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Welcome to the newest section of our Gazette. Dorothy has been working hard to assemble the components of this feature section. We hope you enjoy reading about the people who brought your favorite show to life. As their work progresses, their bios will change.

So, sit back, relax, and prop up your feet as you peruse our latest feature.

Jane Seymour Joe Lando Chad Allen Erika Flores
Jessica Bowman Shawn Toovey Orson Bean Barbara Babcock
Frank Collison Helene Udy William Shockley Jim Knobeloch
Geoffrey Lower Jonelle Allen Henry G. Sanders Jennifer Youngs
Jason Leland Adams Larry Sellers


The only primary cast member born outside of the US, Jane enrolled in the Arts Educational Trust in London to train in dance, music, and theater. She made her feature film debut in Oh, What a Lovely War and won an Emmy for her role as Maria Callas in Onassis as well as a Golden Globe for Dr. Quinn. Other feature films include Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time, and The Wedding Crashers. Dubbed “Queen of the Miniseries” in the 1980’s, she has a prolific career in theatre, film and TV, and another TV series, Modern Men (2006). Seymour is married to actor-director James Keach. Together, they have six children and reside in Malibu, California.


Calling Chicago his birthplace, Joe worked as a chef while pursuing acting prior to landing the role of Jake Harrison in One Life to Live. His skills in the kitchen led to an assignment coaching Tracey Ullman and Kevin Kline on how to spin pizza for the film, I Love You to Death. His television credits include the films Shadows of Desire, Any Place but Home, Killer Flood and Combustion, and roles on Higher Ground, Summerland and Wildfire. Among his feature film credits are Star Trek IV and Seeds of Doubt. He and his wife, Kirsten, have three children and live in Malibu, California..


Chad Allen has been acting since he was a young child and provided the voice of Charlie Brown in the animated special, Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown. He then played Zach in the series My Two Dads, David Witherspoon in Our House, and had recurring or guest-star roles in St. Elsewhere, Webster, The Wonder Years and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He most recently appeared in the dual role of Nate/Steve Saint in the film, End of the Spear and is one of the founding members of "The Creative Outlet Theater" for talented young actors in the Los Angeles area.


Former child actress and ingénue leading lady Erika Flores is best known for her portrayal of Colleen Cooper. She first achieved prominence with a key guest role in Disaster, an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the television movie, Switched at Birth. An unusually serious performer even at a young age, Flores was reportedly the only cast member to regularly attend the writing sessions for Dr. Quinn, and left the series rather than sign a five-year contract. Since then, she has appeared in several TV movies, including The Killing Secret, Buried Secrets and Soul of the Game.


Jessica was born in Walnut Creek, California and was formerly a regular in The Road Home. She also appeared on NYPD Blue, Baywatch, and Boy Meets World. Bowman won Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Dramatic Series at the 1996 Young Artists Awards for her performance in Dr. Quinn and was nominated for a 1997 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award. She joined the cast of Dr. Quinn in January 1995 and went on to appear in films such as Joy Ride and 50 First Dates.


Born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1983, Shawn’s family moved to San Antonio, Texas when he was four and ultimately ended up in California where Shawn landed the role of Brian Cooper on Dr. Quinn. Continuing his education through private tutors on the set, Shawn also appeared in the Disney film, Flash, and in the role of Tiny Tim, opposite Dr. Quinn co-star, Orson Bean, in a theatre production of A Christmas Carol. A recent college graduate back home in Nebraska, Shawn hopes to return to acting in the near future


With Dallas Frederick Burrows on his birth certificate, Orson borrowed the first half of his stage name from another prestidigitator of note, Orson Welles. Bean made his legitimate stage bow in 1945 then worked up a nightclub comedy act which premiered in New York. Landing on Broadway in 1953, he delivered an award-winning performance in John Murray Anderson's Almanac (1954). In films from 1955 and an inescapable presence on TV, Bean has participated in virtually every quiz show known to man, from the familiar to the obscure, and more recently landed a weekly role as cranky general store owner Loren Bray.


Although born in the United States, Barbara spent a large part of her childhood in Tokyo, Japan with her U.S. Army general father. She learned to speak Japanese before English. Usually cast as take-charge matrons, Barbara has been seen in such roles as the baseball-team owner in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Nora Christie in Far and Away (1992). She was also a regular on several TV series, including The Four Seasons, Dallas, The Law and Harry McGraw and Perry Mason. Most recently, she appeared on stage in Ireland in an award-winning performance in The Glass Menagerie.


