Terry Farrell (actress)
Terry Farrell in 2013
|Born||Theresa Lee Farrell
(1963-11-19) November 19, 1963
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Brian Baker (m. 2002; 1 son Max)|
Theresa Lee “Terry” Farrell (born November 19, 1963) is an American former actress and fashion model. She is best known for her performances in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Jadzia Dax, and in Becker as Regina Kostas.
Farrell was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Kay Carol Christine (Bendickson) and Edwin Francis Farrell, Jr. Later, her mother married David W. Grussendorf, who adopted Terry and her sister, Christine. In 1978, she left her hometown for a summer in Mexico City as a foreign exchange student. She has since been fond of big cities, so in her junior year of high school, the nearly six feet tall Farrell submitted her image to the Elite modeling agency in New York City. Shortly after, at the age of 16, she was summoned to New York City and, within two days of arriving, had an exclusive contract with Mademoiselle.
After 18 months of modeling, she studied acting with Kate McGregor Stewart while still modeling on the side. Her first major roles were in the short-lived 1983 television series Paper Dolls playing a model and in the feature film Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield. In the spring of 1989, she began studying acting with Stella Adler and appeared in a number of guest-starring roles in series like 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 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 she was replaced by Nancy Travis.
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 has retired from acting to concentrate on her family. She lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her husband, former Sprint Corporation spokesman Brian Baker (a.k.a. the Sprint Guy) and their son, Max. She enjoys sewing and yoga. Farrell has appeared with her husband at the Hershey Area Playhouse in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in a production of A. R. Gurney‘s Love Letters. In an interview in 2011, she said that she and Deep Space Nine co-star, Michael Dorn, have always been good friends.
|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|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Laurie Caswell||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1984||Spencer||Sally||Episode: “The World’s Worst Date”|
|1985||Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show||Nicki Phillips||Episode: “The Younger Woman”|
|1986||Beverly Hills Madam||Julie Tyler||TV film|
|1986||Deliberate Stranger, TheThe Deliberate Stranger||Katie Hargreaves||TV film|
|1986||Twilight Zone, TheThe 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|
|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)|