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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Patricia J. Tallman (born 4 September 1957; age 61), also known as Pat Tallman, is an actress and former stuntwoman 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 Trek appearances, she received no credit.
Outside the Star Trek universe she is best known for her role as telepath Lyta Alexander on the science fiction television series Babylon 5 where she became romantically involved with future Star Trek voice actor Robin Atkin Downes and for her starring role as Barbara in Tom Savini's 1990 remake of George Romero's horror cult film Night of the Living Dead on which she worked with Tony Todd.
Tallman was born in 1957 and grew up with two younger sisters and a younger brother. Together with her family she moved several times around Illinois, including Pontiac, Peoria, Wheaton and Glen Ellyn. At the early age of two she appeared with her father in a radio show, singing \\"Bicycle Built for Two\\", beside playing Dark Shadows and Star Trek with her cousin Susan and their Barbie dolls. Her father was working all the time and mother, who was seriously ill with cancer, died when Tallman was twenty-three. Tallman's sisters are also working in the business today, Judie as a hair and makeup artist and Mary as a script supervisor. Her brother Jonathan became a doctor. 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 at the age of fifteen in Saugatuck, Michigan. One year later, at the age of sixteen, she got her first paid acting job in dinner theater. After her graduation she knew she wanted to be an actress beside her dreams working with animals or for the law enforcement and she enrolled at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts. She worked in musical theater at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, where she performed in over eighteen musicals. At Carnegie Mellon University she was given an award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting in her senior year at the same weekend when she was Homecoming Queen.
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 J. Allen Suddeth's show fight group \\"Fights'R'us\\" after Suddeth taught her in period sword techniques. Tallman took several jobs to survive. On day she worked as model and on night she waited tables, worked in a bakery and later also at the little girl's department at Macy's.
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 All My Children, J. Allen Suddeth, needed a stuntwoman, 5'9\\" with red hair, to double an actress for a stair fall and wearing only lingerie 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 of Julie and was soon cast in other productions by Romero and Tom Savini, who also graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University, taught a makeup class there, and performed in Knightriders. Knightriders also featured her first nude appearance on screen. Other 1980s projects include the comedy Stuck on You! (1983, with Richard Rothenberg), as stunt double 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), as well as 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). In the late 1980s, Tallman decided to move to Los Angeles, California and stayed with friends before she was introduced to her future (and first L.A.) roommate Iona Morris who herself would later guest star on Star Trek: Voyager. Following a few engagements in soap operas, including the roles as underwear model Billie and undercover cop Christy Russell in the daily soap Generations and theater, Tallman was cast for her first L.A.-based feature film, the action drama Road House (1989, with Kevin Tighe and Anthony De Longis). One day before she filmed her stunt scene as the redhead bandstand babe, Tallman injured her knee in a softball match but stunt coordinator Charlie Picerni changed the stunt choreography and she was able to film her scene.
About her work on the DS9 first season episode \\"Battle Lines\\", Tallman remembered \\"We had a battle with these huge spear things. I had on armor, but my fight partner's [Tom Morga] spear got past my guard and sliced my ribs. I had a scar for years. Later, he picked me up and banged my head so hard on the shuttle, it made this huge boom. I had a wig and headwrap so it didn't hurt that much, but the director was so impressed with the noise they gave me an extra $100 bucks. Made up for the rib slice.\\" (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", p. 123) This episode is still among Tallman's favorite episodes of Star Trek. (Star Trek Monthly issue 52, p. 31) Tallman said about Nana Visitor that she was very good in fight scenes because of her extensive dance background. Sometimes, Tallman was just sitting behind the scenes and waiting to jump in for Visitor while she did most of her stunts on her own. But Visitor knew, that Tallman wouldn't get any residuals if she was not filmed so she made sure that Tallman always was filmed and won't be edited out. About the fight scene between Tallman and guest star Tim Russ in the DS9 second season episode \\"Invasive Procedures\\", she remembered \\"When the camera was on Nana's back and Tim's face, I stepped in and Nana took a cigarette break. Tim was supposed to throw a punch to my face in the fight. We had worked out the distance between us so he could safely swing a ferocious punch at my face and I would react as if it connected. He did this beautifully in rehearsal. When the director called \\"Action\\", Tim took a step into the space between us and punched me full on in the face. Everyone gasped because you could hear it clear as a bell. Tim was horrified and the director called, \\"Cut!\\" I yelled, \\"Don't cut! Keep going!\\" and we did. I didn't want to waste the take. I'd rather finish the fight, then go put ice on my face, than stop and have to do it again! I earned my pay that day because Nana had a photo shoot for TV Guide that afternoon. An egg on her face from a Klingon fist wouldn't have gone over well.\\" (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", pp. 142-143) One of Tallman's memories about the series was the use of the black contact lenses for her portrayal of Lyta in later seasons. She remembered \\"They had to hire a lens technician who would put the lenses in. He would hold my eyelids open and maneuver them in, while I clenched the chair in terror. The lenses were huge; they were full circles that would be big enough to cover the inner and outer corners of my eyes.\\" (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", p. 146) One of her co-stars from Babylon 5, Julie Caitlin Brown, is also working with Tallman in the more recent years. Brown is working as booking agent for fellow actors and is booking convention gigs also for Tallman.
