Shannon Whirry is an American actress who was born on November 7, 1964 at Green Lake (Wisconsin).
Shannon Whirry trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts
in the 1980s, appearing onstage in Butterflies Are Free
and Mrs. Warren's Profession
However, she began to work primarily in erotic B movies in the early 1990s along with other scream queens of that era Tanya Roberts, Delia Sheppard, Maria Ford, and Shannon Tweed. Director Gregory Hippolyte's productions of Animal Instincts I and II, Body of Influence, and Mirror Images II featured Whirry in various stages of undress in repeated scenes. Other films were
Private Obsession and Playback, a Playboy production.
In the late 1990s, she moved from softcore movies into a series of roles on mainstream network television and films, including action, sci-fi and horror genres. She had a recurring role as Mike Hammer's secretary
Velda in the television series Mike Hammer, Private Eye and made guest appearances on such shows as
ER, Felicity, Seinfeld, V.I.P., Murphy Brown, Malcolm in the Middle and Nash Bridges.
In 2007 she appeared on a BBC TV mini-series, Nuclear Secrets, playing Kitty Oppenheimer, wife of nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer.
She also had a small role in the Jim Carrey film, Me, Myself & Irene (2000) as a breast feeding mother in public who suddenly looks down and is horrified to find a stranger (Carrey's character) taking advantage of her lactating large breasts
- Out for Justice (1991), Terry Malloy
- Animal Instincts (1992), Joanna Cole
- Sliver (1993), Woman Looking in Mirror (uncredited)
- Body of Influence (1993) (V), Laura/Lana
- Mirror Images II (1994) (V), Carrie/Terrie
- Animal Instincts 2 (1994), Joanna Cole
- Lady in Waiting (1994), Lori
- Private Obsession (1995), Emmanuelle Griffith
- The Granny (1995), Kelly Gargoli
- Dangerous Prey (1995), Robin
- Ringer (1996), Kristin/Tracy
- Playback (1995), Karen Stone
- Exit (1996), Diane
- Retroactive (1997), Rayanne
- Omega Doom (1997), Zed
- Fatal Pursuit (1998), Jill
- The Prophet's Game (1999), Barb
- Lying in Wait (2000), Lois
- Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Beautiful Mom
- Active Stealth (2000) (V), Gina Murphy
- Mach 2 (2001), Shannon Carpenter
- Mike Hammer: Song Bird (2003) (V), Velda (Mike Hammer's secretary)
- Jolene (2008), Teacher
- Longshot (2008), Lydia
- Texas Justice (1995), Rebecca
- Eden (1993), Lauren's Friend
- Silk Stalkings, Karen Daniels - in the episode "Look the Other Way" (1993)
- Murder One (TV series), Deborah Cummings - in the episode "Chapter Ten, Year Two" (1997)
- Murphy Brown, Amber - in the episode "Blind Date" (1997)
- Nash Bridges, Suzanne - in the episode "Moving Target" (1997)
- Pacific Blue (TV series), Kay McNeil - in the episode "Ties That Bind" (1997)
- Seinfeld, Cute Girl - in the episode "The Butter Shave" (1997)
- Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997-1998), Velda (Mike Hammer's secretary)
- Silk Stalkings, Victoria Tremain aka Jenny Kravits - in the episode "Passion and the Palm Beach Detectives" (1998)
- Air America (TV series), Dr. Veronica Brady - in the episode "Fear of Flying" (1999)
- Sons of Thunder, Sabrina - in the episode "Daddy's Girl" (1999)
- V.I.P. (TV series), Katherine Johnson - in the episode "Why 2 Kay" (1999)
- City of Angels (TV series), Gina - in various episodes (2000)
- Malcolm in the Middle, Beautiful Woman - in the episode "Evacuation" (2000)
- Black Scorpion (TV series), Vox Populi - in the episode "Face the Music" (2001)
- Felicity, Barb Jones - in the episode "Boooz" (2001)
- ER (TV series), Doreen Brant - in the episode "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" (2003)
- Nuclear Secrets (2007) (TV mini-series), Kitty Oppenheimer (Robert Oppenheimer's wife)
- In 2006, she appeared in a commercial for Bio Spot insect repellent playing "Margaret Jenkins".
- From July to August 1999, she returned to her stage roots and appeared in the production of Four Roses, a play by Julia Cameron, at the Century City Playhouse in Los Angeles.
- From 1998 to 1999, she sang back-up with the band Uncle Daddy, fronted by actor/director Richard Gabai on vocals and guitar and producer Ari Bass on keyboards, in Los Angeles. This band, including Whirry, may be heard briefly on the soundtrack of Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta (2000) performing the song "I Shot Her Down".