If you were a fan of the popular TNT series, The Closer; then you will definitely know Gina Ravera. However, if you somehow missed out on the hit police procedural series, then introductions are in order. Gina Ravera is one of the most successful black actresses on television. She has appeared in several notable TV series as well as some movies. She is, however, most famous for her role as the beautiful and intelligent Detective Daniels on the series, The Closer. Ravera portrayed the role from season one to season four before abruptly leaving the show. So what caused her to leave such a career-defining role? All these and more will be unveiled below.
Gina Ravera’s Bio
Gina D. Ravera was born on the 20th of May 1966 in San Francisco, California. The actress has not revealed specific details about her family background. It is however known that her mother is African-American while her father is Puerto-Rican. Ravera spent her formative years in San Francisco and completed her education there. She also trained as a classical dancer before delving into the movie business. Ravera made her Hollywood debut in 1990; appearing in an episode of the Will Smith-headlined show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
After that, she garnered guest appearances in other TV series such as True Colours, Reasonable Doubts, Melrose Place, Where I Live, Days of our Lives and Frasier. All of Ravera’s hard work paid off in 1993 when she landed the recurring role of Dr. Diana Roth on the CBS crime drama, Silk Stalkings.
Gina Ravera has recorded several achievements in the course of her outstanding career. She ranks amongst the few women of color who were able to play multiple powerful roles on TV at the same time. This was in 2008 when she portrayed Detective Daniels on The Closer while also playing Dr. Bettina DeJesus on ER. Ravera has also received several award nominations in recognition of her excellent performances.
She was nominated for the 1999 AIMA Award for outstanding individual performance in a TV movie or a miniseries. This was for her role in the 1998 NBC miniseries, The Temptations. She was also nominated for the Imagen Award for best supporting actress (TV) in 2006 and 2009. Ravera has also received no less than three SAG awards nominations. They include 2005, 2007 and 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series. Another remarkable achievement by the actress is a charity initiative known as Project Reina. The project educates teenage girls on the prevention of HIV/AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Project Reina specifically targets teen girls of color who are deemed to be more at risk.
Why did Gina Ravera leave The Closer?
The Closer is a TNT series which revolved around Kyla Sedgwick, a CIA-trained detective who becomes an LAPD deputy chief. Sedgwick has a reputation for not only solving cases but also obtaining confessions which lead to convictions. In The Closer, Gina Ravera played the role of Detective Irene Daniels. Her character has a sharp sense of humor but still empathizes with the sufferings of victims’ families. The beautiful Daniels also does not hesitate to stand up to chauvinistic men.
The Closer ran for seven seasons (2005 – 2012) and Ravera appeared in the first four seasons. She however left the show before the fifth season; becoming the only regular cast member to depart the show during its hugely successful run. The actress has not expressly revealed the reason why she left the show. It may be due to a yearning for new challenges or it may be that she felt she had outgrown the character. It may also have been due to pay disputes or creative differences. All these, however, remained unconfirmed rumors and speculations.
What is Gina Ravera’s Net Worth?
The San Francisco native has a net worth of $2 million and this stems from her career earnings over the years. Ravera’s career has not been limited to the small screens. She has also featured in several movies including Lambada, Steal America, Illegal in Blue, Showgirls, Get on the Bus, Soul Food, Kiss the Girls, Chasing Papi, Gas, and The Great Debaters.
The Great Debaters is a 2007 biopic directed by Hollywood star, Denzel Washington who also featured as Melvin Tolson, the inspiring coach of the debate team. Ravera played the role of his wife Ruth Tolson.