Denise Crosby was born November 24, 1957.
Denise Michelle Crosby is the actress best known for playing Lieutenant Natasha “Tasha” Yar during the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Although she left before the end of the season, she returned to the role in later episodes and also played Sela, the Romulan daughter of Yar from an alternate timeline.
Crosby’s first high-profile role was as Lisa Davis on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. She has appeared as Dr. Gretchen Kelly in three episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and as a sheriff on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. episode “No Man’s Land”. In the early 1990s, she played the role of the mayor in the short-lived series Key West. She also appeared in two episodes of the cable television series Red Shoe Diaries, playing a different character in each episode. Crosby had a small recurring role in Aaron Spelling‘s prime time drama, Models Inc, a spin-off from Melrose Place. She was a guest star on the eighth season of The X-Files for two episodes, in which she plays a doctor who examined Agent Scully’s baby. In 1991, she was a guest star in “The Deadly Nightshade”, a first season The Flash episode as Dr. Rebecca Frost. In 2006, she was a guest star in Dexter as Dexter’s first victim. Crosby had a recurring role in Southland as Detective Dan “Sal” Salinger’s wife.
One of her first film appearances was in the 1982 Nick Nolte/Eddie Murphy film 48 Hrs. This was followed by a small role in the 1982 film Trail of the Pink Panther, which she reprised in the sequel Curse of the Pink Panther. In 1985, Crosby appeared in the music video for the Chris Isaak song “Dancin'”. In 1986, she appeared in the music video for the Black Sabbath‘s song “No Stranger to Love”. In the same year she played a robotics engineer, Nora Hunter, in the science fiction movie Eliminators. She starred in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, played the lead role in Dolly Dearest in 1991, and also appeared in Quentin Tarantino‘s Jackie Brown, and Deep Impact. Other film roles included the 2002 western horror film Legend of the Phantom Rider, and the 2005 Tobe Hooper horror film Mortuary.
Crosby has a recurring role on Showtime‘s 2013 series Ray Donovan. In 2014, she appeared in three episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead as Mary, a member of a group of cannibals. The character first appears in the penultimate episode of Season 4, “Us“, and made her final appearance in the season five premiere, “No Sanctuary“.
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