Patricia Tallman

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Patricia Tallman
Patricia Tallman CoastCon 2012.jpg
Patricia Tallman, CoastCon 2012 - Biloxi, MS
Born Patricia J. Tallman [1]
(1957-09-04) September 4, 1957 (age 57) [1]
Pontiac, Illinois
USA [1]
Other names Pat J. Tallman
Pat Tallman [1]
Occupation Actress
Stuntwoman [1]
Years active 1984–present[1]
Website [1]

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

Early life[edit]

Patricia is the daughter of Jerry Tallman, a radio entertainer.[2] She is a 1975 graduate of Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois,[3] and received a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Theater Arts Program.[1]:p. 19


In television, Tallman worked on the soap opera, Generations. Later, she had guest-starring roles on Tales from the Darkside, and the science fiction shows Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Tallman played the character 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).[4]

In 1990, Tallman starred as Barbara in the Savini-directed remake of the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.[5] She also played the Possessed Witch under heavy make-up in the cult classic Army of Darkness. 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.[1] In a 2001 episode of the TV series Sheena guest starred as the villain Caroline Dula.[6]

Tallman's recent acting credits include the psychological horror short, Jennifer Is Dead, the black comedy For Pete's Wake, and guest spots on Without a Trace and Castle. Tallman later appeared in the 2009 horror film Dead Air, and in InAlienable (2008) Tallman plays Dr Klein, a crony of the evil scientist.[1] Tallman played Holly in Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012).[7]

Ms. 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'[8] and in some of the Anne Manx sequels (sold as radio plays on CD).[9]

In 2011, Tallman published her autobiography Pleasure Thresholds - Patricia Tallman's Babylon 5 Memoir.[1]

In 2012, Tallman became CEO and executive producer of Studio JMS in partnership with writer, director and producer J. Michael Straczynski.[10] With Studio JMS she is producing Sense8 for Netflix,[11] the Joe's Comics imprint at Image Comics, and the upcoming film The Flickering Light.

In May 2014, Tallman played the male role of Lespere in a theatrical production of Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope at Sci-Fest LA: the 1st Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival.[12]


Year Roles Role Note
1981 Knightriders Julie
1982 Stuck on You! Queen Quenevere
1988 Tales from the Darkside Janice Perry
Monkey Shines Party Guest
1989 Generations Christy Russel
Road House Bandstand Babe
Hard Time on Planet Earth Frances
1990 Night of the Living Dead Barbara Star character in first remake of seminal zombie movie
The Flash Kidnapper
1992 Army of Darkness Possessed Witch
Ring of the Musketeers Woman Imposter Made for TV movie
Sweet Justice Josie
1993 Babylon 5: The Gathering Lyta Alexander
Benefit of the Doubt Karen's Mother
Star Trek: The Next Generation Various roles Episodes Timescape, Starship Mine, Power Play
Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Nurse Tagana / Weapons Officer / Nima Episodes The Muse, The Way of the Warrior, Battle Lines
1994 Clifford Flight Attendant on Rolling Cart
1995 Babylon 5 Lyta Alexander Ongoing character
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Various Episodes Favorite Son, Basics: Part 1
2010 Castle Vivian Marchand (murder victim in the second episode of the second season) Uncredited

Personal life[edit]

Tallman in 2013.

Tallman is a leading fund-raiser for Penny Lane, a center for abused children in California.:p. 255 She has one child, a son named Julian.:p. 246 The actress met Jeffrey Willerth while filming the TV series Babylon 5. They were married in 1999 and divorced several years later.[1]:p. 250 Tallman dated the writer J. Michael Straczynski "for quite a while", ending in early 2013.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Tallman, Patricia (2011). Pleasure Thresholds. Publishing 180. ISBN 978-0-9821005-2-3. 
  2. ^ "Patricia Tallman Biography (1957-) in Film Reference website". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  3. ^ "1975 Glenbard West High Yearbook". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  4. ^ July 28, 2005 (2005-07-28). "Interview with Patricia Tallman on Slice of SciFi". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  5. ^ TRINITY OF TERRORS Updates & More!
  6. ^ "Sheena - Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Full cast and crew for Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012)". IMDb. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lives of the Cat". Radio Repertory Company of America. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "RRCA shows". Radio Repertory Company of America. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Dave, McNary (February 1, 2013). "Motion Picture Capital backs 'Flickering Light'". Variety. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "ONLY ON NETFLIX: SCI-FI GIANTS THE WACHOWSKIS AND J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TEAM-UP TO CREATE "SENSE8"". Press release. Netflix. March 27, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Angie Fiedler Sutton (May 8, 2014). "Science Fiction … Theatre?: Sci-Fest Launches With a Bang". Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Interesting JMS Facebook Posts & Tweets". JMSNews. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 

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