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Peri Gilpin

Peri Gilpin
Born Peri Kay Oldham
(1961-05-27) May 27, 1961
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Actress, voice actress, producer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Christian Vincent (1999-present)
Children 2

Peri Gilpin (born Peri Kay Oldham; May 27, 1961)[1] is an American actress known for portraying Roz Doyle in the U.S. television series Frasier and Kim Keeler in the ABC Family television drama Make It or Break It.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Peri was born in Waco, Texas as Peri Oldham, daughter of James Franklin Oldham and his wife Sandra Jo Hauck. Her parents divorced, and Sandra married secondly to Allen W Gilpin Jr in 1969. Peri then took her step-father's surname.

Peri Gilpin grew up in Dallas, where her family encouraged her acting abilities. After studying at the Dallas Theater Center, she pursued acting at the University of Texas at Austin and the British-American Academy in London. She began using the moniker "Peri Gilpin" (using her stepfather's surname) after becoming a professional actress.

Her father Jim became the Philadelphia weatherman and radio disc jockey under his stage name Jim O'Brien, who was a well known and respected radio and TV News weatherman/personality in Philadelphia in the '70s and early 80s. He died in a skydiving accident on September 25, 1983.[2]


Gilpin appeared on the TV series Cheers, playing Holly Matheson in the 21st episode of the 11th season.

From 1993 until 2004, Gilpin played Roz Doyle in the television series Frasier, a spin-off of Cheers, starring Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, the role he had played on Cheers since 1984. Along with the principal cast, Gilpin won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2000.

In 2009, Gilpin appeared in the ABC Family drama Make It or Break It, for which she received a Gracie Award in the category of "Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series".

Gilpin and Frasier co-star Jane Leeves ran a production company, "Bristol Cities" (named from the cockney rhyming slang), whose projects included a Fox network pilot titled Minister of Divine, an American remake of the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, with Kirstie Alley (another Cheers regular) in a starring role. However, the pilot was not picked up by the network.

Gilpin is the voice artist for the character Jane Proudfoot in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. She also provided the voices of Desiree in the Nickelodeon animated television series Danny Phantom, Volcana in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, Hecate in Hercules: The Animated Series, and Kate Corrigan in the Hellboy animated films. Gilpin also did voice work for several Wells Fargo and Johnsonville Meats TV commercials.

Gilpin has appeared on the television series Medium and Desperate Housewives. She has a supporting role on the television series Make It or Break It, and appeared on Law & Order and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. She starred alongside Teri Polo in the Lifetime movie For the Love of a Child. In 2012, Gilpin guest-starred with another Cheers stalwart Ted Danson in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Currently she also has a small, recurring role in Men at Work on TBS as editor of Full Steam magazine. Appeared in the episode "Robots" on the television series Scorpion [CBS] on October 12, 2015. Was introduced as a superior in homeland security above the Scorpion team.

Personal life

Since her mother's death from leiomyosarcoma,[3] Gilpin has led efforts for cancer research[4] through The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA).[3] Her sister, Patti Oldham Wynne, diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2009,[5] participates in SFA by sharing case access and awareness advocacy. Patti and their half-siblings by her mother's second marriage, Marc and April Gilpin, also are actors with credits of their own. Some of them also have children: Sam, Spencer, Daisy and Presley, making Peri an aunt, too.

Gilpin married realist painter Christian Vincent on July 31, 1999. The couple have twins, Stella Mae and Ava Pearl, born by a surrogate mother on May 7, 2004.[6] She is godmother to Frasier co-star Jane Leeves's daughter Isabella, and Leeves is godmother to Peri's daughter Stella. Gilpin and Leeves have also lived near the ocean, next door to each other, in the greater Los Angeles area.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Raksha the Wolf (voice) Direct-to-video
1999 Spring Forward Georgia
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Debra Salhany
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Officer Jane Proudfoot (voice)
2005 Thru the Moebius Strip Caroline Weir (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1988 21 Jump Street Fitzgerald Episode: "The Currency We Trade In"
Almost Grown Kim Episode: "Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney"
1990 Matlock Leslie Matthews Episode: "The Pro"
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Irene
1992 Wings Barbara #242 Episode: "Four Dates That Will Live in Infamy"
1993 Designing Women Jade Herman Episode: "Shovel Off to Buffalo"
Cheers Holly Matheson Episode: "Woody Gets an Election"
1993–2004 Frasier Roz Doyle
1995 Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story Charlotte Parks TV Movie
Pride & Joy Brenda Episode: "Brenda's Secret"
1996 The Outer Limits Dr. Rebecca Warfield Episode: "Out of Body"
Early Edition Lenore Episode: "After Midnight"
1998 The Lionhearts Lana Lionheart (voice)
Hercules: The Animated Series Hecate (voice) Episodes: "Hercules and the Underworld Takeover"
"Hercules and the Disappearing Heroes"
1998-1999 Superman: The Animated Series Volcana (voice) "Where There's Smoke"
2000 Baby Blues Ms. Brennan Episode: "Ugly Zoe"
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Carol Wyman TV movie
2003 Justice League Volcana (voice) Episode: "Only a Dream"
2003-2009 King of the Hill Additional voices
2005 Uncommon Sense Tracy TV movie
2004-2005 Danny Phantom Desiree (voice) Episodes: "What You Want"
"Memory Blank"
2005 Women of a Certain Age Dianne TV movie
2006 For the Love of a Child Sara O'Meara TV movie
Hellboy: Sword of Storms Professor Kate Corrigan (voice) TV movie
2007 Medium Diane Benoit Episode: "The Boy Next Door"
Hellboy: Blood and Iron Professor Kate Corrigan (voice) TV movie
Desperate Housewives Maggie Gilroy Episode: "God, That's Good"
Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness Erin Teller TV movie
Side Order of Life Celia Hutchinson Episode: "Awakenings"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Grace Pardue Episode: "Offense"
2009-2011 Make It or Break It Kim Keeler
2011 Hot in Cleveland Taylor Episode: "I Love Lucci: Part One"
2012 Grey's Anatomy Marcie Episode: "Hope for the Hopeless"
2012-2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Barbara Russell Episodes: "Homecoming"
"Karma to Burn"
"Pick and Roll"
"Passed Pawns"
2013 Men at Work Alex Turner Episodes: "The New Boss"
"Long Distance Tyler"
Modern Family Jeannie Episode: "The Help"
Drop Dead Diva Miss Ortiz Episode: "Jane's Secret Revealed"
2015 Mr. Robinson Eileen Taylor Series regular


  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Peri Gilpin". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^; The Death of Jim O'Brien
  3. ^ a b "Peri Gilpin Interview". Ability Magazine. August–September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Peri Gilpin broadcasts breast cancer awareness". USA Today. April 12, 2002. Retrieved August 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ at UTSW-NCI,
  6. ^ Lynch, Jason (May 7, 2004). "Happy Mothers' Days: First-Time Parents Peri Gilpin and Heidi Klum Welcome Their New Arrivals".  
  7. ^ Mulkerrins, Jane (2011-02-13). "Jane Leeves in Hot in Cleaveland has struck sitcom gold again". Dailymail. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 

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