Patricia Tallman

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Patricia J. Tallman (born September 4, 1957) is an American actress, stunt performer, and studio executive best known for her starring roles in Night of the Living Dead, Star Trek and Babylon 5. She is the former CEO and executive producer of Studio JMS.

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Early life and education

Patricia is the daughter of Jerry Tallman, a radio entertainer. She is a 1975 graduate of Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Theater Arts Program.

Career

In television, Tallman worked on the soap opera +more_TV_series)'>Generations. Later, she had guest-starring roles on Tales from the Darkside, as well as the science-fiction shows Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. As an actress and stunt performer, she worked on 50 episodes across the Star Trek franchise. Tallman played Lyta Alexander in the Babylon 5 series pilot, recurring in seasons two and three, and starring in seasons four and five. Tallman collaborated with fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus George A. Romero on several films, including Knightriders, Monkey Shines, and Creepshow 2 (in which Tallman performed stunts).

In 1990, Tallman starred as Barbara in the Tom Savini-directed remake of the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. In 1992, she played the Possessed Witch under heavy make-up in the cult classic Army of Darkness, as well as the Witch in the modern day scenes.

In 1993, Tallman's most notable stunt work came as stunt double for Laura Dern throughout Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. In addition, she served as stunt double for Laurel Holloman, who portrayed vampire hunter Justine Cooper in the series Angel, a photo of Tallman was also used as the photo of Justine Cooper's dead twin sister. +more In a 2001 episode of the TV series Sheena, she guest-starred as the villain Caroline Dula.

Tallman appeared in the 2002 psychological horror short, Jennifer Is Dead, the black comedy For Pete's Wake!, and guest spots on Without a Trace and Castle. Tallman appeared in InAlienable (2008) and the horror film Dead Air (2009). +more Tallman played Holly in Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012).

Tallman has performed voice roles including playing the leading part of evil detective Jean Richmond in the Radio Repertory Company of America's production of Lives of the Cat and in some of the Anne Manx sequels (sold as radio plays on CD).

In 2011, Tallman published her autobiography Pleasure Thresholds, the title inspired by the scene she auditioned to earn the role of Lyta Alexander.

In 2012, Tallman became CEO and executive producer of Studio JMS in partnership with her then-boyfriend, J. +more Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5. In 2013, she left the company.

In May 2014, Tallman played the male role of Lespere in a theatrical production of Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope at Sci-Fest LA 2014, a theater festival. The following year Tallman played the wife in a comedy called A Logic Called Joe at the second Sci-Fest LA.

In 2016, Tallman started Quest Retreats, a VIP adventure excursion company with annual events in Hawaii, London, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Personal life

Tallman met Andrea Rogantini when he was the executive chef at Prego Ristorante in Los Angeles. Rogantini is the father of her only child, a son named Julian Tallman. +more Tallman later met Jeffrey Willerth when she was acting on Babylon 5 (1993-1998), where he was as an associate producer. They were married in 1999, separated several years later and divorced in 2008.

Tallman also met J. +more Michael Straczynski (JMS) when she was acting on Babylon 5, a series which he created. The two entered into a relationship sometime after Straczynski separated from his wife, Kathryn M. Drennan, in 2002. They separated in 2013.

Tallman is a leading fund-raiser for Penny Lane, a center for abused children in California. , she has been leading their annual “Be a Santa Toy Drive” for more than 20 years.

Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleNote
1981KnightridersJulie
1982Stuck on You!Queen Guenevere
1988Tales from the DarksideJanice PerryEpisode: "Family Reunion"
1988Monkey ShinesParty Guest
1989+more_TV_series)'>GenerationsChristy Russell12 episodes
1989Road HouseBandstand Babe
1989Hard Time on Planet EarthFrances
1990Night of the Living DeadBarbara
1990The FlashKidnapper
1992Army of DarknessPossessed Witch
1992Der Ring der MusketiereWoman ImposterTV film
1992Sweet JusticeJosie
1993Babylon 5: The GatheringLyta AlexanderTV film
1993Benefit of the DoubtKaren's Mother
1993Jurassic ParkLaura Dern's Stunt Double
1992-93Star Trek: The Next GenerationAlien #2 / Kiros / Security Officer3 episodes (uncredited stunt work)
1993-1996Star Trek: Deep Space NineNurse Tagana / Weapons Officer / Nima3 episodes (uncredited stunt work)
1994CliffordFlight Attendant on Rolling Cart
1993-1998Babylon 5Lyta Alexander47 episodes
1996-97Star Trek: VoyagerTaresian Woman / Operations Division Officer2 episodes (uncredited stunt work)
1998Babylon 5: ThirdspaceLyta AlexanderTV film
2001SheenaCaroline DulaEpisode: "The Darkness"
2004-2007Without a TraceLinda / Latte Woman / Off-Duty Police Officer3 episodes (uncredited)
2007For Pete's Wake!Alisa Fox
2008InAlienableDr. Klein
2009Dead AirLucy
2010CastleVivian Marchand (uncredited)Episode: "He's Dead, She's Dead"
2012Atlas Shrugged: Part IIHolly
2014Criminal MindsCaptain Margot NolanEpisode: "A Thousand Suns"
2017Rose Is A Rose Is A RoseRose Jensen
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Living people

Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts alumni

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