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Pauley Perrette

Perrette on 18 October 2009
Born March 27, 1969 (1969-03-27) (age 40)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.[2]
Other name(s) Pauley P.[3]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Coyote Shivers (2000-2004, divorced)[4]
Michael Bosman (2009-present)[5]

Pauley Perrette (born March 27, 1969)[1] is an American actress, known for playing Abby Sciuto on NCIS. She is also a published writer and civil rights advocate.[2]


Early life

Perrette was born in New Orleans and raised all over the southern United States.[2] She told Craig Ferguson, on The Late Late Show, that she has lived in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and California.[6]


Perrette has worked for years in television and film, mostly doing commercials, voice-overs, music videos and short films, and worked as a bartender in New York City.[1][2] In 2001, as a recurring character introduced in Season 2 of Special Unit 2, she played Alice Cramer, the Unit's public relations person. She then landed her current role, playing Abby Sciuto, an eccentric forensic scientist, on NCIS, a TV series based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Perrette's initial appearances as the character were on two episodes of JAG aired in spring of 2003 that served as a backdoor pilot and introduced the characters. She has since appeared as Abby in two 2009 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.

She also appeared as a waitress at Cafe Nervosa in Frasier during season 4, and later guest starred in season one of 24. She has made appearances in several films, including The Ring and Almost Famous.[3]

In addition to acting, Perrette is a published poet, writer, photographer, and spoken-word artist, a lover of music of all kinds, and a passionate advocate for civil rights. In 2007, she produced a documentary about U.S. civil rights attorney and author Mark Lane.[2][7]

In an interview with Craig Ferguson, who is the host of The Late, Late Show, she said she has a lifelong crime obsession. She was an undergrad student in sociology, psychology, and criminal science. She started her master's degree in criminal science before ending up in the entertainment industry. She now plays a forensic scientist, her former career goal.[8]


Perrette recorded her song, "Fear" (co-written with Tom Polce) under the name "Stop Making Friends". The song was recorded for NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack which was released on February 10, 2009. "Fear" was featured in a Season 6 episode of NCIS, according to the soundtrack's website.[9]

Prior to this, Perrette was the lead singer in the Los Angeles-based all female band Lo-Ball using the stage name Pauley P.[10] A song by Lo-Ball, "Can't Get Me Down", can be heard during the movie Legally Blonde.[11] Perrette appeared in the "The Unnamed Feeling" video for heavy metal band Metallica from their album St. Anger.

Personal life

Pauley Perrette, taken in 2007

Perrette supports many charitable organizations, including animal rescue, the American Red Cross, civil rights, and gay rights. Pauley and her long time boyfriend, Michael Bosman, held their wedding in Hollywood on Valentine's Day, 2009.[4][12] The event benefitted charities, such as Project Angel Food.[5] She was married for three years to actor and musician Coyote Shivers. She has been granted restraining orders against him since leaving him.[13]

Perrette toured the real NCIS offices on September 30, 2005, accompanied by an Entertainment Tonight camera crew. During the tour, NCIS Regional Forensic Lab director Dawn Sorenson (Abby's real life counterpart) told Perrette, "You make us all look good, so we're grateful."[14]

Perrette worked with America's Most Wanted in February 2004 to present the city of Prattville, Alabama with a check for $10,000, which will be used to supplement the reward offer for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Shannon Paulk.[15] Paulk was from Prattville, Alabama, near where Perrette had once lived as a child. Perrette also donated $10,000 to Detroit law enforcement officials to be used as a reward for information regarding the disappearance/murder of Raven Jeffries,[16] a 7-year-old Detroit girl. (Perrette's husband was from Detroit.)[17] The story originally aired on America's Most Wanted on September 8, 2007 on Fox. She also asked them for help in finding the person(s) who killed her friend, Lisa Williamson, who was murdered in 2007 after her Detroit home was set on fire.

During the fall of 2008, Perrette opposed the California referendum item Proposition 8, writing a public letter urging Californians to vote against the measure.[18] She is a member of the Hollywood United Methodist Church.[19]

Perrette does not use any social networking sites like MySpace or Twitter. Profiles on such sites are impersonators.[20]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Magical Make-Over Shannon
1996 - 1997 Murder One Gwen 10 Episodes
Frasier Rebecca 2 Episodes, credited as: Pauley P
1997 Early Edition Theresa Laparko 1 Episode, credited as: Pauley P
1997 The Price of Kissing Renee Credited as: Pauley P.
1998 Hand on the Pump Hi-Girl
That's Life Lisa Unknown Episodes
The Naked Truth Ilana 1 Episode
The Drew Carey Show Darcy 4 Episodes
1999 Batman Beyond Cop voice
Jesse Gwen
Veronica's Closet Nicole 1 Episode
Batman Beyond: The Movie Police officer voice
1999-2000 Time of Your Life Cecilia Wiznarksi 21 Episodes
2000 Civility Carolyn
Almost Famous Alice Wisdom
2001 Smash Charley Unknown Episodes
My First Mister Bebe
Dead Last Erica 1 Episode
Philly Angela 1 Episode
Dawson's Creek Rachel Weir, Ph.D. 2 Episodes
The American Shame Associate Producer
2001-2002 Special Unit 2 Alice Cramer 4 episodes
2002 24 Tanya Season 1, 2 episodes
Red Skies Patty Peirson TV
The Ring Beth
Hungry Hearts Cokie Conner
Haunted Nadine 1 Episode
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Candeece 1 Episode
JAG Abby Sciuto 2 Episodes
Ash Tuesday Gina Mascara
Brother Bear Female Lover Bear voice
2003-present NCIS Abby Sciuto All Episodes
2004 Cut and Run Jolene
A Moment of Grace Dr. Grace Peters
2005 Potheads: The Movie LuLu
2008 Singularity Is Near Ramona
2009 Transcendent Man Herself post-production
I Am Bad Mom post-production
Satan Hates You Marie Flowers pre-production
NCIS: Los Angeles Abby Sciuto 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b c "Pauley Perrette". Baseline Studio systems. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Pauley Perrette". CBS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ a b Pauley Perrette at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b Heldman, Breanne L.. "NCIS Star Pauley Perrette Engaged". E Online. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ a b Entertainment Tonight Interview
  6. ^ "Episode dated 6 January 2009 (2009)". The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. 2009-01-06. Retrieved on 2009-07-05.
  7. ^ "Pauley Perrette". Hollywood Media Corp. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  8. ^ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. CBS. 2005-05-25. Transcript.
  9. ^ "NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack". Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  10. ^ Ridge, Carla (July 2000). "I Love the Nightlife". Mash Magazine. 
  11. ^ Lo-Ball at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "NCIS star Pauley Perrette gets candid about her wedding". ET Online. 2009-03-17. 
  13. ^ Friedman, Roger. "NCIS Actress Pauley Perrette's Endless Nightmare Divorce." Fox News, September 28, 2006.
  14. ^ Marcelo, Marla (2005-10-24). "'NCIS' actress Pauley Perrette visits the real NCIS". Navy NewsStand. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  15. ^ "Unknown Shannon Paulk killer". America's Most Wanted. Fox. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  16. ^ "Unknown Raven Jeffries Killer". America's Most Wanted. Fox. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  17. ^ Nicholas, Jess. "Case gets 'N.C.I.S.' star's attention". Prattville Progress. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  18. ^ "NCIS Star Pauley Perrette Takes On Prop. 8". The Advocate. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  19. ^ "AfterElton Interview". Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  20. ^ Pauley Perrette. (2009). [1]. [YouTube Video]. YouTube/Pauley Perrette: Pauley Perrette. 

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