Jeri Ryan

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Jeri Ryan
Jeri Ryan (2012).jpg
Jeri Ryan in 2012.
BornJeri Lynn Zimmermann
(1968-02-22) February 22, 1968 (age 46)
Munich, West Germany
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jack Ryan (1991–1999)
Christophe Émé (2007–present)
ChildrenAlex Ryan (b. 1994)
Gisele Émé (b. 2008)
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Jeri Ryan
Jeri Ryan (2012).jpg
Jeri Ryan in 2012.
BornJeri Lynn Zimmermann
(1968-02-22) February 22, 1968 (age 46)
Munich, West Germany
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jack Ryan (1991–1999)
Christophe Émé (2007–present)
ChildrenAlex Ryan (b. 1994)
Gisele Émé (b. 2008)

Jeri Lynn Ryan (born February 22, 1968)[1][2] is an American actress best known for her role as the liberated Borg, Seven of Nine, on Star Trek: Voyager, for which she won two Saturn Awards.

She is also known for her role as Veronica "Ronnie" Cooke on Boston Public (2001–04). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–08). From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof and in 2009 she guest starred as Tara Cole on Leverage.[3]

Early life[edit]

Ryan was born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann in Munich, West Germany, the daughter of Gerhard Florian "Jerry" Zimmermann, a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker.[4] She has one older brother, Mark. As a "military brat", Ryan grew up on Army posts in Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia and Texas.[5] When she was eleven, her father retired from the Army and the family settled in Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986 (as a National Merit Scholar),[6] and then attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

In 1989, Ryan was chosen Miss Illinois. She was the third runner-up in the Miss America 1990 pageant, winning the preliminary swimsuit competition. She graduated from Northwestern in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre.


Jeri Ryan at the 2010 Creation Star Trek Convention at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey.

After college, she pursued acting full-time in Los Angeles. She made her acting debut in Who's the Boss? and followed that with guest-starring roles in television series like Melrose Place, Matlock and The Sentinel as well as such television movies as Co-Ed Call Girl.

Her big break came when she won a regular role as the extraterrestrial investigator Juliet Stuart on the television series Dark Skies. The series was cancelled after one season, but the role had drawn the attention of the science-fiction community.

In 1997, Ryan was chosen for a role on the science fiction series Star Trek: Voyager as Seven of Nine, a Borg drone who had been "liberated," or freed, from the Borg's collective consciousness. When she joined the cast in Season 4, wearing her now-iconic silver formfitting catsuit uniform, ratings increased 60%.[6] She appeared in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000.[7] After Voyager ended in 2001, Ryan joined the cast of Boston Public in the role of Veronica "Ronnie" Cooke, a frustrated lawyer who quits the bar to become a high-school teacher. The series' producer, David E. Kelley, wrote the role specifically for her. The series ended in 2004.

Ryan appeared in the romantic comedy film Down with Love[8] and as Lydia in the independent film Men Cry Bullets.[9] Ryan's first film lead was in the indie comedy The Last Man, as the last woman left on Earth.[10] The film was released by Lions Gate Entertainment.

In 2005, she had a role in a pilot called Commuters, a suburban big city version of Desperate Housewives.[11] She also had a recurring role as Charlotte Morgan on The O.C. in 2005;[12] and she guest-starred as Courtney Reece on David E. Kelley's Boston Legal in 2006. Ryan then co-starred in the CBS legal drama Shark as Los Angeles County District Attorney Jessica Devlin alongside series lead James Woods,[13][14] but she did not return for episodes aired after the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike although she was credited in all four episodes.[15] The series did not air between January 27 and April 29, 2008. CBS cancelled the broadcast of the series after its Season 2 finale, May 20, 2008.[16]

She guest starred as defense attorney Patrice La Rue on the April 7, 2009, episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, her first role since giving birth to her daughter Gisele.[17] Ryan next won a 7-episode role on the TNT drama Leverage in Season 2 as a grifter named Tara Cole, to fill in while series regular Gina Bellman (Sophie) was on maternity leave.[18]

She was in the Kevin Tancharoen-directed short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as Sonya Blade.[19] Although originally a film, it marketed as a web series, with Episode 1 previews scheduled to appear online in June 2010.[20] The web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, officially launched in March 2011.[21][22][23][24]

Ryan was a regular in the medical drama series Body of Proof, which premiered on March 29, 2011.[25]

Ryan has also continued to appear in guest roles on genre television series, most recently on the Syfy series Warehouse 13 as United States Marine Major Amanda Lattimer, ex-wife of the series' male lead character Pete Lattimer, in the episode "Queen for a Day", aired August 1, 2011. She has also been announced to join the upcoming Syfy series Helix for a multi-episode arc.[26] Ryan made a return guest appearance on the TNT drama Leverage in Season 4, Episode 13 as the grifter Tara Cole, in the episode entitled "The Girls' Night Out Job" which aired December 11, 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Ryan at the 2010 Las Vegas Star Trek convention in Nevada.

In 1990, while dealing blackjack at a charity event, the actress met investment banker and future Republican political candidate Jack Ryan. The couple married on June 15, 1991 and had a son, Alex, on August 15, 1994. Throughout the marriage, they took turns commuting between Los Angeles and Chicago for their careers but divorced on August 27, 1999. Although Ryan mentioned in an interview for Star Trek that the frequent separations had been difficult for the marriage, the reasons for the divorce were kept sealed at their mutual request.[citation needed] After a court decision to unseal the documents, the Chicago Tribune reported that those documents revealed that then Congressman Ryan, "tried to coerce her into having sex with him in front of strangers."[27] Following this disclosure Congressman Ryan withdrew from his Senate Campaign against Barack Obama.[28]

A couple of years after she joined the Voyager cast, Ryan began dating Star Trek: Voyager producer Brannon Braga.[29] Between February and November 2000, they were stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats in May 2001.[30][31][32] According to the May 7, 2009, episode of the UK Crime channel series Crime Stories, Pagtakhan had letters stating that he was going to sexually assault Ryan and torture Braga.

