Debrah Farentino (born September 30, 1959) is an American actress, producer and journalist. She began her career starring in the CBS daytime soap opera Capitol from 1982 to 1987, before moving to prime time with a female leading role in the ABC comedy drama series Hooperman (1987-88).
Debrah Farentino in May 2012.
September 30, 1959
Lucas Valley, California, U.S.
(m. 1979; div. 1983)
(m. 1985; div. 1988)
(m. 1992; div. 1994)
(m. 1994; div. 2009)
Farentino had starring roles in a number of dramatic series in 1990s, include Equal Justice (1990-91), Earth 2 (1994-95), EZ Streets (1996-97) and Get Real (1999-2000). Her other notable credits include 1993 comedy film Son of the Pink Panther, 1999 miniseries Storm of the Century, and well as Syfy comedy-drama Eureka (2006-2012).
Born Deborah Mullowney in Lucas Valley, California, Farentino attended Miller Creek Junior High School and Terra Linda High School in San Rafael. She went on to pursue her undergraduate education at San Jose State before transferring to UCLA and was a model for Ford before becoming an actress.
Farentino began her acting career in 1982 when she was cast in the TV series Capitol. She has since appeared in over fifty movies and TV shows, including Hooperman (1987-1989) and Son of the Pink Panther (1993). Perhaps her most famous role was as Devon Adair in NBC's SciFi series Earth 2, the first female commander depicted in a science fiction work.
Over the span of four decades, she has guest starred in many television programs, including NYPD Blue (1994), the revival of The Outer Limits (1996), JAG (2002), CSI: Miami (2003), and Hawaii Five-0 (2011). Her most recent roles include as Isabelle Matia-Paris in the ABC series Wildfire and Beverly Barlowe in the Syfy Channel series Eureka.
Farentino has produced specials for PBS/WXEL, receiving a Suncoast Emmy nomination for "Saving Americas Heroes”. She has also appeared on CBS news as a special correspondent covering Guardian Angel units and has embedded multiple times with USAF Special Forces rescue units in Afghanistan.
She was chosen as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1995, while pregnant with daughter Sophie.
In 1979 she married Scott Staples. They divorced in 1983. In 1985, she married actor James Farentino, who was more than 20 years her senior. Their marriage ended in 1988. Her third husband was producer Tony Adams in 1992-1994. Later, she married director Gregory Hoblit, but they divorced in 2009. She has two daughters, one is the photographer Molly Adams.
As of 2018, she resides in Easton, Connecticut.
|1988||Cellar Dweller||Whitney Taylor|
|1989||Mortal Sins||Laura Rollins|
|1993||Son of the Pink Panther||Princess Yasmin|
|1984||T. J. Hooker||Nicole Gardner||Episode: "Model for Murder"|
|1982–1987||Capitol||Sloan Denning||Main role|
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Dr. Kerry Langdon||Episode: "Infiltrator"|
|1987–1988||Hooperman||Susan Smith||Main role (22 episodes)|
|1988||She Was Marked for Murder||Claire Porter||TV film|
|1989||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Debrah||Episodes: "Vegas: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1989||The Revenge of Al Capone||Jennie||TV film|
|1990–1991||Equal Justice||Julie Janovich||Main role (26 episodes)|
|1991||The Whereabouts of Jenny||Liz||TV film|
|1992||Back to the Streets of San Francisco||Sarah Burns||TV film|
|1993||McBride and Groom||TV film|
|1993||Sherlock Holmes Returns||Amy Winslow||TV film|
|1994||Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills||Judalon Smyth||TV film|
|1994||XXX's & OOO's||Pam Randall||TV film|
|1994||Dead Air||Karen / Laura||TV film|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Robin Wirkus||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|1994–1995||Earth 2||Devon Adair||Main role (21 episodes)|
|1996||The Outer Limits||Dr. Rachel Carter||Episode: "Mind Over Matter"|
|1996||A Mother's Instinct||Holly Mitchell||TV film|
|1996||Wiseguy||Emma Callendar||TV film|
|1996||Duckman||(voice)||Episode: "Exile in Guyville"|
|1996–1997||EZ Streets||Theresa Conners||Regular Role (13 episodes)|
|1997||Sisters and Other Strangers||Renee Connelly||TV film|
|1997||Total Security||Jody Kiplinger||Regular role (13 episodes)|
|1998||The Secret Lives of Men||Jane|
|1999||Storm of the Century||Molly Anderson||TV miniseries|
|1999–2000||Get Real||Mary Green||Main role (21 episodes)|
|2001||Three Blind Mice||Josie Leeds||TV film|
|2001–2002||The District||Claire Debreno||Episodes: "Cop Hunt" and "Convictions"|
|2002||JAG||Cmdr. Amanda Waller||Episode: "The Killer"|
|2002||Get Real||Mary Green||Episode: "The Last Weekend"|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Julie Harmon||Episode: "Freaks and Tweaks"|
|2004||The Division||Dr. Annabel Curran Meade||Episodes: "The Box", "Crawl Space"|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Danielle Blair||Episode: "Skeleton"|
|2005–2006||Wildfire||Isabelle Matia-Paris||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2006||Dr. Vegas||Episode: "For Love or Money"|
|2006–2012||Eureka||Beverly Barlowe||Recurring role (25 episodes)|
|2008–2009||Eli Stone||Ellen Wethersby||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2010||Saving Grace||Episode: "Loose Men in Tight Jeans"|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||Elizabeth Roan||Episode: "Loa Aloha"|
|2011||The Closer||Beth Michaels||Episode: "Star Turn"|
|2014||Criminal Minds||Undersecretary Rosemary Jackson||Episode: "200"|
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