Denise Yvonne Dowse (born February 21, 1958) is an American actress and director. She is best known for her roles as Mrs. Yvonne Teasley in the Fox teen drama television series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991–2000), Judge Rebecca Damsen in the CBS drama series The Guardian (2001–2004), and Dr. Rhonda Pine in the HBO comedy-drama television series Insecure.
Denise Yvonne Dowse
February 21, 1958
|Other names||Denise Dowes|
Denise Y. Dowse
|Education||Norfolk State University|
Her film roles include Olivia Biggs in the comedy film Bio-Dome (1996), Sky Marshal Meru in the science-fiction action film Starship Troopers (1997), Judge Constance Mullen in the drama film A Civil Action (1998), Marlene Andre in the autobiographical drama film Ray, Principal Garrison in the drama film Coach Carter (2005) and Flora in the thriller film The Call (2013).
She started acting in 1989 in one episode of the television series Almost There, in which she played Angela Quartermane.
From 1989, she appeared in numerous TV series, such as ALF, Full House, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Charmed, Shark, The Mentalist, Monk and House. In these series, she usually only played in one episode.
She became most well known for her role of Yvonne Teasley in 23 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991 through 2000) after portraying a minor character in 1990, and as Judge Rebecca Damsen in 32 episodes of The Guardian from 2001 through 2004. From 1993 to 1994, she appeared as a recurring character known as Vice Principal McBride in the television series California Dreams.
In 1997, she appeared as Sky Marshal Meru in the science-fiction action film Starship Troopers, featuring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside and Clancy Brown.
From 2000 to 2004, she has provided the voice of Officer Shirley in the Nickelodeon animated series Rocket Power for the remaining three seasons, replacing CCH Pounder, who voiced the latter in the first season.
|1992||Out for Blood||Neighborhood Woman||Credited as Denise Y. Dowse|
|1993||Merchant of Evil||Nurse #1|
|1994||Helicopter||Malik's Mother||Short film|
|1995||Theodore Rex||Voice Performer (voice)|
|1997||Starship Troopers||Sky Marshal Meru|
|1998||A Civil Action||Judge Constance Mullen|
|1999||K-911||Dr. Perkins, DVM|
|2000||Requiem for a Dream||Tyrone's Mother|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Secretary|
|2002||Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs||Mom|
|2004||The Seat Filler||Derrick's Mom|
|2005||Coach Carter||Principal Garrison|
|2007||Reign Over Me||Psychiatric Hospital Therapist|
|2007||Her Best Move||Lisa|
|2010||Anger Has a Secret||Sarah|
|2011||Fly Away||Susan||Credited as Denise Y. Dowse|
|2012||The Longer Day of Happiness||Lydia Jones|
|2017||Please Stand By||Doris the Bus Driver|
|2017||Like Father||Olivia||Short film|
|2017||By His Stripes||Ruth||Short film|
|2018||A Stone Cold Christmas||Deaconess|
|2020||Grey Streets||Aunt Suzanna|
|2020||Celeste's Dream||Dr. Soji Spark||Short film|
|2021||A Cloud So High||Detective Trina McWilliams||Post-production|
|1989||Almost There!||Angela Quartermane||Episode: "Miss Shelley B."|
|1989||ALF||FBI #4||Credited as Denise Y. Dowse|
Episode: "Wanted Dead or Alive"
|1990||Beverly Hills, 90210||Professor Harriet Strathmore||Episode: "The 17 Year Itch"|
|1991||Jake and the Fatman||Maggie Day||Episode: "Come Along with Me"|
|1991–2000||Beverly Hills, 90210||Vice-Principal Yvonne Teasley||23 episodes|
|1991||Roc||Dr. Worthy||Credited as Denise Y. Dowse|
Episodes: "Rock-A-Bye Baby: Parts 1 & 2"
|1992||Seinfeld||Receptionist||Episode: "The Wallet"|
|1992||Bodies of Evidence||Kim's Mother||Episode: "Afternoon Delights"|
|1992||Roc||Dr. Russell||Episode: "The Artificial Insemination Story"|
|1993||Full House||Mrs. Jacobs||Episode: "Be True to Your Pre-School"|
|1993–1994||California Dreams||Vice Principal McBride||Recurring cast|
|1993||Thea||Episode: "A Christmas Story"|
|1994||The Enemy Within||Dr. Jarvis||Television movie|
|1994||Murphy Brown||Woman #2||Episode: "Brown vs. the Board of Education"|
|1994||Seinfeld||Mother||Episode: "The Couch"|
|1995||See Jane Run||Television movie|
|1995||Sketch Artist II: Hands That See||Dispatcher||Television movie|
|1995||Vanishing Son||Trailer Park Neighbor||Episode: "Sweet Sixteen"|
|1995||Kissing Miranda||Cristianne||Television movie|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Judge Caldwell||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|1996||Men Behaving Badly||Mrs. Carlson||Episode: "Drunken Proposal"|
