Patricia Tallman

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Patricia Tallman

Born

9/4/1957, Saugatuck, Michigan

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When she portrayed "Lyta Alexander" in the Hugo Award-winning sci-fi series Babylon 5, Patricia Tallman was the most powerful telepath in the universe. Seems fitting, considering that the actress knew she was going to be in show business at the early age of two. It was then that…more

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  • Trivia

    • Her height is 5' 9" (1.75 m).

    • Pat's voice can be heard in the cartoon Babylon 5 parodies Frightspace and Grudgematch.

    • She spends time helping struggling actors prepare for the realities of the acting business, such as auditions techniques and to help get interviews with casting directors.

    • She was a student of Charles Nelson Reilly who mentored her in stage acting.

    • In 2001, Patricia appeared on stage in a production of The Vagina Monologues in Northridge California.

    • Jeffrey Willerth and Patricia Tallman were married on August 28, 1999. Jeffrey played the Vorlon ambassador Kosh on Babylon 5. They have a son, Julian.

    • Patricia dedicates a good deal of her free time doing fund-raising activities for the children of Penny Lane, a home for abused children in North Hills, California

    • Her first professional stage performance was in the off-Broadway hit "Big, Bad Burlesque" in New York City.

    • She earned her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University's theatre arts program in Los Angeles, California.

    • She started her acting career by performing in summer stock at the Red Barn Theatre in Saugatuck, Michigan at the age of 15.

    • Patricia started a business to help struggling actors and actresses with their marketing and audition techniques.

  • Quotes

    • Patricia Tallman: (talking about the misconception that all actors are overpaid) 90% of the actors you see on cable and on TV are in that range of "just barely making a living".

    • Patricia Tallman: (talking about the appeal of the "Babylon 5" characters) It's a tribute to Joe (Straczynski) for having written characters that have a real journey. Nobody is 100% good, no one is 100% bad. There's something likable about each of them and there's something hateful about each of them....or at least irritating.

    • Patricia Tallman: (talking about the passing of Andreas Katsulas) He was a tremendous person to work with and to have on the set.

    • Patricia Tallman: (talking about working with Walter Koenig on "Babylon 5") I would tease him a lot because his eyeline tended to be kind of at my chest level and a lot of my costumes were very low cut.

    • Patricia Tallman: (talking about her character "Lyta Alexander") I heard some folks describing her as having a Spock-like appeal.

    • Patricia Tallman: Lyta has sort of taken on a life of her own. I looked at as an actor looks at a role.

    • Patricia Tallman: (Describing the organization called "Penny Lane" that she's involved with) It's a home for kids who don't make it in regular foster care, they have been so abused, they just don't function normally.

    • Patricia Tallman: (When asked why she became a stuntwoman) I always wanted to be Errol Flynn. I had taken fencing lessons in college, and loved stage combat. When I got to New York, I took period sword technique classes, as a hobby. I met some stunt people in those classes and it all went downhill from there!

    • Patricia Tallman: (When asked what's in store for her after "Babylon 5" wraps up, she jokingly said) I've got an idea for a webpage called Lyta's Lingerie.

    • Patricia Tallman: I've never been afraid of being typecast as the tough chick in horror movies because being typecast means you're working.

    • Patricia Tallman: Stunts were my equivalent of a waitress job. I would do them for money, and did just enough to keep me going. But I would come home from those assignments in so much pain that I couldn't hold my son without wincing.

    • Patricia Tallman: The only job I ever turned down was a film for a small movie company where they wanted me to be totally naked. It was silly. I said, "You don't hire me for that; you hire a Playboy bunny." You need to get somebody who looks spectacular naked, and I don't.

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