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Also Known As: Laura Elizabeth Innes Died:
Born: August 16, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pontiac, Michigan, USA Profession: actress, director

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After years of stage experience and a half-decade of guest roles on television, actress Laura Innes earned her big break as the steely Dr. Kerry Weaver on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), which in turn launched her successful career as a television director. As played by Innes, Weaver was one of the strongest and longest-running female characters on network television, facing seemingly impossible internal and external challenges during her 12 seasons on the series. Her work, both indomitable and fragile, brought two Emmy nominations to the actress. She later showed the same skill as a director on "ER" and "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006); the latter of which earned her an Emmy nomination and solidified her status as a multi-hyphenate whose talents were yet to reveal their full potential.

After years of stage experience and a half-decade of guest roles on television, actress Laura Innes earned her big break as the steely Dr. Kerry Weaver on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), which in turn launched her successful career as a television director. As played by Innes, Weaver was one of the strongest and longest-running female characters on network television, facing seemingly impossible internal and external challenges during her 12 seasons on the series. Her work, both indomitable and fragile, brought two Emmy nominations to the actress. She later showed the same skill as a director on "ER" and "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006); the latter of which earned her an Emmy nomination and solidified her status as a multi-hyphenate whose talents were yet to reveal their full potential.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Taking Back Our Town (2001) Pat Melancon
2.
 Price of a Broken Heart, The (1999) Lynn Cox
3.
 Can't Stop Dancing (1999) Landlady
4.
 Deep Impact (1998) Beth Stanley
5.
 See Jane Run (1995)
6.
 And the Band Played On (1993) Hemophiliac Representative
7.
9.
 Fury, The (1978)
10.
 ER 200: A Dateline Special (2003) Interviewee
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First stage credits were at the renowned Goodman Theatre in Chicago
1978:
Made film debut in "The Fury"
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Appeared on the NYC stage with Eric Stoltz in "Two Shakespearean Actors" at Lincoln Center
1986:
Played the daughter of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara in the short-lived NBC sitcom, "The Stiller and Meara Show"
1989:
TV movie debut, "Jacob I Have Loved" (PBS)
1991:
Played Lowell Mathers' ex-wife Bunny in several episodes of "Wings" (NBC)
1993:
Had a small role in the HBO movie "And the Band Played On" about the AIDS epidemic
1995:
Joined the second season of NBC's "ER" in the recurring role of Dr. Kerry Weaver; made a regular cast member at start of third season; earned Emmy (1997, 1998) nominations for Best Supporting Actress; left the show in 2007 after 12 seasons
1999:
Made TV directorial debut with the episode of NBC's "ER" entitled "Power"; continued to direct at least one episode per season
2000:
Helmed an episode of the hit NBC series, "The West Wing" titled "Let Bartlett Be Bartlett"
2001:
Received an Emmy nomination for directing an episode of NBC's "The West Wing" titled "Shibboleth"
2008:
Directed several episodes of the ABC drama, "Brothers & Sisters"
2009:
Reprised role of Dr. Kerry Weaver for the final episode of NBC's "ER"
2010:
Cast NBC's "The Event" as Sophia Maguire, the inmate leader at a mysterious prison facility
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Education

Seaholm High School: Birmingham , Michigan - 1977
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1979

Notes

"We had been working steadily in theater but we decided to move to L.A. after our son was born. We really didn't know what to expect. It's very competitive. But you just sort of keep at it. One of the things people don't understand is that when you're an actor there are long periods of time when you're not acting." --Laura Innes, quoted in on-line interview, 1996

In 1996, Innes became the first female champion in "Celebrity Jeopardy!", winning $24,000 for charity.

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husband:
David Brisbin. Actor. Met c. 1987; married 1988.

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father:
Robert Innes. Business executive. Worked for a tool-and-dye company, died 1995.
mother:
Laurette Innes. Born 1920.
sister:
Kathy Innes. Health official in Oregon. Born 1945; contratced polio at five and lost use of one arm.
son:
Cal Brisbin. Born three months prematurely in 1990.
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