Candice Bergen has been active in the television and film industries since the 1960s and landed her first film role in Sidney Lumet`s The Group. She received her first Oscar nomination in 1979 for Starting Over, a role she played alongside the legendary Burt Reynolds. His role in the sitcom Murphy Brown from 1988 to 1998 became his best-known role, winning 5 Emmys out of 7 nominations. Boston Legal has produced five major seasons of legal drama, and the cast has been busy since the ABC series ended in 2008. Denise`s love life was a frequent story on the show. In the middle of the Season 2 episodes, she had a conflicted adulterous relationship with businessman Daniel Post (played by Michael J. Fox), whom she loved but was terminally ill. When her character left the show, she began a “friend with benefits” relationship with her colleague Brad Chase. Daniel Post came back into her life at the end of season 2 and proposed to her.
In the middle of season 3, it is announced that Daniel Post has passed away. On Halloween, Denise goes in search of Daniel`s corpse to pay homage to him. Garrett Wells was introduced in the second season premiere as a cheeky young lawyer who is obviously attracted to Denise. He goes over her head with some clients, but helps her by blackmailing her ex-husband`s lawyer/pastor into backing down on his demands for money. He is not as effective in the courtroom and is humiliated more than once by objective judges. He is also intimidated by Catherine Piper, Alan Shore`s caterer and former assistant, who drives him out of his own office. We don`t see him again after the end of season 2. It is not clear if he is still in the company or if he was fired by the partners without explanation. During the second season, he begins a relationship with a paralegal and initially shames the company because of their timely sexual encounters. Denise Bauer-Chase is a fictional lawyer on the American legal series Boston Legal, portrayed by Julie Bowen.
Ahh, Boston Legal. One of the best legal comedy-dramas of all time, the show ran a crime-short season of 5 while it was one of prime time`s premium offerings until its ill-fated cancellation in 2008. The cast of Boston Legal is a group of Nutter. But two stand out – adorable homophobe Denny Crane (played by William Shatner) and his dry, bizarre best friend, Alan Shore (James Spader). There`s also a voice of reason in the crazy court comedy, and it`s owned by hardened lawyer Denise Bauer. To be fair, she has her share of crazy cases, like last week`s episode Ass Fat Jungle — where she played for a plastic surgeon who took her own fat from her buttocks and injected it into her patients. “Nothing says funny like ass fat,” screams actress Julie Bowen, who plays Denise. However, during the second season of the series, Denise goes from a tense and tough soul to a more caring and supportive soul.
“She changes a lot because she falls in love with Michael J. Fox,” Bowen says excitedly. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson`s disease, plays a billionaire who dies of lung cancer in three episodes, starting with The Cancer Man Can on May 16. “He does a lot to soften them,” she says. Bowen admits that she had to train herself to be kind and gentle because she actually looks more like a feisty lawyer. “Every time I argue with my husband, he always tells me, `You have to stop being a lawyer.` But he always said that long before I played one. So I think [Boston Legal] is just an opportunity for my inner lawyer to get out. The 36-year-old has been working in television for years, appearing on shows like ER and Ed. In addition to Boston Legal, she also starred in Sarah, Lost Jack`s wife.
She says it was intimidating to join Boston Legal in season two because she had to work hard to keep up with the show. It didn`t help his nerves that acclaimed actors like Shatner, Spader and Candice Bergen were involved. “I felt the need to earn my place. And they didn`t do anything to encourage that, it was just my own insecurity. “But I like to think I did it personally. I have never worked with so many intelligent, experienced and widely traveled people. “Sometimes you fall into the trap in Hollywood where all the actors sit down to talk about their last job and their next job or what they`re going to wear to the next event.” Bowen happily raves about how “Candice spent time in India photographing Gandhi, and [she] cares more about her family and a good life than who got a facelift.” And Spader, she says, is one of the smartest people she`s ever met. She also has a lot of respect for Shatner: “Every day he comes to work like a 15-year-old boy – he`s excited.” You know, he rides his motorcycle to work, and he`s a guy who clearly loves life and really loves what he does. Some 70-year-old guys are sitting in a chair. “There is a great exchange of war stories that happens from time to time. But William Shatner is not a guy who lives in the past.
He came back from a weekend and came from racing cars, horse breeding or sea kayaking. He doesn`t really need to work, does he? “No,” she laughed. “But he loves it and at the end of the day, everyone is interested in doing a good job, going home and having a real life out of this world.” The world imagined by Boston Legal creator and author David E. Kelley is unusual. “It never ceases to amaze me,” Bowen says. And while far from typical of the U.S. justice system, Bowen says, he intelligently comments on that system and other social issues. “He [Kelley] never wants to have that big hug and message at the end of an episode. He likes to sneak in when you`re busy laughing and suddenly think, “Oh, that was interesting.” “Fortunately, I agree with his policy.” I think it would be really hard to be on a David Kelley show and disagree with his policies. “He doesn`t hide his political views, it`s pretty clear what he thinks about the war, how he thinks of this government. And he`s a true Democrat and he`s not a big fan of George Bush, and I think Denny Crane is a great satire on a Republican. However, Bowen`s Republican father also watches the show and he doesn`t see Denny as satire.
He thinks Denny is a great guy and he doesn`t understand that it`s satire. It just kills me that he sits there and appreciates it and thinks it`s a guy who is an armed Republican, a cigar smoker, just like him,” she laughs. Yet, Republican or not, you have to love Denny. * Boston Legal, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m., TV3 In the movies, Bowen played the love interest of the main character in Happy Gilmore.  His roles in other films include An American Werewolf in Paris and Multiplicity. On television, she had guest roles in Party of Five, Strange Luck and a recurring role in ER as |Dr. Carter`s girlfriend. On the comedy show Stella Shorts, Bowen played an angel in the episode “Raking Leaves.” Bowen first came to prominence in the television series Ed, where she played Carol Vessey, a high school English teacher, the love interest of protagonist Ed Stevens.
Bowen went on to play the role of Sarah Shephard in five episodes of Lost. In the fall of 2005, Bowen joined the cast of Boston Legal and played attorney Denise Bauer. She left the show in 2007 and returned in 2008 for guest appearances. In 2008, she had a recurring role in Weeds, playing Lisa, Silas` love. In Boston Legal, Valley played attorney Brad Chase and remained on the show for 70 episodes, which remains his longest television role to date. He has appeared in several film and television roles since his stint on the show, including Fringe, Human Target, Body of Proof and Harry`s Law, where he played another lawyer who worked for Kathy Bates` character, Harry. He appears frequently in the revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway and does voice acting as Mufasa in the Disney series The Lion Guard, as well as Uncle Ruckus in the Adult Swim series The Boondocks. He also appeared as a recurring character in the sitcom The Soul Man and played a role in the sketch comedy series Mad, based on the popular magazine of the same name. Während Bowens Karriere spielte sie Nebenrollen dans Filmen wie Happy Gilmore (1996), Multiplicity (1996), Venus and Mars (2001), Joe Somebody (2001), Kids in America (2005), Sex and Death 101 (2007), Crazy on the Outside (2010), Jumping the Broom (2011) und Horrible Bosses (2011).