Happy birthday Patricia Tallman!

Patricia Tallman in 2012
Patricia Tallman in 2012

Patricia J. Tallman (photo ©MsJenWilliamson) was born on September 4, 1957 in Pontiac, Illinois, USA.

When she was just a child, Patricia Tallman already wanted to work in show business and her debut took place in the radio show her father used to run on a local radio channel. During her teen years, she made a lot of experience working in stage plays. She went to study at Carnegie Mellon University’s Theater Arts Program and worked for many musicals to pay for college with such results that she received an award from her university.

After completing college, Patricia Tallman kept on working in stage plays but in New York, working also in Broadway productions. Soon, she started getting roles, sometimes small but some other times important, in television and cinema productions. In that first stage of her career she had the opportunity to work for the first time with director George Romero in the 1981 movie “Knightriders”.

After a few years, Patricia Tallman moved to Los Angeles, where she kept on working in various productions. The most famous movies she appeared in are “Night of the Living Dead” (1990), the remake of the classic horror of 1968, and “Army of Darkness” (1992). Her main job has always been as an actress but in various productions she worked as a stuntwoman, sometimes without being credited, for example in the 1993 movie “Jurassic Park”.

On television, Patricia Tallman had the chance to work on the same show as an actress and as a stuntwoman: in “Star Trek: The Next Generation“, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” she appeared in several episodes in various roles as an extra and participated as a stuntwoman to other episodes.

Patricia Tallman’s most famous television role is as Lyta Alexander, played for the first time in “Babylon 5 – The Gathering” (1993), the TV movie that started the TV show “Babylon 5“. The actress resumed her role in some episodes of the show’s second and third seasons then was a regular in the fourth and fifth seasons and in the 1998 TV movie “Babylon 5 – Third Space”.

In the following years, Patricia Tallman continued her job as an actress and stuntwoman but she started doing other jobs as well. In 2011 she published her autobiography “Pleasure Thresholds – Patricia Tallman’s Babylon 5 Memoir”. For some time she ran “Studio JMS”, the production studio opened in 2012 by J. Michael Straczynski. Later, she started running a company that offers adventurous trips.

In recent years, Patricia Tallman’s appearances in cinema and television have become rare and her participations to stage plays have also reduced. Occasionally, she’s a guest of some conventions so the lucky fans who attend them can meet in person.

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