Major Crimes Cast Biographies
Captain Sharon Raydor
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress who is known for her dynamic character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. McDonnell currently stars as Captain Sharon Raydor on the TNT's hit drama series Major Crimes, the follow-up to The Closer, in which McDonnell originated the role and for which she earned a Primetime Emmy® nomination.
McDonnell received her first Oscar nomination and Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of Stands with a Fist, a white woman raised by the Sioux Indians, in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning film, Dances With Wolves. McDonnell also garnered a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a paraplegic soap opera star in John Sayles' critically acclaimed Passion Fish. McDonnell's extensive list of film credits include the Lawrence Kasdan films Grand Canyon and Mumford; Sneakers, opposite Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Sir Ben Kingsley; Roland Emmerich's smash Independence Day, with Bill Pullman and Will Smith; acclaimed art house cult-hit Donnie Darko; and Margin Call, opposite Kevin Spacey, which also earned her the Robert Altman Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.
On the small screen, McDonnell starred in four seasons on the Syfy Network's award-winning series Battlestar Galactica in her critically praised performance as the President Laura Roslin. The series earned a Peabody Award, and AFI deemed the series TV Program of the Year for two years in a row. McDonnell garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series ER. Some of her other television credits include the ABC hit-series Grey's Anatomy, the CBS series High Society, TNT's adaptation of Arthur Miller's The American Clock, the critically acclaimed CBS movie Behind The Mask and Lifetime's Two Small Voices.
McDonnell recently received rave reviews for her performance opposite David Strathairn in Emily Mann's acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. McDonnell began her career in theatre and has starred in a wide variety of both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She received an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann's Still Life and has starred in off-Broadway productions such as Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo, John O'Keefe's All Night Long, Michael Cristofer's Black Angel, Kathleen Tolan's A Weekend Near Madison, Paula Cizmar's Death of a Miner and Dennis McIntyre's National Anthem. Her Broadway credits include Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, the title role in Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles and Emily Mann's Execution of Justice.
G.W. Bailey, who plays the cantankerous Lieutenant Provenza on TNT's hit series The Closer and new series Major Crimes, has a career that spans four decades and is packed with memorable and distinctive characters. A native Texan, he began his training at Texas Tech University and started his career at the prestigious Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Ky.
Bailey later moved to Los Angeles, where he started his television career in a string of guest-starring roles on episodic series, in addition to continuing his stage work. He later played a recurring role on M*A*S*H as well as regular roles on The Jeff Foxworthy Show and St. Elsewhere. Bailey also starred in several TV miniseries, such as the award-winning Double Crossed and The Siege at Ruby Ridge.
Bailey's feature career began with the film Police Academy and flourished with starring roles in such movies as Mannequin, Short Circuit, Burglar and Rustler's Rhapsody, among others. He returned to academia in the mid 1990s and graduated from Texas State University in 1994. Upon graduation, he remained at Texas State and served as artist-in-residence for several years, working occasionally in Hollywood and on the stage in New York.
Bailey's true passion is his work with The Sunshine Kids Foundation, where he serves as the Executive Director. Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, the foundation is committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families.
Lieutenant Andy Flynn
Award-winning actor Tony Denison joined the cast of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, as Det. Andy Flynn in 2005, which quickly became TNT's # 1 Drama. Transitioning his role onto the spin-off series Major Crimes, Lt. Flynn is a consistent fan-favorite known for his antics opposite GW Bailey's Lt. Provenza and for his character's rumored romance with Mary McDonnell's Capt. Sharon Raydor, which fans refer to as #Shandy.
Denison has received a Prism Award by the Entertainment Industry Council for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series and five SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. As a popular television guest star, he's appeared on ABC's Castle, in the final season of FX's hit show Sons of Anarchy and had a recurring arc on FOX's Prison Break.
With a passion for cooking sparked by his starring role in the film festival favorite Trattoria (available now on DVD), Denison makes a delicious French Toast Italia Style with Ricotta Cheese and a mean Eggplant Parmesan, which can also be found in the Major Crimes Cast & Crew cookbook to benefit co-star The Sunshine Kids Foundation. He has made several appearances preparing his signature dishes on CBS, The Better Show, Hallmark's Home & Family and FOX. He has also been seen on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Hollywood Today Live, Hell's Kitchen and is a frequent guest on KTLA's Morning Show.
He also completed four independent films including the final chapter based off Ayn Rand's popular series, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? where he starred alongside Backstrom's Kristoffer Polaha, the modern-day thriller, Dirty, with Chaz Bono and Alexandra Paul, Clarity alongside former Major Crimes co-star Nadine Velazquez, and another thriller called Dementia.
Denison made his momentous television debut starring in Michael Mann's critically acclaimed drama Crime Story as Ray Luca. He received a fistful of kudos, including TIME Magazine's recognition as "Televisions Best Villain of the Decade," and applause for his portrayal of the infamous John Gotti.
Denison's personal mission is to maintain his blue-collar values in a gold collar profession and is a sought after celebrity presenter and host at entertainment industry awards shows and as an avid poker player, he can be seen participating in many charity poker tournaments. He is dedicated to helping others whenever possible and donates his spare time to The Sunshine Kids Foundation, which makes dreams come true for chronically ill and physically challenged youths.
