Born Name: Patricia J. Tallman
Date of Birth: September 4, 1957
Place of Birth: Pontiac, Illinois, United States
Other Names: Pat J. Tallman, Pat Tallman
Education: Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Height: 1.75 m
Spouse: Jeffrey Willerth (m. 1999–2008)
Children: Julian Tallman
Education: Glenbard West High School, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama
Patricia J. Tallman (born September 4, 1957) is an American actress, stunt performer, and studio executive best known for her starring roles in Night of the Living Dead and Babylon 5. She is the former CEO and executive producer of Studio JMS.
Patricia is the daughter of Jerry Tallman, a radio entertainer. She is a 1975 graduate of Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Theater Arts Program.:p. 19
In television, Tallman worked on the soap opera Generations. Later, she had guest-starring roles on Tales from the Darkside, as well as the science-fiction shows Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. As an actress and stunt performer, she worked on 50 episodes across the Star Trek franchise. Tallman played Lyta Alexander in the Babylon 5 series pilot, recurring in seasons two and three, and starring in seasons four and five. Tallman collaborated with fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus George A. Romero on several films, including Knightriders, Monkey Shines, and Creepshow 2 (in which Tallman performed stunts).
In 1990, Tallman starred as Barbara in the Tom Savini-directed remake of the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. In 1992, she played the Possessed Witch under heavy make-up in the cult classic Army of Darkness, as well as the Witch in the modern day scenes.
In 1993, Tallman's most notable stunt work came as stunt double for Laura Dern throughout Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. In addition, she served as stunt double for Laurel Holloman, who portrayed vampire hunter Justine Cooper in the series Angel, a photo of Tallman was also used as the photo of Justine Cooper's dead twin sister. In a 2001 episode of the TV series Sheena, she guest-starred as the villain Caroline Dula.
Tallman appeared in the 2002 psychological horror short, Jennifer Is Dead, the black comedy For Pete's Wake!, and guest spots on Without a Trace and Castle. Tallman appeared in InAlienable (2008) and the horror film Dead Air (2009). Tallman played Holly in Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012).
Tallman has performed voice roles including playing the leading part of evil detective Jean Richmond in the Radio Repertory Company of America's production of Lives of the Cat and in some of the Anne Manx sequels (sold as radio plays on CD).
In 2011, Tallman published her autobiography Pleasure Thresholds - Patricia Tallman's Babylon 5 Memoir.
In 2012, Tallman became CEO and executive producer of Studio JMS in partnership with her then-boyfriend, J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of the science fiction television series she first gained attention in, Babylon 5 (1993–1998). In 2013, she left the company.
In May 2014, Tallman played the male role of Lespere in a theatrical production of Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope at Sci-Fest LA: the First Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival.
In May 2015, Tallman played the wife in a comedy called A Logic Called Joe at the second Sci-Fest LA.
In 2016, Tallman started Quest Retreats, a VIP adventure excursion company with annual events in Hawaii, London, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Tallman met Andrea Rogantini when he was the executive chef at Prego Ristorante in Los Angeles. Rogantini is the father of her only child, a son named Julian Tallman.:p. 246 Tallman later met Jeffrey Willerth when she was acting on Babylon 5 (1993–1998), where he was as an associate producer. They were married in 1999, separated several years later and divorced in 2008.:p. 250
Tallman also met J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) when she was acting on Babylon 5, a series which he created. The two entered into a relationship sometime after Straczynski separated from his wife, Kathryn M. Drennan, in 2002. She served as CEO and executive producer of Studio JMS, leaving him and the studio in 2013.
Tallman is a leading fund-raiser for Penny Lane, a center for abused children in California.:p. 255 As of 2017, she has been leading their annual “Be a Santa Toy Drive” for more than 20 years.
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