Remember ‘Cold Case’? Here’s Where the Cast is Now

Cold Case, the crime drama that aired on CBS from 2003 to 2010, has been off the air longer than it was on, but many fans still fondly remember the show. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat hard to watch because of music rights, which have tangled many disc releases of TV shows 

Even though it’s not as easily available for streaming as some other shows, the six principal cast members of the show, Kathryn Morris, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford, Thom Barry, Danny Pino, and Tracie Thoms, all went on to solid careers, often on other cop shows. 

What happened to ‘Cold Case?’

Kathryn Morris
Kathryn Morris | Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank

Cold Case came out when crime shows were the hot ticket, particularly on CBS. Granted, there are few times when cop and crime shows aren’t hot tickets, but they particularly ruled the roost in the early 2000s, thanks to the success of CSI, its various spinoffs and other copycats. 

The particular premise of Cold Case was its focus on the Philadelphia Police Department and Detective Lilly Rush (Morris) as they focused on those cases that had not been actively pursued by the department.

Each episode would usually spotlight one specific investigation, typically a murder. The show often featured double casting, with two actors playing a person at different points in time – when the crime originally took place and when the investigation was reopened. The show was one of Jennifer Lawrence’s pre-fame appearances. 

The show had a strong run in its early seasons, peaking at number 14 in its second season. Unfortunately, a writer’s strike during the fifth season helped send the ratings tumbling. Cold Case was finally canceled after its seventh season, when the show ranked 29th in the ratings.

Music rights have kept the show from being released oh physical media, but it is available for streaming on The Roku Channel. A look at the actors’ IMDB credits reveals what else the actors appeared in. 

Where to find Kathryn Morris, John Finn and Jeremy Ratchford

Kathryn Morris came to Cold Case having appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report as Tom Cruise’s estranged wife, and while the show was running, she also starred in the films Mindhunters, Paycheck, and Resurrecting the Champ. Most recently, she starred in The Dirt, the Netflix biopic about the band Motley Crue.

John Finn, who played Lieutenant, John Stillman, came to cold case with appearances in Glory and Catch Me if You Can under his belt. After Cold Case, his credits included The Walking Dead, NCIS, and the Brad Pitt astronaut drama Ad Astra

Jeremy Ratchford played Detective Nick Vera, having already appeared on NYPD Blue, CSI, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After Cold Case, he made a little mini-career out of playing detectives and’/or police officers on episodes of Shameless and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and in Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys.

Where to find Thom Barry, Danny Pino and Tracie Thoms? 

Thom Barry played detective Will Jeffries, having appeared as Agent Bilkins in the first two Fast and Furious movies and Space Jam. After Cold Case, his appearances included Blue Bloods, Grey’s Anatomy and the Eddie Murphy movie Mr.Church

Danny Pino’s resume includes appearances in many police or legal dramas, including CSI: NY, Burn Notice and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. On Cold Case, he played Detective Scotty Valens. After the show, his credits included Chicago PD, BrainDead, and most recently Mayans MC. 

Tracie Thoms is arguably the most famous face to come out of Cold Case, having appeared in the film version of the legendary musical Rent before joining Cold Case in its third season, playing Detective Kat Miller.

After Cold Case, her most prominent role was a lead part in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, where she plays a stuntwoman who reluctantly agrees to take another stuntwoman on a very dangerous drive.