• Acted in numerous television series and movies, including "Meet the Parents".
• Married to Anthony Moore from 1997 to 2005 and has two children with him.
• Stands at 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and has dark blond hair and dark blue eyes.
• Has a net worth estimated to be around $800,000.
• Was a victim of a fake death report in 2019.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$2.5 Million
Date Of BirthJune 1, 1969
SpouseAnthony Moore
FactHer paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. Her other ancestry is German (including an immigrant great-grandmother), English, and small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Welsh.
PaymentsEarned $25,000 per episode from The Fosters (2013)


Teri Polo is one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses, however, even her career hasn’t always been stable and she’s experienced financial hardships. In which movies has this attractive blonde acted? What happened to her marriage to Anthony Moore?

Early life and Education

Theresa Elisabeth “Teri” Polo was born on 1 June 1969, in Dover, Delaware USA. Her parents are Vincent Polo, a designer of stereo systems, and Jane Gentry, a homemaker, and through them, she is of English, German and Italian descent. She has two brothers named Mike and Steve. Ballet was Polo’s love and hobby from the age of five.

Her parents enrolled her into the School of American Ballet in New York City, and she attended there until she was 13 years old, and at age 15, she was already a ballerina for the prestigious Delaware Regional Ballet. During all this time, she was a straight-A student at Holy Cross Elementary School, located in her home town. When she was 16, she was a winner of a modeling contest for a Seventeen magazine’s blue jeans advertisement, which lead to her dropping out of school, signing a deal with the Petite modeling agency and moving to New York City when she was 17 so she could pursue a career in acting.


Polo had her acting debut in the TV series “Loving”, in which she portrayed the character of Kristin Larsen.

Before the start of the ‘90s, she played recurring roles in several series, including “TV 101” and “The Phantom of the Opera”. From 1990 until 1995 she appeared on the big screen, when she landed roles in movies such as “Born to Ride”, “The House of Spirits” and “Aspen Extreme”. During the same time period, she also acted in several TV series, “Tales from the Crypt” and “Due South” just to name two.

In 1994 she had a recurring role as Michelle Schodowski Capra in the fourth season of comedy-drama series “Northern Exposure”, and kept the role until the end of the last season in the following year. In 1996 she could be seen in “The Arrival”, as well as in the TV movie “Full Circle”, portraying Tana Roberts.

Teri Polo

Polo played the character of Grace Dawkins in the 1997 TV mini-series “House of Frankenstein”, and she also appeared in the TV movie “Van Helsing Chronicles” in the same year.

In late 1998 Polo landed the recurring role of Det. Sgt. Delilah Ash in the fantasy drama TV series “Brimstone”, and remained in the show until it ended after the second season. The next year she had two more recurring roles on television, one of them being in the series “Felicity” as Maggie Sherwood, and the other in the sitcom “Sports Night”. Polo landed her breakthrough role in 2000, when she portrayed Pam Byrnes in the family comedy movie “Meet the Parents”, co-starring with several of big Hollywood names, such as Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The movie was a huge hit, and quickly accumulated a worldwide gross of over $330 million at the box office!

In the early 2000s, Polo continued to achieve huge success on the big screen, in movies such as “The Unsaid”, “Domestic Disturbance” and “Beyond the Borders”. Some of her television appearances during this time included her roles in TV movies “Straight from the Heart” and “Second String”, as well as in the TV series’ “Dragnet”, “The Practice” and “I’m With Her”. She was even a guest in an episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 2003.

In 2004 Polo reprised her role of Pam Byrnes in the continuation of “Meet the Parents” called “Meet the Fockers”, this time joined by several other big names such as Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. In 2005, Polo had the recurring role of Helen Santos in the TV series “The West Wing”, as well as through the next season.

The next year, she appeared in TV movies “Legacy of Fear” and “Welcome to the Jungle Gym”.

