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Q&A: 'Frasier' actor who played Roz now on 'Make It or Break It'

'Frasier' actor still in the biz

We've been watching Frasier reruns and wondered whatever happened to the woman who plays Roz on the show.

Peri Gilpin, now 50, played psychiatrist Frasier Crane's radio producer, Roz Doyle, on the TV comedy Frasier from 1993 through 2004.

Since that show ended, Gilpin has starred in four TV movies, done voice work for the Hellboy animated movies series and other animation, and guest starred on such shows as Medium, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Hot in Cleveland.

Since 2009 she has been a regular on the ABC Family series Make It or Break It, about the lives of four teen gymnasts who are training for the Olympics. Gilpin plays Kim Keeler, mother of one of the four gymnasts and the co-manager of the center.

She also has become the mother of twin girls born to a surrogate in 2004, started a production company, Bristol Cities, with her friend and Frasier colleague Jane Leeves (Daphne Moon), and is heavily involved in raising money for cancer research for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. She got active after her mother died from leiomyosarcoma, and her sister has since been diagnosed with it.

Gilpin was born Peri Kay Oldham in Waco, Texas. Her unusual first name came from a Disney cartoon character, Peri the squirrel. She grew up in Dallas, studied acting at the University of Texas and has been married since 1999 to a realist painter, Christian Vincent.

'Law' gave others screen time

I enjoyed Skeet Ulrich on Law & Order: LA. Why did they kill him off? Will he be in another show in the future?

Ulrich was let go as part of a "creative revamp" of the show, which was struggling in the ratings. Dick Wolf, creator of the Law & Order franchise, said the show was "not clicking" and he felt Ulrich had to go to create more screen time for Terrence Howard and Alfred Molina, "two world-class movie actors who we were only seeing half the time."

Wolf called Ulrich "one of the nicest actors I have ever worked with. It's not Skeet's fault."

There's no news to report on Ulrich's next project, but we wouldn't expect this to negatively affect his career.

'Roadshow' experts unpaid

I'm a fan of PBS's Antiques Roadshow. I notice that most appraisers are associated with top art galleries and specialty companies in the country. How much are they paid for their services, or do they work pro bono?

Judy Matthews, senior account executive for Antiques Roadshow, answers: "The experts who appear on Antiques Roadshow are not paid for their services. They have donated their time and paid their own expenses to participate, for which we are very grateful."

Q&A: 'Frasier' actor who played Roz now on 'Make It or Break It' 06/27/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2011 5:29pm]
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