Dowse, Denise 1958–

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Dowse, Denise 1958–

(Denise Dowes, Denise Y. Dowse)


Full name, Denise Yvonne Dowse; born February 21, 1958, in Honolulu, HI; father, a naval officer. Education: Norfolk State University, B.A., English and theatre (cum laude).


Office—c/o Anthony Meindl's Actor's Lab, MetaTheater on Melrose, 7801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Agent—Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 865, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Manager—Sandra Siegal, The Siegal Company, 9025 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Publicist—Celebrity Public Relations, 49 East 41st St., Suite 449, New York, NY 10165.


Actress and director. Former member of the traveling performing group Up with People. Aschaffenburg Military Community Theatre (Germany), director; Amazing Grace Conservatory, Los Angeles, resident director and instructor of speech and acting; Anthony Meindl's Actor's Lab, Los Angeles, acting instructor.


Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors:

DramaLogue Award, best director, 1995, and Image Award, best director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1996, both for The Chest; Image Award, best director, c. 1996, for Long Time Since Yesterday; some sources cite an Image Award, best director, c. 1996, for When Willows Weep in Foxholes.


Television Appearances; Series:

Angela Quartermaine, Almost There!, 1988-89.

Mrs. Yvonne Teasley, Beverly Hills 90210, Fox, between 1991 and 2000.

Sylvia Watkins, Built to Last, NBC, 1997.

Judge Rebecca Damsen, The Guardian (also known as El guardia, The Guardian—Retter mit Herz, Le protecteur, O allos mou eaftos, Ochita bengoshi Nick Fallin, Ochita bengoshi Nick Fallin 2, and Oikeuden puolesta), CBS, 2001-2004.

Judge Jane Briar, Shark, CBS, beginning c. 2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Drug dealer, Wild Palms, ABC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Board member, Locked Up: A Mother's Rage, 1991.

(As Denise Y. Dowse) Woman, Murderous Vision, USA Network, 1991.

(As Denise Y. Dowse) Dr. Jarvis, The Enemy Within, HBO, 1994.

Cristianne, Kissing Miranda, 1995.

Dispatcher, Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (also known as A Feel for Murder and Sketch Artist II), Showtime, 1995.

See Jane Run, ABC, 1995.

Detective Pruitt, Killing Mr. Griffin (also known as Killing Griffin), NBC, 1997.

Mom, Book of Love (also known as Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs), Black Entertainment Television, c. 2002.

Mona, What about Your Friends: Weekend Getaway, UPN, 2002.

Voice of Officer Shirley, Rocket Power: Reggie's Big "Beach" Break (animated), Nickelodeon, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

As a child, appeared in A Dog Called Bum, a televised play produced in the San Diego, CA area.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Fourth FBI agent, "Wanted: Dead or Alive," ALF, NBC, 1989.

Professor Harriet Welkman (some sources cite Harriet Strathmore), "The 17 Year Itch," Beverly Hills 90210, Fox, 1990.

Dr. Worthy, "Rock-A-Bye Baby: Parts 1 & 2," Roc (also known as Roc Live), Fox, 1991.

Maggie Day, "Come Along with Me," Jake and the Fatman, CBS, 1991.

Kim's mother, "Afternoon Delights," Bodies of Evidence, CBS, 1992.

Receptionist, "The Wallet," Seinfeld, NBC, 1992.

Mrs. Jacobs, "Be True to Your Pre-School," Full House, ABC, 1993.

Sergeant McBride, "Schoolhouse Rock," California Dreams (also known as Dreams), NBC, 1993.

Sergeant McBride, "Surfboards and Cycles," California Dreams (also known as Dreams), NBC, 1993.

"A Christmas Story," Thea, ABC, 1993.

Barbara Carter, Dudley (also known as Modern Times), CBS, 1993.

Mother, "The Couch," Seinfeld, NBC, 1994.

Second woman, "Brown vs. the Board of Education," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1994.

