‘Chicago Fire’: Where You Recognize Clarice Actor Shiri Appleby From

by Joe Rutland
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Chicago Fire viewers may have looked at cast member Shiri Appleby and go, “I know her from somewhere.” We’ll help solve the mystery.

According to an article from Looper, Outsiders, Appleby played Clarice Carthage in the show’s first season. Yet, where did she appear before the NBC first-responder show?

Well, everywhere. Let’s just start with 2012 when she appeared as Shay’s pregnant girlfriend, Clarice, in the first season of Chicago Fire. She was on for six episodes, with her final appearance in 2013.

Appleby then went on to star in HBO’s Girls, followed by Rachel Goldberg on Lifetime’s UnREAL.

She then made a couple of appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Appleby did star in an earlier Roswell show and played Allie on the rebooted Roswell, New Mexico.

‘Chicago Fire’ Actress Started Working As A Kid In Commercials, TV Shows

But the one-time Chicago Fire actress started in the world of commercials. In 1984, Appleby got a role in the soap opera Santa Barbara. Then she appeared in Thirtysomething and The Bronx Zoo. At 10 years old, she appeared in Freddy’s Nightmares TV show.

Appleby then got feature film work in Curse II: The Bite and 1990’s I Love You to Death.

After 1990, Appleby had a recurring part as Rachel in Sunday Dinner. Norman Lear produced the TV show, but it only lasted one season. She starred along with Robert Loggia and Teri Hatcher in the show.

Other shows included Doogie Howser, M.D., Raven, Against the Grain, Brotherly Love, ER, and Baywatch. All this while Appleby was in high school.

Appleby Would Find Herself On Teen Magazine Covers Thanks to ‘Roswell’

She graduated in 1997. From there, she would get roles in TV series like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Xena: Warrior Princess. So Appleby started going to USC and majoring in English.

Then, she was offered the role of Liz Parker on the WB/UPN UFO-centric series Roswell. It turned into a blockbuster and Appleby found herself on teen magazine covers. Her stardom reached worldwide, too.

That’s where you might have seen her before Chicago Fire.

As for what’s to come on the One Chicago franchise show, it might include an appearance from the famed Shedd Aquarium. A member of the show’s production crew and an actor stopped by to check it out.

Chicago Fire did choose to add a Chicago mainstay into its latest season. In an average year, nearly 2 million visitors pass through Shedd, according to the aquarium’s website.

It is named for John Graves Shedd, a former chairman of the board of Marshall Field & Company. He died before he was able to see the aquarium open. The Shedd is open, though, through buying advance tickets.