You won’t be new to the Boston Legal cast conversation If you have ever heard the line “I have an erection. That’s a good sign. I’m ready to go to trial. Lock and load.”
Whether or not you are a Lawyer or in love with the Legal profession, you just had to appreciate the elegant display of law practice in Boston Legal.
You could be wondering who the fine actors and actresses responsible for the award-winning show could be. That’s why I took the time to compile a list of the entire Boston Legal cast and tell you a bit about them, so relax because you are about to discover some interesting facts.
But before I break the suspense, let me tell you a bit about the show; Boston Legal.
Boston Legal (Tv Series)
You might already have an idea of what the show is all about, but you probably didn’t know that the show is an American legal-comedy drama created by David E. Kelley.
The series was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. Boston Legal was on television from the 3rd of October, 2004 to the 8th of December, 2008.
Here comes the surprising part, you probably didn’t know that the series is a by-product of the Kelley series tagged; The Practice.
The show also includes some Practice actors like; Lake Bell, Shatner, Spader, and Rhona Mitra. Now you have more knowledge about the show, let’s talk about the full cast of Boston Legal.
The cast of Boston Legal
This is the part that we have all been waiting for, to know a little about the talented individuals behind the interesting show some people grew up on. Here is the full cast of the Boston Legal tv series;
1. James Spader as Alan Shore (seasons 1–5)
James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960. He has featured in different movies, often times displaying different characters in films such as the drama Lies, and Videotape (1989) for which he won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.
He also voiced and performed motion-capture of the titular character of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Currently, you might recognise him as Raymond “Red” Reddington in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist (2013–present) for which he has earned two Golden Globe Awards nominations.
2. William Shatner as Denny Crane (seasons 1–5)
Born on March 22, 1931, William Shatner is best known for his portrayal of James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise. Shatner once had a career as a recording artist, he began recording in 1968 with his album The Transformed Man.
In the year 2021, Shatner set a new record when he flew into space aboard a sub-orbital capsule known as the Blue Origin. Making him one of the oldest persons to fly into space at the age of 90, and one of the first 600 to do so.
3. Rhona Mitra as Tara Wilson (season 1; recurring season 2)
Rhona Mitra has indeed made a name for herself in Hollywood. There are lots of movies she has featured in including being the live-action model for Lara Croft, the lead character in Eidos Interactive’s Tomb Raider video game series before Angelina Jolie took over the role in 2001.
She was born on the 9th of August, 1976. Rhona is the daughter of Anthony Mitra, a surgeon, and Nora Downey.
4. Lake Bell as Sally Heep (season 1; guest season 3)
Born on March 24, 1979. Lake Siegel Bell is also a screenwriter and director. She has starred in prominent television series like; Children’s Hospital (2008–2016), and in numerous films including No Strings Attached (2011), and No Escape (2015).
In terms of writing and directing, she wrote and directed the short film Worst Enemy, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
5. Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt (seasons 1–5)
Candice Patricia Bergen has won five Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown (1988–1998, 2018). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Starting Over in 1979.
Surprisingly Bergen began her career as a fashion model and appeared on the cover of Vogue before she made her screen debut in the film The Group in 1966.
6. René Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston (seasons 1–3)
René Murat Auberjonois was born in June 1, 1940. His life as an American actor and director won him numerous awards, including the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 1970 for his portrayal of Sebastian Baye opposite Katharine Hepburn in the André Previn-Alan Jay Lerner musical Coco.
Auberjonois performed as a voice actor in a number of popular video games. He died on December 8, 2019.
7. Mark Valley as Brad Chase (seasons 1–3)
Mark Valley was assigned his first role in 1993 when he was featured in The Innocent while serving in the U.S. Army.
In 2003, Mark played Detective Eddie Arlette, an American police officer in London, on the short-lived Keen Eddie. Mark Thomas Valley was born on December 24, 1964.
8. Monica Potter as Lori Colson (season 1; recurring season 2)
Born on June 30, 1971. Monica Gregg Potter is known for her starring roles in the films Con Air (1997), and Along Came a Spider (2001).
Monica Potter is not just an actress but she also accounts as a businesswoman. She is the founder and owner of Monica Potter Home, a company responsible for natural skin care and home décor in Cleveland, Ohio.
9. Julie Bowen as Denise Bauer (seasons 2–3; guest season 5)
Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer was born on March 3, 1970. The movies that brought her to fame were Modern Family (2009–2020), for which she was nominated six times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and actually won in 2011 and 2012.
10. Ryan Michelle Bathe as Sara Holt (season 2)
Before the big fame, Bathe had guest starring roles in a number of television shows, including Brothers & Sisters, and How I Met Your Mother.
She started approaching big fame in 2018 when she was given a lead character in the BET+ comedy-drama series First Wives Club.
She signed a first-look deal with Viacom CBS in 2020. And this year, Bathe has been cast as a lead in the NBC heist thriller series The Endgame.
