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Renee O'Connor
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O'Connor in 2007
Born
Evelyn Renee O'Connor

(1971-02-15) February 15, 1971 (age 51)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Steve Muir (2000–2004), Jed Sura (2017–present)
Children 2

Evelyn Renee O'Connor (born February 15, 1971) is an American actress, producer, and director, known for the role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

Early life

Raised in suburban Katy, Texas, by her mother Sandra, O'Connor at age 12 studied acting at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. She attended Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and made her professional debut as a dancing Porky Pig at that city's Six Flags AstroWorld. Afterward, she moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an acting career.

Career

She made her screen debut at 17, starring in the "Teen Angel" segment of the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club, and the subsequent Teen Angel TV series. She went on to the Disney film The Adventures of Huck Finn and TV-movies including Follow the River, Danielle Steele's Changes, and Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, starring Kevin Sorbo. There, in the role of Deianeira, she came to the attention of Hercules executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, who cast her as Gabrielle in the spinoff TV series Xena: Warrior Princess.

In 2001, O'Connor began her own film production company, Roc Productions. The following year, she played Lady Macbeth in the Shakespeare by the Sea production of Macbeth. She reprised the role in a House of Bards Theatre Company production in San Pedro, California, from October 11 to November 3, 2019. She played Nurse in the Southern Shakespeare Company's May 10–13, 2018, production of Romeo and Juliet alongside her 16-year-old son, Miles Muir.

Personal life

As of 1998, O'Connor was in a relationship with restaurateur Steve Muir. Renee and Steve were married in 2000 and divorced in 2004. She has a son with Muir, Miles Muir, who was 16 years old as of May 2018.

Renee began a relationship with Jed Sura sometime prior to 2006. They have a daughter Iris Sura O'Connor, born March 19, 2006. Renee and Jed were married in 2017.

Filmography

Film

..... Sister Batril
2010 Words Unspoken Sue Short film, Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Writer
2010 2010: Moby Dick Dr. Michelle Herman
2011 Deadrise Paula
2011 Infinity Elizabeth Short film, Producer
2011 Are You Kidding Me? Director
2013 Stranded From An Island Short, Executive Producer, Assistant Editor
2015 Beyond the Farthest Star Maurene Wells
2015 Last Chance Carrie Television movie, Executive Producer
2015 Broken Things Director
2016 The Usual Mrs. Ford Short film, Executive Producer
2017 Watch the Sky Shannon Producer
2017 A Question of Faith Mary Danielson

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Teen Angel Nancy Nichols
1990 Tales from the Crypt Waitress Episode: "The Switch"
1991 ABC Afterschool Specials Linda Episode: "The Less Than Perfect Daughter"
1992 FBI: The Untold Stories Officer Renee Lanot / Tina Marie Risico 3 episodes
1993 NYPD Blue Rebecca Sloane Episode: "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner"
1997–1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Gabrielle 4 episodes
1995–2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Gabrielle 134 episodes
2002 Mataku American Buyer Episode: "The Heirloom"
2008 Criminal Minds Pam Baleman Episode: "A Higher Power"
2010 Ark Connie Miller 9 episodes
2021 My Life Is Murder Clarissa Klein Episode: "Pleasure & Pain"

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Macbeth Lady Macbeth Shakespeare by the Sea
2017 Dinner With Friends Beth Little Fish Theatre
2017 Annie Lily St.Regis (as Renee Sura) Warner Grand Theatre
2018 Romeo and Juliet The Nurse Southern Shakespeare Company
2018 On Clover Road Kate Hunter Little Fish Theatre
2018 Mary Poppins Ms. Brill (as Renee Sura) Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
2019 The Wizard of Oz The Wicked Witch of the West (as Renee Sura) Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
2019 Uncle Vanya Yelena Andreyevna Little Fish Theatre
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