Michael Paul Chan
Lieutenant Mike Tao
Approaching 4 decades in the entertainment industry Michael Paul Chan has worked with some of Hollywood's top professionals. Michael's body of work includes over 300 episodes of television, 3 TV series, numerous TV movies and over 35 feature films. His extensive theater work includes productions with the Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, East West Players and The Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival.
Michael has worked with acclaimed directors Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Tony Scott, Michael Crichton, Joel Schumacher and Richard Donner to just name a few.
In films you can recognize Michael working with academy award winning actors Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Mel Gibson, Jodi Foster, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper.
Detective Julio Sanchez
In addition to playing Detective Juilio Sanchez on TNT's hit series The Closer and Major Crimes, Raymond Cruz has appeared in more than 30 feature films and has vast experience in television, playing a wide range of characters.
His work in film includes roles in Havoc, with Anne Hathaway; Training Day, with Denzel Washington; Collateral Damage, with Arnold Schwarzenegger; Alien 4: Resurrection, with Sigourney Weaver; and Clear and Present Danger, with Harrison Ford. Other notable films include The Last Marshal, The Rock, The Substitute, Out for Justice and Under Siege.
On television, Cruz has had recurring roles on Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, My Name is Earl, Day Break, The Division, 24 and Nip/Tuck. He has also guest starred on numerous hit shows, including CSI, CSI: Miami, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Star Trek, Boomtown and The X-Files. He recently won an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Closer.
Cruz also has an extensive stage background and is a recipient of the Drama Critics award.
Phillip P. Keene
Phillip P. Keene, the handsome and intriguing character, Buzz Watson on TNT's most popular series - Major Crimes, is quite a fascinating character both on and off screen.
Currently known for his role of videographer and surveillance expert – Buzz Watson, on TNT's original series The Closer, which is also followed up by Phillip's starring role in Major Crimes, has been one of the most popular characters in the franchise.
Ironically, this is one of Keene's first acting endeavors and has enabled him to garner a terrific fan base; previous television experience includes hosting the series Home, as well as making a guest appearance on the ABC series – The D.A. Phillip made his feature debut in the Tony Alda film – Role of a Lifetime.
Keene, who is also fluent in Spanish and German, earned a degree in both history and art history from UCLA, as well as received his pilot's license before deciding to eagerly pursue his love of acting. He has studied with the finest -- Howard Fine, Heidi Davis, Margie Haber, and Tony Sepulveda to name a few. One of Keene's passions is collecting rare Pan Am memorabilia, which was put on exhibit at Modernism Week in Palm Springs. His other hobbies include surfing, golf, and renovating homes. He lives in both Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
Detective Amy Skyes
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Giovanni spent half of her childhood in the heart of the Cajun country, while the rest of her formative years were spent in the small town of Katy, Texas. Her father is the former Vice President of Halliburton Oil, while her mother was a special education teacher. As a young girl, Giovanni shined as a track runner and gymnast until she fell in love with dance at age 14 which led her to apply to The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After graduation, Giovanni went on to University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music to pursue her acting career and earned her BA in Musical Theater.
After graduation, she moved to New York where she joined the cast of The Lion King. Her debut was just the beginning, as she went on to star in several Broadway productions, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Anything Goes, Tarzan, Finian's Rainbow and Catch Me If You Can. She made her leading lady debut portraying the role of Helene in Sweet Charity and was nominated for an Astaire Award for her work in Guys & Dolls. In 2009, she landed a role on the Daytime Emmy®-winning series One Life to Live as Vivian Wright, the love interest of Shaun Evans (Sean Ringgold). In early 2013, Giovanni guest starred on the CW's Beauty & the Beast in the role of Miranda Bishop the supportive yet elusive wife of Police Captain Joe Bishop (Brian White). Giovani will be debuting an independent film this season entitled 22 Years.
Having recently relocated to Los Angeles, Giovanni spends her free time with her family: husband Philip Ambrosino, two daughters and Neo, their long-haired Chihuahua. She refers to herself as the "Activities Queen" because any free time she has is spent on family outings, which include trips to museums, zoos or concerts.
Giovanni is actively involved with the Sunshine Kids Organization which was founded by Major Crimes cast member and friend G. W. Bailey and is dedicated to providing extensive, fun programs and events to children receiving cancer treatments across America. She is especially active in The Lupus Foundation, as her mom succumbed to the autoimmune disorder. Additionally, her mother's commitment to teaching ignited Giovanni's philanthropic passion for 'The Special Olympics,' of which she is an active supporter and continues to be a staunch advocate for community service, dance programs and art projects that are centered on helping children.
Graham Patrick Martin
Graham Patrick Martin costars on TNT's hit series Major Crimes, opposite Mary McDonnell. He has recurred on the last three seasons of the smash hit Two and A Half Men, alongside both Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher, playing the son of Courtney Thorne-Smith and the best friend of Angus T. Jones.
Graham was born in Thibodaux, LA. At the age of 8, he attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts summer camp, where he began his acting career on the stage. He has since performed in over 25 musical and dramatic stage productions .
