Marg Helgenberger

Marg Helgenberger

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Nov. 16th, 1958
Born in
Fremont, Nebraska, USA
5' 6"

Marg Helgenberger's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Show
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Intelligence TV Show
China Beach TV Show
China Beach
Fallen Angels TV Show
Fallen Angels
Shell Game TV Show
Shell Game

Main Movie Roles

2008 - Columbus Day
2007 - Mr. Brooks
2004 - In Good Company
2000 - Erin Brockovich
1998 - Species II
1997 - The Last Time I Committed Suicide
1997 - Fire Down Below
1996 - My Fellow Americans
1995 - Species
1995 - Bad Boys
1994 - The Cowboy Way
1989 - Always

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Karen Hines
Herself - Guest Judge
Nancy Kettering
Laura Norwood
Susan Elliott
[Complete List]


Marg Helgenberger is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing. Her work has been noted on stage, film and TV. Most of her career has been spent in dramatic roles on television, but she has also had a noteworthy presence in feature films.

Helgenberger earned a degree in drama at Northwestern University. A talent scout recruited her from there to work on the soap opera "Ryan's Hope" (1975) where she appeared over the course of the next four years.

Throughout the 1990s Helgenberger took on numerous roles in made-for-TV movies and as a guest star on many TV series. In particular she appeared in many movies made specifically for the Lifetime cable network and also for Showtime. She won critical acclaim for In Sickness and in Health (1992) (TV), Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1998) (TV) and Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000) (TV).

In TV series she won an Emmy for her portrayal of a hard-bitten prostitute who catered to Vietnam War soldiers, in the series "China Beach" (1988). She also was George Clooney's love interest in a multi-episode arc of the monumentally successful TV series "ER" (1994).

In feature films, Helgenberger has appeared in Tootsie (1982), Steven Spielberg's Always (1989), Species (1995) and In Good Company (2004).

Her greatest claim to fame on the silver screen may be when she played opposite Julia Roberts (I) as a chemical exposure victim in the popular movie Erin Brockovich (2000).

Helgenberger is most known for her TV role as a crime scene investigator in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000). She shared in CSI's 2005 Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

In her personal life, Helgenberger is the daughter of a cancer survivor and is very active in supporting research for breast cancer.

  • Earned a B.S. degree from the School of Speech (now the School of Communications) at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).
  • Her mother, Kay, is an Irish American and her father, Hugh, was a German American.
  • On _"ER" (1994)_ (qv) episode #2.21, _"ER" (1994) {Take These Broken Wings (#2.21)}_ (qv), Karen Hines, the character she played, wears a Northwestern University pullover.
  • Had a plane scare while attempting to fly from Dallas, Texas to Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot aborted take-off after the plane blew two tires. Marg eventually made it to Omaha. [October 20, 2005]
  • Sister-in-law of 'Mark Rosenberg (I)' (qv) and 'Paula Weinstein' (qv).
  • Daughter of Hugh Helgenberger, who was a meat inspector, and 'Kay Helgenberger' (qv), who was a nurse. Marg originally wanted to be a nurse like her mother.
  • Has been portrayed in several CSI games.
  • Her hometown of North Bend, Nebraska named a local street after her called Helgenberger Avenue.

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