Sheree J. Wilson

Sheree Julienne Wilson (born December 12, 1958[1]) is an American actress, producer, businesswoman, and model. She is best known for her roles as April Stevens Ewing on the American primetime television series Dallas (1986–1991) and as Alex Cahill-Walker on the television series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001).[2]

Sheree J. Wilson
Wilson on the 2008 Trail of Tears Memorial Ride
Sheree Julienne Wilson

(1958-12-12) December 12, 1958
Years active1984–present
Paul DeRobbio
(m. 1991; div. 2004)
Vince Morella (m. 2018)
ChildrenLuke DeRobbio
Nicolas DeRobbio
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

Wilson was born in Rochester, Minnesota. The daughter of two IBM executives, Wilson moved to Colorado at the age of nine and graduated from Fairview High School. In 1981, she received a degree in fashion merchandising and business from the University of Colorado Boulder.[3]


While working in Denver on a fashion shoot, one of the photographers mistook Wilson for a model and then introduced her to a New York modeling agent who signed her on the spot. Wilson then moved to Manhattan, and within 18 months, she had appeared in over 30 commercial campaigns for Clairol, Sea Breeze, Keri-Lotion, and Maybelline. Her print work ran in such popular magazines as Mademoiselle, Glamour, and Redbook.

After three years of modeling, Wilson moved to Los Angeles for a career in acting. Her first roles included the black comedy film Crimewave (1984) directed by Sam Raimi, Velvet (1984), an ABC/Aaron Spelling television movie opposite Leah Ayres, Shari Belafonte, and Mary Margaret Humes, and a guest role on the espionage series Cover Up (1984). She had a lead role with Tim Robbins in the comedy motion picture Fraternity Vacation (1985) and also appeared in a CBS television miniseries Kane & Abel (1985) with Peter Strauss. This immediately led to Our Family Honor (1985-1986), an NBC drama about Irish cops versus the Mafia, in which she co-starred with Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen, and Eli Wallach. Her career continued to flourish with a role in the television movie News at Eleven (1986) alongside Martin Sheen.

Wilson gained the role as April Stevens Ewing on the CBS soap opera Dallas (1986–1991). Her character was gunned down in the final season during her honeymoon (with new husband Bobby Ewing) in Paris. She continued to make some appearances in Bobby's dream sequences later that season. In reality, Wilson was killed off and left the series due to maternity.[3] Her performance earned her the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Death Scene in 1991, as well as four other nominations. In 2006, she attended the TV Land Award ceremony for Dallas and in November 2008, the Dallas 30th anniversary reunion party at Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas, with cast members Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Ken Kercheval, Steve Kanaly, and Charlene Tilton.

In 1993, following guest roles in the television series Matlock (opposite Clarence Gilyard's former acting mentor, Andy Griffith) and Renegade (opposite Lorenzo Lamas), Wilson played the lead female role in Hellbound opposite Chuck Norris, which led to her best-known role as Alexandra "Alex" Cahill-Walker also opposite Norris in Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001).[3][4] In 2005 she reprised her role in the television movie Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire which ended with her character being the victim of a courthouse shooting. This left many viewers to believe that there would be a follow-up movie which was severely impaired when CBS said that they would no longer be producing "Sunday Night Movie of the Week" projects. She also co-starred in the Showtime movie Past Tense (1994).

In 2006, Wilson appeared in Fragile, the first short film by documentary filmmaker Fredric Lean.[5] She played the lead role in television movies Mystery Woman: Game Time (2005) and Anna's Storm (2007).[6] She produced and starred in independent films Killing Down (2006), The Gundown (2011), Easy Rider: The Ride Back (2012), and Dug Up (2013). She co-starred in the television series Pink (2007-2008) and had a guest role in the television series DeVanity (2014). She played a major role in the television movie Christmas Belle (2013), A Mermaid for Christmas (2019), and The Silent Natural (2019).[7]

In 2016, Wilson began performing in the role of Miss Daisy Werthan in the Neil Simon Film Festival's Driving Miss Daisy opposite her former Walker, Texas Ranger co-star, Clarence Gilyard.[8][9]

Personal life

Wilson was married to Paul DeRobbio from 1991 to 2004 with whom she has two sons; Luke and Nicolas.[10]

Wilson has been active in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Trail of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride, Wings for Life aimed at healing spinal cord injuries, and White Bridle Humane Society, a horse rescue equine therapy nonprofit organization for children with developmental disabilities located in Texas.[11] Wilson also created a line of beauty therapy skin care products.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Velvet Ellen Stockwell Television film
1985 Crimewave Nancy
1985 Fraternity Vacation Ashley Taylor
1986 News at Eleven Christine Arnold Television film
1994 Past Tense Emily Talbert Television film
1994 Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion Alex Cahill
1994 Hellbound Leslie
2003 Midnight Expression Mary Drake Short film
2004 Birdie and Bogey Shelia
2005 Mystery Woman: Game Time Jody Fiske Television film
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Alex Cahill-Walker Television film
2006 Killing Down Rachel
2006 Fragile Sophie Short film
2007 Anna's Storm Mayor Anna Davenport-Baxter Television film
2011 The Gundown Sarah Morgan Also producer
2012 Dug Up Mona Walker Also producer
2013 A Country Christmas Bonnie Branson
2013 Easy Rider: The Ride Back Shane Williams Also producer
2013 Christmas Belle Angie
2014 Jail Wagon Martha Also producer
2019 The Silent Natural Rebecca Hoy
2019 A Mermaid for Christmas Theodora Television film
2020 Flip Turn Grandma


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Cover Up Rachel Episode: "Death in Vogue"
1985–1986 Our Family Honor Rita Danzig Series regular, 13 episodes
1985 Kane & Abel Melanie LeRoy Mini-Series
1986–1991 Dallas April Stevens Ewing Series regular, 112 episodes
TV Land Pop Culture Award (2006)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Death Scene (1991)
Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess: Prime Time (1988)
Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role: Prime Time (1989)
Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time (1990)
Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time (1991)
1991 Matlock Claire Mayfield Episode: "The Dame"
1992 Renegade Lisa Stone Episode: "Final Judgement"
1993–2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Alex Cahill Series regular, 196 episodes
1995 Burke's Law Jensen Farnsworth Episode: "Who Killed the King of the Country Club?"
1999 Sons of Thunder Alex Cahill 2 episodes
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Alex Cahill TV movie
2014 DeVanity[13] Claudia Muller Episode: "Death Becomes Him Part I"


Year Title Role Notes
2016- Driving Miss Daisy Miss Daisy Werthan


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  4. "WITH AN EYE ON . . . : Sheree J. Wilson feels very much at home on the 'Walker, Texas' range — Los Angeles Times". 1994-07-31. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  5. Anna's Storm a tLifetime Archived 2012-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Film Overview". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  7. "The Neil Simon Festival's Driving Miss Daisy". Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  8. Adrian Gomez — Journal Arts & Entertainment Editor. "Popejoy Hall features Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Driving Miss Daisy'". Retrieved 8 February 2016.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  9. "Sheree J. Wilson". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  10. "Sheree J. Wilson Official Website". Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  11. "Interview with Sheree J Wilson". Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  12. Newcomb, Roger (2013-08-21). "DALLAS Star Sheree J. Wilson Joins DEVANITY". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
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