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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 10, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Concord, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, singer, bartender

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While comedic roles as the resident eye candy launched Paget Brewster's career, the actress proved her versatility and dramatic skills with a compelling turn on the series "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). Paget Valerie Brewster was born on March 10, 1969 in Concord, MA, and attended a New England boarding school where her parents were teachers. She attended a design school in New York City, but dropped out to pursue acting. One of her first roles was on the hit series "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), playing an actress who dated both Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry. Brewster also appeared on the sitcoms "George Lopez" (ABC, 2002-07) and "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ), and co-starred on the cult favorite "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (Fox, 2002-03), as Richter's superficial boss. Her follow-up project, "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06), was a semi-successful dramedy about a psychiatrist (Hank Azaria) who is experiencing a mid-life crisis after an office tragedy. She played his loving, albeit capricious, wife. Apart from acting projects, Brewster received other lucrative offers, including an invitation from Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner to pose in his magazine; she reportedly considered the offer but turned...

While comedic roles as the resident eye candy launched Paget Brewster's career, the actress proved her versatility and dramatic skills with a compelling turn on the series "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). Paget Valerie Brewster was born on March 10, 1969 in Concord, MA, and attended a New England boarding school where her parents were teachers. She attended a design school in New York City, but dropped out to pursue acting. One of her first roles was on the hit series "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), playing an actress who dated both Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry. Brewster also appeared on the sitcoms "George Lopez" (ABC, 2002-07) and "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ), and co-starred on the cult favorite "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (Fox, 2002-03), as Richter's superficial boss. Her follow-up project, "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06), was a semi-successful dramedy about a psychiatrist (Hank Azaria) who is experiencing a mid-life crisis after an office tragedy. She played his loving, albeit capricious, wife. Apart from acting projects, Brewster received other lucrative offers, including an invitation from Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner to pose in his magazine; she reportedly considered the offer but turned it down. Brewster shifted gears on the procedural drama "Criminal Minds," portraying a multi-lingual FBI agent who possessed efficient profiling skills. While she enjoyed a successful run on "Criminal Minds," Brewster's contract was not renewed in the sixth season. Fans of the show, however, complained about the reportedly cost-cutting move and she reprised her role the following season.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sublime (2007)
2.
3.
 Perfect Day, A (2006)
4.
5.
 Lost Behind Bars (2006)
6.
 Man of the House (2005) Binky
9.
 Hollywood Palms (2005) Phoebe
10.
 Eulogy (2004) Aunt Lily
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Raised in Concord, Massachusets
1987:
Moved to New York City at age 18, attending Parsons School of Design and singing in rock bands including Sleeping Pills (date approximate)
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Headed west to San Francisco with Sleeping Pills; the band soon broke up and Brewster decided to pursue acting
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Worked on the San Francisco-based public access TV show "Strange America", writing and performing in comedy sketches
1995:
Hosted "The Paget Show", her own local late-night talk show in San Francisco, eyed for syndication and nationwide cable broadcast during the talk show boom
1995:
Moved to Los Angeles
1997:
Played recurring role of Kathy, a girlfriend of dim actor Joey who falls for his ascerbic roommate Chandler, on NBC's "Friends"
1998:
Voiced reporter Audrey Timmonds in a recurring role on the Fox animated adaptation "Godzilla: The Series"
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Starred in the failed Fox pilots "World on a String", "MV24" and "Ghost Cop" and the CBS pilot "The Expert"
1999:
Co-starred as a kindergarten teacher from a privileged background who falls in love with the superintendent of her apartment building in the CBS sitcom "Love & Money"
2000:
Had featured role in the ABC fall sitcom "The Trouble with Normal"
2002:
Co-starred in midseason replacement sitcom "Andy Richter Controls the Universe"
2004:
Cast in the black comedy "Eulogy"
2004:
Cast as Beth Huffstodt in the Showtime original series "Huff"
2006:
Joined the cast of the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds"
2006:
Cast in the teen comedy, "Unaccompanied Minors"
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Education

Masters School: Dobbs Ferry , New York -
Parsons School of Design: New York , New York -
Jean Shelton Acting School: San Francisco , California -

Notes

Brewster was named after 1950s film ingenue Debra Paget.

Was a singer with the bands Sleeping Pills and Mechanical Bride

"I'm supposed to be this girl that Chandler and Joey are in love with, and I was convinced they would figure out they had really cast the wrong person. I kept waiting for them to fire me. Every time the producers called me over, I was certain they would tell me, but they would say 'Shut up, you're great'. Finally Matt (LeBlanc) and Matthew (Perry) started messing with me and telling me I was horrible. It became a big joke." --Brewster on her breakthrough recurring role on NBC's hit sitcom "Friends", quoted in USA TODAY, January 15, 1998

Brewster on her stint as a talk show host, on 1995's local late night offering "The Paget Show", which ran for 65 episodes on KPIX in San Francisco: "The San Francisco audiences were fabulous. We'd get about 100 people at the studio, every age, every race, every religion. We had these really lively debates--no fights or anything. We had this polygamist on--a month later he shows up on 'Jerry Springer'. We had people with multiple piercings, a great drag queen contest, one episode called 'Mom, Please Stop Smoking'." --quoted in SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, September 12, 1999

While reports said that original co-star Dash Mihok was fired from "Love & Money" because of a lack of chemistry with Brewster, the actress told the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, "It was weird redoing the love scenes with a different actor. I felt like I was cheating on Dash." --quoted in a September 12, 1999 article

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companion:
Jay Johnston. Actor, comedian. Was regular performer on HBO's "Mr. Show".
companion:
Jay Johnston. Has a girlfriend whom he declines to discuss in interviews.

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father:
Galen Brewster. Headmaster.
father:
Galen Brewster. Had at least two.
mother:
Hathaway Brewster. Ceramics teacher.
mother:
Hathaway Brewster. French government official.
brother:
Ivan Brewster. Younger.
brother:
Ivan Brewster. Has three older siblings; two sisters and one brother.
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