01-23 Happy birthday to Lanei Chapman, Born: January 23, 1973.
Chapman first appeared on television at the age of 13 in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial. She went on to appear in a number of films and television shows, including White Men Can’t Jump, Seinfeld, The Wonder Years and China Beach.
She made her debut in the series Space: Above and Beyond during the pilot episode, playing main cast character Lt. Vanessa Damphousse. While filming the pilot and the early part of the series, Chapman was on a leave of absence from a post-graduate film production programme at the University of Southern California.
Lanei Chapman is the actress who portrayed Ensign Sariel Rager in four Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes. She first appeared in the fourth season episode “Galaxy’s Child” for which she filmed her scenes between Monday 17 December 1990 and Wednesday 19 December 1990 on Paramount Stage 8. She returned for another fourth season episode, “Night Terrors” for which she filmed her scenes on Monday 14 January 1991 and Tuesday 15 January 1991 on Paramount Stage 8. Two years later, in 1992, she reprised her role for the sixth season episodes “Relics” and “Schisms”.
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