When Jack Ryan's campaign for an open United States Senate seat in Illinois began in 2003, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the local ABC affiliate, sought to have his records released. Both Jeri and Jack agreed to make their divorce, but not custody, records public, saying their release could be harmful to their son.[33]

On June 18, 2004, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider agreed to release the custody files.[34] The decision generated much controversy because it went against both parents' direct request and reversed the decision to seal the papers in the best interest of the child. It was revealed that six years earlier, Jeri had accused Jack Ryan of asking her to perform sexual acts with him in public,[35] and in sex clubs in New York, New Orleans, and Paris.[33][36] Ryan described one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips, and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling."[37] Jack denied these allegations. Although Ryan only made a brief statement,[38] and she refused to comment on the matter during the campaign, the document disclosure led Jack to withdraw his candidacy;[39][40] his main opponent, Barack Obama, then won the 2004 United States Senate election in Illinois.[41]

According to statements she has made in interviews, Ryan's avocation is gourmet cooking. While starring in Boston Public, she moonlighted on weekends in the kitchen of the Los Angeles restaurant The House.[42] In 2003, Ryan met French chef Christophe Émé at a chef's charity event. The two eventually began a relationship, and Émé moved in with Ryan and her son Alex in their San Fernando Valley home.[43] In February 2005, Ryan, a "lifelong Francophile",[43] opened—in partnership with Émé—the restaurant Ortolan.[44] Located on Third Street in Los Angeles, California, the restaurant served French food with a modern interpretation. The two have appeared on Iron Chef America, where Émé and one sous-chef challenged Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and his two sous-chefs. The restaurant is seen in season 2, episode 26 of Boston Legal as Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader) are discussing the arrival of Courtney Reece (Jeri Ryan) at "her favorite restaurant". Despite its success, the restaurant closed in December 2010.[citation needed]

Ryan and Émé married in the Loire Valley, France, on June 16, 2007.[45] On March 2, 2008, Ryan gave birth to daughter Gisele Émé in Los Angeles, California.[46]

Ryan is a catholic. [47] [48]


1991Nightmare in Columbia CountyDawn Elizabeth SmithTelevision movie
Alternate title: Victim of Beauty
1992Flash III: Deadly NightshadeFelicia KaneTelevision movie
1992Just DesertsNicoleTelevision movie
1993In the Line of Duty: Ambush in WacoRebeccaTelevision movie
1996Pier 66Beth SaundersTelevision movie
1999Men Cry BulletsLydia
2000Last Man, TheThe Last ManSarah
2000Disney's The KidLarry King guest
2000Dracula 2000Valerie SharpeAlternate title: Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000
2003Down with LoveGwendolyn
2005Commuters, TheThe CommutersAnneTelevision movie
2010Mortal Kombat: RebirthSonya Blade
2010Dead LinesSophie FyneTelevision movie
2010Secrets in the WallsRachel EastonTelevision movie
1991Who's the Boss?PamEpisode: "The Unsinkable Tony Micelli"
1991Flash, TheThe FlashFelicia KaneEpisode: "The Deadly Nightshade"
1991Top of the HeapTylerEpisode: "The Marrying Guy"
1991NursesLisaEpisode: "Mother, Jugs, and Zach"
1991Reasonable DoubtsRachel BeckwithEpisode: "Graduation Day"
1993Jackie Thomas Show, TheThe Jackie Thomas ShowPauline YardleyEpisode: "Jackie and the Model"
1993Matlock: The Fatal SeductionCarrie Locke2 episodes
1994Time TraxLauren SandersEpisode: "Out for Blood"
1995Murder, She WroteMauraEpisode: "Death n' Denial"
1995Charlie GraceClaireEpisode: "Designer Knock-Off"
1996Client, TheThe ClientJenniferEpisode: "The Morning After"
1996Melrose PlaceValerie Madison2 episodes
1996Diagnosis: MurderMelissa FarnesEpisode: "Murder by the Book"
1997Dark SkiesJuliet Stewart8 episodes
1997–2001Star Trek: VoyagerSeven of Nine102 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (1998–99)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
1999Sentinel, TheThe SentinelAlexis Barnes2 episodes
1999DilbertSeven of Nine alarm clockEpisode: "The Gift"
2001–2004Boston PublicRonnie Cooke59 episodes
2004–2011Two and a Half MenSherri3 episodes
2005O.C., TheThe O.C.Charlotte Morgan7 episodes
2006Boston LegalCourtney Reese2 episodes
2006–2009Iron Chef AmericaHerself2 episodes
2006–2008SharkJessica Devlin34 episodes
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPatrice Larue3 episodes
2009–2011LeverageTara8 episodes
2010PsychDr. Kim PhoenixEpisode: "The Head, the Tail, and the Whole Damn Episode"
2011Mortal Kombat: LegacySonya Blade2 episodes
2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentNaomi HalloranEpisode: "Boots on the Ground"
2011–2012Warehouse 13Major Amanda Lattimer2 episodes
2011–2013Body of ProofKate Murphy42 episodes
2014Major CrimesLinda RothmanEpisode: "Return to Sender, Part 2"
2014HelixConstance Sutton2 episodes
2015NCISRebecca ChaseEpisode: "Check"
Computer games

Notable awards and nominations[edit]


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Preceded by
Dawn Spicuzza
Miss Illinois
Succeeded by
Marjorie Vincent