An American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) graduate and member of the famed Groundlings comedy troupe as well as the West Coast Ensemble theater company, Karri Turner is widely recognized as Lt. Harriet Sims (1997-2005), administrator at the Judge Advocate General Corps and wife of Patrick Labyorteaux's Commander Bud Roberts, in the NBC/CBS adventure and drama television show "JAG."
In addition to her performances in numerous stage productions, Turner had a recurring role in the TV series "Wild Oats," "X-files," "Caroline in the City," and "Heroes." She also has guest starred in "Suddenly Susan" and "South Park" (voice).
As of late 2006, the TV star who accompanied comedians Kathy Griffin and Michael McDonald to Iraq to perform for U.S. troops stationed there, has completed six USO (United Service Organizations) tours.
Childhood and Family:
Born on December 21, 1966, in Ft. Worth, Texas, Karri Kathleen Turner grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas. After attending Oklahoma's Oral Roberts University, she was bitten by the acting bug and headed for southern California to sharpen her skills at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). She was also a member of The Groundlings, a California improvisational comedy troupe, at one time. Turner currently lives in Los Angeles.
Graduating from American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), Karri Turner signed up with the famed Groundlings comedy troupe (Sun Co) and the West Coast Ensemble theater company.
In 1994, Turner entered television, appearing in two episodes of the short-lived sitcom "Wild Oats," and then in another two episodes of NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City," playing Eric Lutz's assistant, Honey Potts. She also secured a TV series regular in the Canadian comedy series "One Minute to Air" and provided her voice to character Delilah in the video games "Soviet Strike" (both in 1996).
Turner's big break came in 1997 when she won the role of Lt. Harriet Sims, administrator at the Judge Advocate General Corps, in the NBC/CBS adventure and drama television show "JAG." She first appeared in the second season episode "Crossing the Line" (January 31, 1997) as an Ensign aboard the USS Seahawk where she had replaced her future husband Lieutenant Bud Roberts (played by Patrick Labyorteaux) as the ship's public affairs officer, and continued to return in the show until its end on April 29, 2005.
Meanwhile, Turner appeared in the Sam Seder's independent comedy film "Who's the Caboose?" (1997) and in an 8-minute comedy film called "The Date" (2003). She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC hit sitcom starring Brooke Shields, "Suddenly Susan," Comedy Central's Emmy-winning animated TV series "South Park" (voiced the Kathie Lee Gifford character), and in two episodes of Fox critically-acclaimed sci-fi drama starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, "The X Files," as Tara Scully, Dana Scully's (Anderson) sister-in-law.
Following the demise of ''JAG,'' Turner appeared in the drama film "Hurricane in the Rose Garden" (2006) and guest starred in two episodes of NBC's hit science fiction serial drama television series "Heroes." She also accompanied comedians Kathy Griffin and Michael McDonald to Iraq to perform for U.S. troops stationed there. The performance was later aired as part of Griffin's Emmy-winning reality show on Bravo, ''My Life on the D-List.'' As of late 2006, Turner, who has the privilege of visiting our troops in Baghdad, Balad, Tikrit, Kuwait, Bagram, Kandahar, Uzbeckistan and South Korea, has completed six USO (United Service Organizations) tours.
Besides her television and film works, Turner has appeared in such stage productions as "Cereal," Brandon Thomas' three-act farce "Charlie's Aunt," William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy "As You Like It," Shakespeare's comedy "Merchant of Venice," Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus," John-Michael Tebelak's musical "Godspell," "Talking With," Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" and Noel Coward's comic play "Hay Fever."