Judge Caldwell, "Flesh and Blood," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1996.

Mrs. Carlson, "Drunken Proposal," Men Behaving Badly (also known as It's a Man's World), NBC, 1996.

Arthell, "Race Relations," Tracey Takes On …, HBO, 1997.

Doris Harper, "On Golden Pons," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1997.

Mrs. Porter, "Logan's Run," Ink, CBS, 1997.

Ms. Miller, "Invisible Girl" (also known as "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (also known as BtVS, Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Series, Nightfall, Bafi, ubica vampira, Buffy, a vampirok reme, Buffy, cacadora de vampiros, Buffy contre les vampires, Buffy i vampirofonissa, Buffy—Im Bann der Daemonen, Buffy, l'ammazzavampiri, Buffy, la cazavampiros, Buffy och vampyrerna, Buffy—Vampyrdaeberen, Buffy vampyrdoedaren, Buffy—Vampyrenes skrekk, Buffy—Vampyrernes skraek, and Buffy, vampyyrintappaja), The WB, 1997.

Adoption agent, "Look Who's Talking," NewsRadio (also known as News Radio, The Station, Dias de radio, and Dies de radio), NBC, 1998.

Alease, "The Domino Effect," Sister, Sister, The WB, 1998.

Claire's lawyer, "The Closure," The Closer (also known as The Tom Selleck Show), CBS, 1998.

Councilperson Rene Broussard, "No Comment," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 1998.

Judge Martin, "And Justice for Some," Step by Step (also known as Eine Starke Familie, Kaos i familien, Notre belle famille, Paso a paso, Steg for Steg, and Una bionda per papa), CBS, 1998.

Mrs. Lysell (some sources cite Mrs. Lydell), "Day for Knight," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1998.

Nora, "Gifts," Party of Five, Fox, 1998.

(As Denise Dowes) Principal Groves, "What's in a Word," Promised Land (also known as Home of the Brave), CBS, 1999.

Arbitrator, "New Job," Grown Ups, UPN, 2000.

Aunt Mattie (some sources cite Aunt Hattie), "Secrets & Lies," Moesha, UPN, 2000.

Caroline, "The Thin Line," The Practice, ABC, 2001.

Emily Griffin, "The Burning Vagina Monologues," Girlfriends, UPN, 2001.

Janet Katz, "The Trouble with Harry," Becker, CBS, 2001.

Second doctor, "Drew and the Baby," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2001.

Mrs. Ray, "Little Big Man," Without a Trace (also known as Vanished and W.A.T.), CBS, 2002.

Ms. Shepherd, "Lost in the System," Judging Amy, CBS, 2002.

Sondra Herman, "Mojo Rising," Philly, ABC, 2002.

Juanita Hendrucks, "The Brass Ring," Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003.

Juanita Hendrucks, "Redemption," Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003.

Juanita Hendrucks, "Well Endowed," Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003.

Lucyruth, "Inherit the Lynn," Girlfriends, UPN, 2003.

Cicily Sutherland, "Joel Gideon," Nip/Tuck, FX Network, 2004.

Laura Hoover, "The Birds and the Batteries," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2004.

Counselor, "Let's Stay Together," All of Us, UPN, 2004.

Counselor, "Divorce Means Never Having to Say I'm Sorry," All of Us, UPN, 2005.

Counselor, "Focus," All of Us, UPN, 2005.

Dr. Margaret Johnson, "Progeny," Threshold, CBS, 2005.

Angel of Destiny, "Vaya con Leos," Charmed, The WB, 2005.

Angel of Destiny, "Forever Charmed," Charmed, The WB, 2006.

Angel of Destiny, "Kill Billie: Vol. 2," Charmed, The WB, 2006.

Dr. Shapiro, "The Hair Down There," All of Us, The CW, 2006.

Doctor, "Exercise in Fertility: Part 2," The Bernie Mac Show, Fox, 2006.

