Terry Farrell (actress)

Terry Farrell

Farrell at the Chiller Theatre Expo, 2013
Born Theresa Lee Farrell
(1963-11-19) November 19, 1963
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Residence Hershey, Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1983–2003, 2015–present
Spouse(s) Brian Baker (m. 2002; div. 2015)
Children 1

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

Early life

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.


Farrell at the 2009 London Expo.

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 1984 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).[1]

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.

Personal life

Farrell retired from acting to concentrate on her family.[2] She lived in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her husband, former Sprint Corporation spokesman Brian Baker (a.k.a. the Sprint Guy) and their son, Max.[3] She enjoys sewing[4] and yoga.[2] Farrell has appeared with her husband at the Hershey Area Playhouse in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in a production of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters.[3] Farrell and Baker have been divorced since December 2015.[5] In an interview in 2011, she said that she and Deep Space Nine co-star Michael Dorn have always been good friends.[6] In late 2016, Farrell announced that she was in a relationship with Adam Nimoy, and accompanied him on promotional duties for his documentary For the Love of Spock.

The asteroid 26734 Terryfarrell, discovered in 2001, was named in her honor by its discoverer William Kwong Yu Yeung.[7]



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 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

Video games

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. Erdmann, Terry J. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, Pocket Books, 2000. P 586.
  2. 1 2 "Star Trek". StarTrek.com.
  3. 1 2 Dunkle, David N. (12 February 2009). "back to Work: Celebrity couple discover a home in Hershey". The Patriot-News. Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  4. "Biography". Startrek.com. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  5. "Kevin Hall's Movie Moments: Star Trek Themes Special - With DS9'S Terry Farrell". 11 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  6. "Star Trek". StarTrek.com.
  7. "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". nasa.gov.
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