Where is Randi Oakes today and what is she doing now? Wiki bio
Randi Oakes was born in Sumner, Iowa, USA, on August 19, 1951, so her zodiac sign is Leo and she is an American national. Randi is a former actress and model who gained recognition after she played Officer Bonnie Clark in the crime drama series “CHiPS” from 1979 to 1982. The series starred Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox and Robert Pine and was about two Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officers working in California. It was a success, winning two awards and being nominated for four others, including a Golden Globe.
Randi has retired from acting and modeling and currently lives with her husband and their children in Southern Oregon.
Youth and education
Randi grew up as a single child in Randalia, Iowa when her parents moved there from Sumner when she was seven. Her father owned a farm in Randalia, while her mother was a housewife – they supported Randi’s dream of becoming a famous model. She attended a local high school and a modeling school in Des Moines, which she attended twice a week. In 1968, she became Miss Iowa Model of the Year, and with financial support from her parents, moved to New York City to work full-time as a model.
She did not go to college, but rather decided to work on her modeling career, and at the age of 23, she decided to focus on acting, leaving modeling behind.
Career as an actress
Randi made her TV series debut in 1976, playing Margo Dale in the “Our Man in the Harem” episode of the action crime drama series “McCloud”, starring Dennis Weaver, JD Cannon and Terry Carter and who is about a marshal. living in Taos, New Mexico – the series was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards. The same year, she made her debut film appearance portraying Jennie in the crime drama mystery film “Twin Detectives”, starring Jim and Jon Hager, and which is about twin brothers who get involved in a murder.
Randi was next invited to appear as Sally Cantrell in the crime drama thriller film “Acapulco Gold”, and guest-starred as Andrea Geller in the “Good Cop” episode of the crime drama series “Delvecchio”.
In 1977, she portrayed the supporting character June in the reality TV special “Telethon”, directed by Francesco Collu and written by Valeria Bandino. She played the recurring character Georgia in seven episodes of the crime drama series “Rosetti and Ryan” in 1977, but the series was canceled the same year. In 1978, Randi portrayed two characters in two episodes of the action crime drama series “Switch”, which aired from 1975 to 1978 and was about a former cop and a former convict who open a detective agency together.
Many roles followed – Randi appeared uncredited in the romantic drama mystery film “Dead Man’s Curve”, followed by her portrayal of Blonde Taurus in the action-adventure science fiction series “Battlestar Galactica”, starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict , which was a huge success, as it was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. She then played Cynthia in the episode “The Skywayman” of the adventure series “Sword of Justice”, but it only aired for 10 episodes before being canceled. Randi then guest starred as Diane Marsh in a single episode of the crime drama series “David Cassidy – Man Undercover”.
In 1979 she played Lisa in the adventure comedy series “BJ and the Bear”, before appearing as Ursula Brown in the 1980 episode “The Killing Point” of the mystery crime drama series “Barnaby Jones”.
To show her versatility, between 1981 and 1983 she portrayed three characters in three episodes of the romantic comedy drama series “The Love Boat”, which was nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards, and three characters in three episodes of the adventure comedy drama series “Fantasy Island”.
Two of Randi’s last roles before she retired from acting were in the adventure thriller series “Masquerade” as Alamo Dolly in the episode “Winnings” in 1984, and in the drama series “Glitter” playing Heather in the episode “Suddenly Innocent”. in 1985.
Appearances in TV shows
Randi worked with the NBC team on “Battle of the Network Stars VII” in 1979 and then served as a panelist on both “Match Game PM” and “The Hollywood Squares (Daytime)” in 1980.
After she rose to fame thanks to her acting skills, she was invited to appear in various shows such as ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1980, and in 1981 she was in the TV special “Women Who Rate a 10”, while also appearing in “The Alan Thicke Show” and “All-Star Family Feud Special”.
She was a guest on “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The John Davidson Show” and then served as a hostess on “Battle of the Network Stars XII” in 1982. Randi was a panelist on “Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour” in 1984 , and her last appearance before retiring was in the TV special “The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards” in 1989, but a “cameo” in “Entertainment Tonight” in 2014.
Love life and relationships
In 1970, Randi met Joe Namath, a former American Football star. They dated until 1977, but spent a lot of time apart during those years, although Randi was often referred to as his fiancé by 1976. After they broke up for good, Randi started dating Mike Porcarobest known for playing the bass guitar for the American rock band Toto, formed in 1977. They became engaged in 1978, but separated by the end of the year.
In 1979, Randi met Gregory Harrison while they were both on the game show “Battle of the Network Stars VII”, and they were married a year later on December 21, 1980, in a small ceremony attended only by their closest friends and family.
On December 10, 1985, Randi gave birth to their daughter Emma Lee, while their second daughter Lily Anne followed on February 6, 1989, and their third daughter Kate in 1991. A year later, Randi and Gregory adopted a boy, Quinn Edgar Harrison.
Hobbies and other interests
Randi is a huge animal lover and in the late 1970s she had a Keeshond dog named Tillie and a tabby cat named Bonnie, both of whom died in the mid-1980s. She is a fan of Bruce Springsteen’s music and got the chance to appear in his video ‘The River’ from the very beginning in the 80’s. She is a big fan of motorcycles and in 1981 she rode naked at night on a Kawasaki KZ 1000 police motorcycle with Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox.
Randi was physically active in her 20s and 30s, as she had several workouts at the gym each week, as well as playing different sports such as tennis and golf, and following a strict diet; however, this changed after she gave birth to her first daughter.
Randi likes to watch movies in her spare time, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie, while some of her favorite movies are “Taxi Driver”, “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Mr. and Mrs Smith”.
Appearance and power
Randy is 68 years old. She has long blond hair and blue eyes, is 1.65 m tall and weighs about 54 kg. From May 2020, her ability is estimated at over $4 million.