Canadian-born actress Kate Vernon carved out a niche as a supporting player in dozens of film and television projects over a career spanning more than three decades. Although cautioned against it by h...
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|Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin||Actor||Terry Weidner||7|
|Daughters of Privilege||Actor||Diana||7|
|Till Death Do We Part||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||n/a||19937|
|The Sister-in-Law||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||Sarah Rae Preson/Rae Phillips||19947|
|Blackjack||Actor||Dr Rachel Stein||7|
|Flood: A River's Rampage||Actor||Pat Malloy||7|
|Dangerous Touch||1993||Actor||Amanda Grace||19937|
|Morton's By the Bay||1988 1987 - 1988||Actor||Kathy Davenport||19887|
|Daughters of Privilege||Actor||Diana Keys||7|
|House of Secrets||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||Laura Morrell||19937|
|Office Party||1987||Actor||Sally Laird||19877|
|Black Sash||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Dana||20027|
|Battledogs||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||Dr. Ellen Gordon||20137|
|Reunion||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Brenda Moretti||20057|
|School of Life||Actor||E Warner||7|
|The Firm||2011 2010 - 2011||Actor||n/a||20117|
|Silent Whisper||1987 1986 - 1987||Actor||Ellen Sanders||19877|
|Red Faction: Origins||Actor||The Matriarch||7|
|Hunter||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Maggie||20027|
|The Last of Philip Banter||1985||Actor||Brent||19857|
|Roadhouse 66||1983||Actor||Melissa Duran||19837|
|Saving Grace||2008 2005 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
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|Lovejoy: The Lost Colony||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||Mary-John||19947|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2013 1999 - 2013||Actor||Dr Penelope Russell||20137|
|Battlestar Galactica: The Plan||Actor||n/a||7|
|Pretty in Pink||1986||Actor||Benny||19867|
|The Last Song||2010||Actor||Susan Blakelee||20107|
|I'll Take Manhattan||1986 1985 - 1986||Actor||Nanette||19867|
|Scream 2009||2009 2008 - 2009||Actor||n/a||20097|
|Any Day Now||2001 1997 - 2001||Actor||n/a||20017|
|Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Donna Adams||19837|
|The Outer Limits||2001 1993 - 2001||Actor||("Blood Brothers")||20017|
|The Hunger||1999 1996 - 1999||Actor||("Skin Deep")||19997|
|Kindred: The Embraced||1995 1994 - 1995||Actor||Alexandra Serris||19957|
|Star Trek: Voyager||2000 1993 - 2000||Actor||Archer||20007|
|Murder, She Wrote||1995 1983 - 1995||Actor||Rhonda||19957|
|Nash Bridges||2000 1994 - 2000||Actor||Whitney Thomas||20007|
|L.A. Law||1993 1985 - 1993||Actor||Belinda Fox||19937|
Born on April 21, 1961 in Canada, she was the daughter of actor John Vernon, best known for his portrayal of Dean Wormer in "Animal House" (1978), and Nancy West, a former actress-model. Her sister, Nan Vernon, a future singer-songwriter-musician would go on to collaborate with the likes of Dave Stewart and Rob Zombie. With her father's acting career on the rise in the U.S., the family eventually relocated to California. Although she had initially entertained thoughts of becoming an architect, and despite her dad's advice against it, Kate chose to pursue acting shortly after graduating from high school.
In the early 1980s, Vernon began to land smart parts in both films and on television, including her big screen debut in her father's women-in-prison exploitation film, "Chained Heat" (1983). She followed with a role in the Vincent Spano crime-drama, "Alphabet City" (1984) and "Roadhouse 66" (1984) starring Judge Reinhold. On television that same year, she picked up guest spots on popular series like "Dallas (CBS, 1978-1991). Following a small part in the based-on-fact disaster TV movie, "Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac" (NBC, 1984), she appeared in an episode of "Remington Steel" (NBC, 1982-87) before winning her first regular role as Lorraine Prescott on the primetime soap "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990) for the 1984-85 season.
Vernon's busy entry into the business continued apace with a variety of roles in both film and television projects. Clearly enjoying herself, she played Benny Hanson, Molly Ringwald's snooty blonde nemesis in the John Hughes teen comedy-drama "Pretty in Pink" (1986), then picked up a role in the made-for-TV miniseries "I'll Tale Manhattan" (CBS, 1987), based on the novel by Judith Krantz. After a supporting role in the little-seen thriller "Hostile Takeover" (1988) and a turn alongside her father in the crime-comedy "Mob Story" (1989), she landed a recurring character on the family sitcom "Who's the Boss?" (ABC, 1984-1992) during the 1990 season.
A spate of continued work on TV preceded Vernon's supporting role in director Spike Lee's acclaimed biopic "Malcolm X" (1992), starring Denzel Washington as the controversial civil rights activist. After appearing in the direct-to-video thrillers, "Dangerous Touch" (1994) and "Soft Deceit" (1994), she won the recurring role of Assistant District Attorney Belinda Fox on the popular legal drama, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), which lasted throughout the show's final season. Another recurring role came on the Don Johnson vehicle, "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001), where she played the role of Whitney Thomas throughout the show's first season.
Television work continued to fill out Vernon's résumé over the next several years, with roles in such made-for-cable productions as the John Woo action-adventure "Blackjack" (USA, 1998), starring Dolph Lundgren. That same year, the actress caught the attention of sci-fi fans again with a notable guest spot on "Star Trek Voyager" (UPN, 1995-2001), playing the part of Commander Valerie Archer in the 1998 episode, "In the Flesh." Following parts on a pair of short-lived series - the action-drama "Black Slash" (The WB, 2003) and the aborted revival of the cop show "Hunter" (NBC, 2003) - Vernon won the biggest role of her 20-year-career as Ellen Tigh on the acclaimed science-fiction series "Battlestar Galactica" (Syfy, 2004-09). Throughout the entire series run, Vernon portrayed the promiscuous, power-hungry wife of second-in-command Col. Tigh (Michael Hogan), deftly imbuing her with the ambiguity required to hide a monumental secret. With the end of "Galactica" Vernon continued to appear with regularity in supporting roles in films like "The Last Song" (2010) and on such series as "The Firm" (NBC, 2012- ).
By Matthew Reynolds
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