Denise Michelle Crosby has appeared in film and television since the early 1980s. A photo spread in a issue of Playboy magazine and a recurring role in the soap opera Days of Our Lives allowed Denise to break through to stardom.
Denise caught her big break playing Lieutenant Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation . The character allowed Denise to build a sizable fan base that exists to this day. In 1989, she played the mother of a dead toddler who was brought back to life through an ancient curse in Stephen King’s horror novel film adaptation Pet Sematary. 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 clone Dolly Dearest.
She continued to make numerous guest appearances, including a couple of episodes of the cable series Red Shoe Diaries , which were subsequently released on video. There were also roles in Relative Fear, Mutant Species, Dream Man, Executive Power, The X-Files, JAG, The Agency, Threat Matrix, Eyes and Dexter . More high-profile work arrived in the form of a small role in Jackie Brown , playing a public defender, and a sizable part as a pregnant mother in the hit disaster movie Deep Impact, a leading role in the western/horror indie film Legend of the Phantom Rider and has appeared in a horror film by legendary genre director Tobe Hooper, Mortuary.
Denise gained major recognition as a “Star Trek” fan by producing and presenting Trekkies and its sequel Trekkies 2.
Currently, Denise has a re-occuring role on season 4 and 5 of the award winning AMC mega hit The Walking Dead. She plays Mary of Terminus.
This capable actress continues to appear on television and in film. Best known for her “Star Trek” days, Denise warmly embraces her fans often at conventions.