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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 August 1961Tullahoma, Tennessee, USA
Birth NameAllene Damian Walker
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ally Walker was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Actress Ally Walker studied biology and chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz and went on to work for a genetic engineering firm in San Francisco. While spending a semester at Richmond College of the Arts in London, Ally became interested in theater but did not pursue it in lieu of her education in the sciences. After graduating with a science degree, Ally continued to work in genetic engineering, but her life changed one day when a producer discovered her in an L.A. restaurant and cast her in her first project.

From that point on, Ally made her mark in both television and film, starring in daytime's Emmy-winning Santa Barbara (1984) and True Blue (1989), followed by the cult classic Singles (1992) and the action flick, Universal Soldier (1992). Ally then returned to TV, playing a private eye in the series Moon Over Miami (1993). It was during this time that Ally was offered the opportunity to test for both "Rachel" and "Monica" for NBC's Friends (1994), choosing instead to take on a different type of comedic role in the film Steal Big Steal Little (1995), starring alongside Andy Garcia and directed by Andrew Davis.

Although Walker has appeared in a number of big screen films, she is popularly remembered as "Ashley Bartlett Bacon", Peter Gallagher's girlfriend in While You Were Sleeping (1995). Her most notable role however, was that of "Dr. Samantha Waters" in Profiler (1996), where she played a forensic psychologist with a dark past. The show was a pioneer in what is now the forensic drama phenomenon, and combined the standard "whodunit" with an intuitive/psychic twist which changes the landscape of television. Many credit Profiler (1996) with paving the way for hit shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Medium (2005) and The Mentalist (2008). At the time, Walker was the only single female lead on network television and it ranked in the top ten in worldwide syndication for several years that followed its run.

Some have compared Ally to Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the film The Blind Side (2009), for making her documentary, "For Norman...Wherever You Are". Shot in 2005, it chronicles Ally's experience through the Los Angeles Foster Care System, a journey that she was inspired to take after helping a one-year-old baby and his mother get off the streets. The film exposes the errors in the system, but never loses sight of the fact that the system itself is necessary. This heartfelt project won Best Documentary Feature at the San Fernando Valley International Film Festival, as well as the Champion of Conscience Award at Wine Country Film Festival. Ally returned to the small screen in HBO's "Tell Me You Love Me" (2007), a show that holds a special place in her heart. It was an honest depiction of people in relationships, filled with scenarios that were tender and raw. "To explore intimacy in such an honest, brave way was a dream come true for me", Walker says. "I had been brought up on the films of the 1970s, and the material we were given on the show was sort of a throwback to a time when films were about people, not car explosions". Ally also continued to be seen on the big screen, most recently starring in Toe to Toe (2009) and Wonderful World (2009), alongside Matthew Broderick.

However, in a complete about face, Ally can now be seen as the sociopath, "ATF Agent June Stahl", on Sons of Anarchy (2008), FX's dramatic hit series. Originally cast for three episodes by the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, Ally has been recurring every year, and is now on her third season.

Walker has supported the Environmental Defense Fund and CYFC - Children Youth and Family Collaborative, among many other children's organizations. She resides in Santa Monica with her husband, three boys John Walker, William, Caleb, and her three dogs - Flora, Daisy and Flower, 2 mutts and a Rottweiler.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: MLC PR

Spouse (2)

John Landgraf (14 June 1997 - present) (3 children)
Craig Sexton (12 November 1985 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (9)

Raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 1989 she was Clairol's "Nice & Easy Girl".
Listed as one of People magazine's 40 most fascinating people on TV (1997).
Her mother was an attorney and her father a scientist. When Ally moved to California, she attended UC Santa Cruz with the original goal of becoming a physicist, following in her father's footsteps.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a son John Walker Landgraf on August 7, 1997. Child's father is her 2nd husband, John Landgraf.
Gave birth to her 2nd child, a son William Landgraf, with her 2nd husband John Landgraf.
Gave birth to her 3rd child, a son Caleb Landgraf, with her 2nd husband John Landgraf.
Graduated from St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the Class of 1979.
Returned to Sons of Anarchy (2008) (FX), season two as "ATF Agent June Stahl". She was also in Sleeper Cell (2005) (HBO?) as "Lynn Ellen Emerson", the mother of one of the cell members. [October 2009]

Personal Quotes (3)

I loved my soap days. I really loved them. A Martinez and Marcy Walker taught me how to act, basically. All those people pulled together and helped get me started. Like, showed me how to hit my mark, made me do this, made me do that. That was my first long-running professional gig. And it was like, they were just -- great, great with me.
I'm probably going to go more the feature film route for a while, just so I have more time on my hands. If I did go back to television, I'd do a comedy, a half hour. Or I'd go back on an hour long if it was ensemble, if I had a smaller role, if I could work less days. Being a main character and carrying an hour and being pregnant and having a new baby and a new marriage was like -- I'm tired. I've got to be honest with you, I'm really tired.
Well, I worked with Cameron Crowe, and I'd love to work with him again. Jim Brooks (James L. Brooks) has always been really cool to me, I wrote a script he wanted to do, and those are my two favorite directors, so far. There are a lot of good people, though -- I love Mark Illsley, who I just worked with on Happy, Texas (1999), and I'd work with him and Ed Dunagan in a heartbeat. There's a woman (Bronwen Hughes), who did Forces of Nature (1999), who I think is brilliant. She's from Toronto, and I'd love to work with her. I think she's really talented. I'd love to work with her.

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