STEPFANIE KRAMER is probably best known for her iconic role as the tough-minded detective, Sgt. Dee Dee McCall on the popular NBC-TV series “Hunter.” Although she left the series at the end of the sixth season, Stepfanie's talent and energy helped to make "Hunter" a true international hit. She has acquired a fan base that spans the globe. In 2004, Kramer appeared in two "Hunter" made-for television movies for NBC starring opposite Fred Dryer, her former co-star. Based on the first movie's ratings, the show's Saturday evening slot received the highest numbers of the season. With that, five additional episodes were ordered by the network making "Hunter" the only show to ever make such an amazing comeback with original cast members. Both movies were produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions.
In 2012, Stepfanie was last seeen in the recurring role of "Kate Meade" on the popular CW series, "The Secret Circle", where she portrayed the powerful elder witch of the Meade clan. Stepfanie starred opposite Christy
Romano in the ABC-Family film, "Cutting Edge 2/Going For Gold." It proved to be the networks highest rated film for 2006. She also gave a moving performance starring as "Karen" in the anti-terrorism film, "Ground Truth."
On the big screen, Kramer was last seen as 'Helene' in the independent film "The Dogwalker" written and directed by Paul Duran. Kramer portrays a mother/daughter/wife who hires a down-and-out guy from the streets to take care of her flinty old matriarch mother and her less than well-trained dog. This quirky and thought provoking dark comedy was lauded at the Sedona International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Noosa Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic and has received rave reviews.
Stepfanie was honored by the "First Americans in the Arts Awards" in 1995, 2002 and 2003 by winning the award for Outstanding Performance as a lead actress. This award is only given to artists of Native American decent. She sings and entertains in various performance venues across the country. In 2008, she represented the U.S. by peforming at the International Music Fesival in Queretero,Mexico.
In the fall of 1990, Stepfanie was seen as one of the stars in the CBS-TV movie of the week, “Coins in a Fountain,” filmed entirely on location in Rome and Luxembourg. Immediately following, she was cast opposite Frederic Forrest in the feature “Twin Sisters” for Allegro Films, portraying twin sisters. She also starred opposite Jack Scalia in Cinemax’s “Beyond Suspicion.”
Her role on “Hunter” brought Stepfanie recognition and respect as a gifted actress, yet she is much more than that. She is a powerful and unique singer, trained as a Mezzo Soprano. Her first CD, "One Dream", showed her as a talented composer and lyricist as well. Her second CD, "The Great American Songbook", is a live recofding of popular standards. Her listening tastes in music are eclectic and include rock, pop, big band, classical and folk music. “When I was very young,” she remembers, “the only way I could take a nap was by having the 1812 Overture played!”
Stepfanie’s background is diverse, with television credits that include movies of the week and mini-series. She starred in the made for TV movie, “Take My Daughters, Please” for NBC and the critically acclaimed mini-series, “Favorite Son.” Prior to “Hunter,” she co-starred on the series “We Got It Made,” “Married: The First Year” and “Cliffhangers: The Secret Empire.” She has had guest starring and recurring roles on a multitude of shows, including many of primetime television’s top series. Stepfanie has utilized her musical
abilities in a number of variety specials, joining Bob Hope for his 1986 Easter special, and once again in 1988 for NBC’s “Fifty Stars Celebrate Bob Hope’s 85th Birthday.” She has also hoofed her way through the Busby Berkeley number in “Happy Birthday Hollywood.” Stepfanie said, "It was an enormous thrill to sing and dance with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bob Hope -- what an honor!"
Stepfanie has hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, earning her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Special Class Programming.” She has shown off her musical chops by performing in the parades as well.
Stepfanie holds extensive theatre and musical credits, and is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West. From childhood on, she focused her energies on a performance career, not unusual for a child from an artistic background. With a mother who is an artist, former model and had her own country/western radio show, and a father who was a professional violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and toured with big bands, Stepfanie grew up in a very creative environment.
Her abilities have been fueled and expanded by her intellectual capacities, leading her to explore other areas of artistic _expression. Stepfanie has directed episodic television and is an accomplished artist. She loves to draw and paint, which she has done since, in her mother’s words, “she was old enough to hold a pencil.”
Stepfanie is one who understands the need for balance between her work and home life. “I spend as much time as possible with my family and friends. They are a very important part of my life.” Even more important, is daughter Lily. “My daughter is the greatest production I’ve ever been involved in.”
In 1995, Kramer starred in “Deceived By Trust” opposite Michael Gross for NBC, the network’s highest- rated film of the year. She also starred in “Thrill” opposite Antonio Sabato Jr. and “Underground Father: Fugitive from Justice” opposite Christopher Noth for NBC in 1996. She is currently working on a collection of short stories with southwestern novelist Jann Arrington Wolcott, as well as co-writing feature films with notable screenwriter David Chisholm.
Through the international language of the arts and her particular expression of such, Stepfanie Kramer is able to communicate and reach out to audiences in a positive and enlightening way. “I love my work as a performer,” she states. “If I can affect a positive change by use of my abilities, I gladly embrace the opportunity. I feel that if you don’t use the gifts you’ve been given, your time on earth has been wasted.”