Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Jerald at Paleyfest 2012
Born Penny Johnson
(1961-03-14) March 14, 1961
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Education Juilliard School (1982)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983present
Spouse(s) Gralin Jerald (m. 1982)[1]
Children 1

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

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.[2]


Jerald began her career with small guest roles, appearing in The Paper Chase from 1984 to 1986, General Hospital in 1986, and Do The Right Thing in 1989 before playing the title character's unflappable personal assistant, Beverly Barnes, on The Larry Sanders Show. Throughout the 1990s, Jerald guest starred in several television series, including 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 arguably 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.[3]

Personal life

Johnson has been married to Gralin Jerald, with whom she has a daughter, Danyel, since 1982.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Swing Shift Genevieve
1984 Hills Have Eyes Part II, TheThe Hills Have Eyes Part II Sue
1991 Goin' to Chicago Darlene
1993 Fear of a Black Hat Re-Re
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Lorraine Taylor
1994 Molly & Gina Maria
1995 Automatic Julia Rodriguez
1997 Absolute Power Laura Simon
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters President Amanda Waller Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
1983 American Playhouse Jill Hatch Episode: "The Files on Jill Hatch: Part 1"
1984 Impostor, TheThe Impostor Michelle TV film
1984 T. J. Hooker Lisa Cody Episode: "Anatomy of a Killing"
1984 Hill Street Blues Jackie DeWitt Episode: "Blues for Mr. Green"
1984-1986 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase Vivian Conway Regular role (17 episodes)
1985 Jeffersons, TheThe Jeffersons Donelle Episode: "Last Dance"
1985 Grand Baby, TheThe Grand Baby Betty TV film
1985 Simon & Simon Hanna McKenzie Episode: "Out-of-Town Brown"
1986 General Hospital Debbie TV series
1987 1st & Ten: The Championship Phyllis Episodes: "The Comeback Trail", "Illegal Use of Love", "The Bulls Change Hands"
1987 Women in Prison Patty Episode: "Walk This Way"
1988 Simon & Simon Evelyn Jacobson / Doris Beeman Episode: "Zen and the Art of the Split-Finger Fastball"
1989 Homeroom Virginia Harper Main role (13 episodes)
1989 Tour of Duty Jan Hudson Episode: "For What It's Worth"
1989 She's the Sheriff Dorothy Episode: "Divorce, Wiggins Style"
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Elaine Alamo Episode: "Life Sentence"
1990 Coach Susan Episode: "The Day That Moses Came to Town"
1990 Kaleidoscope Paula TV film
1990 Night Visions Luanne TV film
1990 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Ms. Miriam Donnelly Episode: "Teacher, Teacher"
1991 Columbo Maxine Jarrett Episode: "Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health"
1992-1998 Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Beverly Barnes Main role (82 episodes)
1993 Class of '61 Lavinia TV film
1993 Empty Cradle Gail Huddle TV film
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dobara Episode: "Homeward
1995-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kasidy Yates Recurring role (15 episodes)
1996 Road to Galveston, TheThe Road to Galveston Laney Roosevelt TV film
1996 Grace Under Fire Bailey Alford Episodes: "Love Thy Neighbor", "Pregnant Pause"
1996 Death Benefit Sylvia Guzman TV film
1996 Writing on the Wall, TheThe Writing on the Wall Geraldine TV film
1997 Cosby Penny Episode: "Brave New Hilton"
1997 Gregory Hines Show, TheThe Gregory Hines Show Elizabeth Episode: "Pilot"
1998-1999 ER Nurse Practitioner Lynette Evans Recurring role (9 episodes)
1999 Secret Life, AA Secret Life Hope TV film
2000 Color of Friendship, TheThe Color of Friendship Roscoe Dellums TV film
2000 Deliberate Intent Laura Harmon TV film
2000 Family Law Christine Webber Episode: "Family Values"
2001 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Dr. Hellura Lyle Episode: "Medusa"
2001 Practice, TheThe Practice Atty. Laura Garrett Episode: "Awakenings"
2001 Citizen Baines Denise Willis Episode: "A Day Like No Other"
2001-2004 24 Sherry Palmer Regular role (45 episodes)
2003 DC 9/11: A Time of Crisis Condoleezza Rice TV film
2003 Frasier Carol Episode: "Maris Returns"
2005-2006 Eve Beverly Williams Recurring role (4 episodes)
2006 Law & Order Ms. Booker Episode: "Choice of Evils"
2006 Path to 9/11, TheThe Path to 9/11 Condoleezza Rice TV miniseries
2007 4400, TheThe 4400 Rebecca Parrish Episodes: "One of Us", "Tiny Machines", "The Great Leap Forward"
2007-2008 October Road Dean Leslie Etwood Recurring role (10 episodes)
2009-2010 NCIS Joanne Torrence Episodes: "Endgame" ad "Flesh and Blood"
2010 Bones Rachel Adams Episode: "The X in the File"
2011-2015[4] Castle Capt. Victoria Gates Regular role (76 episodes)
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles President Amanda Waller Web series


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