Rena Sofer

  • Birth Name: Rena Sherel Sofer
  • Birth Place: Arcadia, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor


Sofer made her first big impression with a brief stint on the daytime drama Loving before taking on the part of savvy record promoter Lois Cerullo on General Hospital, a role that won her a Best Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy. It was here she also met Wally Kurth, her on-screen spouse who became her real-life husband. In the mid-'90s, Sofer made the leap to prime time, guest starring in a number of series before appropriately landing a regular part on the campy evening soap Melrose Place. A string of flop series followed (Oh, Grow Up; The Chronicle; and the sitcom Coupling, which was infamously touted as the next Friends), but though the shows were short-lived, Sofer proved she had staying power. Recurring roles on the sitcom Just Shoot Me! and the dramedy Ed widened her exposure. After taking a brief hiatus to give birth to a daughter with her second husband, TV director Sanford Bookstaver, she returned to the small screen in 2006 with recurring roles in two hits, 24 and Heroes, as the long-suffering wife to two shady characters, a power broker and an aspiring politician, respectively. Sofer is frequently seen on both comedies and dramas, and in 2010, tackled a season-long story arc as Margaret Allison Hart, an attorney with a hidden agenda on NCIS.

Fast Facts

  • Worked briefly as a model before taking on acting, partly to overcome shyness.
  • Won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Actress, both in 1995 for General Hospital.
  • Starred in numerous NBC series, including: Ed, Coupling and Just Shoot Me! In 2007 simultaneously guest starred on opposing programs: as Nathan’s wife, Heidi, on Heroes and as Jack’s sister-in-law, Marilyn, on 24.


  • Avalon Leone Bookstaver — Daughter
  • Martin Sofer — Father
  • Sanford Bookstaver — Husband
  • Susan Sofer — Mother
  • Wally Kurth — Ex-husband
  • David Sofer — Brother
  • Rosabel Rosalind Kurth — Daughter


  • Attended Montclair State College, Montclair, New Jersey, United States