Trek Untold Episode 71: Patricia Tallman, Actress & Stunt Performer on Star Trek TNG, DS9 & VOY
Patricia Tallman has done it all in her career as an actress and a stunt performer, but all of her accolades came with a hefty price.
In this episode of “Trek Untold,” we have a candid conversation with the spectacular Patricia Tallman, who performed stunts on TNG, DS9, Voyager, and the “Generations” film. She's also served as a double for Gates McFadden, Nana Visitor, Gwynyth Walsh, Daphne Ashbrook, and many others. She has also been a Starfleet officer, a Romulan, a Bajoran, a Klingon, and even her own new race in the TNG episode “Starship Mine.”
Through all of her successes and accomplishments, Patricia struggled with being an actress in Hollywood that greatly affected her mental and physical health. Years later, she came to terms with everything she had been through and ultimately discovered her true passion.
Patricia started in a small town playing Star Trek with her barbie dolls, which led her into the art of storytelling and the different ways she could express her feelings. We discussed her education in Carnegie Mellon, working with Tom Savini and George A. Romero through her career, memories of Tony Todd and the pranks she played on him during “Night of The Living Dead,” learning to perform stunts, and her first role as a stunt performer in “Road House” under instruction from Rowdy Harrington and Charlie Picerni (and the injury she had that made her first stunt even more difficult), doubling for Molly Ringwald in “The Stand” and that explosive stunt that went deadly wrong, and working with Steven Spielberg as Laura Dern's double in “Jurassic Park.“
From there, we discuss her Star Trek work, including fights with Nana Visitor, taking falls for Gates McFadden on generations, her first Trek stunt gig, Patricia's full role on “Starship Mine,” a fight scene with Tim Russ on “Invasive Procedures” that busted her wide open and left her with a crimson mask, doubling for Melinda Culea in The Outcast,” a repetitive stunt for Michelle Forbes that left Patricia badly bruised, and a whole lot more!
- Order Patricia's autobiography “Pleasured Thresholds” here – https://b5events.com/store/
- Check out Patricia's travel agency – QuestRetreats.com
- Support the Penny Lane charity through Patricia's “Be A Santa” program – https://beasanta.org
- Visit https://www.drivebydogooders.org/ to donate to the cause, and if you donate $35 or more, Lycia will send you an autographed picture. In the comments section where you donate, include your name and address and what pic you would like, and Lycia will send it on your way!
- Inside NY Comic Con During COVID-19: https://youtu.be/kQSxXhjBV78
- Visit Pancan.org to support the Trek against Pancreatic Cancer
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