Tripti Joshi (Editor)

Randi Oakes

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Full Name  Betty Lee Oakes
Role  Actress
Name  Randi Oakes
Years active  1970s–1985
Occupation  Actress, Model

Randi Oakes in her curly blonde hair while wearing white bodysuit

Born  August 19, 1951 (age 69) (1951-08-19) Sumner, Iowa, U.S.
Spouse  Gregory Harrison (m. 1980)
Children  Quinn Edgar Harrison, Lily Anne Harrison, Emma Lee Harrison, Kate Harrison
Movies  Acapulco Gold, Saga of a Star World
Similar People  Gregory Harrison, Larry Wilcox, Brianne Leary, Brodie Greer, Cathy Lee Crosby

Randi oakes chips cutie

Betty Lee "Randi" Oakes (born August 19, 1951) is an American actress and fashion model. Active in the 1970s and early 1980s, she is probably best known for her role as Officer Bonnie Clark on the television series CHiPs, a role she played from 1979 to 1982. Married to actor Gregory Harrison since 1980, Oakes retired from acting when their first child was born in 1985.


Randi Oakes in her curly blonde hair while wearing pink polo shirt, white short and wristwatch

Pernell roberts dunking randi oakes bns 11

Early life

Randi Oakes' big smile while wearing white short and white towel that covered her breast

Oakes was born in Sumner, Iowa, and grew up in tiny Randalia, Iowa. While in high school, she went to Des Moines, Iowa, twice a week to attend modeling school. Oakes was named Miss Iowa Model of the Year and moved to New York City with a modeling contract at age 17. She quickly became one of the top fashion models in the United States. While modeling, she was in a relationship with pro football star Joe Namath for seven years and was sometimes referred to as "Joe's fiancee". Oakes began a shift from modeling to acting when, at the age of 23, she overheard one model tell another, "You know, you're kind of a young Randi Oakes."

Acting career

Randi Oakes wearing uniform of a police officer while holding a pen and paper

Oakes was a frequent guest star on television series during the late 1970s and early 1980s, including roles on McCloud, Delvecchio, Switch, B. J. and the Bear, Barnaby Jones, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. She also starred as Sally in the 1978 theatrical crime drama Acapulco Gold and had recurring roles as Georgia on the 1977 television series Rosetti and Ryan and as a young Taurus woman on the original Battlestar Galactica.

Randi Oakes wearing uniform of a police officer while holding a pen and paper

A guest role as a car thief in the episode "Down Time" on CHiPs led to the featured role as the blonde police officer Bonnie Clark that made her a household name. She appeared on the series from the beginning of its third season until the end of its fifth season. Along with costar Larry Wilcox, Oakes left the show in 1982. According to a 1983 article that appeared in People, a lack of time spent with significant other Gregory Harrison led to the actress's departure from CHiPs.

Oakes appeared on multiple editions of Circus of the Stars and was a frequent competitor on (and one-time host of) Battle of the Network Stars. She retired from acting to be a full-time mother after the birth of her first child in 1985.

As of 2015, Oakes returned to television, with other notable CHiPs stars, for a series of introductions and interviews for MeTV's weekly CHiPs reruns.


While competing on a 1979 edition of Battle of the Network Stars, Oakes (on the NBC team) met her future husband, actor Gregory Harrison of Trapper John, M.D. fame (playing for the CBS team). Oakes and Harrison were married on December 21, 1980, although their marriage was kept secret from the public for several years. Together, they have three daughters, Emma Lee (born 1985), Lily Anne (born 1989), and Kate (born 1991). The couple also adopted a son, Quinn Edgar. The couple originally lived together in Sherman Oaks, California, but since the early 1990s the family has lived in Southern Oregon; first in Gold Beach for 15 years then relocating to Eugene.


Randi Oakes Wikipedia