Brenda Bakke

Actor
This classically attractive stage-trained performer has spent a significant portion of her film and TV career playing "bad girls" and other women of rather questionable virtue. Bakke began acting as a teen in local ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1963 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Fast Gun 2014 (Movie)

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Dark Blue 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dollhouse 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Angel 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Popular 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Quickie 2001 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Ryan Caulfield: Year One 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Charmed 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Gothic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

Cordelia (Actor)

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

Gilder (Actor)

Gunhed 1994 (Movie)

Sergeant Nim (Actor)

Gunmen 1994 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Second Chances 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

Michelle Rodham Huddleston (Actor)

Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Danielle Steel's "Secrets" 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

Claire Beeson (Actor)

Death Spa 1990 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Another Chance 1989 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Fistfighter 1989 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Dangerous Love 1988 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Medium Rare 1988 (Movie)

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Nowhere to Run 1988 (Movie)

Joanie (Actor)

Scavengers 1987 (Movie)

Kimberly Blake (Actor)

Hardbodies 2 1986 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

A Father's Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody Lives Forever (Movie)

Laurel Trevelyn (Actor)

Shelter (TV Show)

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Star Quest (TV Show)

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Stolen: One Husband (TV Show)

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The Fixer (TV Show)

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Trucks (TV Show)

Actor

Warm Texas Rain (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This classically attractive stage-trained performer has spent a significant portion of her film and TV career playing "bad girls" and other women of rather questionable virtue. Bakke began acting as a teen in local productions in her native Portland, OR before making the move to Los Angeles to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After more stage work, Bakke entered films inauspiciously with a supporting role in the teen sex sequel "Hardbodies 2" (1986). This set the stage for her early feature career as she appeared a series of low-budget genre quickies geared toward video and cable. The reasonable spoof "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993) represented a breakthrough of sorts as Bakke played an initially sympathetic romantic interest of Charlie Sheen. The ho-hum actioner "Gunmen" (1994) found her supporting Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peebles. Bakke was a likeable party girl in "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight" (1995) and barely registered amid the violent goings-on of "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995).

Bakke has fared better in TV with episodic guest shots and TV-movies. She had a brief stint as a regular on the Western "Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times" (CBS, 1993) playing a beautiful "sportin' gal" called The Wren. Bakke's next assignment, the supernatural drama "American Gothic" (CBS, 1995), was at least a critical hit. She was well cast as Selena Coombs, perky school marm by day/slinky temptress by night and close confidant of a sinister sheriff. After a highly touted turn as Lana Turner in a pivotal scene in the noirish "L.A. Confidential" (1997), Bakke returned to series work as the mother of a teenager who becomes an undercover cop in the 1999 Fox drama "Ryan Caulfield: Year One".

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Los Angeles , California

studied acting with Gene Bua

Milestones

1999

Returned to series TV as the mother of a teenage undercover cop in the Fox drama "Ryan Caulfield: Year One"

1997

Played Lana Turner in the highly-praised film "L.A. Confidential"

1995

Cast as a regular on "American Gothic", a highly touted CBS supernatural drama

1993

Debut as a series regular, played The Wren, a beautiful "sportin' gal" on the short-lived CBS Western "Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times"

1993

First notable mainstream Hollywood credit, "Hot Shots! Part Deux"

1988

TV-movie debut, "A Father's Homecoming"

1986

Feature debut, "Hardbodies 2"

Raised in Portland, Oregon

Moved to Los Angeles to study acting at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts

Began her acting career at age 15 in a Portland stage production of "Years Ago" playing the young Ruth Gordon

Performed in several more local theater productions

Bonus Trivia

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Various pieces of publicity proclaim Bakke's expertise at several dialects including French, British, Southern, Russian and New York.

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