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Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald as Victoria Gates; © 2011 Bob D'Amico/ABC

Penny Johnson Gerald takes over as Victoria Gates, Captain of the 12th precinct, in season 4 after Captain Roy Montgomery was killed at the end of season 3. She brings decades' worth of experience working in television and film with her, as well as an impressive resume.

She is arguably best known for her roles on 24 as the President's nefarious ex-wife, and The Larry Sanders Show.

She was born March 14, 1961 and is married with a son.[1] Her parents were 14 and 16, respectively, when they married and had 5 children.[2]

Regarding her success, she said: "I definitely believe that you reap what you sew [sic], and I’ve been fortunate enough to be on some incredible television series where people come on as guest artists, and then they come on later as regulars. And I just thank God that I’ve been one of those people who welcomed them in with open arms and have been respectful of the fact that they are new, because right now that is happening for me. I’m the new kid on the block and everyone has been wonderful in embracing me and making me feel comfortable enough to just do my job." Also, she calls her parents and siblings her "number one supporters," and refers to herself as "a church girl," saying what she does is "a blessing."[2]

Selected Television Roles[edit]

  • Bones
  • NCIS
  • October Road (10 episodes)
  • The 4400
  • Law and Order
  • 24 - Sherry Palmer (45 episodes)
  • Frasier
  • Touched by an Angel
  • The Practice
  • The X-Files
  • Family Law
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Kasidy Yates (15 episodes)
  • ER - Nurse Practitioner Lynette Evans (9 episodes)
  • The Larry Sanders Show - Beverly Barnes (82 episodes)
  • Cosby
  • Grace Under Fire
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Columbo
  • Coach
  • Homeroom - Virginia Harper (13 episodes)
  • Simon and Simon
  • The Cosby Show
  • General Hospital
  • The Paper Chase - Vivian Conway (17 episodes)
  • The Jeffersons
  • Hill Street Blues
  • T. J. Hooker

Selected Film Roles[edit]

  • Absolute Power
  • What's Love Got to Do With It
  • Swing Shift


  • Portrayed former National Security Adviser and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice twice in two different TV movies.
  • Is 5' 5" inches tall.[1]
  • Studied acting at Julliard.[1]
  • Had never seen an episode of Castle prior to being cast as Captain Gates[3]
  • Lives on a farm on the East Coast with her family[3]

External Links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Penny Johnson Jerald biography at the Internet Movie Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 " Castle's Penny Johnson Jerald Pins Success on Faith, Family", by Cherie Saunders, eurweb.com, posted December 9, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Keck's Exclusives: First Look: Castle's New Captain, TVGuide.com, by William Keck, posted August 16, 2011