Who is Sherry Stringfield?
Sherry Lea Stringfield was born on 24 June 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, and is an actress, best known for her work in the medical television series “ER”, in which she played the role of Dr. Susan Lewis. She is one of the original cast members of the show.
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The Wealth of Sherry Stringfield
As of mid-2020, Sherry Stringfield’s net worth is estimated to be over $7 million, earned through a successful career in the acting profession, active in the industry since 1989. Apart from her two runs with “ER”, she’s had regular roles in other popular shows too. She’s also worked in several films which have contributed to her wealth.
Early Life and Education
Sherry grew up in Colorado Springs alongside two younger siblings. For a time, their family moved around, going to Albuquerque, New Mexico before eventually finding a more permanent residence in Houston, Texas. She attended Klein High School located near Houston, and during her time there, she developed a strong interest in acting. She became very active with the school’s drama club, working on numerous plays including the musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Oklahoma”.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, where she became a part of the university’s acting program.
She was close friends with future actress Parker Posey who was also a student there. She struggled for a bit early on due to her Texan accent and had to undergo training to learn to moderate it somewhat. During her later years in the university, she began appearing in productions in New York, mostly off-Broadway. She then completed her degree in 1989.
Career Beginnings and ER
After completing her education, Stringfield found her first professional role in the soap opera “Guiding Light”, in which she played the role of Christina “Blake” Thorpe – the show is the longest-running television drama series in US history at 72 years.
She stayed with the show from 1989 up to 1992, then took a year-long break to travel across Europe. After her return, she gained a regular role in “NYPD Blue” during its first season, playing the ex-wife of the character John Kelly played by David Caruso. However, she didn’t enjoy her work in the show, leading her to exit early from her contract.
Afterwards, she was cast in one of her most notable roles in “ER”. The medical drama show followed the lives of various staff members of the Emergency Room of a fictional hospital, and is the second-longest-running medical drama series in history, only surpassed by “Grey’s Anatomy”.
She was set to be a part of five seasons with the show, but left just after three seasons – despite the popularity and income it gave her – due to the long work hours and a desire to lead a more normal life. She was adamant in leaving the show despite producers wanting her to continue because of the storyline they had set up. With her departure, she was put under an agreement that she could do no television projects for the remainder of her original contract.
Departure and Return
Her departure meant that she had walked away from a large fortune, as “ER” was setting up a large syndication deal at the time.
She was offered the role numerous times since then, but rejected it for several years. Instead, she took on other projects, finding a role in the film “54”, and also appearing in a few television movies.
During the eighth season of “ER” in 2001, she was approached by the producers once more, and this time rejoined the cast. Her return saw a strong boost in the show’s ratings, and she stayed with the series for around four years before leaving the show, not wanting to become typecast, and with a desire to find other roles; she only returned to the show during the series finale.
Following her departure for the second time, she worked on the pilot of “Company Town”, but which failed to gain any traction.
She also appeared in the film “Forfeit” in 2007, and made a guest appearance in the show “Shark”.
Stringfield was cast in the HBO Series “Tell Me You Love Me” as a recurring character, but the show was canceled after its first season as there were disagreements with the direction of the story. In 2009 she was then cast in “The Stepfather” – a remake of the late 1980s slasher film of the same name – alongside Sela Ward, Penn Badgley and Dylan Walsh, only having a minor role in the film. She took on lesser projects as the years progressed, mostly guest roles, such as in episodes of “Law & Order”, “In Plain Sight”, and “Who is Clark Rockefeller”.
Sherry ventured into voice acting in her later career, working on a video game version of “ER”, while also voicing the character Eyeleen for the children’s show “Blue’s Clues”. In 2012, she worked on the Hallmark movie “The Confession” which starred her alongside Katie Leclerc, and is a sequel to the Hallmark film “The Shunning”. She then made a guest appearance in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, before being cast in the second season of “Under the Dome”, which is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Her last television appearance was as a recurring character in “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”. Since then, she has not taken any new projects.
Sherry married Larry E. Joseph in 1998 and they have two children together, but stayed together for only eight years before divorcing. Since then, there have been no reports of any new relationships her way. She resides in Los Angeles alongside her children, and during her free time, she enjoys traveling with them. She also loves doing extreme sports and similar activities, going on skiing trips, or riding motorcycles. During her prime, she was voted as one of the sexiest women in the world by readers of “FHM”. She later admitted that she left “ER” to live a normal life and be with a man who wanted her to be out of the spotlight ,to spend more time with him, but he wasn’t the man she ended up marrying.