11. Justin Mentell as Garrett Wells (season 2)
Justin Mentell was born in Austin, Texas. He was born on December 16, 1982, and made his stage debut at three years of age as an orphan in Miss Liberty. Mentell further appeared in theatre productions like the musical Peter Pan, in which he played one of the Lost Boys.
He died on February 1, 2010. He was best known for his role as Garrett Wells on Boston Legal.
12. Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms (season 3)
Constance Zimmer gained industry recognition for her role in the television series Unreal (2015–2018), for which she was given the Critics’ Choice Television Award and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2016.
In 2015, she was featured in the ABC superhero series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Rosalind Price. She has been a semi-regular panellist on ABC’s Match Game since 2017.
13. Craig Bierko as Jeffrey Coho (season 3)
Born August 18, 1964. Craig Bierko appeared for four seasons in the Peabody Award-winning series UnREAL as Chet Wilto. He was also featured on The Blacklist as The Chairman.
Craig Philip Bierko is also a singer. He graduated in 1986 with a BS in theatre arts from the School of Speech.
14. Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence Bell (seasons 3–4)
I would bet you didn’t know that you heard the voice of Gary Williams as the supervillain Mongul for several episodes of the animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
He also voiced the character’s sister, Mongal. He is also accredited with voicing the supervillains Thunderball in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Gary Anthony William’s portfolio also includes comedian, director, producer, and writer. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the L.A. Comedy Shorts film festival in Hollywood, California
15. Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson (seasons 4–5)
As a law student in the television version of The Paper Chase, Alex Keaton’s English teacher in the television show Family Ties, and a security salesman on The Golden Girls, Clemenson began his career in a number of character roles in film and television.
He has featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode of “Bad Girls” in 1999. Clemenson had to appear in the most grotesque way to match the character of an obese demon named Balthazar.
16. Taraji P. Henson as Whitney Rome (season 4)
Taraji Penda Henson is a household name in Hollywood. Her ability to portray a character perfectly has earned her lead roles in many prominent films and Tv shows with Boston Legal being among the few.
Taraji studied acting at Howard University and began her acting career in guest roles on several television shows before she gained recognition with her performance in Baby Boy (2001).
She perfectly portrayed the character of a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005) and received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination.
She starred as Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire, which made her the first African-American woman to win a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
17. Saffron Burrows as Lorraine Weller (season 4)
Saffron Domini Burrows is an English actress and model. She was born on the 22nd of October 1972. She has appeared in films such as Deep Blue Sea, Gangster No. 1, Reign Over Me and The Bank Job. she was featured as Lorraine Weller on Boston Legal before making, it to the big screens.
18. Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd (seasons 4–5)
Summers is another English actress who graduated with a B.A. in history in 2001 at Brown University.
Tara happens to be good at directing as well as acting. She was the director of the video for Snow Patrol’s 2011 single “Called Out in the Dark”.
She has been featured in several films, including Factory Girl in 2006. Tara was cast on TV as Katie Lloyd in the Boston Legal TV series.
19. John Larroquette as Carl Sack (seasons 4–5)
John made his Broadway debut in the musical revival of Frank Loesser’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” alongside Daniel Radcliffe in 2011.
He played the character of J.B. Bigley which earned him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
Those are the talents that made the Boston Legal show worth our time. Some of them are no longer alive but it is a pleasure to have known them.
Below are interesting lines that were said in the show, you might want to use them in speeches to sound cool.
Best Boston Legal Quotes
Denny Crane: “This isn’t meaningful; practicing law and drinking scotch at 9 o’clock in the morning. Well, ok, maybe the scotch is meaningful.”
Denny Crane: “The dwarf fainted.”
Denny Crane: “We’re carnivores. When the pilgrims landed, first thing they did was eat a few Indians.”
Denny Crane: “Most of the Cranes in my family were flamingos.”
Denny Crane: “I’ve often found that it’s the chubby girls who offend most easily.”
Denny Crane: “I have nothing against marriage. I’ve done it five times.”
Brad: “Shock and awe, boys, shock and awe.”
Denny Crane: “Don’t waste your time trying to get into my head. There’s nothing there.”
Alan Shore: “Why is that so important to everyone, maintaining integrity?”
Alan Shore: “There’s a reason Shakespeare and many after him said ‘First kill all the lawyers.’ They’re talking about people like me, Jerry, not you.”
Alan Shore: “I’m a man of principle–or not–whatever the situation calls for.”
Denny Crane: “Hell, if I had a nickel for every woman, I’d promised to marry in exchange for sex … actually, I do.”
Alan Shore: “I may not be able to talk as fast, but my tongue is more versatile”
Alan Shore: “Everyone here is named Denny Crane. These are just the ones within driving distance, of course, since airplane travel is not an option.”
Those are some of the best quotes that can make your speeches as cool as the characters that said them. You can add some more for us in the comment section, please share this article with your friends and family as you keep enjoying the show.