2007 brought Polo more fame as she co-starred as Jane Bell in Hallmark’s series “The Wedding Bells” – the series had huge success, and Polo was amongst the most noticed of the cast.

In 2009 she landed a guest role in another big TV series, “Ghost Whisperer”, and she also appeared in the TV mini-series “The Storm”. The same year she also appeared in an episode of “Monk”, a series about a detective with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Polo once again played Pam Byrnes in the third installment of “Meet the Parents” called “Little Fockers”, that aired in 2010. As of April 2020, this was the last time she reprised the character. The same year, Polo could be seen in an episode of “Castle”, portraying Kayla Baron.

In the recent decade, Polo had roles in several big TV shows, such as “Law and Order: LA”, “Criminal Minds”, “Man Up!” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”. In 2013 she landed a starring role in the TV series “The Fosters”, remaining in the show for five years.

In 2919, Polo had recurring roles in “The Bravest Knight”, and the continuation series of “The Fosters”, “Good Trouble”. Her 2020 roles include the portrayal of Rebecca in “JL Family Ranch 2”, and Rita in the TV series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

Marriage to Anthony Moore

In 1995, Polo started a relationship with the renowned photographer Anthony Moore, soon identified as one of the prettiest couples in Hollywood. Two years later in April 1997, the couple tied the knot in a private but glamorous ceremony; her photos in a tight wedding dress caused everyone to admire her looks.

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The couple welcomed their only son, Griffin, in 2002. Sadly, three years later, the couple filed for divorce, and separated in 2005.

Personal Life

Polo isn’t shy about showing her body, including posing nude for Playboy. When asked about that event, she stated: ‘It was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m very proud. We shouldn’t be ashamed of the human body.’

She was rumored to be gay after claiming that she has better chemistry with her “The Fosters” co-star Sherri Saum than with any male person in her life, but she quickly disproved these claims and said that she and Saum are only best friends.

Sometime after her divorce, Polo started dating drummer Jamie Wollan while they were both working on a set.

The couple lived together for a while and tshare a daughter, whom they’ve called Bayley, but in 2012 the couple broke up. Apparently Polo hasn’t been romantically linked with anyone since then.

Polo has three tattoos that can easily be seen on her body. Amongst them are the writing on her upper arm with the name of her daughter, a tree that she has on her upper back and writing on her left ribs that is her son’s name.

In 2019 Polo was a victim of a fake death report, when she was stated to have died on a specific Facebook page. However, Polo was quick to disprove the rumors herself.

Polo is active on all popular social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Net Worth

Polo’s role in “Meet the Parents” made her one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood.

However, in 2014 her fortune was questioned when she filed for bankruptcy. According to the reports, she had $772,000 in debt to the IRS, and $30,000 in credit card debt, with her landlord demanding her pay for damage of $30,000. This is why her net worth is smaller than one would expect, and is estimated to be around $800,000 as of early 2020. However, she now supposedly lives in a luxurious mansion in Manhattan, New York City US, that reputedly cost almost $3 million.

Physical characteristics

Teri Polo is regarded as a beautiful woman who is considered to be amongst the hottest actresses in Hollywood. She is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, with a weight of around 121lbs (55kgs) and vital statistics  of 36-24-36. Her hair is dyed blond and her eyes are dark blue.

General Info

Full NameTeri Polo
Net Worth$2.5 Million
Date Of BirthJune 1, 1969
Height1.65 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationDover High School


SpouseAnthony Moore
ChildrenBayley Wollam, Griffin Moore
ParentsJane Polo, Vince Polo
SiblingsMike Polo, Steve Polo


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female Newcomer
MoviesLittle Fockers, Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents, Domestic Disturbance, Straight from the Heart, The Hole, Beyond Borders, Taste of Romance, Outlaws and Angels, The Arrival, The Unsaid, Mystery Date, Full of It, The Christmas Heart, Love Is A Four Letter Word, Second String, Christmas Angel, The P...
TV ShowsThe Fosters, I'm with Her, The Wedding Bells, Northern Exposure, Law & Order: LA, TV 101, Man Up!, Brimstone, Loving, Welcome to the Jungle Gym, Sugar Hill

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The Fosters (2013)$25,000 per episode


1I became disillusioned with dance when I was 16 and started focusing on acting.
2In Hollywood, most things are based on looks, so I'd love to do something that has nothing to do with how I look.
3I moved to New York between my junior and senior years of high school to just see what it was like, to go to a modeling agency and see how to get representation.


