Kim Raver

Active - 1969 - 2013  |   Born - Mar 15, 1969 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Children's/Family

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With her long face and delicate features, actress Kim Raver has a screen image that is hard to forget. Long before she blossomed into a willowy beauty, Raver began her acting career as a performer on the children's show Sesame Street, starting in 1975 when she was just six. Raver's supportive parents soon got her involved in an off-Broadway youth theater project, and by the time the young thespian was 18, she was pursuing a fine arts degree from Boston University.

By her early twenties, Raver paid her dues as well as her bills with appearances in commercials as well as shows like Law & Order and Spin City. She maintained a presence on the stage, acting in theatrical productions of plays like Holiday, but by the new millennium, Raver would be making some major commitments. Not only did she get married to director Manu Boyer in 2000, but she also signed on for a starring role on the series Third Watch that same year. She gave birth to her son Luke in 2002 and then left Third Watch in 2004 to join the cast of the hit real-time thriller series 24. Her recurring role as Jack Bauer's sometime love interest kept her quite busy, so busy in fact that her career was barely effected by the failure of a series she starred in called The Nine, which premiered in 2006 but was canceled after just eight episodes. Fans could catcher Raver later that same year on the big screen, as she played the ex-wife of Ben Stiller's character in the hit fantasy comedy Night at the Museum.

Back on the small screen, a leading role on the Sex and the City-inspired Lipstick Jungle found Raver living large in New York City, and though that series only lasted two seasons it was durnig that time the actress gave birth to her second son Leo. If it had seemed that Raver couldn't find her footing on television in the last few years however, things started to look up when she joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy in 2009, and quickly became a series regular by the end of the sixth season.

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  • Began acting career at age 6 on Sesame Street (alongside her older sister, Cybele) after being discovered at a department store.
  • Fluent in French and German.
  • Big break came when she landed a role on Broadway in Holiday, opposite Laura Linney and Tony Goldwyn.
  • Returned to work on Lipstick Jungle only weeks after her second son, Leo, was born.
  • Joined Grey's Anatomy in the middle of season 6 before being promoted to a series regular before the end of the season.