Marg Helgenberger

Actor, Meat packing plant worker
A comely, red-haired leading lady with an open-faced, forceful manner, Marg Helgenberger began on the small screen as the feisty rookie police officer Siobhan Ryan on ABC's Irish-flavored daytime soap, "Ryan's Hope" ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1958 in Fremont, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Under the Dome 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intelligence 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1999 - 2000, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Columbus Day 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Brooks 2007 (Movie)

Emma Brooks (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

Ann Foreman (Actor)

King of the Hill 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Her Life & the NFL 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

Donna Jensen (Actor)

Frasier 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Keys to Her Past 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Species II 1998 (Movie)

Doctor Laura Baker (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

Sarah Kellogg (Actor)

Just Looking 1997 (Movie)

Darlene (Actor)

The Last Time I Committed Suicide 1997 (Movie)

Lizzy (Actor)

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Boys 1995 (Movie)

Alison Sinclair (Actor)

Partners 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Species 1995 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Margarette (Actor)

The Hidden Room 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Tommyknockers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Motive 1992 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Not on the Frontline 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

China Beach 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Crooked Hearts 1991 (Movie)

Jenetta (Actor)

Deadline 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Peacemaker 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

After Midnight 1989 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Always 1989 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '89 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Shell Game 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

Conundrum (TV Show)

Actor

Death Dreams (TV Show)

Actor

Giving Up the Ghost (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Face Murders (TV Show)

Actor

In Sickness and in Health (TV Show)

Actor

Inflammable (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Vows (TV Show)

Actor

Lie Down With Lions (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Live! (TV Show)

Actor

Thanks of a Grateful Nation (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Tony Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

Where Are My Children? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A comely, red-haired leading lady with an open-faced, forceful manner, Marg Helgenberger began on the small screen as the feisty rookie police officer Siobhan Ryan on ABC's Irish-flavored daytime soap, "Ryan's Hope". After some primetime guest spots, she landed a regular role supporting Margot Kidder and James Reid on the short-lived CBS series about two former con artists, "Shell Game" (1987). She fared better with her second series, winning an Emmy for the provocative Vietnam War drama, "China Beach" (1988-91). As K.C., a prostitute who attaches herself to a M.A.S.H. unit in Vietnam, Helgenberger brought forthright feminist insights to her brash, hard-bitten character. Though she would have a recurring role as George Clooney's love interest on NBC's popular medical drama "ER" in 1996, she had to wait for her return as a series regular until the Las Vegas-set "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ). Cast as senior forensics investigator Catherine Willows, who tries to balance work and motherhood, the actress enjoyed a meaty role that earned her an Emmy nomination in its first season.

Relationships

Hugh Helgenberger

Father
Died in 1986 of multiple sclerosis

Kay Helgenberger

Mother
Born c. 1936

Curt Helgenberger

Brother
Born c. 1961

Ann Helgenberger

Sister
Born c. 1956

Alan Rosenberg Actor

Husband
Met in 1984 when they appeared together on "Ryan's Hope" (ABC) Became reacquainted in 1986 after his divorce from actor Robin Bartlett Married Sept. 9, 1989 Separated in November 2008 after 19 years of marriage Filed for divorce in March 2009 Divorced Feb. 1, 2010

Hugh Rosenberg

Son
Born Oct. 21, 1990; father, Alan Rosenberg

EDUCATION

Kearney State College

Kearney , Nebraska
Now the University of Nebraska at Kearney; later transferred to Northwestern's School of Speech

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1982
Graduated from the School of Speech

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1982
Graduated from the School of Speech

Milestones

2008

Acted opposite Val Kilmer in the heist thriller "Columbus Day"

2007

Cast as Kevin Costner's wife in the thriller "Mr. Brooks"

2004

Starred opposite Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson in the comedy "In Good Company"

2000

Portrayed Patsy Ramsey in the CBS miniseries about the killing of Jon Benet Ramsey "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town"

2000

Returned to series television as Catherine Willows on the CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"; earned Best Actress Golden Globe (2002) and Emmy (2003) nominations

2000

Cast in a featured role opposite Julia Roberts in the Oscar-winning film "Erin Brockovich"

1998

Played Steven Weber's irate sister in Showtime's miniseries about the elusive Gulf War Syndrome, "Thanks of a Grateful Nation"

1998

Reprised role as Dr. Baker in the sequel bomb "Species II"

1997

Portrayed sex-starved widow to David Caruso's small-time crook in Showtime’s "Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast"

1997

Played Pia Postman, the shallow, vain, heavily made-up talk show host in the NBC TV-movie "Murder Live!"

1996

Had a recurring role as George Clooney's love interest on NBC's medical drama "ER"

1996

Appeared as James Garner's book editor in "My Fellow Americans"

1995

Portrayed molecular biologist Laura Baker in "Species"

1994

Played Woody Harrelson's love interest in "The Cowboy Way"

1993

Acted opposite Bruno Kirby in "I'll Be Waiting," a Tom Hanks directed segment of Showtime's "Fallen Angels"

1993

Portrayed a novelist living in a haunted forest in the ABC miniseries, "The Tommyknockers"

1991

Acted in Michael Bortman's adaptation of Robert Boswell's novel "Crooked Hearts"

1990

Made TV-movie debut, "Blind Vengeance" (USA Network)

1989

Had a small role in Steven Spielberg's romantic comedy-drama "Always"

1989

Made feature film debut in one segment of the horror anthology "After Midnight"

1988

First prominent role was as Karen Charlene "K.C." Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute on the ABC war drama "China Beach"; nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1991, 1992)

1987

Played the regular role of Natalie Thayer in the short-lived CBS comedy-drama, "Shell Game"

1982

Landed first professional acting role, playing rookie cop Siobhan Ryan on the daytime drama "Ryan's Hope" (ABC)

1981

Performed in a campus production of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew"

Made first TV appearance as a nightly local news weather girl in her hometown Nebraska (billed as Margi McCarty)

Grew up in North Bend, NE; worked part-time in a meat packing plant

Bonus Trivia

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Her first name was pronounced with a hard "G."

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"There's no BS about Marg. She's feisty, direct and down home." – "China Beach" co-star Concetta Tomei on Helgenberger, quoted in People magazine, July 1, 1991

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Though she plays a crime scene investigator who comes across often gruesome scenes on "CSI," Helgenberger admits: "I'm relatively squeamish in civilian life. I've been very fortunate not to have to deal with such things in my immediate family. When we're filming autopsy scenes, I actually feel sad. Behind each of these death's there's usually a back story of unhappiness and loss. We use a guidebook the Las Vegas police put together that's incredibly graphic. Looking at the pictures can make me turn white. If I'm going over the script at home, my husband will ask, 'Are you all right?'" – quoted in Parade magazine, April 22, 2001

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