1Had to file chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014 after owing 3/4 million in back taxes.
2Her paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. Her other ancestry is German (including an immigrant great-grandmother), English, and small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Welsh.
3In April 2014, Polo filed for bankruptcy, declaring less than $50,000 in assets and debts in excess of $800,000.
4Charlotte, NC, USA: Living with her children. [2011]
5Took a substantial loss ($550,000) selling her five-bedroom, 3,077-square-foot, Asian-inspired house in Manhattan Beach, California for $1.95 million. She originally paid $2.5 million for it in 2006. [2009]
6Teri and her musician ex-boyfriend, Jamie Wollam, became the parents of a girl, Bayley, on December 20. 2007 in Los Angeles. Bailey weighed in at 7 pounds.
7Her former boyfriend Jamie Wollam has a son named Carter Wollam.
8Daughter Bayley, with her former boyfriend Jamie Wollam, born December 20, 2007 in Los Angeles.
9Was featured as #42 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
10Has 3 dogs.
11Posed in the February 2005 issue of Playboy.
12Her former husband, Anthony Moore, is a photographer.
13Gave birth to her first child, a boy named Griffin (born summer 2002).
14Studied ballet from age 6 - 17.
15Signed by the Petite modeling agency at age 17.
16Dropped out of Dover High School (Dover, DE) at age 17 to move to NYC and pursue acting.
17She and Anthony Moore eloped in Las Vegas one day after becoming engaged in a Sears store.
18Honors student at Dover High School in Dover, DE.
19Straight 'A' student at Holy Cross Elementary School.
20Daughter of Jane Polo and Vince Polo.
21Grew up in Dover, Delaware.




