Jeri Ryan Biography
In 1989, Jeri Ryan won the Miss Illinois beauty pageant and was best in swimsuit in the 1990 Miss America beauty pageant. That same year, she graduated from the Northwestern University again, this time with a degree in theatre.
After graduating from college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in acting. Prior to that, while she was still in college, she landed a part in Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Unfortunately, she was fired since she could not stop herself from laughing and was ruining every scene.
In Los Angeles, Jeri Ryan was first seen in the hit sitcom, Whos the Boss? Soon she was seen in several television series such as Matlock, Melrose Place, The Sentinel and in the movie made for television, Co-Ed Call Girl.
Jeri Ryans break came when she became a regular of the television show, Dark Skies. The show did not last more than one season but it brought her fame and other offers. In 1997, she again landed another role as a regular in the sci-fi series Star Trek: Voyager. In this series, she played the character of Seven of Nine from 1997 to 2001. Her costume showed her sexy figure and soon she became a sex symbol.
In 2001, after the cancellation of Star Trek: Voyager, Jeri Ryan was next seen in the series Boston Public. In Boston Public, she played the character of Ronnie Cooke, a lawyer turned teacher. She was a regular of Boston Public until the series final episode in 2004.
Aside from appearing on television series and shows, Jeri Ryan was also seen in films. She was seen in the film Down With Love in 2003. She was also seen in the independent movies Men Cry Bullets and The Last Man.
In 2005, Jeri Ryan had a recurring role in the television series The O.C. The following year, she guest starred in Boston Legal, by David E. Kelly. She also became a regular cast in the hit show Shark, playing the role of Jessica Delvin, L.A. District Attorney. In Shark, she stars opposite actor James Wood, who plays the role of Shark.