Jackie Swanson Biography

American actress (born 1963)

Jackie Swanson (born June 25, 1963) is an American actress. She is best known for her role on the American sitcom Cheers as Kelly Gaines the rich, simple love interest of Woody Boyd and as Amanda Hunsaker in the first Lethal Weapon movie.



In 1985, Swanson made her professional debut in the Prince video Raspberry Beret as the girl wearing the raspberry-colored beret who hands Prince his guitar at the beginning of the song. She and Prince were friends. He wrote a song en*led "Palomino Pleasure Ride" for her. In 1987, Swanson made her feature debut in the opening scene of Lethal Weapon. She played Amanda Hunsaker, who falls to her death from a building onto the roof of a car. She performed this free-fall stunt from 35 feet into an airbag under the training of stuntman Dar Robinson. Lethal Weapon would be Swanson's first time working with cinematographer Steven Goldblatt. She worked with Steven Goldblatt again on Charlie Wilson's War.

In 1989, Swanson joined the cast of Cheers in the recurring role of Kelly Gaines. Her character was a pretty, wealthy, naïve, Lutheran girl, who would eventually marry Woody Boyd, played by Woody Harrelson. She continued to appear in the show until the series ended in 1993.

In 1991, she had a recurring role in the series Baby Talk. In 1992, Swanson appeared on the cover of TV Guide. Swanson modeled in runway show for Ralph Lauren. In 2002, she appeared in an automotive TV commercial in which she was seen driving a GM vehicle to pick up her husband, who emerged from a submarine that popped through thick ice.

Swanson has appeared in a number of other national ad campaigns including commercials for: Broan (directed by Academy Award-winning director Joachim Back), Stacy's Pita Chips (directed by Christian Loubek), Orville Redenbacher (directed by Zach Math), Hummer (directed by Nick Lewin), Ford (directed by Eric Saarinen, son of architect Eero Saarinen and grandson of architect Eliel Saarinen) and Toyota (directed by Jeff Karnoff, and in which she portrayed the wife of Jim Belushi). Swanson also made a public service announcement for the Partnership for a Drug Free America/Anti-Meth Campaign (directed by Michael Patterson).


  • Lethal Weapon (1987) as Amanda Hunsaker
  • Slam Dance (1987) as Mystery girl (uncredited)
  • It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) as Tenant
  • Less than Zero (1987) as Jandie (uncredited)
  • The Charmings (1988, TV Series) as Candy
  • Perfect Victims (1988) as Carrie Marks
  • Almost Grown (1988, TV Series)
  • She's the Sheriff (1989, TV Series) as Cherie
  • Cheers (1989–1993, TV Series) as Kelly Gaines / Boyd
  • The People Next Door (1989, TV Series) as Debbie
  • Dragnet (1990, TV Series) as Miss Carpen
  • Baby Talk (1991, TV Series) as Stella
  • The Golden Girls (1992, TV Series) as Tracy
  • Oblivion (1994) as Mattie Chase
  • Hope & Gloria (1995, TV Series) as Sister Theresa
  • Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996) as Mattie Chase
  • Artie (2000) as Dana Wilson
  • NYPD Blue (2001, TV Series) as Trish Howlett
  • Cold Case (2005, TV Series) as Sarah 1993
  • Charlie Wilson's War (2007) as Texas Socialite (uncredited)
  • Reality Inc (2011, TV Series) as Mrs. Blackburn


    External links

    • Jackie Swanson at IMDb
    • Yahoo Movies Biography
    • Yahoo TV Biography