An accomplished performer with the distinctive capability to snap between all-too-human susceptibility and tough-as-nails assurance, Catherine Dent gained widespread attention for her role as the street-smart officer Danielle “Danny” Sofer in the FX hit police drama “The Shield” (2002-?), along side Michael Chiklis. Before the huge success, the beautiful actress had created a reputation as a gradually increasing television star with her recurring gig in the popular long-running daytime soap “One Life To Live” (1997) and guest appearances in such hit shows as “The X-Files,” “Law & Order” and Sopranos.”
On the silver screen, Dent, who shares a birthday with Quincy Jones, Chris Klein, Michael Caine, Mercedes McNab, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall and Jamie Bell, also has amazed many with her diverse talents in Paul Schrader’s Auto Focus (2002, with Greg Kinnear) and the charming independent movie 21 Grams (2003, starred Naomi Watts and Sean Penn). Her more recent project is the black comedy The Unseen (2005), co-starring with Steve Harris.
Privately speaking, Dent is married. With husband Peter, she raises a baby son who was born in late 2005 in their home in Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Catherine Dent was born on March 14, 1965 (some sources mention 1976). She is the daughter of Fred Dent, a Louisiana politician who was a gubernatorial candidate, and Eleanor Brown. She graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she spent much time honing her acting skill.
Catherine, who earned nickname Cat, is married to Peter. Their first child, a baby son, was born on December 14, 2005, in Los Angeles. A Louisiana native, Catherine now lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and their only son.
A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Catherine Dent, who had appeared in television productions The Steven Banks Show (1991) and A Girls’ Guide to Sex (1993), soon kicked off her film career with a bit part in director Robert Benton’s drama Nobody’s Fool (1994), which starred screen phenomenon Paul Newman as her father-in-law. She followed it up by guest starring in an episode of “New York Undercover” (1995) and playing roles in such independent films as Jaded, The Debutantes (both 1996) and Dangerous Proposition (1998).
However, it was her recurring role of Janice Talbert in the 1968 hit daytime drama “One Life To Live” (1997) that made Dent a favorite among ardent soap audiences. Dent solidified her reputation as an increasingly familiar face to television viewers throughout the 1990s with guest appearance in numerous shows like “Frasier,” “Chicago Hope” (both 1998), “The X-Files,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch” (all 1999) and “The Sopranos” (2000).
The vigorous actress made her return to the wide screen with the supporting part of Ashley Judd’s sister in the romantic comedy Someone Like You (2001), which also starred Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman. She shared the screen with Jean Claude Van Damme in the action/thriller film Replicant (2001), co-starred with Jonathan Silverman and Tom Gallop in It Is What It Is (2001) and appeared as Mabel in the Jim Carrey starring vehicle The Majestic (2001), a romantic drama helmed by Frank Darabont. After a part in the sci-fi/ thriller Venomous (2002), Dent offered a memorable supporting role of Susan, again opposite Greg Kinnear, in the Paul Schrader-directed biopic Auto Focus (2002).
With such solid work, the versatile actress finally scored a big breakthrough when she landed a co-starring role opposite the Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis in the FX marvelous cop drama “The Shield,” that same year. Impressively playing the tough-skinned, street savvy L.A.P.D Officer Danielle “Danny” Sofer, Dent won a number of admirations from critics, including the Hollywood Reporter. Also in 2002, she found herself working with the movie legend Steven Spielberg in his miniseries “Taken,” aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.
While enjoying television success, the talented performer also delivered a small, but remarkable, performance as Ana in the fascinating Academy Award nominated indie film 21 Grams (2003), starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. She dabbled in Regional Theater and Broadway with roles in such productions as “Baby Doll” and Lisa Peterson’s “The Country” (2003). Two years later, after guest spots in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Judging Amy,” as well as a supporting role in the made-for-television drama film Tides of War (all 2005), Dent undertook the significant part of Ms. Lucille in the black comedy The Unseen, which cast her opposite Steve Harris, Gale Harold and Phillip Bloch.