Judge Nora Glover, "Good Faith," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2007.

Judge, "To Whom It May Concern," Gilmore Girls (also known as Gilmore Girls: Beginnings and The Gilmore Way), The CW, 2007.

Appeared as Toni Worthington in "Wahunthra," an episode of The Gregory Hines Show (also known as Gregory Hines, Gregory Hines Show, Square One, and Tal pai! Tal filho!), CBS; and as Mrs. Hanson in an episode of Me and the Boys, ABC. Appeared in episodes of other series, including The West Wing (also known as West Wing and El ala oeste de la Casablanca), NBC; and appeared as Alice Godchaux in "Balls in Your Court," an unaired episode of Inconceivable, NBC.

Film Appearances:

Channing, Coldfire, 1991.

Bank teller, Sneakers, Universal, 1992.

Malik's mother, Helicopter (short film), 1993.

Neighborhood woman, Out for Blood, 1993.

Voice, Theodore Rex (also known as T. Rex), New Line Cinema, 1995.

Olivia Biggs, Bio-Dome (also known as Biodome), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996.

Sky marshal Tehat Meru, Starship Troopers, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997.

Health teacher, Pleasantville (also known as Color Of Heart), New Line Cinema, 1998.

Judge Constance Mullen, A Civil Action (also known as Civil Action and Prejudice), Buena Vista, 1998.

Dr. Perkins, K-911, Universal Pictures Home Video, 1999.

Tyrone's mother, Requiem for a Dream (also known as Delusion over Addiction), Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Secretary, Dr. Dolittle 2 (also known as Doctor Dolittle 2, DR2, DR.2, Docteur Dolittle 2, Elaeintohtori 2, and Il Dottor Dolittle 2), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Matilda, Rats (also known as Killer Rats), Nu Image Films, 2003.

Derrick's mother, The Seat Filler, DEJ Productions, 2004.

Judge, Eulogy, Lions Gate Films, 2004.

Marlene Andres, Ray (also known as Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story), Universal, 2004.

Lisa, Guess Who (also known as Black/White and Untitled Bernie Mac/Ashton Kutcher Project), Columbia, 2005.

Principal Garrison, Coach Carter (also known as All Day Long), Paramount, 2005.

Lisa, Her Best Move, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2007.

Psychiatric hospital therapist, Reign over Me (also known as Empty City and Reign o'er Me), Columbia, 2007.

Film Director:

Reflections: A Story of Redemption (short film), Brace Yourself, 2004.

Directed the filmed first act of The Chocolate Factory as well as the second half on stage. Some sources cite Dowse as the director a short film affiliated with the project What about Us.

Stage Appearances:

Ghost, player king, and Claudius, Hamlet, Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, Santa Monica, CA, 1995.

Long Time since Yesterday, Los Angeles, 1995.

The Vagina Monologues, HerShe Group, 2006.

Also appeared in other productions in the Los Angeles area, including Club Termina, The Darker Face of the Earth, The Jackie Robinson Story, Life and Death: The Vaudeville Show (also produced in Cuba), Othello, and South of Where We Live. As a child, appeared in A Dog Called Bum, a production in the San Diego, CA area.

Stage Director:

Long Time Since Yesterday, Los Angeles, 1995.

The Chest, Los Angeles, c. 1995.

When Willows Weep in Foxholes, Hudson Theatre, c. 1996.

If I Knew Then …, A.S.K. Theater Projects, Common Ground Festival, 1999.

West Side Story (musical), Amazing Grace Conservatory, Los Angeles, 1999.

Love & Other Social Issues (solo show), Assistance League Playhouse, Los Angeles, 2007.

The Wiz (musical), Amazing Grace Conservatory, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles, 2007.

Also directed The Chocolate Factory (multimedia production), It's a Wonderful LifeAin't It?, Little Shop of Horrors (musical), The Prodigal Sister, and What about Us, all Amazing Grace Conservatory.



Denise Dowse,, October 7, 2007.