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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 November 1957Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameDenise Michelle Crosby
Nickname Pooky
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Denise Michelle Crosby was born on November 24, 1957 in Hollywood, California. Forming part of the extensive Crosby family dynasty, this striking leading actress, daughter of entertainer Dennis Crosby, has appeared in film and television since the early 1980s. A photo spread in a 1979 issue of Playboy magazine and a recurring role in the soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965) in 1980 allowed Denise to break through to stardom. She had a small role in 48 Hrs. (1982), playing a strong-minded lesbian, and parts in Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) (both critically unsuccessful). Her career began to pick up in the mid-1980s. She appeared in a variety of films and made-for-TV movies, including Stark (1985), Malice in Wonderland (1985) (playing Carole Lombard), Desert Hearts (1985), Eliminators (1986) and Miracle Mile (1988).

In 1987, Denise caught her big break playing Lieutenant Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Although not a huge role, the character allowed Denise to build a sizable fan base that exists to this day. In 1988, she left the series due to the diminishing size of her role, but returned as a guest star in the early 1990s. In 1989, she played the mother of a dead toddler who was brought back to life through an ancient curse in Stephen King's somewhat hokey horror novel film adaptation Pet Sematary (1989). Remaining in the horror genre, Denise played a similar role of a mother who discovers her young daughter's doll is evil in the Child's Play (1988) clone Dolly Dearest (1991).

The 1990s brought few opportunities to Denise, but she worked consistently, appearing in a television series in 1993, and made numerous guest appearances, including a couple of episodes of the raunchy cable series Red Shoe Diaries (1992), which were subsequently released on video. There were also roles in Relative Fear (1994), Mutant Species (1995), Dream Man (1995) and Executive Power (1997). More high-profile work arrived in the form of a small role in Jackie Brown (1997), playing a public defender, and a sizable part as a pregnant mother in the hit disaster movie Deep Impact (1998). She gained recognition as a "Star Trek" fan by producing and presenting Trekkies (1997) and its sequel Trekkies 2 (2004).

Since 2000, Denise has appeared on television in guest roles on The X-Files (1993), JAG (1995), The Agency (2001), Threat Matrix (2003), Eyes (2005) and Dexter (2006). She acted in the award-winning short film The Bus Stops Here (2003), had a leading role in the western/horror indie film Legend of the Phantom Rider (2002) and has recently appeared in a horror film by legendary genre director Tobe Hooper, Mortuary (2005). This capable actress continues to appear on television and in film. Best known for her "Star Trek" days, Denise embraces her fans often at conventions and was appearing opposite her husband Ken Sylk in the drama film Ripple Effect (2007).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (2)

Ken Sylk (1995 - present) (1 child)
Geoffrey Edwards (21 May 1983 - 1990) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Short blonde hair and blue eyes
Husky voice

Trivia (17)

Son, with Ken Sylk, named August Sylk (born 17 June 1998).
Granddaughter of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee
Daughter of Dennis Crosby and Marilyn Miller Scott.
Former daughter-in-law of Blake Edwards
Born out of wedlock, her mother, Marilyn Miller Scott, sued her father, Dennis Crosby, for paternity in a highly publicized trial. The suit was filed only days after Crosby married a Las Vegas showgirl.
Quit Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) during its first season due to the fact that there were not enough "action" scenes for her character, Lieutenant Tasha Yar.
Originally auditioned for the role of Counselor Deanna Troi, on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), but was hired as Lieutenant Tasha Yar instead.
Cousin of L. Chip Crosby Jr. and second cousin of Chris Crosby and Cathy Crosby.
Great-niece of Bob Crosby
Stepdaughter of Pat Sheehan.
Though her final appearance during the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) was Star Trek: The Next Generation: Skin of Evil (1988), the last episode she had filmed was Star Trek: The Next Generation: Symbiosis (1988), which aired the week before "Skin of Evil". At the conclusion of "Symbiosis", as Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden exit the Enterprise cargo bay, Crosby can be seen briefly in the distance waving goodbye to the camera before the doors close.
Half-sister of Gregory Crosby, Patrick Anthony Crosby and Dennis Michael Crosby Jr.
Distant cousin of Family Guy (1999) creator/star Seth MacFarlane.
Her family has worked with two generations of Clooneys. Her grandfather, Bing Crosby, appeared in White Christmas (1954) with Rosemary Clooney, and later toured with her in concert. Denise has appeared on Crossing Jordan (2001) with Clooney's son, Miguel Ferrer, who actually started his career as a drummer for Bing and Rosemary. Ferrer also appeared briefly in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), while Denise appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Was 19 years old when her famous grandfather died, but never met him.
Distant cousin of Milo Ventimiglia. Milo Ventimiglia's mother Carol Wilson's paternal grandmother was first cousin to Dixie Lee's mother (Dixie was Denise Crosby's grandmother).

Personal Quotes (3)

"Well I just think its ironic that Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise (1990) was, to me, my favorite episode that I did and was one of the fans' favorites of the series and that I had to die to actually get that episode written".
About leaving the show Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987): "Leaving the show was a really difficult decision to make. It was purely an artistic one. I was very, very frustrated as an actor on the show and I felt straight jacketed. I always kind of use the comparison of being drafted by the major leagues and then being benched so I just felt like I needed to keep going you know, keep running, but I had no idea that I would still have this continuous involvement (with Star Trek) you know".
On why she left Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987): "I wasn't looking to be the star of the show, but I needed more to do than just answering to the captain".

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