|1997||Killing Mr. Griffin||Detective Pruitt||Television movie|
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||Arthell||Episode: "Race Relations"|
|1997||Ink||Mrs. Punter||Episode: "Logan's Run"|
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Ms. Miller||Episode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"|
|1997||Built to Last||Sylvia Watkins||8 episodes|
|1997||Chicago Hope||Doris Harper||Episode: "On Golden Pons"|
|1998||NewsRadio||Adoption Agent||Episode: "Look Who's Talking"|
|1998||Step by Step||Judge Martin||Episode: "And Justice for Some"|
|1998||ER||Mrs. Lysell||Episode: "Day for Knight"|
|1998||Any Day Now||Councilwoman Rene Broussard||Episode: "No Comment"|
|1998||Sister, Sister||Alease||Episode: "The Domino Effect"|
|1998||Party of Five||Nora||Episode: "Gifts"|
|1999||Promised Land||Mrs. Groves||Episode: "What's in a Word"|
|1999||Rugrats||Sheila Swann (voice)||Episode: "Share and Share a Spike/Tommy for Mayor"|
|2000||Moesha||Hattie||Episode: "Secrets & Lies"|
|2000||The West Wing||Nurse #1||Uncredited|
Episode: "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1"
|2000–2004||Rocket Power||Officer Shirley (voice)||7 episodes|
|2000||Grown Ups||Episode: "New Job"|
|2001||Becker||Janet Katz||Episode: "The Trouble with Harry"|
|2001||Girlfriends||Emily Griffin||Episode: "The Burning Vagina Monologues"|
|2001–2004||The Guardian||Judge Rebecca Damsen||32 episodes|
|2001||The Practice||Caroline||Episode: "The Thin Line"|
|2001||The Drew Carey Show||Doctor #2||Episode: "Drew and the Baby"|
|2002||Philly||Sondra Herman||Episode: "Mojo Rising"|
|2002||What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway||Mona||Television movie|
|2002||Judging Amy||Ms. Shepard||Episode: "Lost in the System"|
|2002||Without a Trace||Mrs. Ray||Episode: "Little Big Man"|
|2003||Dragnet||Juanita Hendrucks||3 episodes|
|2003||Girlfriends||Lucyruth||Episode: "Inherit the Lynn"|
|2004||Nip/Tuck||Cecily Sutherland||Episode: "Joel Gideon"|
|2004–2006||All of Us||Counselor / Dr. Shapiro||4 episodes|
|2004||Everwood||Laura Hoover||Episode: "The Birds and the Batteries"|
|2005||Inconceivable||Alice Godchaux||Episode: "Balls in Your Court"|
|2005–2006||Charmed||Angel of Destiny||3 episodes|
|2005||Threshold||Dr. Margaret Johnson||Episode: "Progeny"|
|2006||The Bernie Mac Show||Doctor||Episode: "Exercise in Fertility: Part 2"|
|2007||Gilmore Girls||Judge||Episode: "To Whom It May Concern"|
|2007||Law & Order||Judge Nora Glover||Episode: "Good Faith"|
|2007||Shark||Judge Jane Briar||3 episodes|
|2008||The Mentalist||Detective Carla Mulvey||Episode: "Ladies in Red"|
|2009||Saving Grace||Mrs. Williams||Episode: "Take Me Somewhere, Earl"|
|2009||Monk||Samantha Austin||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Dog"|
|2010||House||Glenda||Episode: "Moving the Chains"|
|2010||Class||Patty Allen||Television movie|
|2011||Bones||Dr. Sherry Bannon||Episode: "The Change in the Game"|
|2011–2012||Criminal Minds||Yvonne Burns||Episodes: "Big Sea" and "The Company"|
|2011||Reed Between the Lines||Ms. Ellis||Episode: "Let's Talk About Boundaries"|
|2013||Monday Mornings||Mrs. Fisher||Episode: "Family Ties"|
|2013||Rizzoli & Isles||Judge||Episode: "Dance with the Devil"|
|2014||Laugh Gym||Agnes||Television movie|
|2015||Secrets and Lies||Elaine Williams||9 episodes|
|2016||Castle||Judge Gloria Wollcott||Episode: "Witness for the Prosecution"|
|2016||Murder in the First||Rainelle James||3 episodes|
|2017–2018||Imposters||Auntie Colleen / Agent Cook||10 episodes|
|2017–2020||Insecure||Dr. Rhonda Pine||6 episodes|
|2018||The X-Files||Dr. Babsi Russel||Episode: "Plus One"|
|2018||Mr. Mercedes||Judge Helfrick||Episode: "Fade to Blue"|
|2019||9-1-1||David's Wife||Episode: "Chimney Begins"|
|2019||Good Trouble||Naomi / Secretary||4 episodes|
|2019–2021||Snowfall||Mrs. Mosley||Episode: "Confessions" and "All the Way Down"|
|2019||New Amsterdam||Alfreda Watson||Episode: "Righteous Right Hand"|
|2019||The Resident||Carol Austin||Episodes: "Choice Words" and "Peking Duck Day"|
|2020||Grey's Anatomy||Lorraine Simms||Episode: "Help Me Through the Night"|
|2020||Stumptown||Mrs. Hofman||Episodes: "Til Dex Do Us Part" and "At All Costs: The Conrad Costas Chronicles"|
|2020||Pandemically Single||Donna Sawyer||Unknown episodes|
|2021||Three Days||Will's Mom||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2021||Bronzeville||Emma / Sarah Davis||2 episodes|
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