Nana Visitor

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Nana Visitor
Nana Visitor by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Visitor in March 2018
Born Nana Tucker
(1957-07-26) July 26, 1957 (age 61)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s)
Nick Miscusi
(m. 1989; div. 1994)

Alexander Siddig
(m. 1997; div. 2001)

Matthew Rimmer
(m. 2003)
Children 2

Nana Tucker (/nəˈnɑː/ nə-NAH;[1] born July 26, 1957), known professionally as Nana Visitor, is an American actress, known for playing Kira Nerys in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Jean Ritter in the television series Wildfire.

Early life[edit]

Nana Tucker was born July 26, 1957 in New York City,[2] the daughter of Nenette Charisse, a ballet teacher, and Robert Tucker, a choreographer; she is a niece of actress/dancer Cyd Charisse.[3]

Career[edit]

Visitor began her acting career in the 1970s on the Broadway stage in such productions as My One and Only.[4] Her film debut (billed by her birth name Nana Tucker) came in the 1977 horror film The Sentinel. On television, Visitor co-starred in the short-lived 1976 sitcom Ivan the Terrible, and from 1978 to 1982 had short-lived regular roles on three soap operas: Ryan's Hope, The Doctors and One Life to Live. She adopted the stage name "Nana Visitor" in the early 1980s.[5]

In 1984, she appeared in Season 2, Episode 3 of Hunter. In 1985, Visitor made an appearance in the television series MacGyver, in the season one episode "Hellfire" as Laura Farren, and in the season two episode "DOA: MacGyver" as Carol Varnay. Visitor also made an appearance in the 1985 season 4, episode 3 Remington Steele episode titled "Steele Blushing." In 1986, she appeared in "Hills of Fire", a fourth-season episode of Knight Rider. In 1986, she also made an appearance in Highway to Heaven as Margret Swann in season 3, episode 6 "Love at Second Sight" and season 3, episode 8 "Love and Marriage, Part II".

In 1987, Visitor appeared as Ellen Dolan in a failed television pilot for Will Eisner's pulp comic creation The Spirit starring Sam J. Jones as the title character and Garry Walberg as her father, Commissioner Dolan.

Visitor at STICCon XVIII (2004)

In 1988, she made a guest appearance on the sitcom Night Court as a mental patient who is obsessed with the movies. That same year, she made a guest appearance on the television series In the Heat of the Night as the owner of the Sparta newspaper. She also made a guest appearance that year in an episode of Matlock. In 1989, Visitor appeared as a guest on the fifth episode of the television series Doogie Howser, M.D. as Charmagne, a rock star who has a throat nodule removed at Doogie's hospital, and as Miles Drentell's glamorous girlfriend, in "Success", a 1989 episode of Thirtysomething's second season.

In 1990, Visitor co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the short-lived sitcom Working Girl, which was based on the feature film of the same name.

From 1993–1999, Visitor appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Major (later Colonel) Kira Nerys, a former freedom fighter/terrorist from the planet Bajor, who fought against the occupation of her world by the Cardassians. After the occupation ended, she was appointed as first officer to the series' eponymous space station, built by the Cardassians and turned over to Starfleet management.

After DS9 ended, Visitor had a recurring role as villain Dr. Elizabeth Renfro on the television series Dark Angel and starred as Roxie Hart in the touring and Broadway companies of the musical Chicago.[6] Visitor was then cast as Jean Ritter on the ABC Family series Wildfire, which premiered on June 20, 2005.

In 2008, she appeared as Emily Kowalski, a dying cancer patient in "Faith", an episode of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica's fourth season. Visitor had a small role as Pamela Voorhees in the 2009 version of Friday the 13th. She has also lent her voice in a few guest appearances on the sitcom Family Guy, such as Rita in the episode "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag" and as the voice of the Enterprise in "Extra Large Medium". In 2011, she had a small part in the Hammer Horror film The Resident playing the realtor. She appeared in Torchwood: Miracle Day episodes 7 ("Immortal Sins") and 8 ("End of the Road").[7] In 2012, she appeared as Dr. Patty Barker, a canine psychotherapist, in "An Embarrassment of Bitches", a season four episode of ABC's Castle.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Visitor was married to Nick Miscusi from 1989 to 1994.[9] They have one child together.[10] Visitor began dating her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star Alexander Siddig, and married him in June 1997. They divorced in April 2001.[11] They had a son together, and her pregnancy was incorporated into her character and the series storyline, beginning in the 1996 fourth season episode "Body Parts".[12][13] She gave birth to her son Django on September 16, 1996, during production of the episode "The Assignment", though her character would remain pregnant until the fifth season episode "The Begotten".[14] In early 2002, Visitor became engaged to Matthew Rimmer, company manager for the musical Chicago, and they wed in April 2003.[11]

