Terry Farrell (actress)

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Terry Farrell
Terry Farrell Photo Op GalaxyCon Richmond 2019.jpg
Farrell at GalaxyCon Richmond in 2019
Theresa Lee Farrell

(1963-11-19) November 19, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1983–2003, 2017–present
(m. 2002; div. 2015)

(m. 2018)

Theresa Lee "Terry" Farrell (born November 19, 1963) is an American actress and fashion model. She played the role of Jadzia Dax in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and appeared in the comedy series Becker as Regina "Reggie" Kostas.

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1]


Farrell at the 2009 London Expo

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 decided to leave 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).[2]

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 she was replaced by Nancy Travis.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 the fan film web series Renegades, which strips mention of Star Trek for legal purposes.

Personal life[edit]

Farrell retired from acting to concentrate on her family.[3] She lived in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her husband, former Sprint Corporation spokesman Brian Baker (a.k.a. the Sprint Guy) and their son, Max.[4] She enjoys sewing[5] and yoga.[3] Farrell appeared with Baker at the Hershey Area Playhouse in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in a production of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters.[4] Farrell and Baker have been divorced since December 2015.[6]

In an interview in 2011, she said that she and Deep Space Nine co-star Michael Dorn have always been good friends.[7]

In August 2017, it was reported that she was in a relationship with Adam Nimoy[8] and Farrell confirmed on Twitter that they were engaged.[9] Farrell and Nimoy were married in San Francisco on March 26, 2018, on what would have been Leonard Nimoy’s eighty-seventh birthday.[10]

Farrell and her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star Nana Visitor were honoured 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.[11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Back to School Valerie Desmond
1987 Off the Mark 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
2002 Psychic Murders Macy Video


Year Title Role Notes
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: "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
2017 Renegades Jada TV Series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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)


  1. ^ "Terry Farrell profile". Bellazon. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Erdmann, Terry J. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, Pocket Books, 2000, pg. 586.
  3. ^ a b "Star Trek". StarTrek.com.
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ "Biography". Startrek.com. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  6. ^ "Kevin Hall's Movie Moments: Star Trek Themes Special - With DS9'S Terry Farrell". September 11, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Star Trek". StarTrek.com.
  8. ^ "TNG Cast Celebrates 30 Years at STLV17". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Terry Farrell, Twitter
  10. ^ "Leonard Nimoy's Son Got Married to a Star Trek Star on His Father's Birthday".
  11. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". nasa.gov.
  12. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". nasa.gov.

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