While filming her scenes as stunt double for Bertila Damas on the Deep Space Nine episode \\"The Maquis, Part I\\", Tallman was visited by her father Jerry and his second wife Arlene. She also remembered about Deep Space Nine that they shot eighteen hour days, normally overtime, and that a crew member died in an accident on the way home because he fell asleep at the wheel after weeks of grueling schedule. (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", pp. 118-119) About her time on DS9, Tallman remarked that she was filming Babylon 5 one day and scenes as stunt double for Terry Farrell on DS9 the next day. While she was dressed as double for Farrell one of the DS9 producers approached her and told her \\"I really like Babylon 5'\\". Tallman had her wardrobe fitting as bridge officer and stunt double for B'Etor actress Gwynyth Walsh in May 1994. She then learned about her pregnancy but was determined to work on this film. Her baby bump was showing when she wrapped Generations. She already had to pull out several sets of falsies off her costume while filming the sequences where she was hit by Malcolm McDowell into the face and during the scenes aboard the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. A fun fact Tallman mentioned in her book \\"Pleasure Thresholds\\" (p. 87) is that she was on both bridges during the fight. As a Starfleet officer aboard the Enterprise-D and as stunt double for Walsh aboard the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. During the filming of the Enterprise-D crash sequence, Tallman also filled in as stunt coordinator for Bud Davis. Tallman had already filmed her scenes as stunt double for Gates McFadden in this film aboard the sailing ship Lady Washington in Marina del Rey for a few days in April 1994. Her Starfleet uniform was later sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay  as well as her costume as double for Gates McFadden aboard the sailing ship.  Her costume as double for Gwynyth Walsh cost $10.000. (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", p. 87)
In 2011, Straczynski wrote the foreword titled \\"1,800 Non-Libelous Words About Patricia Tallman\\" for Tallman's autobiography \\"Pleasure Thresholds Patricia Tallman's Babylon 5 Memoir\\". He described himself as fan of scary movies and zombie films and saw Tallman for the first time in the 1990 horror remake Night of the Living Dead. He became fascinated by her performance and specifically wrote the part of Leonora Holt in the Murder, She Wrote 1992 episode \\"Incident in Lot 7\\" for her but was told by the casting department that Tallman was unavailable and the role was cast with actress Paula Prentiss. The same year, Straczynski again wrote a part specifically for Tallman, the role of the Psi Corps telepath Lyta Alexander in \\"The Gathering\\", the pilot episode of Babylon 5.
Tallman had a second meeting with director Adam Nimoy on set of the Babylon 5 episode \\"Passing Through Gethsemane\\" after he directed her in the TNG episode \\"Timescape\\". She remembered \\"When it came time to shoot it, however, Adam Nimoy, who was directing this ep, shot it all in profile. He made it clear he didn't trust or like me very much as an actor. I think it was because he had worked with me as a stunt person on Star Trek and couldn't accept that people can have skills in different disciplines.\\" (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", p. 133) Tallman also regrets that she had no screen time with actor Brad Dourif who guest starred in this episode. On the set of Babylon 5, Tallman met co-star Jeffrey Willerth, who played the Vorlon Kosh, was Bruce Boxleitner's stand-in as well as PA and assistant to John Copeland, and married him on 28 August 1999. The marriage was held by fellow B5 star Peter Jurasik. They divorced on 12 March 2008.
