Stepfanie Kramer Wiki

A singer-songwriter, director, and actress with 45 acting credits to her name, Stepfanie Kramer is probably still known best for her portrayal of Sergeant Dee Dee McCall in the series “Hunter”.

Stepfanie reprised her role in the TV movies based on this sitcom, and this brought her two First Americans in the Arts Awards (FAITA) for Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie, in 2003 and ‘04. This organization was created to recognize, promote and honor Native Americans, especially their contribution to music, theater, television and movies.

Many fans of “Hunter” wanted to know where Stepfanie is now, and what she’s up to, and if you are one of those, let us tell you all about her career beginnings, her personal life, and much more.

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Early life, family, and education

Born Stephanie Lyla Kramer on 6 August 1956, Stepfanie is today aged 66, and hails from Los Angeles, California USA, thus she holds American nationality and from her mother’s side, is part Native American. Speaking of her mother, Grace was an artist, while Stepfanie’s father Oscar, was a classical violinist, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She was their only child.

Since she comes from an artistic family it isn’t surprising that she followed in her parent’s footsteps and found herself in the performing arts. Stepfanie was trained as a mezzo-soprano, however, besides music, she enjoyed acting.

Stepfanie attended Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, and upon matriculating in 1974, she enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West, from which she graduated with a BA degree in 1978.

Roles in series

Making her acting debut as Manicurist in an episode of the series “Starsky and Hutch” in 1977, Stepfanie launched her career in the entertainment industry. She followed with her guest role as Jill Sommers in an episode of the crime series “The Hardy Boys/ Nancy Drew Mysteries” in 1978.

In the following years, she also guest-starred in popular series including “Married: The First Year” (1979), “Dynasty” (1981), “Knots Landing” (1982), and “High Performance” (1983).

In 1984 came Stepfanie’s breakthrough role, and most notable to date, as Dee Dee McCall in the three times Primetime Emmy-nominated series “Hunter”, which aired until 1990. Stepfanie was seen in 130 episodes starring opposite Fred Dryer in this action crime-drama about two tough-minded police detectives who fought against criminals. According to critics, Stepfanie’s portrayal of the sergeant in this series had a powerful influence on many women, and helped to change how the female gender was portrayed in television series.

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Concurrently, Stepfanie was seen as Annie Sanders in the 1984 series “The A-Team”, and guest-starred in the 1988 TV mini-series “Favorite Son”.

In the following years, Stepfanie was focused on movie roles, although she guest starred in an episode of the series “Moloney” in 1997, followed by another guest role in “Twice in a Lifetime” in 2000.

In 2003, she reprised her role as Dee Dee McCall, and this time her partner and she were heading to catch criminals in San Diego, however, the series was canceled after five episodes.

Stepfanie returned to television in 2012, guest starring as Vivian Brentson in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. In the same year, she was seen in two episodes of “The Secret Circle”.

Her next role came in 2016 in the series “The Encounter”, making an appearance as Dee Sanders in one episode. Most recently, Stepfanie was seen in “9-1-1” in 2020, and “NCIS” in 2021, also making an appearance in just one episode of these series’.

 Roles in movies

Stepfanie’s first movie role came in the 1983 movie “The Man with Two Brains”, though a small part in this comedy starring Steve Martin; two years later she landed for herself the lead female role in the movie “Terror at London Bridge”, also starring David Hasselhoff.

In 1988, Stepfanie was cast to play Jess Page in “Take My Daughters, Please” a comedy about a woman who has four daughters, all single, and tries to get them married. She followed with her role in the 1990 TV movie “Coins in the Fountain”.

Two years later, Stepfanie portrayed Carol Mallory in the thriller “Twin Sisters”, in which she starred opposite Frederic Forrest, then was next seen as Karen Reikart in “Beyond Suspicion” in 1994.

The following year, Stepfanie starred in the drama “Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth”, which told the story of a school counselor who tries to find out the truth after one of her students complains that the principal sexually abused her, but realizes that it’s impossible when deception and blackmail are involved in everything; her performance in the movie brought Stepfanie the First Americans in the Arts Award for Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie.

In 1996, Stepfanie was seen in the TV movie “Abducted: A Father’s Love”, followed in the same year by her role as Teresa Colson in “Thrill”. Three years later, Stepfanie was cast to play Helene in “The Dogwalker”, also starring Will Stewart and Tony Todd, but which was poorly rated by the audience.

In 2002, Stepfanie reprised her role as Dee Dee McCall in the TV movie “Hunter: Return to Justice” opposite Fred Dryer, and as mentioned Stepfanie won FAITA Award, while the sequel “Hunter: Back in Force” filmed in 2003, brought her a third FAITA Award.

Next, she was seen in the 2006 movie “The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold”, and her next movie role came in 2019, and later that year, she was cast to play Susan in Arthur Ian’s drama “Crossing”, which won the Mind the Indie Film Festival Award-Best Feature Film.

The same year, she was seen in the romantic drama “A Merry Christmas Match”, which was her most recent movie role.

What is Stepfanie Kramer doing now?

Many people assumed that Stepfanie had retired from acting after her last appearance in an episode of “NCIS” in 2021. According to some rumors, despite attending numerous auditions, she has yet to land a new role.

Her Instagram account, which has around 2,500 followers, hasn’t revealed any specific information about her acting career, but judging by her photos, she splits her time between Los Angeles and Santa Fe, Mexico, and frequently posts photos of Santa Fe’s sunsets.

Stepfanie also serves as a special guest instructor at her alma mater.

Love life and husband

Fans of the series “Hunter” always thought that Stepfanie and her co-star Fred Dryer were a couple in the real life, however, they both denied these assumptions, saying that they are just close friends.

Stepfanie was the subject of various gossip concerning her love life, but it’s known that from 1992 until 2001, she was in a marriage with Mark Richards, who works in the Camera and Electrical Department. The two have one daughter together named Lily, who was born on 14 November 1994. After the two divorced, Lily lived with Stepfanie.

Lily is also an actress and award-winning director. She won numerous accolades for her short movie “Welcome, Megan”, which she wrote, directed and starred in.

Speaking of Stepfanie, after her and Mark’s separation, she kept her love life under wraps, and as of late 2022, it’s assumed that she’s single.

Net worth

If you wondered how rich Stepfanie is, according to sources, her net worth has been estimated at $2 million as of November 2022.

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