Graham Patrick Martin starred in the indie film Somewhere Slow, which screened at Cinequest Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival and the Vail Film Festival. Graham also starred as Anna Nicole Smith's tragically-doomed son in the Lifetime movie The Anna Nicole Story, opposite Martin Landau, Cary Elwes, and Agnus Bruckner.
Graham relocated to New York City in 2005, where his focus shifted from theatre to film and television. Initial commercial work soon led to a guest-starring role on Law and Order: Criminal Intent. All the while, he was training at Fiorello H. Laguardia High School for Music and Performing arts.
After expanding his resume, Graham moved to the west coast in 2007, landing his very first Los Angeles audition to play a series regular on TBS's multi-camera sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. He played the son of Bill Engvall and Nancy Travis, and brother to Jennifer Lawrence. This role earned Graham a Young Artist Award for best performance by an actor in a comedy series.
Graham has guest-starred on numerous television shows, including The Closer, Law and Order:Criminal Intent, Love Bites, iCarly, Good Luck Charlie, and Jonas. He has also appeared in several indie films, including Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door and Rising stars.
Graham recently wrapped Bukowski, James Franco's directorial debut. It is a Biopic of the late writer, Charles Bukowski, and is set for a 2016 release.
Assistant Chief Russell Taylor
Robert Gossett has appeared in Lloyd Richard's Broadway production of Fences, Hal Scott's A Raisin In The Sun and Donald McKayle's The Last Minstrel Show. Other notable theatre performances include Manhattan Made Me, Sons and Father's Of Sons, A Soldier's Play and Colored People's Time, all of which were performed with the famed Negro Ensemble Company of N. Y. under the direction of Douglas Turner Ward. He has also appeared in plays at numerous regional theatres across the country, including Geva Repertory, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep. and most recently the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre of San Francisco in it's production of Blues for an Alabama Sky.
In Los Angeles, Gossett has appeared at the Doolittle Theatre (Lloyd Richards' Fences), Mojo Ensemble, LATC and last year in Ebony Repertory's production of Fraternity (NAACP theatre award nomination) and Center Theatre Group's production The Royale (Ovation award nomination) at the Kirk Douglas. Gossett's awards include the NAACP Theatre Award and the Drama Logue Award for his performance in Indigo Blues with the Mojo Ensemble. He also received the L. A. Weekly Theatre Award and Drama Logue Award for his performance in Washington Square Moves again at Mojo Ensemble.
In film, Gossett has starred in Arlington Road, The Net and White Man's Burden to name just a few. His Independent film credits include Jimmy Zip, Best Film Winner at the Hollywood Film Festival. Robert has just finished shooting Revelation Road- Black Rider in January in Amarillo Texas.
For the past 10 years Gossett has enjoyed playing the role of Assistant Chief Russell Taylor in the TNT megahits The Closer and Major Crimes.
Jonathan Del Arco
Jonathan reprises the role of Dr. Morales that he originated in the critically acclaimed THE CLOSER. The role of the opinionated, witty, and openly gay Medical Examiner is part of a continuing collaboration with the producing team of Michael Robin and Greer Shephard, who also produced James Duff's THE DA (in which Jonathan also played the coroner), and on Ryan Murphy's NIP/TUCK, where he made a heart-breaking impact as the transgender character "Sophia Lopez" in the show's first season.
No stranger to TV viewers for the better part of the last twenty years, Jonathan was most recently on THE CRAZY ONES with his childhood idol Robin Williams. He has been part of the television landscape with memorable appearances in countless television shows including: The Sopranos, 24, Doll House, American Dreams, Crossing Jordan, Huff, The Division, First Monday, Sisters, Grosse Pointe, Star Trek: Voyage, Pearl, The Mommies, The Wonder Years, Blossom, Boy Meets World and Miami Vice. He also appeared in the films True Right, The Mambo Kings and Lost Angels. But he earned cult (and action figure) status among Star Trek fans worldwide with his portrayal of the loveable Hugh Borg on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Jonathan was born in Uruguay and came to the states at the age of ten when his parents settled in Port Chester, a suburb of New York City. When he was old enough to ride the trains on his own, Jonathan would trek to the city to catch the latest plays and enrolled in acting classes. When he turned eighteen, he joined the company of the Broadway hit Torch Song Trilogy and toured the country along with Golden Girl Estelle Getty in what was considered a highly controversial gay play. Many other Broadway and off Broadway plays followed before Jonathan settled in Los Angles to pursue a television and film career.
While in Los Angeles, Jonathan found a new passion: social activism. He worked for environmental causes, gay rights, state initiatives, anti-bullying campaigns, and three presidential races most recently as a celebrity surrogate for President Obama.
For the past several years, Jonathan has been the keynote speaker at diversity conferences and corporate pride events across the country, including two times at the FBI's Pride events in DC and Los Angeles, sharing his stories of coming-out, being bullied and assimilating to America as a young immigrant. In 2013, he was given HRC's Visibilty Award at their Gala in Cleveland for his work on behalf of the LGBT community.