Photo of Piper Perabo Piper Perabo

A Texas transplant whose foresighted parents named her after actress Piper Laurie, Piper Perabo was born Oct. 31, 1976, in Dallas and grew up in suburban New Jersey. She studied theater at Ohio University and launched her career with the indie film Whiteboyz (1999).

Despite a featured role in the star-studded, live-action comedy The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), Perabo remained a relative unknown until she hopped onto a bar to play the lead in Coyote Ugly later that year. She went on to find her niche as a likable face of lighthearted fare, including Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008).

Perabo ultimately earned credibility on the small screen playing a snappy spy on the USA Network original series "Covert Affairs" (2010-). The action-heavy part brought her first Golden Globe nod, along with the chance to prove she's more than just a pretty face.

Piper Perabo in Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

2017 R

Reclusive screenwriter Paul is suffering from a case of writer's block when he crosses paths with edgy drifter Jack and offers him shelter. But Paul soon discovers he's made a big mistake as Jack holds him hostage and forces him to pen a script.

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  • Piper Perabo in The Prestige The Prestige
  • Piper Perabo in Beverly Hills Chihuahua Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Piper Perabo in Coyote Ugly Coyote Ugly
  • Piper Perabo in Carriers Carriers
  • Piper Perabo in Imagine Me & You Imagine Me & You
  • Piper Perabo in Into the Grizzly Maze Into the Grizzly Maze
  • Piper Perabo in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Piper Perabo in The Lazarus Project The Lazarus Project
  • Piper Perabo in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Piper Perabo in Lost and Delirious Lost and Delirious
  • Piper Perabo in She Gets What She Wants She Gets What She Wants
  • Piper Perabo in Cheaper by the Dozen Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Piper Perabo in George and the Dragon George and the Dragon
  • Piper Perabo in Karas: The Prophecy Karas: The Prophecy
  • Piper Perabo in Edison Force Edison Force
  • Piper Perabo in Because I Said So Because I Said So
  • Piper Perabo in Perception Perception
  • Piper Perabo in First Snow First Snow
  • Piper Perabo in 10th & Wolf 10th & Wolf
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