Throughout the following years Straczynski and Tallman only met occasionally at the funerals of fellow B5 cast members Andreas Katsulas, Richard Biggs, Johnny Sekka, and Jeff Conaway. In 2010 they reconnected and became friends again. That also led into working together. In 2012, Straczynski launched his own production company Studio JMS and Tallman became CEO and Executive Producer of the company, bringing in her business skills and experiences with \\"Talent to Go\\".
Following her work on \\"The Gathering\\", Tallman played a lead part in Star Runners, a science fiction pilot by Foundation Imaging which ultimately did not went into production. She doubled Elizabeth McGovern in the 1993 drama Me and Veronica, Joan Severance in the television thriller Lake Consequence (1993), Laura Dern's skeleton fall and car stunt work 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). About her work for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Jurassic Park, Tallman remembered her stunts scenes in the end of the movie when she fell off the dinosaur skeletons. She wasn't able to use pads because of the short pants Dern's character was wearing in these scenes. She went home and was shocked by the bruises and hematomas. On the next day at the makeup trailer she asked for someone to cover these hematomas for her scenes and from the P.A. to the assistant directors, even the special effects guys came to see them. \\"They had to call in a specialty makeup person who used paints on my body, then airbrushed my legs back to flesh colored. Thank god. It worked\\". (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", pp. 155-157)
Tallman earned a certification from the British Society of Fight Directors, studying with B.H. Barry and tested by Patrick Crean. She continued to perform stunts in productions such as a Talk Show Stunt Guest in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), as a 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 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), appeared 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 stunt double for Angela Lansbury in the television movie Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle (2003, with Fionnula Flanagan, Cyril O'Reilly, W. Morgan Sheppard, her \\"Starship Mine\\" co-star Tim de Zarn, and Justin Sundquist), as 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). The stunt work on Karla was Tallman's last \\"full stunt work\\" in television and film. She remembered that the stair film on this film caused a serious injury of her leg and knee and she was treated in hospital. Her leg has never been the same again. (\\"Pleasure Thresholds\\", p. 142)
Outside of her acting career, she co-founded and is heading, along with fellow actress Judy Kain, the company Talent To Go, a marketing and auditioning service for actors in Los Angeles. Tallman is also a leading fundraiser for Penny Lane for over twenty years, a center for abused children in California. She was brought in by fellow stuntwoman Spice Williams-Crosby and is mainly working with the North Hills campus of teens from twelve to eighteen.  For over ten years she is also part of Penny Lane's \\"Be a Santa\\" event. 
Tallman can be seen as the female murder victim Vivian Marchand in the second episode of the third season of Castle, titled \\"He's Dead, She's Dead\\" (2010) on which Dennis Madalone worked as stunt coordinator and Rob Bowman as producer. 
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Patricia Tallman Age, Wikipedia, Family, Height, Net Worth & Biography - Patricia Tallman (Patricia J. Tallman) was born on 4 September, 1957 in Pontiac, Illinois, United States, is an ActressStuntwoman.
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Army of Darkness (1992) [Possessed Witch]: Shot in the head with a shotgun by Bruce Campbell after she levitates and reveals herself as one of the Deadites. (Thanks to The Ghoul)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Battle Lines (1993) [Nima]: Killed several times fighting the Nol-Ennis on a penal moon in the Gamma Quadrant but was revived every time due to artificial microbes.
As a former professional stuntwoman, Tallman doubled several actresses during their death scenes, including: 1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (1998) [Stunt double: Annette Helde (as Nadia Larkin)]: Killed on AR-558 when shot in the back by a Jem'Hadar force. 1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1998) [Stunt double: Louise Fletcher (as Winn Adami)]: Thrown against a wall and the engulfed in flames and killed by Dukat in the Bajoran fire caves.
Patricia Tallman, Actress: Night of the Living Dead. When she portrayed "Lyta Alexander" in the Hugo Award-winning sci-fi series Babylon 5 (1993), Patricia Tallman was the most powerful telepath in the universe. Seems fitting, considering that the actress knew she was going to be in show business at the early age of two. It was then that she first appeared with her father, Jerry, on his ...
Patricia is a long-time collaborator of Tom Savini and George A. Romero, having worked with them for many years throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Patricia has performed in 2 films listed in the Library of Congress National Film Registry Listing; Forrest Gump and Jurassic Park. View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro.