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Patricia Tallman in 1991, her first Star Trek appearance

Patricia J. Tallman (born 4 September 1957; age 64) (also known as Pat Tallman) is a stuntwoman and actress who appeared in several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, and in the seventh feature film Star Trek Generations. For most of her appearances, she received no credit.

Outside the Star Trek universe she is best known for her role as Lyta Alexander, a telepath, on the science fiction television series Babylon 5.

Early life and career

Tallman was born in 1957 to director Jerry Tallman and actress Alice Tallman. She grew up with her sister Mary, and at the early age of two she appeared with her father on his radio show "Bicycle Built for Two". Tallman attended the Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and graduated in 1975. During her time in high school she joined the cast of several musicals and stage plays and performed at the Red Barn Theatre in Saugatuck, Michigan. After her graduation she knew she wanted to be an actress and enrolled at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts. During her course she starred in over eighteen musicals, took part of the show fight class under B.H. Barry, and was given an award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.

After graduation in 1979, Tallman moved to New York where she continued her stage career, winning lead roles in musicals and Broadway plays including the award-winning "Big, Bad Burlesque" show, appearing as Rosalind in the Riverside Shakespeare Company production "As You Like It", and becoming a member of the show fight group "Fights'R'us". Tallman was cast in a recurring role on the soap opera Guiding Light, followed by several appearances in series such as Texas. One day the stunt coordinator for the daytime series One Life to Live needed a stuntwoman who doubled an actress for a stair fall and cast Tallman, who earned $1200 for this job.

She auditioned for a role in the 1981 adventure drama Knightriders, produced and directed by George A. Romero. Tallman landed the featured part as Julie and was soon cast in other productions by Romero and Tom Savini, who also graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University, taught a make-up class there, and performed in Knightriders. She appeared in the comedy Stuck on You! (1983, with Richard Rothenberg), doubled for Savini actress Roberta Weiss in the Tales from the Darkside episode Inside the Closet (1984, with guest star Fritz Weaver), and for Romero actress Page Hannah in the Creepshow 2 segment The Raft (1987).

Stunt career, Star Trek, and Babylon 5

Tallman expanded her career and played parts in the Tales from the Darkside episode Family Reunion (1988, with Stephen McHattie and Marilyn Rockafellow) and Romero's horror film Monkey Shines (1988, with Kate McNeil, Stephen Root, and Eric Stuart). She moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her stunt work in films such as Wes Craven's horror film Shocker (1989, with John Tesh, Dendrie Taylor, Stephen R. Hudis, Brent Spiner, and stunts by Charlie Brewer, Tony Cecere, Dennis Madalone, Dennis Scott, and Tim Trella), as the beaten redhead bandstand babe in Road House (1989, with Kevin Tighe and Anthony DeLongis), and the sequel Another 48 Hrs. (1990). She was cast as underwear model Billie in the soap Generations, impressed the producers with her performance and was recast as undercover cop Christy Russell for more episodes, until she landed the lead part as Barbara in Savini's remake of Romero's cult film Night of the Living Dead (1990, with Tony Todd, Tom Towles, and Stacie Foster).

It was on the set of Shocker that Tallman first worked with Dennis Madalone, and in 1991, Madalone brought her onto Star Trek: The Next Generation for the episode "Power Play", where she played a security officer. This single appearance was followed by a long-term relationship with Star Trek, as Tallman became part of the core stunt group. Because of her height and resemblance she doubled lead actresses Gates McFadden and Nana Visitor - as well as several guest actresses - for the next eight years, played stunt acting parts as a Romulan, Bajoran, and several other aliens, and coordinated fight scenes in such episodes as "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places". In Star Trek Generations she doubled once again for McFadden, as well as for Gwynyth Walsh, and also performed stunt duties. During the filming of the Enterprise crash sequence, Tallman acted as stunt coordinator, filling in for Bud Davis.

Beside her work on Star Trek, Tallman doubled Elizabeth McGovern in the 1993 drama Me and Veronica, Joan Severance in the television thriller Lake Consequence (1993), Laura Dern's skeleton fall in the blockbuster Jurassic Park (1993), Joan Cusack's car crash in Addams Family Values (1993, with Christopher Lloyd, Carel Struycken, Andreana Weiner, Ian Abercrombie, Camille Saviola, and stunts by Joni Avery and Pat Romano), Daryl Hannah's falls in Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993), and played the evil witch in Sam Raimi's fantasy film Army of Darkness (1992).

In 1993, J. Michael Straczynski cast Tallman as Lyta Alexander, a telepath and member of the Psi Corps, in the Babylon 5 pilot The Gathering, in which she appeared alongside Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy, and John Fleck, and was directed by Richard Compton. When the series was picked up, Tallman's contract was not extended and her character replaced on the station. After this experience she joined an acting class and was guided by mentor and coach Charles Nelson Reilly. But Straczynski liked her performance and brought Lyta back in the second season, this time as a guest actress, followed by two more appearances in the third season. With the beginning of the fourth season, Tallman joined the cast as a regular and remained until the end of the series in 1998, appearing in 21 episodes alongside Walter Koenig, John Vickery, Harlan Ellison, Marjorie Monaghan, Musetta Vander, Tracy Scoggins, Julie Caitlin Brown, Carolyn Seymour, Brad Dourif, Star Trek stunt partner Tom Morga, and director Adam Nimoy. Tallman also appeared in the Babylon 5 TV movie Thirdspace, with Clyde Kusatsu and stunts by Steve Rizzo and Jimmy Ortega. Spice Williams-Crosby, her former DS9 stunt partner, was among the stunt doubles for Tallman on this series.

Other projects she participated in are the comedy sequel Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Stephen King's miniseries The Stand (1994, with Matt Frewer, Ray Walston, and Miguel Ferrer), the action film Speed (1994), and Roland Emmerich's Independence Day (1996). She doubled Geena Davis' cliff fall in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), played the beaten Electric Psychedelic Pussycat club waitress in Austin Powers: International Man of Mysteries (1997), and a flying waitress in the 1998 blockbuster Godzilla.

Later career

Tallman earned a certification from the British Society of Fight Directors and continued to perform stunts in productions such as the second installment Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) as one of Jerry Springer's talk show guests, as stunt double in the crime drama The General's Daughter (1999, with James Cromwell and Clarence Williams III), as stunt double for Hudson Leick in the action film The Chill Factor (1999), and as stunt double for Katie Finneran in the 2005 remake Bewitched. She was the evil mistress Caroline Dula in the Sheena episode The Darkness (2001), Alisa Fox in the drama For Pete's Wake (2004), in the stage play "Waiting" (2004) directed by Chip Chalmers, and reprised her role as Lyta Alexander in the two animated Babylon Park spoofs Frightspace and Grudgematch. She voiced the lead character of Lt. Richmond in the audio plays "Lives of the Cat" and "Anne Manx" and narrated the Better Sex video series from the Sinclair Intimacy Institute. Tallman was interviewed or had pictorials in every major science fiction magazine, including Starlog, SFX, Cinefantastique, and Celebrity Sleuth.

Her connection to Dennis Madalone gave her the chance to appear as Ms. Peters in the horror short Jennifer is Dead (2002, with Tom Morga, Lynn Salvatori, and stunt coordinator Madalone), as a mother at a cemetery in Madalone's music video "America We Stand as One" in 2001, as a stunt double for Laura Prepon in the thriller Karla (2006, with George Colucci), and in at least three episodes of the television series Without a Trace (2004, 2006, and 2007, under stunt coordinator Madalone, starring Enrique Murciano).

Among her recent projects are the role of Dr. Klein in the science fiction film InAlienable (2008), written by and starring Walter Koenig, and with Courtney Peldon, Erick Avari, Marina Sirtis, Andrew Koenig, Judy Levitt, Alan Ruck, Richard Herd, Gary Graham, J.G. Hertzler, Lisa LoCicero, Jeff Rector, and stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist, and the role of Lucy in Corbin Bernsen's science fiction thriller Dead Air (2008, stunts coordinated by Tom Morga).

Personal life and interests

On the set of Babylon 5, Tallman met co-star Jeffrey Willerth and the two fell in love. The couple married in 1999 and had a son, Julian.

During her early career, Tallman worked in a bakery and the Little Girl department at Macy's to make ends meet.

Tallman is a leading fundraiser for Penny Lane, a center for abused children in California.

Tallman is also able to play the viola and sings mezzo.

Star Trek appearances

Stunt double appearances

Other appearances

Other appearances with Star Trek connections

External links

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