Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 20, 1966
FactClassically trained dancer.


Who is Gina Ravera?

Gina D. Ravarra was born on 20 May 1966, in San Francisco, California, USA, and is an actress, best known for her work in the television series “The Closer” in which she played detective Irene Daniels. She’s also worked on several other high profile projects, such as “The Great Debaters” and “Soul Food”.

The Net Worth of Gina Ravera

Gina Ravera has a net worth estimated to be over $2 million, earned through a successful career as an actress. She’s been active in the industry since 1990, and has done both films as well as television projects.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Gina is of Puerto Rican and African-American descent. She grew up in San Francisco and developed a love for dance at a young age, training in classical dance, then during the 1990s, she shifted her attention to a different art, in acting. She made her television debut in an episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” alongside Will Smith, then other projects she had during this period included guest roles in “True Colors”, “Melrose Place”, and “Days of Our Lives”.

In 1993, she was cast in her first recurring role on television, as Dr. Diana Roth in the crime series “Silk Stalkings” which aired on CBS. The show featured two detectives who work on crimes of passion in Florida, which often involved cases of a sexual nature.

The series lasted for a year, but concurrently she started working on film projects, debuting in a minor role in “Lambada”. In 1995, she gained a bit of attention with her work in the erotic film “Showgirls”, starring Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan. It tells the story of a drifter who becomes a stripper, working her way up to become a showgirl.

Gina Ravera

Continued Acting Work

A year later Ravera was cast in the film “Get on the Bus” as the character Gina; directed by Spike Lee, the story focuses on a group of African-American men who take a cross country bus trip so that they could participate in the historic Million Man March. In 1997, she had another notable role, in the film “Soul Food” which starred Vanessa L. Williams and Vivica A. Fox, about an extended African-American family going through many trials.

She then focused her attention back to television, working as a guest for “NYPD Blue”, “In the House” and in “Malcolm & Eddie”. She was then given one of her first main television roles in “Time of Your Life” which ran from 1999 to 2001. The series starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, and is a spin-off from “Party of Five”, following Jennifer’s character as she moves to New York City. The show was unsuccessful, however, as it went to hiatus due to low ratings, eventually leading to its cancellation. While working on the show, Gina made a three-episode appearance in “The Fugitive”.

Recent Projects

In the latter part of Gina’s career, she’s focused her attention on television work, and including making guest appearances in popular shows such as include “Charmed”, “Boston Legal”, and “Inconceivable”. In 2005, she became a regular cast member in “The Closer”, which would become one of her most recognizable roles. The police procedural series follows the story of a detective who is a master interrogator, giving her the title of “Closer” as she manages to persuade criminals to confess.

Gina stayed with the show for four years, and earned two nominations for her work. Concurrently, she had a recurring role in “ER” as Dr. Bettina DeJesus.

In 2007 she returned to film, playing as Denzel Washington’s character’s wife for the biographical film “The Great Debaters”, other stars included Forest Whitaker and Kimberly Elise. The story is based on the Wiley College debating team who defeat the reigning debate champions, though their achievements were left uncredited as they weren’t full members of the debating society.

After making more guest appearances, she took a break from acting in 2014, only returning four years later for a three-episode role in the series “Arrow”, which is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, and airs on CW.

Personal Life

Gina prefers to keep her romantic life away from the public, and many speculate that she is single.

She once made a public Valentine’s Day greeting implying that she has been in a relationship. It could also be possible that she was greeting her husband, though it has never been confirmed.

During her free time, she participates in and contributes to charitable organizations. She has supported organizations which give more opportunities to women in the entertainment industry, especially in lesser-known work such as production and screenwriting.

General Info

Full NameGina Ravera
Date Of BirthMay 20, 1966
ProfessionActor, Dancer
NationalityAmerican

Accomplishments

NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in Made for Television Movie or Mini-Series
MoviesShowgirls, Soul of the Game, Get on the Bus, Soul Food, Kiss the Girls, The Temptations, Rhapsody, Saint Sinner, Gas, The Great Debaters
TV ShowsThe Closer, Time of Your Life

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Facts

#Fact
1Father is African-American Creole, mother is African-American.
2Classically trained dancer.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Castle2014TV SeriesMarsha Stoller
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2012TV SeriesDr. Paula O'Keefe
Lie to Me2011TV SeriesPaula
Private Practice2009TV SeriesDawn
The Closer2005-2009TV SeriesIrene Daniels
ER2006-2008TV SeriesDr. Bettina DeJesus
The Great Debaters2007Ruth Tolson
Raines2007TV SeriesLisa Lincoln
Everwood2005TV SeriesStacey
Inconceivable2005TV SeriesTricia Santos
Pryor Offenses2004TV MovieTameka
Boston Legal2004TV SeriesDr. Amanda Gerard
The Handler2004TV SeriesAgent Ridgeway
Gas2004Rev. Sheila
Charmed2003TV SeriesMary
Chasing Papi2003Beauty Pageant Judge (uncredited)
Miracles2003TV SeriesRaina Bauer
Saint Sinner2002TV MovieRachel Dressler
The Fugitive2000-2001TV SeriesSara Gerard
Rhapsody2000TV MovieLenore Foxwood
919 Fifth Avenue2000TV MovieSheila (as Gina Ravarra)
Time of Your Life1999-2000TV SeriesJocelyn House
A Luv Tale1999
Malcolm & Eddie1998TV SeriesTracy Burke
The Temptations1998TV SeriesJosephine
Kiss the Girls1997Naomi Cross
In the House1997TV SeriesSam
Soul Food1997Faith
Get on the Bus1996Gina
Soul of the Game1996TV MovieGrace
W.E.I.R.D. World1995TV MovieDr. Patty Provost
Showgirls1995Molly Abrams
Illegal in Blue1995VideoAlexis
NYPD Blue1994TV SeriesShawanda Wilson
White Mile1994TV MovieAlma (as Gina Ravarra)
Silk Stalkings1993-1994TV SeriesDr. Diana Roth
Star Trek: The Next Generation1993TV SeriesEnsign Tyler
Frasier1993TV SeriesWaitress
Days of Our Lives1993TV SeriesVanessa Mitchell
Where I Live1993TV SeriesRobin
Melrose Place1992TV SeriesTheresa
Steal America1992Jeena
Reasonable Doubts1991TV SeriesLaTasha Richardson
True Colors1991TV SeriesAnita
In Living Color1991TV Series
The Five Heartbeats1991uncredited
Auto Theft: Hot Cars, Cold Facts1991TV ShortLisa (as Gina Ravarra)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990TV SeriesCheryl
Lambada1990/IFunk Queen (as Gina Ravarra)

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Richie2010TV MovieHerself
Donny & Marie2000TV SeriesHerself

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2009Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress/TelevisionThe Closer (2005)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2007Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Actress - DramaThe Closer (2005)
2006Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress - TelevisionThe Closer (2005)
1999ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover RoleThe Temptations (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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