Her father was an English professor at the University of Northern Iowa; her mother was an elementary school teacher.[1]

Gish went to Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa where she graduated in 1989. She attended Duke University, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and focused her energies on the drama program, film studies and women's studies. She received a B.A. in English in July 1993.


Gish's first starring role was in the 1986 teen film Desert Bloom. In 1987, she starred in the film Hiding Out with Jon Cryer. She played the sister of Julia Roberts' character in 1988's Mystic Pizza. In 1989, Gish got her first major TV film role in When He's Not a Stranger as rape victim Lyn McKenna. Gish portrayed Anne Hampton, the doomed second wife of Rhett Butler in 1994 in the TV mini series Scarlett.

Gish also had a major part in the 1989 comedy, Shag, starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Page Hannah, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. The film's title refers to 1960s Carolina shag dancing and Beach life in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In 1994's Wyatt Earp, starring Kevin Costner, she played Urilla Sutherland, Wyatt's childhood sweetheart and eventual wife. The next year, she appeared in Oliver Stone's Nixon as Julie Nixon. In 1996, Gish played the girlfriend Tracey in Beautiful Girls. In 1997, Gish received her first starring role in a movie, portraying Susan Sparks opposite Shaquille O'Neal in the movie adaptation of DC Comics superhero Steel. In 1997, she starred in the TV movie True Women as Euphemia Ashby alongside Dana Delany and Angelina Jolie. In 1998, Gish starred in SLC Punk!, released September 24, 1998, as a head shop owner named Trish.

In 2001, Gish joined the cast of The X-Files as Special Agent Monica Reyes after series star David Duchovny announced his intention to leave the show. During the eighth and ninth seasons, Gish and fellow newcomer Robert Patrick became the show's principal characters and it was presumed that the two could carry on the show even after Gillian Anderson left. While it is generally agreed their performances were good, ratings continued to drop with the departure of Duchovny and his dynamic partnership with Gillian Anderson; the ninth season of The X-Files became the show's last.

In 2003, Gish guest-starred on The West Wing playing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin, eldest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). She appeared several times over the following seasons.

In 2006, Gish played the role of Julia in the independent movie The Celestine Prophecy and costarred in Candles on Bay Street alongside Eion Bailey and Alicia Silverstone.

Also in 2006, Gish began a major role in the Showtime drama Brotherhood, as Eileen Caffee. She appeared in 29 of the 33 episodes in the series's three-season run.

Gish played Jo Noonan in the A&E TV miniseries Stephen King's Bag of Bones in 2011. Also in 2011, she played the role of Anne Sullivan, a mysterious therapist in Pretty Little Liars.[2]

In 2012, Gish made a guest appearance in 12th season of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[3]

In 2012, Gish co-starred on the ABC drama pilot Americana as the mother of Ashley Greene's character. However, the pilot was not picked up.[4]

Gish is currently part of the main cast in the FX series The Bridge, in which she plays Charlotte Millwright, a widow who discovers that her recently deceased husband had secrets on both sides of the US-Mexican border.[5]

In 2014 she has a guest-starring role on Sons of Anarchy as Lt. Althea Jarry of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

Gish is a supporter of CARE International, and more recently, of Students Rebuild and One Million Bones. On behalf of these organizations she filmed a short Public service announcement video in April, 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gish has said that she is "from different branches of the same family tree" as early silent film actress sisters Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish.[7]

Gish is married to former The X-Files stunt man Wade Allen and they are the parents of two sons: Cash Alexander Allen (born January 12, 2007) and Enzo Edward Allen (born October 25, 2008).


1986Hero in the FamilyJessie
Desert BloomRose Chismore
1987Hiding OutRyan Campbell
1988Mystic PizzaKat ArujoNominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama
When He's Not a StrangerLyn McKennaNominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama
1990Coupe de VilleTammy
1991The Last to GoLydia
1992Lady Against the OddsSylvia Raffray
1993Silent CriesHazel Hampton
1994Wyatt EarpUrilla Sutherland
1995The Last SupperPaulie
NixonJulie Nixon EisenhowerNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996Beautiful GirlsTracy Stover
Don't Look BackMichelle
What Love SeesJean Treadway Holly
1997True WomenEuphemia Ashby
Mayday—Flug in den TodMaria Philips
SteelSusan Sparks
1998SLC Punk!Trish
To Live AgainKaren Holmes
1999Double JeopardyAngie
God's New PlanClaire Hutton
DifferentHope Goodell
Sealed with a KissRobbie
1999No Higher LoveClaire Hutton/Young
2001The Way She MovesAmie
Pursuit of HappinessMarissaSlamdunk Film Festival for Best Actress
Race to SpaceDr. Donni McGuinness
2002Buying the CowNicole
A Death in the FamilyMary Follet
2004KnotsGreta Siegel
Life on Liberty StreetDenise Di Fiori
2005DetectiveCynthia Ernst
2006Gillery's Little SecretGillery
The Celestine ProphecyJulia
Mojave Phone BoothBeth
DesperationMary Jackson
Candles on Bay StreetLydia
2008Of Murder and MemorySally Linden
2009An American Girl Chrissa Stands StrongMeg Maxwell
2010At RiskDet. Delma Sykes
The LetterBeth
2011The ChaperoneLynne
Texas Killing FieldsGwen Heigh
Home Run ShowdownMichelle
1994ScarlettAnne HamptonTV miniseries
1995CourthouseLenore Laderman11 episodes
1996Chicago HopeAmy PeletierEpisode: Three Men and a Lady
2001–2002The X-FilesMonica Reyes23 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2004CSI: MiamiWendy DeckerEpisode: Not Landing
2003–2006The West WingElizabeth Bartlet Westin6 episodes
2008The CleanerBarbara HofflerEpisode: Meet the Joneses
2006–2008BrotherhoodEileen Caffee29 episodes
Nominated—Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series
2010Criminal MindsRebecca HodgesEpisode: Parasite
FlashForwardLita3 episodes
2011Lie to MeIleneEpisode: Saved
Against the WallChief Julie CarmenEpisode: A Good Cop
Bag of BonesJo NoonanTV miniseries
2011–2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLaura Gabriel3 episodes
2012AmericanaRachel ClarkeUnsold TV pilot
2012Once Upon a TimeAnitaEpisode: Child of the Moon
2011–presentPretty Little LiarsDr. Anne SullivanRecurring role; 8 episodes
2013–presentThe BridgeCharlotte MillwrightMain cast
2013Parks and RecreationStephanie WyattEpisode: Partridge
2014ParenthoodMs. York (Ryan's Mom)Episode: The Pontiac
2014Sons of AnarchyLieutenant Althea Jarry, San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department, Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Charming, CARecurring role


  1. ^ a b Yahoo. "Annabeth Gish- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Annabeth Gish joins 'Pretty Little Liars'" April 8, 2011, Digital Spy
  3. ^ "CASTING: Annabeth Gish Guest Stars" October 18, 2011, CSI blog
  4. ^ Nellie andreeva (March 2, 2012). "‘Cougar Town’s Dan Byrd Gets Lead In CBS Comedy Pilot, Two ABC Dramas Add Casts". Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 8, 2012). "Demian Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Ted Levine Join FX Drama Pilot 'The Bridge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Students Rebuild. "Annabeth Gish makes a bone". YouTube. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Who's News: Annabeth Gish

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