“Well, she had a gun and she shot off a couple rounds last year, but it wasn't like the way Chloe got to do it Rambo style. There are definitely a couple crazy scenes coming up. I don't know if they'd ever let her be Jack Bauer-esque. I think it'd be fun, I don't think it would necessarily be real. Everybody secretly wants to be Jack Bauer. But that's what Kiefer does so well.” Kim Raver (on her “24” character Audrey Raines).
First appeared regularly on television at age 6 on the children’s show "Sesame Street," Kim Raver later gained recognition as paramedic Kim Zambrano (1999-2005) on NBC police/firefighter drama “Third Watch,” and as CTU member Audrey Raines (2004-2006), the daughter of Secretary of Defense James Heller (played by William Devane) and the love interest of Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland), on Fox's acclaimed series "24." She recently played the regular role of Kathryn Hale, a high-powered Assistant District Attorney on ABC serial drama “Nine,” which is now on hiatus.
On the big screen, the 5' 9" tall blue-eyed blonde has appeared in Martin & Orloff (2002), Mind the Gap (2004) and Keep Your Distance (2005). Her latest film is Night at the Museum (2006), in which she played Ben Stiller's way-too-understanding ex-wife.
Childhood and Family:
“We don't have a real religious tradition, so Christmas for me and my family is a time to come together, a time to share.” Kim Raver.
On March 15, 1969, Kimberly Jayne Raver, nicknamed Kimmy, was born in New York, New York to a German-born mother named Tina Raver. She has an older sister, Cybele, and a step father, Chris Meltesen.
Kimberly, a fluent in French and German, graduated with BFA from Boston University School for the Arts in 1991. She then studied theater in New York with teacher and mentor Wynn Handman.
In July 2000, Kimberly married Manuel Boyer, a French filmmaker. They welcomed their first child, a son named Luke, in 2002. Kimberly resides in New York and spends her free time running, practicing yoga and being near her close-knit family.
Starting her acting career with a regular role as Kim (1975-1978) on PBS educational kids’ series for preschoolers "Sesame Street" from the ages of 6 to 9, Kim Raver continued to hone her skill by joining off-Broadway's first all-children's theater. And after graduating from Boston University in 1991, she landed acting jobs in national commercials for Visa and Jeep (the latter was helmed by Ridley Scott). She also landed a role in the TV-movie Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994; starring Edward James Olmos, Damian Chapa and Travis Fine) and had a recurring role as Deanne Landers (1995) on CBS short-lived drama series about ambitious New Yorkers, “Central Park West.”
Raver’s big break came with her Broadway debut in the play "Holiday," in which she co-starred with Laura Linney and Tony Goldwyn from 1995 through 1996. Afterward, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC police procedural and legal drama "Law & Order," ABC legal drama "The Practice" and ABC sitcom "Spin City." She also made her debut as TV series regular on the short-lived NBC drama created by John Wells, "Trinity" (1998). Meanwhile, she performed on stage in a summer production of Warren Leight’s play “The Glimmer Brothers” at Williamstown, alongside David Schwimmer and the late John Spencer.
Impressed by her performance, "Trinity" (1998) creator John Wells subsequently recruited Raver again to play paramedic Kim Zambrano (1999-2005) in his police/firefighter drama aired on NBC, “Third Watch.” She appeared in the first five seasons, as well as the first episode of season 6, and a cameo in the 2005 series finale. During that time, Raver also guest starred in another Wells’ production, NBC medical drama “ER,” and co-starred with Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts in Lawrence Blume's comedy movie, Martin & Orloff (2002).
After leaving “Third Watch,” Raver went to film Eric Schaeffer’s multi-story film Mind the Gap (2004) and David Alford and Robert Archer Lynn's horror/thriller Prisoner, starring Julian McMahon. She then nabbed another notable regular role, as CTU member Audrey Raines (2004-2006), the daughter of Secretary of Defense James Heller (played by William Devane) who became involved with former CTU agent Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland), in Fox's Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series "24." She appeared regularly during the series’ fourth and fifth season, and became a recurring appearance in its sixth season.
“There’s so many elements to it. I mean, Kiefer Sutherland was definitely a major element to it and Joel Surnow, the producer and creator of it was another one. But I loved the role. I mean, Audrey Raines is a smart, intelligent female but she’s vulnerable and sensitive, and she’s at really a strange time in her life. And also I liked her because she’s flawed.” Kim Raver (on why she joined “24”).
While busy shooting for “24,” Raver could also be seen in writer-director Stu Pollard's drama thriller Keep Your Distance (with Gil Bellows and Jennifer Westfeldt) and starring as a mother deals with the death of her young son in Lifetime’s supernatural movie Haunting Sarah (both in 2005). Recently, she was hired as the regular cast member of ABC serial drama “Nine,” playing Kathryn Hale, a high-powered Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A). Premiered on October 4, 2006, the show was announced that it went on "immediate hiatus" on the week of November 27, 2006.
More recently, moviegoers could catch Raver in Shawn Levy's newly-released fantastical comedy film, Night at the Museum. In the film, based on the 1993 children's book with the same name by Milan Trenc, Raver played Ben Stiller's way-too-understanding ex-wife.
“That's why I'm doing a comedy movie with Ben Stiller, Night at the Museum. It's a huge comedy. I loved it, working with Ben Stiller and Paul Rudd. Definitely keeping it light during the hiatus is a great, great combination.” Kim Raver.