An offbeat personality, a tough-as nails approach, and a track record as one of the country's leading investigators — these are a just a few of the traits exhibited by Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, the no-nonsense boss of the elite Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, played by Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer. Brought from Atlanta to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases, Brenda is tapped to lead the team because she's a world-class interrogator, and when it comes to obtaining confessions, she's a closer. But her quirky attitude and hard-nosed approach to her job sometimes rub her colleagues the wrong way, as does the fact that she's a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men. The series also stars J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man movies), Corey Reynolds (The Terminal), Robert Gossett (Arlington Road), and G.W. Bailey (Police Academy movies).