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Who is Teri Polo?

Therese Elizabeth “Teri” Polo was born on 1 June 1969, in Dover, Delaware, USA, and is an actress, best known for starring in the “Meet the Parents” trilogy of films in which she played the role of Pam Byrnes-Focker. She’s also been a part of numerous television series, including “The West Wing” and “The Fosters”.

The Wealth of Teri Polo

How rich is Teri Polo? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $800,000, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. She’s been active in industry since 1986, and has worked with numerous high profile celebrities throughout her career. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Teri’s father was a stereo systems designer and her mother was a homemaker. At the age of five, she started training in ballet which she would go on to practice for the next 13 years, including attending New York’s School of American Ballet. However, her path changed when she joined a modelling contest and subsequently won, which led her to move to New York City to pursue an acting career at the age of 17.

Her acting debut came in “TV 101”, a drama series that aired on CBS during 1988. Afterwards, she would go on to appear in the miniseries “The Phantom of the Opera” in the role of Christine Daae; the miniseries is based on the book by Arthur Kopit and his unproduced stage musical. During the last season of “Northern Exposure” she would became a regular cast member of the series, before then playing the role of Detective Ash in the television series “Brimstone”.

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Career Breakthrough

Polo appeared in the television series “The West Wing”, during its sixth and seventh season, playing the role of Helen Santos, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos, played by Jimmy Smits. The show is focused primarily on the West Wing of the White House during the fictitious administration of Josiah Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen. In 2005, her popularity grew even further as she posed naked in Playboy magazine, and was also the cover girl of the February edition. During this time, she was cast in the film “Meet the Fockers” the second installment of “Meet the Parents”, which stars Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro – the three previously appeared in the original film.

Coverage of her continued as she appeared in other magazines such as Maxim and InStyle. She also tried her hand at a few television movies including the Lifetime Movie “Legacy of Fear” and the Hallmark Channel movie “Love is a Four Letter World”, and starred in the horror film “2:13” plus in “The Beacon”, which is another horror film made by Sabbatical Pictures.

Later Work

In 2009, Teri appeared as a part of the television pilot for a show entitled “Washington Field”, about a group of elite experts in the FBI who travel around the world, but it was not picked up. She then reprised her role the following year in “Little Fockers” which is the third film in the “Meet the Parents” trilogy, after which she became a part of the horror film entitled “The Hole” which is set in a 1980s style. She would go on to bring her talents back to television when she was cast in the series “The Fosters” playing the role of San Diego police officer Stef Adams Foster.

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Aside from these, she’s also appeared in other popular television shows – mainly as a guest – including “Numb3rs”, “Chicago Hope”, “Ghost Whisperer”, “Law & Order: LA”, and “Criminal Minds”.


In 1997, Polo married photographer Anthony Moore and they would go on to have a son together, however in 2005 the couple divorced. The following year, while on the set of a video she met drummer Jamie Wollam who’s known for his work with various bands such as Avion, Drake Bell, and Venice. They would have a daughter together but their relationship ended in 2012. Apparently Teri is currently single.

Is Teri Polo on Social Media?

Similar to many actresses, Teri is active on social media, particularly on the website Twitter on which she promotes some of her advocacies. She also posts pictures there, mainly tweets on her daily endeavors. She also showcases some of her travels in her account. There are also fan pages of her available on other websites such as Facebook though they are not maintained by here. Aside from these, she has a lot of videos available on the video-sharing website YouTube, which is mainly filled with clips of her in films and television shows.

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  1. I am so sad that Teri is not gay. her relationship with the foster costar is relationship goals!

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