Who is Pauley Perrette?
American actress, producer, director and singer Pauley Perrette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, on 27 March 1969, making Aries her zodiac sign. She’s appeared in over 50 TV series and movies, but is known best for starring as Abby Sciuto in 354 episodes (2003-2018) of the crime action series “NCIS”, which today stars Mark Harmon, Sean Murray and David McCallum, and was created by Don McGill and Donald P. Bellisario. The series has been airing since 2003, follows the work of the Major Case Response Team in Washington, D. C. and has won 27 of its 71 award nominations.
Pauley stated on 7 June 2019 that she quit “NCIS” because she was terrified of her former colleague Mark Harmon, and that she had been physically assaulted multiple times on set.
Education and early life
Pauley and her family lived in more than 10 US states while she was growing up, mostly because of her father’s (undisclosed) job; she’s highly secretive when it comes to her mother and father, thus not sharing many details about them, but it’s believed that Pauley’s father worked for the FBI.
She grew up dreaming of becoming either an FBI agent, a rock ‘n’ roll musician or a veterinarian. Pauley matriculated from high school in 1987 and then enrolled at Valdosta State University in Georgia; she eventually transferred to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1991.
Some of the jobs she did prior to launching her career as an actress were a dinner cruise boat cook, bartender and waitress.
Roles in TV series
Pauley’s debut TV series role was playing Shannon in the 1994 episode “Magical Make-Over” of the adventure comedy “ABC Afterschool Specials”, and she only gained recognition in 1997, with her portrayal of Gwen in 10 episodes of the popular crime mystery “Murder One”, created by Steven Bochco and Charles H. Eglee, and which starred Mary McCormack, Michael Hayden and J. C. MacKenzie. It follows the life of prominent defense lawyer Theodore Hoffman, the series aired from 1995 through 1997 and won 15 of its 33 award nominations. The remainder of the ‘90s saw Pauley appear in an episode or two of the adventure comedy “Early Edition”, the comedy “Frasier” and another comedy “The Drew Carey Show”.
In 2001 and 2002, she played Alice Cramer in the action crime comedy “Special Unit 2”, created by Evan Katz, and which starred Michael Landes, Alexondra Lee and Richard Gant; it follows detectives Nick O’Malley and Kate Benson as they’re trying to hide the existence of mythological creatures Links from the public. Pauley had only a couple of other TV series roles in the decade, appearing in an episode or two of the crime action “24”, the crime mystery “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and the crime action “JAG”.
In 2016, she voiced Nickleby in the popular animated comedy “Fantasy Hospital”; it starred Pete Holmes, Kunal Nayyar and Emma Caulfield Ford, and follows wizards, fairies and dwarves as they’re running a hospital together. Pauley’s since appeared in only two TV series: she played Robin in the 2017 episode “Night IV: Part VI and VII” of the drama mini-series “When We Rise”, and the lead character Jackie in all the 13 episodes of the 2020 comedy “Broke”.
Roles in movies
Pauley’s debut film role was playing Renee in the 1997 romantic drama “The Price of Kissing”, and the following year saw her star in the short comedy movies “Hand on the Pump” and “Hoofboy”.
In 2000, Pauley appeared as Alice Wisdom in the critically acclaimed adventure comedy “Almost Famous”, which Cameron Crowe wrote and directed, and which starred Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit and Billy Crudup. Set in the first half of the ‘70s, the film follows a teenager as he’s accompanying a rock ‘n’ roll band on their tour, and it won 55 of its 158 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. A couple of Pauley’s following roles were in the 2001 romantic comedy “My First Mister”, the crime action “Red Skies” and the horror mystery “The Ring”, both in 2002.
In 2003, she voiced Female Lover Bear in the critically acclaimed animated adventure comedy “Brother Bear”, which Robert Walker and Aaron Blaise directed, and which starred Rick Moranis, Jeremy Suarez and Joaquin Phoenix. It follows an Inuit hunter who’s needlessly killed a bear, and has now been magically transformed into one; the movie won two of its 25 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. Some of Pauley’s roles in the remainder of the decade were in the 2004 short drama “A Moment of Grace”, the 2006 crime comedy “Potheads: The Movie” and the 2009 short drama “To Comfort You”.
In 2012, she played Mom in the thriller “I Am Bad”, while her most recent film role has been voicing both Delilah Domino and The Crimson Witch in the animated adventure comedy “Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery”.
Pauley voiced Lucy Devlin in the 1997 video game “Blade Runner”.
She produced and directed the 2013 biographical historical documentary movie “Citizen Lane”, while she also produced the 2015 family documentary movie “An Act of Love”, the 2019 short film “The German King”, and three episodes of the 2020 comedy series “Broke”.
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) May 1, 2018
Pauley received special thanks for the 2007 short film “NCIS: Cast Roundtable”, the 2012 short horror series “Project: Phoenix”, and the 2023 documentary movie “Commitment to Life”.
Some of her most recent talk-show appearances have been in “48 Hours”, “The Talk” and “Entertainment Tonight”.
Awards and nominations
Pauley won a Best Female Performance Award for Short Film Drama at the 2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival, for her performance in “To Comfort You”.
She’s been nominated for five other awards, including three People’s Choice Awards for her performance in “NCIS” in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and two Behind the Voice Actors Awards for “Superman vs. The Elite” and “Scooby-doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery”.
Love life and husband
Pauley’s been married once, and has become engaged twice. Her husband was Canadian actor and musician Francis ‘Coyote’ Shivers; the two married in 2000 and divorced in 2006. Pauley was granted a restraining order against Coyote, as he’d allegedly subjected her to sexual, emotional and physical abuse while they were married.
She then began dating American cameraman Michael Bosman, and the two became engaged in June 2008, but split in 2010. In December 2011, Pauley revealed that she and former British Royal Marine Thomas Arklie had become engaged. The two haven’t married, as they’ve promised not to exchange vows until the 2008 California Proposition 8 is invalidated; the proposition aims to ban same-sex marriage.
Pauley’s engaged to Thomas Arklie as of April 2023, was married to Francis ‘Coyote’ Shivers, and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Pauley donated $10,000 to the city of Prattville, Alabama, to be given to the person who offers information that would lead to catching the killer of Shannon Paulk; she also donated $10,000 to the city of Detroit, Michigan to be given to those who provided information regarding the disappearance and possible murder of seven-year-old girl Raven Jeffries.
She’s a philanthropist, and supports various charitable organizations including LGBT right groups, the American Red Cross, and animal rescue organizations.
A homeless man assaulted Pauley on 12 November 2015, in front of her Hollywood Hills house; she didn’t press charges.
In September 2021, Pauley suffered a stroke.
She has her own favorite actresses, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet, and some of her favorite movies include “Heavenly Creatures”, “Little Children” and “The Devil Wears Prada”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Pauley’s age is 54. Her eyes are green and hair’s black, she’s 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighs about 150lbs (68kgs).
Pauley’s net worth’s been estimated at over $22 million, as of April 2023, most of which she earned by starring in “NCIS”.