|(Actress - Buck Rogers; Silver Spoons)|
|For five years on nightly network NBC TV, Erin Gray was the American public’s image of the ideal woman. Her “Kate” in Silver Spoons managed to have it all—marriage, family, and business career. And for the two years before that, she had redefined our public image of the beauty with brains, when “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” became a hit series, her sleek, sophisticated “Colonel Wilma” became a role model, and Erin Gray became a household word.
Erin’s success as the face that launched some of America’s most glamorous beauty products was already legendary before she made the dramatic career change from model to actress. As the original “I’m worth it.” woman for L’Oreal, and the Bloomingdales’ spokeswoman for Ten years, she was launched into a starring role in the critically acclaimed television mini-series “Evening in Byzantium” with Glenn Ford. Ms Gray continued to star in numerous Movies-of The-Week, “Born Beautiful,” “Starman,” “Coach of the Year,” and “Code of Vengeance,” and also starred opposite Kenny Rogers as Lilah in the feature film “Six Pack” directed by Dan Petrie.
In “Silver Spoons,” in which Ms. Gray met and mastered the triple-challenge of the television sitcom—comedy, television, and live audiences, she further honed her “live audience” comedic skills by doing theatre, starring in “California Suite” and “Six Rooms River View,” and not only achieving critical success with “Social Security,” but bringing audiences to their feet with standing ovations.
Ms. Gray continued to co-star in numerous MOWs such as “Breaking Home Ties” with Jason Robards, “The Avenging Ace” and “Addicted to His Love.” In three fascinating roles Ms. Gray was again able to express her versatility and range, as a psychotic killer, and “evil duchess” opposite John Rhys Davies, a brilliant and twisted femme fatal in “Dark Justice,” opposite Frances’s leading comedic leading actor Thierry L’Hermite in a hilariously funny farce as an American writer who while hiding out in a French Chateau, becomes involved in a murder mystery.
In the mid nineties Erin starred in three feature films, “Jason Goes To Hell,” “Dangerous Place” and “T-Force.” She also starred in the first original movie for the USA/ Sci-Fi Networks, “Official Denial” with Parker Stevenson, and Dirk Benedict, as well as, the challenging role as the intense prosecutor, Pam Bozanich in the controversial film of the high profile Menendez trail, “Honor Thy Father and Mother.” Erin also made appearances in guest-starring roles in the CBS MOW “Crowfoot,” and in the very popular “Baywatch.”
In the summer of ’97 Erin starred in the award winning play “La Moure N.D. 58458” at the Bitter Truth Theatre in Los Angeles, as part of the cutting edge NoHo Arts Festival. Erin went on to guest star in recurring roles, as Congresswoman Karen Archer in NBC’s highly acclaimed drama “Profiler,” and the coldhearted Nicole Devlin in ABC’s “Port Charles.” And in 2002 Erin was honored with the Entertainer Award at San Diego Film Festival.
Erin and Co-star Joel Higgins from Silver Spoons delighted in working together again, in 2005, this time performing in Bernard Slade’s “Same Time Next Year” at the Buck County Playhouse in New Hope, Penn.
Within the new millennium, Erin has completed filming 14 independent feature films, “The Last Producer” with Burt Reynolds, “Woman’s Story,” “Social Misfits,” “Touched By A Killer,” “Delicate Instruments,” “S.W.A.T.,” “ManFast,” “Serial Intentions,” “Clover Bend” with Robert Urich and “Caught In The Headlights with Stacey Keach. In 2006 there was “The Wedding Video” and “Loaded” with Jesse Metcalf and Chace Crawford.
Magically last year brought Gil Gerard and Erin together for the first time since “Buck Roger” in a made for TV movie called, “Meltdown.” In addition, Erin thoroughly enjoyed working on David Kelley’s short lived but very funny comedy series, “Wedding Bells,” and starred opposite William Atherton in the Sci Fi Channel’s “Ghouls” which was shot on location in Romania. Erin has just completed filming on location at the mystical Mt. Shasta a much loved project called “Dreams Awake.” This very special film reunited Erin with Tim O’Connor, Dr. Huer from “Buck Rogers,” who portrayed her dad, and Gary Graham as her husband.
Throughout the nineties Erin and friend, Mara Purl managed to co-write “Act Right,” a professional guide for actors which just won first place in 2007 for the Evvy Award give by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.
In addition to raising two beautiful children who are a constant source of pride and joy, Erin and her husband, the noted Director of Photography Richard Hissong, are currently producing a video on one of her favorite subjects, Chi Kung & Tai Chi. Erin teaches these moving art forms 4 days a week at the Encino Acupuncture Center and travels around the county sharing her passion for Tai Chi and the healing arts.
Within the last eight years, Erin established, Heroes for Hire, a company which books celebrities at personal appearances and speaking engagements, and a production company, Wu Wei Entertainment.
Possessing a highly developed sense of public service, Ms. Gray, as spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence & as an advisory board member for Haven House, the oldest battered women’s shelter in the U.S., co-produced & wrote PSAs with Women In Film. For over a decade Erin has been speaking out against domestic violence, a topic that is close to her heart.
Erin also takes time out of her busy schedule to host such programs as lifetime Cable’s “Drug & Alcohol Intervention Program,” and give motivational speeches for such organizations as UPS, AFLAC, and Lady Remington. Erin is the recipient of 9 community service awards, such as the leadership Award by the county of LA & The Guardian Angel Award from Mothers Against Sexual Abuse, the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award of Distinction, the 1999 Women’s peace Power Media Award. & the 2002 Women of the year award by the LA commission For Women and 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards.