Debrah Farentino

Debrah Farentino (born September 30, 1959) is an American actress, producer and journalist.[1] 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
Debrah Farentino in May 2012.
Deborah Mullowney

(1959-09-30) September 30, 1959
Years active1982-present
Scott Staples
(m. 1979; div. 1983)

James Farentino
(m. 1985; div. 1988)

Tony Adams
(m. 1992; div. 1994)

Gregory Hoblit
(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).

Early life

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.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

She was chosen as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1995, while pregnant with daughter Sophie. [6]

Personal life

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.[7] 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Cellar Dweller Whitney Taylor
1989 Mortal Sins Laura Rollins
1991 Bugsy Jennie
1993 Son of the Pink Panther Princess Yasmin
1993 Malice Nurse Tanya


Year Title Role Notes
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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  2. "Celebrity - Debrah Farentino". TV Guide. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  3. Tucker, Ken (December 2, 1994). "Sci-fi's First Female Commander". Entertainment Weekly. New York. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  4. "Debrah Farentino". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  5. "Elite Special Force At Moffett Field Counted On For High-Stakes Rescues". CBS News. San Francisco. November 19, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  6. De Leon, Kris (May 6, 2007). "Hot List: Eureka - Debrah Farentino". Buddy TV. Seattle, WA. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  7. "Overview for Debrah Farentino". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 18 January 2019.

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