Tara Buck

Tara Buck

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Tara Buck
Born (1975-03-16) March 16, 1975 (age 42)
Hailey, Idaho, United States
Other names Tara L. Buck
Alma mater American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Chris Pierce (2012)
Website tarabuck.com

Tara Buck (born March 16, 1975) is an American film, stage, and television actress. Buck is known for her roles in True Blood, Ray Donovan and Party of Five.

Early life[edit]

Buck attended Wood River High School in Hailey Idaho, where she took on her first acting roles in their theater productions.[1] Later, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2] Shortly after graduating, Buck landed her first recurring television role on the series Party of Five.[3]



Buck has starred in numerous live theater productions including Paula Vogel‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned To Drive in 2010[4] and in the West Coast premiere of Ten Cent Night written by Marisa Wegrzyn in 2009.[5] She was nominated for an Ovation Award for her performance in 2004’s A Gift From Heaven.[6]


On television, Buck is known for her recurring role as Ginger in the HBO series True Blood.[7] She appeared on the show from 2008 to 2014 and was promoted to series regular for the seventh and final season of the show.[8]

In 2008 Tara also completed a motorcycle-themed drama pilot for HBO called 1% directed by Alan Taylor and written by Michael Tolkin.[9] The show never aired on HBO due to creative conflicts from the Hells Angels founder.[10]

Buck has made guest appearances on Bones, The X-Files, Criminal Minds,[11] Justified, Cold Case,[3] Nip/Tuck,[12]The Shield, Southland, The Closer and Bloodline.[9]

In 2016 and 2017, Buck recurred on the fourth and fifth seasons of the Showtime series Ray Donovan as patrol cop Maureen Dougherty.[13][14]


Buck was featured in the crime thriller Tomorrow You’re Gone, in 2013, a film based on the book, Boot Tracks.[15] The actress was the lead in the 2016 film Great Plains, from director [Blair Hayes] and starred in the 2016 Netflix comedy film Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.[12]

She starred in A Mother’s Escape also in 2016 for the Lifetime channel.[16]

In 2017, Buck starred in and executive produced the film, Son of Perdition, which was written and directed by Trevor Riley.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Buck married singer/songwriter Chris Pierce in 2012. [18]

She lives in Southern California with her husband. They are co-owners of a boutique wine label called Ledbetter. Ledbetter Wines can be found in many California restaurants.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Party of Five Ricki (as Tara L. Buck) 2 episodes, “Haunted” and “Otherwise Engaged”
2000 The X-Files Blueberry 1 episode, “Orison”
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Nancy 1 episode, “House of Pi’s”
2002 The Division Aurora 1 episode, “Welcome Home”
2003 Without a Trace Julie 1 episode, “Underground Railroad”
2003 JAG P.O. Translator 1 episode, “Touchdown”
2004 Six Feet Under Girl with Edie 1 episode, “Parallel Play”
2004 NCIS P.O. Debra Marshall 1 episode, “The Good Wives Club”
2005 The Shield Susan Gary 1 episode, “Hurt”
2005 Strong Medicine Josie Weaver 1 episode, “Dying Inside”
2005 Nip/Tuck Rhea Reynolds 2 episodes, “Rhea Reynolds” and “Granville Trapp”
2006 The Closer Ginnifer Rawley 1 episode, “The Other Woman”
2006 Cold Case Kylie 1 episode, “The Red and the Blue”
2008 1% Kimmy HBO Pilot
2009 Bones Valerie Daniels 1 episode, “The Princess and the Pear”
2010 The Whole Truth Melissa Derrico 1 episode, “Cold Case”
2011 Prime Suspect Kasey Monrad 1 episode, “Bitch”
2011 Southland Denise 1 episode, “Graduation Day”
2011 Justified Sally Peener 2 episodes, “The Spoil” and “Save My Love”
2012 True Blood: Jessica’s Blog Ginger 2 episodes, “What to Do When the Guy You’re Sleepin’ With Shoots You in the Head” and “Retail Theropy”
2013 Criminal Minds Hannah Johnson 1 episode, “Gatekeeper”
2014 Longmire Phoebe Greene 1 episode, “Of Children and Travelers”
2008-2014 True Blood Ginger 24 episodes
2015 Backstrom Arianna Fitch 1 episode, “I Like to Watch”
2016-17 Ray Donovan Maureen Dougherty 9 episodes
2017 Bloodline Lannie 1 episode, “Part 24”


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Thinking Positive Sara
2010 The Grind Krisi
2010 2nd Take Evelyn
2012 K-11 Crystal
2012 Tomorrow You’re Gone Blonde Mistress
2013 Medeas Ada
2014 At the Devil’s Door Yolanda
2016 Great Plains Murel
2016 Pee-wee’s Big Holiday Beverly Netflix
2016 A Mother’s Escape Murel Lifetime movie
2017 Son of Perdition Kristine Tullamore Also executive producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2004 Ovation Award Best Supporting Actress A Gift from Heaven Nominated

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