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JL Ranch2016Rebecca
Living with Models2016TV SeriesAlice Adams
Royal Pains2016TV SeriesDiana Underhill
Outlaws and Angels2016Ada Tildon
Love, Again2015TV MovieChloe
Romantically Speaking2015TV MoviePenny
The Christmas Shepherd2014TV MovieSally Brown
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2008-2014TV SeriesCordelia Bauer / Dana Kelley
Mr Maple Leaf2014ShortAlex
A Bit of Bad Luck2014Amanda
Authors Anonymous2014Colette Mooney
Final Recourse2013Brooke Holton
The Last Session2013ShortElizabeth Queen
The Christmas Heart2012TV MovieAnn Norman
Christmas Angel2012TV MovieMelinda Davis
Criminal Minds2012TV SeriesMaggie Hallman
Beyond2012/IISarah Noble
A Taste of Romance2012TV MovieSara Westbrook
Man Up2011-2012TV SeriesTheresa Hayden Keen / Teresa Hayden Keen / Theresa Hayden
We Have Your Husband2011TV MovieJayne Valseca
Law & Order: LA2010-2011TV SeriesCasey Winters
Castle2011TV SeriesKayla Baron
Little Fockers2010Pam Focker
Glory Daze2010TV SeriesProfessor Larsen
Medium2010TV SeriesMary-Louise Graff
Monk2009TV SeriesStephanie Briggs
Washington Field2009TV MovieSA Amanda Diaz
The Beacon2009Bryn Shaw
The Hole2009Susan
Drop Dead Diva2009TV SeriesJillian Ford
The Storm2009TV Mini-SeriesDanni Nelson
2:132009Amanda Richardson
Ghost Whisperer2009TV SeriesNikki
Expecting a Miracle2009TV MovieDonna Stanhope
CSI: Miami2008TV SeriesJill Walsh
Finnegan2008TV MovieDet. Erin Finnegan
The Wedding Bells2007TV SeriesJane Bell
Full of It2007Mrs. Moran
Love Is a Four Letter Word2007TV MovieEmily Bennett
Numb3rs2007TV SeriesRachel Willons
Welcome to the Jungle Gym2006TV Movie
Legacy of Fear2006TV MovieDetective Jeanne 'JJ' Joyce
The West Wing2005-2006TV SeriesHelen Santos
For the Love of a Child2006TV MovieYvonne
Meet the Fockers2004Pam Byrnes
I'm with Her2003-2004TV SeriesAlex Young
Beyond Borders2003Charlotte Jordan
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003TV Series
The Practice2003TV SeriesSarah Barker
Dragnet2003TV SeriesJessie Ross
Straight from the Heart2003TV MovieJordan Donovan
Second String2002TV MovieConnie Heller
Domestic Disturbance2001Susan
The Unsaid2001Barbara Lonigan
Frasier2000TV SeriesAbby Michaels
Meet the Parents2000Pam Byrnes
Sports Night1999-2000TV SeriesRebecca Wells
Sugar Hill1999TV Series
Felicity1999TV SeriesMaggie Sherwood
Brimstone1998-1999TV SeriesAshur Badaktu / Det. Sgt. Delilah Ash / Det. Sgt. Deliah Ash
Texarkana1998TV Movie
The Marriage Fool1998TV MovieSusan Prescot
The Outer Limits1998TV SeriesSally McCoy
A Father for Brittany1998TV MovieKim Lussier
Van Helsing Chronicles1997TV MovieHelena Harker
House of Frankenstein1997TV Mini-SeriesGrace Dawkins
A Prayer in the Dark1997TV MovieJanet Hayworth
Full Circle1996TV MovieTana Roberts
The Arrival1996Char
Northern Exposure1994-1995TV SeriesMichelle Schodowski Capra
Chicago Hope1995TV SeriesNurse Sarah Jane Petty
Tales from the Crypt1994TV SeriesSheila
Due South1994TV SeriesStephanie Cabot
The House of the Spirits1993Rosa
Golden Gate1993Cynthia
Aspen Extreme1993Robin Hand
Passed Away1992Rachel Scanlan
Mystery Date1991Geena Matthews
Born to Ride1991Beryl Ann Devers
People Like Us1990TV MovieJustine Altemus Slatkin
The Phantom of the Opera1990TV Mini-SeriesChristine Daeé
TV 1011988-1989TV SeriesAmanda Hampton
Loving1983TV SeriesKristin Larsen (1986)


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Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Dish Nation2016TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Name Game2014-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Celebrity Player
The View2015TV SeriesHerself
Teens Wanna Know2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hell's Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself - Restaurant Patron
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Home & Family2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
We Love Soaps TV2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2013TV SeriesHerself
Marie2012TV Series documentaryHerself
The BAFTA Britannia Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2010TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Gateway to Hell: The Making of 'The Hole'2010Video documentary shortHerself / Susan
The Hole: Family Matters2010Video documentary shortHerself / Susan
The Hole: The Third Dimension2010Video documentary shortHerself / Susan
Celebrity Ghost Stories2009TV Series documentaryHerself
2009 Britannia Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Access Hollywood2007TV SeriesHerself
Matt Lauer Meets the Fockers2005Video shortHerself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2005TV SeriesHerself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHerself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHerself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHerself
Spotlight on Location: Meet the Parents2001Video documentary shortHerself
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
MADtv2000TV SeriesHerself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Playboy Plus2011TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2013LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalInnovative Award

Nominated Awards

2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Female - NewcomerMeet the Parents (2000)
1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNorthern Exposure (1990)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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