Frank was born on Valentine's Day in Evanston, Illinois. He trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, earned his BA in theatre at San Francisco State University and an MFA in acting at UC San Diego. He’s appeared in over 150 productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres in Boston, Denver and California. Frank is a founding member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, California. His film work includes The Village and Hidalgo. Residing in Los Angeles with his wife and three children, he remains active in theatre while pursuing a film career.


Starting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Helene's family moved to Montreal, Canada where she began her acting career as a child in shows for the Global Canadian television networks. Helene studied at Montreal's Dome Theater School and pursued a degree in film communications at Montreal's Dawson College while continuing her acting career in Canadian movies before moving to New York for her soap series gig on As the World Turns. In Los Angeles, while working Dr. Quinn, Helene formed 5k-Films and began to produce and direct feature films. She has 3 independent movies to her credit to date.


Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Shockley was raised in a nomadic lifestyle, moving 20 times in nearly as many years. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. While performing in local theatre productions in Dallas, he was signed by an agent in 1987 and has worked steadily ever since. He has amassed a unique body of work that reflects his determination to seek out the evocative. With interesting performances in Showgirls, Dream Lover and Robocop, Shockley also won over audiences for six years on Dr. Quinn as Hank Lawson, the moody saloon keeper and brothel owner.


Raised on a farm outside Belleville, Illinois, Jim graduated with Dean's College honors from Southern Illinois University where he received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in theatre and art. Although intending to teach acting at the university level, his stage experience led to a career in theatre in New York. Off-Broadway performances inspired his decision to move to LA, where he guest-starred on several television shows before landing the role of Jake Slicker. Jim and his wife, Beth Sullivan (executive producer, Dr. Quinn), have twins, Jack and Tess, born in 1996.


When a love for acting eclipsed his pre-law studies at the University of Nebraska, Geoffrey transferred to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, where he gained notoriety for his stage work. Lower worked on Broadway and in the Shakespeare Theatres in Washington D.C., Colorado and Los Angeles, appearing in productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice. Lower's television career also includes The Trials of Rosie O'Neill. His film appearances have placed him alongside a wide array of award-winning colleagues. Geoffrey Lower lives in Los Angeles with his wife, producer Karen Severin.


Jonelle had a front-row seat to the world of theatre growing up in New York, where she flourished in both acting and singing, performing in the notable stage production of Two Gentleman of Verona (1972) and securing a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actress. But it didn’t take long before television called. With guest-star roles on What’s Happening, The Love Boat, All in the Family, Hill Street Blues, Strong Medicine and ER, Jonelle also landed lead roles on Palmerstown, U.S.A., Berrenger’s, Generations and Dr. Quinn. She and her husband, Richard Grimmon, live in Los Angeles.


Henry did a lot of living before the acting for a living ever occurred to him. With a Catholic school education and a seven-year military career behind him, the acting bug bit him when he moved to Los Angeles in 1971. From there, he seized every acting opportunity he could find, which included films such as Killer of Sheep and The Boss’ Son. He also appeared in Bull Durham and continues to land supporting actor roles in feature films. He and his wife, Naila, have two children, and he’s grandfather to his first daughter’s son.


Born in Staten Island N.Y., daughter of actor John Savage (the Deer Hunter) Jen left for the west in 1990 with her dog and her bass guitar to pursue her love of music and acting in L.A. After a couple years of small parts (Primary Motive, Someone is Watching, Changing Habits, Killing Obsession) Jennifer landed a role on Dr. Quinn as the Swedish immigrant "Ingrid," while playing around L.A and writing songs with her band, "What's the Bob" (1995). Eventually Jen was ready to make a real recording of her band, which is how she met her husband, Ronnie Champagne.


Jason has performed in, designed, and/or produced more than 60 plays in regional theaters around the country, and is a founder and former artistic director of the Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Company. During his tenure with the company, he produced six award-winning shows and received the Source Award for his performance in the title role of Don Juan of Seville (1991). He has been a scriptwriter for National Public Radio, a copywriter for the Smithsonian Press, and a cabinetmaker. With guest roles on The Young Riders, Dr. Quinn, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, theatre remains his spotlight focus.

Larry Sellers

Larry Sellers, an actor, stuntman, translator and technical advisor, draws on his Osage-Cherokee-Lakota heritage to serve also as an educator, historian, and historical consultant. His acting credits include the feature films Wayne's World II, Son of the Morning Star, Quick and the Dead, Revolution, Like Father, Like Son, and Assassination. Among his television credits are the film The Gambler III--The Legend Continues and the series Walker, Texas Ranger, both on the CBS Television Network, and the series Life Goes On, Beverly Hills, 90210 and General Hospital. Sellers was born and raised in Tawhuska, Oklahoma. His birth date is October 2.

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