Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

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!
  • Visit Pancan.org to support the Trek against Pancreatic Cancer

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the notifications button to be updated when we go live or upload our next video!

Support Trek Untold by checking out our merchandise at https://teespring.com/stores/trekuntold or become a Patreon at Patreon.com/TrekUntold.

Trek Untold is sponsored by Triple-Fiction Productions, a US-based company that 3-D prints Trek-inspired prop replicas for fan films and cosplayers, as well as accessories and playsets for all iterations of Trek figures through the years. Visit them at Triple-Fictionproductions.net.

Don't forget to subscribe to the show and leave a rating if you like us!

The views expressed on air during Trek Untold do not represent the views of the RAGE Works staff, partners, or affiliates.

Follow Trek Untold on Social Media

Follow Nerd News Today on Social Media

Trek Untold is sponsored by Treksphere.com, powered by the RAGE Works Podcast Network, and affiliated with Nerd News Today.

Check Out Some of the Other Shows on the RAGE Works Network