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Gina Ravera

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Gina Ravera
Born (1966-05-20) May 20, 1966 (age 55)
Years active1990–2014, 2018–present

Gina Ravera (born May 20, 1966) is an American actress. She has appeared in the films Showgirls (1995), Soul Food (1997), Kiss the Girls (1997), and The Great Debaters (2007). She co-starred as detective Irene Daniels in the TNT crime drama series The Closer (2005-2009).

Life and career

Ravera was born in San Francisco, California. She is of African-American and Puerto Rican descent.[1] She is a classically trained dancer.

In the early 1990s, Ravera began appearing in guest-starring roles on television shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Melrose Place, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. During 1993-94, she was a cast member of the CBS crime series Silk Stalkings. In films, she had a starring role in the 1995 erotic drama Showgirls, directed by Paul Verhoeven, and in 1997 appeared in the comedy-drama Soul Food. Ravera later went to television, appearing in TV movies of the week and in series guest roles and regular roles. She was a regular cast member of Time of Your Life, a spin-off series of Fox's popular teen drama Party of Five, from 1999 to 2001.

From 2005 to 2009, Ravera played Irene Daniels during the first four seasons[2] of the TNT crime drama series The Closer and was the only regular cast member to leave the series during its run. From 2006 to 2008, she also had a recurring role on ER and in 2007 played Denzel Washington's wife in the biographical film The Great Debaters.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Lambada Funk Queen
1992 Steal America Jeena
1995 Illegal in Blue Alexis Direct-to-Video
1995 Showgirls Molly Abrams
1996 Get on the Bus Gina
1997 Soul Food Faith Hunter
1997 Kiss the Girls Naomi Cross
2003 Chasing Papi Beauty Pageant Judge
2004 Gas Rev. Sheila
2007 The Great Debaters Ruth Tolson


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cheryl "Someday Your Prince Will Be in Effect: Part 2"
1991 True Colors Anita "Yo' House, Mama: Part 2"
1991 Reasonable Doubts Latasha Richardson "Pure Gold"
1992 Melrose Place Theresa "My Way"
1993 Where I Live Robin "Dontay's Inferno"
1993 Days of Our Lives Vanessa Mitchell "1.7060"
1993 Frasier Waitress "The Good Son"
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Ensign Tyler "Phantasms"
1993-1994 Silk Stalkings Dr. Diana Roth Recurring role
1994 White Mile Alma TV film
1994 NYPD Blue Shawanda Wilson "For Whom the Skell Tolls"
1995 W.E.I.R.D. World Dr. Patty Provost TV film
1996 Soul of the Game Grace TV film
1997 In the House Sam "Men in the Black"
1998 The Temptations Josephine TV film
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series
1998 Malcolm & Eddie Tracy Burke "Dream Girl"
1999 A Luv Tale Taylor James Short Film
1999–2001 Time of Your Life Jocelyn House Main role, 19 episodes
2000 919 Fifth Avenue Sheila TV film
2000 Rhapsody Lenore Foxwood TV film
2000–2001 The Fugitive Sara Gerard "Pilot", "Sanctuary", "And in That Darkness"
2002 Saint Sinner Rachel Dressler TV film
2003 Miracles Raina Bauer "The Patient"
2003 Charmed Mary "My Three Witches"
2004 The Handler Agent Ridgeway "Acts of Congress"
2004 Boston Legal Dr. Amanda Gerard "A Greater Good"
2004 Pryor Offenses Tameka TV film
2005 Inconceivable Tricia Santos "The Last Straw"
2005 Everwood Stacey "Pro Choice"
2005–2009 The Closer Det. Irene Daniels Series regular, 44 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2008-2009)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television (2006, 2009)
2006–2008 ER Dr. Bettina DeJesus Recurring role, 13 episodes
2007 Raines Lisa Lincoln "Stone Dead"
2009 Private Practice Dawn "The Hard Part"
2011 Lie to Me Paula "Rebound"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Paula O'Keefe "Risky Business Class"
2014 Castle Marsha Stoller "Montreal"
2018 Arrow Lydia Cassamento "The Dragon", "Shifting Allegiances", "The Ties That Bind"
2020 Station 19 Claudia Flores "Satellite of Love", "Born to Run"


  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ The Closer article
  3. ^ "The Great Debaters". 25 December 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
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