Special Sub-Topic: The Face Not The Image 3: More TV Drama Stars
|Brainy and beautiful, she paid her way through college by working as an exotic dancer. While continually asking the question "who are you"?, she tried to care for her teenage daughter, and had the experience of knowing her ex-husband and her father were murdered. Who played Catherine Willows in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"?|
Marg Helgenberger. The original in the 'CSI' franchise, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was first broadcast in October 2000. Set in Las Vegas, it showed the work of the police crime lab in finding the clues to solve murders and sudden deaths.
Catherine Willows was a member of the original team and was assistant head of the night shift until promoted to supervisor in season 9.
Marg Helgenberger was born on November 16th 1958 in Fremont, Nebraska. Her first thespian role was in a university production of "A Streetcar Named Desire". In 1982 she landed a role in the daytime soap opera "Ryan's Hope" and stayed in the cast for four years.
Helgenberger won an Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in "China Beach", a show she starred in between 1988 and 1991. She worked busily in a range of shows until she landed the part of Catherine Willows, an ex-showgirl, who studied to became a CSI.
|Sonic screwdriver at the ready he journeyed across time and space. Which native of Scotland played the 10th 'Dr Who'?|
David Tennant. The 'wrong' answers also starred in the classic BBC TV series. William Hartnell was the 1st doctor, Tom Baker the 4th and Christopher Eccleston the 9th. They were each born in England. David Tennant (birth name David John McDonald) was born in West Lothian, Scotland, on April 18th 1971.
'Dr Who' first aired on 23rd November 1963. It was the story of a time lord traveling through time and space in a blue London police box. The show was a success, but some critics said that the BBC hated it, and cancelled 'Dr Who?' in 1990. A concerted campaign had it brought back in 2005, with Eccleston in the role. Tennant took over in 2005. Fans of the series were noted for picking up on any possible discrepancy in comments about the show, so I will point out that Paul McGann, the eighth doctor, appeared in a TV movie, not the TV serial. www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho includes him in the list of Time Lords.
David Tennant's list of movie credits included "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). He also met with critical acclaim when he played "Hamlet" in a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production.
|Be careful out there and you'll easily guess the name of the next actor. Who played Captain Frank Furillo in "Hill Street Blues"?|
Daniel J. Travanti. Aired between 1981 and 1987, HSB was set in a busy police precinct and was a vivid portrayal of the lives of cops both on The Job and in their private lives. It won 98 Emmy awards during its run and was credited for paving the way for many other gritty dramas. Danielo Giovanni Travanty was born on March 7th 1940 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, He won two of the Emmy awards, but after the show closed had few leading roles.
|When her mother ran off with a lesbian lover, she was left to bring up her five siblings because her father was a feckless, irresponsible drunkard. Which actress played Fiona Gallagher in "Shameless"?|
Anne-Marie Duff. Anne-Marie Duff played Fiona Gallagher in seasons 1 and two of "Shameless". Set in a working class area of Manchester, this was the story of the irresponsible Frank Gallagher, his family and their neighours on the fictional working class Chatsworth Estate. When he wasn't drunk, Frank Gallagher was stoned and Fiona had the responsibility of bringing up the family. She left with her boyfriend after season 2. (The show first aired in 2004 and one season per year followed). Anne-Marie Duff (born October 8th 1970) was twice nominated for BAFTA awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and was also nominated subsequently for "The Virgin Queen" (2005), in which she played Queen Elizabeth I.
|When you were trying to keep the devil down in the hole, it paid to be unorthodox sometimes, and to remember that you knew better than the bosses. Who played Jimmy McNulty in "The Wire"?|
Dominic West. The HBO show "The Wire" was based in Baltimore and was the creation of crime reporter David Simon, who based some of the action on what he saw while shadowing the Baltimore Police Department. It ran for five seasons from June 2002 to March 2008.
Heading the cast was Dominic West, who was born in Yorkshire, England on October 16th 1969 and played the part of Detective Jimmy McNulty.
Among West's movie roles were parts in "300" (2007); "The Forgotten" (2004); "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003); "Chicago" (2002); "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)" and "Rock Star" (2001).
|Don't scratch your nose or he'll know that you were the guilty one. Who played the observational crime-solving genius Patrick Jane in "The Mentalist"?|
Simon Baker. "The Mentalist" aired as a pilot in September 2008 and a first season quickly followed. In January 2009 it was named "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 35th People's Choice Awards.
Simon Baker played Patrick Jane, a consultant to the fictional California Bureau of Investigation. His observational powers combined with the ability to get inside the heads of suspects helped him solve many crimes.
Simon Baker was born on July 30th 1969 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. After early acting roles there, he moved to the USA, where he starred in "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Red Planet" (2004) and, on TV, "The Guardian" (2001-2004).
|She was sassy and self-assured and determined to get through a legal glass ceiling. Who played Grace Van Owen in "L.A. Law"?|
Susan Dey. "L.A. Law" was another product of the fertile mind of Steven Bochco, one of the most productive US TV producers and creators of his era. It was created jointly with Terry Louise Fisher.
Broadcast between 1986 and 1994, the show told the glamorous side of the law in The Golden State. It was not, though, afraid to shirk issues that included AIDS, gay rights, homosexuality, domestic violence and the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The show received Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series in 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991. Susan Dey (born in Pekin, Illinois on December 10th, 1952) appeared in the first six seasons. Previously she had starred in "The Partridge Family", 1970 to 1974.
|Despite all his pleading, he never did get a job. Who played Yosser Hughes, the desperate unemployed tarmac layer, in "The Boys From The Blackstuff"?|
Bernard Hill. "The Boys From The Blackstuff" was written by Alan Bleasedale as a sequel to the one-off BBC 'Play For Today' that had been a surprise hit. BFTBS was broadcast in five episodes in October and November 1982. It was set among a bunch of tarmac workers in Liverpool, with each show focusing on one of the main characters. Yosser Hughes turned out to be a fragile worker who sank into deep depression as he became even more desperate to earn money to support his wife and family. The show won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film And Television Art) award in 1983, and surveys since have seen it hailed as one of the best drama shows on British TV - ever.
Bernard Hill was born on December 17th 1944 and had a varied acting career. International audiences not familiar with BFTBS may remember Hill as Capt, Smith in "Titanic" (1997), and King Théoden in "The Lord of the Rings" (2201, 2002 and 2003), He also played opposite Clint Eastwood in "True Crime" (1999).
|When the LA police could not solve their high profile murders, they brought in a bright and sassy ex-CIA agent turned cop to help. Who played Brenda Leigh Johnson in "The Closer"?|
Kyra Sedgwick. Kyra Sedgwick played Brenda Leigh Johnson, who was brought in from Georgia to be deputy chief of L.A.'s Priority Murder Squad. She had a reputation for solving cases, thus the title. "The Closer" was first aired in June 2005. Kyra Sedgwick won a Golden Glove in 2007 for her role. Born in New York City on August 19th 1965, Sedwick began her acting career at the age of 16 in the TV soap "Another World".
|The Mounties, they said, always got their man, or at least they never gave up trying. Even when a case was long over, a team of intrepid cops tried to find the whodunit. Who played Sgt Ali McCormack in "The Cold Squad"?|
Julie Stewart. "The Cold Squad" was first aired in 1998 and 98 episodes were broadcast in five seasons. It was also seen in the USA. Julie Stewart played the head of the squad, and was the only actress to appear in all five seasons. Stewart was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1967. She also appeared in "North of 60" in 1995 and 1996.
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