“My preference is to work on material that I love and will learn something new from. As long as that is true and the people I get to work with are there with the same priorities, the style of the picture takes a backseat to those other elements.” KaDee Strickland
KaDee Strickland, born Katherine Dee Strickland, is an award-nominated American actress who has toiled in theater, film and television. Initiating acting in high school, the Patterson, Georgia, native trained professionally in Philadelphia and New York City. She acquired primarily in bit parts in movies, TV and theater projects, including “The Sixth Sense” and “Girl, Interrupted” (both 1999) before heading to Los Angeles in 2003. Thanks to Woody Allen's “Anything Else” and the successful “Something's Gotta Give” (both 2003), Strickland was able to gain major roles in the horror films “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid” (2004) and the American remake “The Grudge” (also 2004), which won her a Teen Choice nomination. The following year, the actress collected good reviews for portraying Drew Barrymore's rival in the Farrelly brothers film “Fever Pitch.” More recently, she was cast as Russell Crowe's lawyer in the box office hit “American Gangster” (2007). 2007 also found Strickland in two TV series, the short-lived “The Wedding Bells” and “Private Practice,” which debuted on TV on September 26, 2007.
Off camera, Strickland is married to actor Jason Behr. They currently reside in Los Angeles. The 5' 5” actress is a supporter of the arts. In 2004, prior to the release of “Anacondas,” she served as a host of the art debut of fellow actress Heidi Jayne Netzley at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, California. A fan of horror movies, Strickland said “The Omen” (1976) was her favorite.
“I grew up on scary movies. I would literally fall asleep in church on Sunday because I had stayed up and watched the late show. In Georgia, they’d have the horror movies late on Saturday night. I just grew up on them. I love them. They’re great fun.”
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Dee Strickland, a high school football coach, principal and supervisor, and Susan Strickland, a nurse, Katherine Dee Strickland was born on December 14, 1975, in Blackshear, Georgia. Growing up in Patterson, GA, young Katherine was locally famous as a member of the Strickland family and for her accomplishments and curricular activities, among them were Homecoming Queen in elementary, middle and high school, student council president and a cheerleader. She worked as a tobacco picker at a local farm for eight years.
Katherine, who developed a love for acting after watching the 1977 Woody Allen film “Annie Hall” as a little girl, considered acting as a profession when she was in high school. After high school graduation, she decided to study drama at college in New York but at the suggestion of her parents, she later attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which she earned a degree in Fine Arts. She joined the Screen Actors Guild while in Philadelphia and trained in NYC after finishing college.
On November 10, 2006, Katherine married “Roswell” star Jason Behr (born on December 30, 1973) in Ojai, California. They first met during the production of the 2004 movie “The Grudge,” where they were costars.
In 2006, Katherine gained a Silver Star Award from her alma mater, Philadelphia's University of the Arts.
Georgia native KaDee Strickland caught the acting bug in high school after she auditioned and landed a part in a one-act play produced by her school for the community. Soon afterward, she realized that acting was her calling and moved to Philadelphia to get professional training. During her college years, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and appeared on stage and in a few small parts in movies. She took a part time job as a waitress at a local restaurant and worked at a casting agency, in which one of her duties was to read lines at auditions for small roles in local film and TV projects. The latter job led to her being cast in her first film role in M. Night Shyamalan's “The Sixth Sense” (1999). The same year, she became an extra in “The Sterling Case” and was cast in a larger role as Bonnie Gilcrest in the James Mangold-helmed drama “Girl, Interrupted,” starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.
In addition to her small appearances in those three films, Strickland was cast alongside Dakota Anderson and Thomas Braxton Jr. in Rel Dowdell's “Train Ride,” a thriller filmed in 1998, but not commercially released until 2005 due to financing troubles, and portrayed Monica in the well-received crime/drama “Diamond Man” (2000), directed and written by Dan Cohen and starring Robert Forster and Donnie Wahlberg. After graduation, Strickland left Philadelphia to become an actress in New York City.
Subsequently, Strickland found herself in support of Mark Webber and Gano Grils in Adam Bhala Lough's filmmaking debut, “Bomb the System” (2002), but the drama was not shown outside film festivals until 2005. She also appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2002) and had a nine-episode turn in the ABC long-running soap opera “All My Children.” In 2003, after moving to Los Angeles, Strickland starred with Mario Van Peebles and Eddie Cibrian in the TV pilot episode “The Street Lawyer,” adapted from the John Grisham book. 2003 also saw Strickland make two romantic comedy films. She first teamed up with Woody Allen on “Anything Else,” in which Allen cast her as the former girlfriend of Jason Biggs. The movie, which Strickland mentioned as her “big break,” was released to tepid reviews and a flop at the box office. Her next project, “Something's Gotta Give,” starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, was a major hit. In the movie, she appeared briefly as the young love interest of Keaton's character's former husband (played by Paul Michael Glaser).
2004 proved to be a banner year for Strickland. After appearing as a partygoer named Molly in the direct-to-cable indie-comedy “Knots,” opposite Scott Cohen, John Stamos and Annabeth Gish, she portrayed Tara, a game show contender, on the Nicole Kidman-Bette Midler vehicle “The Stepford Wives,” based on the 1975 hit feature directed by Bryan Forbers. She was then seen in “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid,” the sequel to the 1997 horror film “Anaconda.”
The following year, Strickland was cast alongside Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon in the baseball-themed romantic comedy “Fever Pitch,” directed by the Farrelly brothers. In 2006, she appeared as Jason Patric's lover in the independent drama “Walker Payne,” for which she won praise from Variety, which wrote the actress was “elegant.” Also in 2006, she was seen on television as a regular in the fact-based ABC television series “Laws of Chance.” Also starring Frances Fisher and Bruce McGill, the show was dropped from development a few months later.
Strickland was next seen in “The Wedding Bells,” produced by David E. Kelley, playing Annie. The comedy series debuted on the Fox Network in March 2007, but was canceled the next month after five episodes aired. Later, in September, Strickland supported Richard Gere and Claire Danes in the crime/drama “The Flock” (2007). She returned to series TV later that same month when she landed the starring role of a doctor and hospital administrator named Charlotte King on “Private Practice,” the ABC spin-off of “Grey's Anatomy.” The show began airing in September 2007.
Strickland latest movie, “American Gangster,” a crime/drama directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, was released on November 2, 2007, and went on to become one of the major blockbuster movies in the United States. In the movie, she appeared as Crowe's attorney.