“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.” Stepfanie Kramer
Actress and singer Stepfanie Kramer is perhaps best known for her role of Dee Dee McCall on the hit television series “Hunter,” which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. She left the show in 1990 but returned to portray the character in the TV films “Hunter: Return to Justice” (2002) and “Hunter: Back in Force” (2003) and a 2003 short lived revival series. Kramer won First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) Awards for her performance in both TV films. She received her first FAITA Award for playing Sarah Ann Collins in the NBC TV film “Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie” (1995). In addition, Kramer netted a Daytime Emmy nomination as the host of the 1984 TV special “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.” As a singer, Kramer has performed around the world and released the albums “One Dream” (1999) and “The Great American Song Book” (2008).
Kramer has one daughter with her former husband, Mark Richards, whom she was married to from 1992 to 2001. She and her daughter currently live in California. She stated, “My daughter is the greatest production I've ever been involved in.”
Kramer is a guest instructor at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Childhood and Family:
Stephanie Kramer, now known as Stepfanie, was born on August 6, 1956. Raised in an artistic family in Los Angeles, California, her mother was a former fashion model and artist and had her own radio show. Her father was a professional violinist with the L.A. Philharmonic. Stepfanie is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she studied music, acting and musical theater.
On May 24, 1992, Stepfanie married Mark Richards and moved to Colorado. Their daughter, Lily Claire Richards, was born in 1994. The couple divorced in February 2001.
Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie
Stepfanie Kramer kicked off her professional acting career in the late 1979s while she was in school. Her first TV gig was in “Starsky and Hutch” when she appeared as manicurist in a 1977 episode called “I Love You, Rosey Malone.” It was followed by guest spots in “Eight Is Enough” (1978), “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” (1978) and “The Runaways” (1978) before she landed her first regular role on the short lived series “Married: The First Year” (1979). The same year, she also appeared in episodes of “Fantasy Island” (2 episodes) and “The Secret Empire” (1 episodes).
In the early 1980s, Kramer played recurring roles in “Dynasty” (2 episodes, as Melanie), “Knots Landing” (2 episodes, as Marni), “Trapper John, M.D.,” (2 episodes, as Cheryl) and “The Dukes of Hazzard” (2 episodes, as Anna Louise). She also guest starred in such TV series as “Vega$,” “Bosom Buddies,” “The Devlin Connection,” “Riptide,” “The New Mike Hammer” and “The A-Team.” It was in 1983 that the actress joined the cast of the NBC sitcom “We Got It Made” in the regular role of Claudia, the girlfriend of attorney David Tucker (played by Matt McCoy). She, however, left midway through the first season. Also in 1983, Kramer got a bit part in her motion picture debut, “The Man with Two Brains,” a comedy directed by Carl Reiner that starred Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner.
In 1984, Kramer enjoyed a huge break when she landed the role of Detective Sergeant Dee Dee McCall on the popular dramatic series “Hunter,” which debuted on NBC on September 18, 1984. Costarring opposite Fred Dryer as Sergeant Rick Hunter, she left the show after the sixth season in 1990 to pursue other acting and musical opportunities. The show ended a year later on April 26, 1991. During her stint on “Hunter,” Kramer also directed the episodes “Hot Pursuit: Part 2” (1987) and “Return of White Cloud” (1989), for which she contributed to the story. In 1984, Kramer also hosted the TV special “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade” and shared a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Program for her work on the show.
In 1985, Kramer made her television movie debut in the NBC horror film “Bridge Across Time,” in which she starred alongside David Hasselhoff and Randolph Mantooth. The following year, she announced she was working on a rock album with Mike Post, who had composed music for “Hunter,” and the album was set to be released the next year. However, the plan was never realized. In 1988, she portrayed Stevie Chandler in the Emmy nominated TV miniseries “Favorite Son,” starring Harry Hamlin, Linda Kozlowski and Robert Loggia, and worked with Rue McClanahan, Kim Delaney and Deidre Hall in the made for TV film “Take My Daughters, Please,” which was first shown on NBC on November 21, 1988.
After leaving “Hunter,” Kramer went to a studio in England to record an album with producer Nils Lofgren. The album, however, was never released. The same year, she played Nikki Taylor in the TV movie “Coins in the Fountain,” a remake of the 1954 Jean Negulesco film “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Directed by Tony Wharmby and written by Lindsay Harrison, the television movie was aired by CBS on September 28, 1990. Two years later, she portrayed the dual role of Carol Mallory and Lynn Cameron on the direct to video thriller “Twin Sisters,” which was released on May 20, 1992, just four days before her wedding.
Kramer resurfaced in 1994 when she costarred with Jack Scalia and Howard Dell in the TV film “Beyond Suspicion.” The next year, she gained attention for her portrayal of Sarah Ann Collins in the NBC film “Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie” and was awarded a 1996 FAITA in the category of Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie for her work. She went on to play Loretta Gaines in the TV film “Abducted: A Father's Love” (NBC, 1996), starring Chris Noth, and costar with Antonio Sabato Jr. in another NBC TV movie, “Thrill” (also 1996). She then guest starred as Rebecca Kitchens in the “Moloney” episode “Ball & Chain” (1997) and costarred alongside Will Stewart and Tony Todd on the Paul Duran dramatic film “The Dogwalker” (1999). She eventually branched out into the music industry with the release of her debut album “One Dream,” on October 12, 1999.
In 2000, Kramer appeared in an episode of “Twice in a Lifetime” called “The Night Before Christmas.” Two years later, she reprised her role of Dee Dee McCall on the reunion television movie “Hunter: Return to Justice,” which premiered to strong ratings and earned her the FAITA Award for Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie in 2003. She also appeared in the TV film “Hunter: Back in Force,” from which she picked up her next FAITA Award in the same category.
After the success of “Return to Justice,” “Hunter” was brought back as a regular series in 2003 with both Dryer and Kramer serving as the headliners. Debuting on April 19, 2003, the revival series, however, was canceled after four episodes. After the cancellation of “Hunter,” Kramer appeared as Kate Mosley-Dorsey in the direct to video film “The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold” (2006), which was directed by Sean McNamara and starred Christy Carlson Romano, Ross Thomas and Scott Thompson Baker.
In 2008, Kramer launched her sophomore album, “The Great American Song Book,” on which she covered songs she recorded live. The same year, she represented the U.S. by performing at the International Music Festival in Queretero, Mexico.
First Americans in the Arts (FAITA): Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie, “Hunter: Back in Force,” 2004
First Americans in the Arts (FAITA): Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie, “Hunter: Return to Justice,” 2003
First Americans in the Arts (FAITA): Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie, “Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie,” 1996