Visitor and her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star, Terry Farrell, were honoured in 2001 when William Kwong Yu Yeung named two Small Solar System bodies he had discovered in their names – asteroid 26733 Nanavisitor and asteroid 26734 Terryfarrell.[15][16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Sentinel Girl
2008 Swing Vote Galena Greenleaf
2009 Friday the 13th Pamela Voorhees
2011 The Resident Realtor
2015 A Rising Tide Eva
2015 Ted 2 Adoption agent

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978–1979 Ryan's Hope Nancy Feldman
1985 Hunter Amy Laurton Episode: "The Biggest Man In Town"
1985 MacGyver Laura Farren Episode: "Hellfire"
1986 Knight Rider Sandra Rusk
1986 Highway to Heaven Margaret Swann Two episodes
1987 MacGyver Carol Varnay Episode: "D.O.A.: MacGyver"
1987 Matlock Vanessa Douglas Episode: "The Best Friend"
1988 Night Court Ms. Sanders Episode: "Educating Rhoda"
1988 In the Heat of the Night Evie Episode: "Fate"
1989 Matlock Erin Whitley / Shannon Blackwell Episode: "The Other Woman"
1989 Doogie Howser, M.D. Charmagne Episode: "The Short Goodbye"
1990 Working Girl Bryn Newhouse
1990 Murder, She Wrote Marcia McPhee Episode: "See You In Court, Baby"
1993 Matlock Dr. Clara Farmington Episode: "The Divorce"
1993–1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kira Nerys OFTA Television Award for Best Actress in a Syndicated Series
1998 The Outer Limits Cecilia Fairman Episode: "In Our Own Image"
2001 Dark Angel Elizabeth Renfro Six episodes
2003 Frasier Sharon Episode: "Daphne Does Dinner"
2004 According to Jim Veronica Episode: "Who's the Boss?"
2005–2008 Wildfire Jean Ritter
2008 Battlestar Galactica Emily Kowalski Episode: "Faith"
2009–2014 Family Guy Rita/Brenda Quagmire/Nancy Pelosi/Justin's Mom/Kate's Mom 12 episodes
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Olivia Colosanto Episodes: "Immortal Sins", "End of the Road"
2011 Grimm Melissa Wincroft Episode: "Beeware"
2017 Dynasty Diana Davis Episode: "Company Slut"

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 My One and Only Flounder Broadway
2001 Chicago Velma Kelly, replacement

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Harbinger Kira Nerys
2000 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen Kira Nerys
2018 Star Trek Online - Victory is Life Kira Nerys

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Full Out Xan Featured cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherr, Ian (September 8, 2016). "'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' star Nana Visitor had one wish as Nerys". CNET. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Nana Visitor. TV Guide. accessed September 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Nana Visitor Biography (1957-)". Film Reference. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "Nana Visitor". Retrieved 28 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "Nana's Bio". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth (8 May 2001). "Nana Visitor Is Foxy Roxie Hart in Bway's Chicago Beginning May 8". Playbill. Retrieved 28 July 2018. 
  7. ^ "Horror Flicks". Doctor Who Magazine (435). June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ep 13 – An Embarrassment of Bitches". Castle TV on ABC & TNT. December 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (August 16, 1993). "Winner by a Nose". People. 
  10. ^ James P Coree (18 May 2015). "TABNation PSA - Nana Visitor" – via YouTube. 
  11. ^ a b "Nana's Bio". Nanavision. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  12. ^ Erdmann, Terry J. and Block, Paula M. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. Pocket Books. 2000. pp. 351–352.
  13. ^ "Body Parts". startrek.com. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  14. ^ Erdmann and Block; Page 407
  15. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". nasa.gov. 
  16. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". nasa.gov. 

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