Denise Crosby created the role of Lt. Tasha Yar on one of the most popular TV series ever, “STAR TREK, THE NEXT GENERATION.” She later returned to play Tasha’s daughter “Sela,” a role she helped create.
Denise co-starred alongside Fisher Stevens and Jennifer Tilly in the Fox series, “KEY WEST,” and has played recurring roles on the acclaimed series, “NYPD BLUE,” “THE X-FILES,” “MAD MEN,” and “LOIS AND CLARK: THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.” She has guest starred in numerous TV series, most recently, “DEXTER,” “SCANDAL,” “CASTLE” and the recurring role of Mary in “THE WALKING DEAD.” Denise played Captain Susan Sallinger on the acclaimed series “SOUTHLAND” on TNT. She is currently recurring in the role of Deb on the series “RAY DONOVAN” for SHOWTIME starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, and “THE MAGICIANS” for SyFy.
She co-starred in Stephen King’s classic film, “PET SEMATARY.” Denise made her film debut in Walter Hills’ hit “48 Hours” and went on to work with Blake Edwards in “THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN”, and “SKIN
DEEP” with the late John Ritter. She teamed up with Quentin Tarentino in “JACKIE BROWN,” and Mimi Leder in “DEEP IMPACT.” Denise has worked in Indies films such as the Sundance Film Festival Winner “MIRACLE MILE” directed by Steve De Jarnette and “THE RED SHOE DIARIES” directed by Zalman King.
Denise received an Ovation nomination for Best Actress for her performance in “LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE” directed by Dorothy Lyman. She has done numerous plays, most notably the role of Tamara de Lempicka in the acclaimed play “TAMARA”. Richard Dreyfuss made his theatrical directing debut with Denise in “STOPS ALONG THE WAY.” Her most recent stage work includes two critically acclaimed plays directed by legendary acting teacher, Larry Moss, “EPITAPH FOR GEORGE DILLON” by John Osborne which opened in New York City and “BEGGARS IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY,” by John Patrick Shanley at Theater/Theatre in L.A. Denise was recently seen in “ORPHEUS DESCENDING” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Lou Pepe at Theatre/Theater, alongside actor Gale Harrold. The production was critically acclaimed, nominated for the 2010 L.A. Drama Desk Award for “Best Revival” and has been singled out in many “Best Of 2010” lists. She was last seen in the award-winning premiere of “HOUSE OF GOLD” directed by Gates McFadden at EST: LOS ANGELES, where she is a company member.
Denise has worn a different hat as Producer and Host of the feature documentary “TREKKIES” released by Paramount Pictures. The film reteams her with director Roger Nygard who directed her in the Indie comedy “HIGH STRUNG”, written by comedian Steve Oedekerk. They have also worked together on the sequel, “TREKKIES 2” currently out on Paramount Home Video.
Denise currently resides in Pacific Palisades with her husband, writer Ken Sylk, and their son, Augie.