About Adrianne Palicki
Adrianne Palicki was born on May 6, 1983 in Toledo, OH. At her hometown's Whitmer High School, she ran track, played basketball, and was a runner-up for homecoming queen. After graduating from high school in 2001, Palicki headed out West to pursue a career in show business. But before she landed acting gigs, she bid her time making sandwiches at Togo's restaurant. By 2003, Palicki started making headway in her acting career with minor roles in independent short films and on a number of drama series such as "Smallville" (WB, 2001-2011), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ), and a recurring part on the short-lived "South Beach" (UPN, 2006) starring Vanessa Williams. She also appeared in the pilot episode of the fantasy drama "Supernatural" (The WB, 2005- ), as the ill-fated girlfriend of Jared Padalecki's character.
In 2006, Palicki joined the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights," based on H.G. Bissinger's classic 1990 book and a 1994 film of the same name. The show centered on the Permian Panthers, the high school football team in a fictional Texas town, and the team's coach and his family. Palicki portrayed the cheerleader girlfriend of one of the football players who, as the series progressed, tried to shed her bad-girl reputation. While the show was well received by critics and audiences alike, it struggled with low ratings and was moved around different networks, which led to it ultimately getting canceled.
Palicki's earnest performance on "Friday Night Lights" led to bigger roles, including a lead part on "Lone Star" (Fox, 2010), as the unsuspecting wife of a Texas con man (James Wolk) who is leading a double life. While the series' pilot earned rave reviews, low ratings forced its cancellation after the second episode. In 2010, Palicki starred in the remake of the 1984 cult classic "Red Dawn," about a group of teenagers fighting Russian and Chinese soldiers who have invaded their small town. That same year, Palicki made headlines when writer-producer David E. Kelley handpicked her to star in the remake of the popular 1970s television series "Wonder Woman," taking over the super heroine role made famous by Lynda Carter. On the series, Palicki played an updated version of Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana Prince, a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles who is also a successful corporate executive trying to balance all the elements of her extraordinary life.
|Announced that Palicki was selected to portray Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley's adaptation for NBC|
|Cast in the short-lived FOX drama "Lone Star" as the daughter of an oil executive and wife of the main character|
|Co-starred in the apocalyptic thriller "Legion"|
|Landed the role of Tyra Collette on the NBC series "Friday Night Lights"|
|Appeared on the short-lived UPN series "South Beach"|
|Starred in The WB's "Supernatural" as Sam Winchester's doomed girlfriend, killed by the demon, in its pilot episode; reprised role in later episodes|
|Landed a starring role in a "Lost in Space" pilot directed by John Woo; show was not picked up|
|Starred in the indie film "Getting Rachel Back"|
|Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting|
|Moved to New York City after high school to participate in a modeling and talent competition|