Terry Farrell (actress)
Theresa Lee Farrell
November 19, 1963
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
|Years active||1983–2003, 2017–present|
(m. 2002; div. 2015)
Theresa Lee Farrell (born November 19, 1963) is an American actress and fashion model. She is best known for her roles as Jadzia Dax in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and as Regina "Reggie" Kostas in the comedy series Becker.
Farrell was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Kay Carol Christine (née Bendickson) and Edwin Francis Farrell, Jr. Later, her mother married David W. Grussendorf, who adopted Terry and her sister, Christine.
In her junior year of high school, the almost six-foot-tall Farrell submitted her image to the Elite modeling agency in New York City. Shortly after, at the age of 16, she was invited to New York City and, within two days of arriving, had an exclusive contract with Mademoiselle. She went on to appear on the covers of the Italian and German editions of Vogue, and was also featured in numerous editorials for American Vogue.
After 18 months of modeling, she studied acting while still modeling on the side. Her first major roles were in the short-lived 1984 television series Paper Dolls, playing a model, and in the feature film Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield, playing love interest to Keith Gordon’s character.
In 1989, she began studying acting with Stella Adler and appeared in a number of guest-starring roles in series, including Quantum Leap and The Cosby Show. In 1992, she played Cat in a second pilot for a U.S. version of Red Dwarf, which was not picked up.
Soon after the Red Dwarf USA project folded, she was offered a lead role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Farrell starred as Jadzia Dax, the space station's Starfleet science officer, a character from an alien species known as the Trill, who is host to a 300-year-old symbiont, and can draw upon the memories and knowledge of the symbiont's seven previous hosts. The series debuted in January 1993. When she left the show at the end of the sixth season, Paramount killed off Farrell's "host" character (though continuing the "symbiont" character in a new Dax host, played by Nicole DeBoer).
Farrell then co-starred on Paramount's television comedy series Becker. She played Regina "Reggie" Kostas, foil and love interest to Ted Danson's John Becker, for four years and 94 episodes, before her character was written out of the show. Farrell told the Tampa Bay Times that she was fired from the show just after the season-four cliffhanger finale aired. She told the paper that she was completely surprised by the firing.
Farrell also provided the voice of Six of One in the animated short film Tripping the Rift, which eventually became a Sci-Fi Channel TV series with other actors providing the voice of Six. First released independently on the Internet, Tripping the Rift originally featured Patricia Beckmann as the voice of Six and was replaced by Farrell's voice for an episode of the Sci-Fi Channel's short film series Exposure, in which Farrell was guest host. Farrell's version of Six was heard only once on television.
Farrell retired in 2002 after marrying actor Brian Baker. They divorced in 2015, and Farrell played a role in the web-released fan film Star Trek: Renegades. She is expected to appear in the same role in episodes of Renegades, which strips mention of Star Trek for legal purposes.
Farrell retired from acting to concentrate on her family. She lived in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her husband, former Sprint Corporation spokesman Brian Baker and their son, Max. She enjoys sewing and yoga. Farrell appeared with Baker at the Hershey Area Playhouse in Hershey, in a production of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters. Farrell and Baker have been divorced since December 2015.
In August 2015, she was reportedly in a relationship with Adam Nimoy and Farrell confirmed on Twitter that they were engaged. Farrell and Nimoy were married in San Francisco on March 26, 2018, on what would have been Leonard Nimoy's 87th birthday.
Farrell and her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star Nana Visitor were honored in 2001 when William Kwong Yu Yeung named two small Solar System bodies he had discovered after them – asteroid 26734 Terryfarrell and asteroid 26733 Nanavisitor.
|1986||Back to School||Valerie Desmond|
|1987||Off the Mark / Crazy Legs||Jenell Johnson|
|1992||Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth||Joanne "Joey" Summerskill|
|1994||Red Sun Rising||Det. Karen Ryder|
|1998||Reasons of the Heart||Maggie Livingston|
|2000||Deep Core||Allison Saunders|
|2000||Tripping the Rift||Six of One||Short film|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Laurie Caswell||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1984||Spencer||Sally||Episode: "The World's Worst Date"|
|1985||The Cosby Show||Nicki Phillips||Episode: "The Younger Woman"|
|1986||Beverly Hills Madam||Julie Tyler||TV film|
|1986||The Deliberate Stranger||Katie Hargreaves||TV film|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Marsha Cole||Episode: "The After Hours"|
|1986||Family Ties||Liz Obeck||Episode 100: "The Big Fix"|
|1991||Mimi & Me||Mimi Molloy||TV film|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Lt. Lisa Sherman||Episode: "A Leap For Lisa"|
|1992||Grapevine||Laurie||Episode: "The Allison and Ken Story"|
|1992||Red Dwarf||Cat||TV film (U.S. Pilot)|
|1993||Danielle Steel's Star||Elizabeth||TV film|
|1993–1998||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Jadzia Dax||Main role (148 episodes)|
|1998||Legion||Major Agatha Doyle||TV film|
|1998–2002||Becker||Regina "Reggie" Kostas||Main role (94 episodes)|
|2000||One True Love||Dana Boyer||TV film|
|2002||Crossing the Line||Laura Mosbach||TV film|
|2002||Gleason||Marilyn Taylor||TV film|
|2003||Code 11-14||Michelle Novack||TV film|
|1996||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger||Lt. Dax (voice)|
|1996||Treasure Quest||Spiritual Guide (voice)|
|2000||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen||Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax (voice)|
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- Erdmann, Terry J. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, Pocket Books, 2000, pg. 586.
- "Terry Farrell faces a "Becker'-free future". Tampa Bay Times. September 3, 2005. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
- ""Becker" Boots Terry Farrell". E! Online. 2002. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
- "Star Trek". StarTrek.com.
- Dunkle, David N. (February 12, 2009). "back to Work: Celebrity couple discover a home in Hershey". The Patriot-News. Harrisburg, PA. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- "Biography". Startrek.com. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
- "Kevin Hall's Movie Moments: Star Trek Themes Special - With DS9'S Terry Farrell". September 11, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
- "TNG Cast Celebrates 30 Years at STLV17". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
- "Leonard Nimoy's Son Got Married to a Star Trek Star on His Father's Birthday".
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". nasa.gov.
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