Erin Gray


Erin Gray Trivia


  • Trivia

    • At the 2008 The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival Erin won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Erin was able kept the model of her starfighter from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

    • Erin was ranked #10 on list of Hot Sitcom Moms for her role of Kate Summers on Silver Spoons.

    • Erin is a supporter of several anti domestic violence groups; she is the spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a board member of the US's oldest battered woman's shelter, Haven House, and she wrote and co-produced the Public Service Announcements for Women In Film.

    • Erin and her husband created the production company Wu Wei Entertainment.

    • Erin run Heroes for Hire, the company arranges for actors to attend TV show conventions. One of her first customers was former Buck Rogers in the 25th Century co-star Gil Gerard.

    • In 2002 Erin won the Entertainer Award at the San Diego Film Festival.

    • Erin studies Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

    • Erin is the author of the book "Act Right" which gives advice to young actors. The book was revised in 2001.

    • Erin did TV commercials for English Leather cologne, coining the provocative phrase "My men wear English Leather--or they wear nothing at all!"

    • Erin received acting lessons from acting coach Warren Robertson.

    • Erin attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, California. In 1992 she returned to her alma mater to give the commencement speech.

    • Erin was one of the finalists for the part of Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, the part instead went to Kate Mulgrew.

    • Erin was married to Ken Schwartz from 1968 to 1990, they have one son. She married cinematographer Richard Hissong in 1991, they have one daughter, Samantha.

    • Erin is 5 feet, 7½ inches tall. (1.71 m). She has brown hair and gray/blue eyes.

  • Quotes

    • Erin Gray: I found the counselors to be fabulous and the work that they were doing to be invaluable - I couldn't understand how I, a strong, capable, intelligent person who was fairly successful, still had an inability to see certain things. I found that traditional psychologists were of no value - I was having a breakdown NOW, I needed help TODAY. My girlfriend literally put me in the car and took me to Haven House. Right away I got the knowledge and understanding to know why I could have let this happen, and stayed in this emotionally abusive relationship.

    • Erin Gray: When I first started acting, I had all these ideals about the kinds of roles I wanted to play, but the reality is that when you do television - and I do a lot of television - you get cast for qualities that you have as a person. So I look for qualities that I like to portray. Every once in awhile I like to play dark ladies, crazy ladies, but most often I look for characters that are strong, intelligent, caring - usually earth women, because that's basically how I see myself.

    • Erin Gray: I had a really negative look at the night-life side of Hollywood, which I really didn't like. I went to New York to focus on modeling, and then of course found that New York was not any different from Los Angeles.

    • Erin Gray: (about her costume on Buck Rogers) They wanted it very form-fitting and tight. That's all I knew. I didn't's interesting, because I came from the world of modeling and fashion, so I wasn't really shocked or uncomfortable about wearing the costume. I'd been one of the original Sports Illustrated models, so my sexuality, showing my body, I was comfortable with that. The thing was, I didn't mind being on-camera that way, but I couldn't walk around the studio with my spandex – I always had to wear a bathrobe over it [laughs]!

    • Erin Gray: I was the first female colonel. I enjoyed being that kind of role model for young women watching the show. A woman can be a colonel! A woman can be in charge! Those were new ideas then.