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Deborah M. Pratt (born December 16, 1951) is an American actress, writer and television producer.

Deborah Pratt
Born (1951-12-16) December 16, 1951 (age 67)
Other namesDeborah Pratt-Bellisario
OccupationActress, writer, producer, director
Years active1975-present
Donald P. Bellisario
(m. 1984; div. 1991)
Children2, including Troian Bellisario


Early lifeEdit

Pratt was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Geraldine (née Bryant) and Col. Bertram Roberson Pratt, a vice president of Pullman Heritage Bank. Her parents were both of African-American/Creole (African and European, including French) descent[1][2]


Pratt was a co-executive producer and a writer on the Quantum Leap TV series[3] which was created by her then-husband, Donald Bellisario. Pratt also frequently starred in the show as both the Narrator, and the voice of "Ziggy".

Pratt also acted in various television series including Magnum, P.I., Happy Days, The New Odd Couple, Benson and Airwolf. In 2000, she directed Cora Unashamed for Masterpiece Theatre's The American Collection. In 2009 she reprised her role as Ziggy for the Quantum Leap fan film, A Leap to Di For.

Personal lifeEdit

Pratt married producer and screenwriter Donald P. Bellisario on June 30, 1984. They had two children: Troian (born October 28, 1985) and Nicholas (born August 27, 1991). They divorced in 1991.

Selected filmographyEdit


  • The Vision Quest: The Age of Light. VGM Publishing, 2006. ISBN 978-0-9787309-0-1
  • The Vision Quest: The Odyssey. VGM Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9787309-1-8


  1. ^ "Col. Bertram Roberson Pratt - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". 1991-12-07. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  2. ^ "15 Celebrities Most People Don't Know Are Black | Page 8". 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  3. ^ "There's A Week Of Quantum Leap". Eugene Register-Guard. June 24, 1991. p. 4C. Retrieved 24 September 2011.

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