Penny Johnson Jerald

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Penny Johnson Jerald
Penny Johnson Jerald Paleyfest 2012.jpg
Jerald at Paleyfest 2012
BornPenny Johnson
(1961-03-14) March 14, 1961 (age 53)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (1982)
Years active1983–present
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Penny Johnson Jerald
Penny Johnson Jerald Paleyfest 2012.jpg
Jerald at Paleyfest 2012
BornPenny Johnson
(1961-03-14) March 14, 1961 (age 53)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (1982)
Years active1983–present

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 and Captain Victoria "Iron" Gates on the ABC comedy-drama series Castle.

Early life and education[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, and appeared in Do The Right Thing in 1989, The Paper Chase from 1984 to 1986 and General Hospital in 1986, before she played the title character's unflappable personal assistant, Beverly Barnes, on The Larry Sanders Show. Throughout the 1990s, Jerald guest starred in many television series such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Grace Under Fire, Cosby and Family Law.

Following Larry Sanders, Jerald appeared in the 1997 film Absolute Power and 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. 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 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 played 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]


1983American PlayhouseJill HatchEpisode: "The Files on Jill Hatch: Part I"
1984Swing ShiftGenevieve
1984The Hills Have Eyes Part IISue
1984T.J. HookerLisa CodyEpisode: "Anatomy of a Killing"
1984Hill Street BluesJackie DeWittEpisode: "Blues for Mr. Green"
1984-1986The Paper ChaseVivian Conway17 episodes
1985The JeffersonsDonelleEpisode: "Last Dance"
1985Simon & SimonHanna McKenzieEpisode: "Out-of-Town Brown"
1987Women in PrisonPattyEpisode: "Walk This Way"
1988The Cosby ShowNurseEpisode: "The Visit"
1988Simon & SimonEvelyn JacobsonEpisode: "Zen and the Art of the Split-Finger Fastball"
1989Tour of DutyJan HudsonEpisode: "For What It's Worth"
1989She's the SheriffDorothyEpisode: "Divorce, Wiggins Style"
1989HomeroomVirginia Harper13 episodes
1990Freddy's NightmaresElaine AlamoEpisode: "Life Sentence"
1990CoachSusanEpisode: "The Day That Moses Came to Town"
1990KaleidoscopePaulaTelevision movie
1990Parker Lewis Can't LoseMs. Miriam DonnellyEpisode: "Teacher, Teacher"
1991ColumboMaxine JarrettEpisode: "Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health"
1992-1998The Larry Sanders ShowBeverly Barnes82 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
1993Fear of a Black HatRe-Re
1993Class of '61LaviniaTelevision movie
1993What's Love Got to Do with ItLorraine Taylor
1993Empty CradleGail HuddleTelevision movie
1994Star Trek: The Next GenerationDobaraEpisode: "Homeward"
1994Molly & GinaMaria
1995AutomaticJulia Rodriguez
1995-1999Star Trek: Deep Space NineKasidy Yates15 episodes
1996Grace Under FireBailey Alford2 episodes
1997CosbyPennyEpisode: "Brave New Hilton"
1997Absolute PowerLaura Simon
1997The Gregory Hines ShowElizabethEpisode: "Pilot"
1998-1999ERNurse Practitioner Lynette Evans9 episodes
1999A Secret LifeHopeTelevision movie
2000The Color of FriendshipRoscoe DellumsTelevision movie
2000Family LawChristine WebberEpisode: "Family Values"
2001The X-FilesDr. Hellura LyleEpisode: "Medusa"
2001The PracticeAttorney Laura GarrettEpisode: "Awakenings"
2001Citizen BainesDenise WillisEpisode: "A Day Like No Other"
2001-200424Sherry Palmer45 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2002Touched by an AngelEleanorEpisode: "The Impossible Dream"
2003DC 9/11: Time of CrisisCondoleezza RiceTelevision movie
2003FrasierCarolEpisode: "Maris Returns"
2005-2006EveBeverly Williams4 episodes
2006Law & OrderMs. BookerEpisode: "Choice of Evils"
2006The Path to 9/11Condoleezza RiceTelevision movie
2007The 4400Rebecca Parish3 episodes
2007-2008October RoadDean Etwood10 episodes
2009-2010NCISJoanne Torence2 episodes
2010Tyler Perry's House of PayneMaxine Bannet4 episodes
2010BonesRachel AdamsEpisode: "The X in the File"
2011-presentCastleCaptain Victoria "Iron" Gates47 episodes


  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. 

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