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Gates McFadden

Gates McFaddenAKA Cheryl Gates McFadden

Born: 2-Mar-1949 [1]
Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dr. Crusher on Star Trek: TNG

Gates McFadden showed an early interest in dance, beginning dance and tap lessons at age three. During college at Brandeis University, she took time off to go to France and study under famed choreographer and drama coach Jacques Lecoq. She has taught "the Lecoq method" at the University of Southern California, New York University, and Brandeis. She dropped her first name after earning her first few credits as a muppet choreographer, working with Jim Henson on The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and The Muppets Take Manhattan (which also featured her first on-screen appearance as an actress, playing Dabney Coleman's secretary).

As Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, McFadden cured strange new diseases and mothered the perpetually adolescent Wesley (Wil Wheaton). She left the show after its first season, and Dr. Crusher was written away as having been named head of Star Fleet Medical. Diana Muldaur beamed aboard as Dr. Kate Pulaski, but Muldaur disappeared when McFadden/Crusher returned for the third and subsequent seasons. McFadden played doctors in her most famous roles, on Star Trek and the soap opera All My Children. Since ST:TNG ended she has been involved with Doctors Without Borders. As of 2005, she is living in the south of France, restoring an old theater.


[1] There is much dispute over both the day and year of Gates' birth, sometimes given as March 2, August 26, or August 28 in 1949, 1952, 1953 or later. During the run of The Next Generation the date given by Paramount was August 26, 1953. At a March 1995 Star Trek convention Gates admitted that her real birthday is March 2, but had claimed August 26 as she did not want to publicize her actual birthdate. Most recent sources have settled the year being 1949, based on her graduation from Brandeis in 1970.

Husband: John C. Talbot
Son: James Cleveland McFadden-Talbot (b. 10-Jun-1991)

    University: BA Theater Arts, Brandeis University (1970)

    Appendectomy Hawaii
    Risk Factors: Appendicitis

    TELEVISION
    Mad About You Allison Rourke (1995-96)
    Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Beverly Crusher (1987-94)
    All My Children Dr. Lisa Mallory (1988)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Make the Yuletide Gay (17-May-2009)
    Dirty (9-Nov-2005) · Wife
    Star Trek: Nemesis (9-Dec-2002) · Beverly Crusher
    Star Trek: Insurrection (11-Dec-1998) · Beverly
    Crowned and Dangerous (21-Sep-1997)
    Star Trek: First Contact (22-Nov-1996) · Beverly
    Star Trek: Generations (18-Nov-1994) · Beverly
    Taking Care of Business (17-Aug-1990) · Diane
    The Hunt for Red October (2-Mar-1990) · Caroline Ryan
    Inside the Labyrinth (1986) · Herself
    When Nature Calls (13-Sep-1985)
    The Muppets Take Manhattan (13-Jul-1984) · Mr. Price's Secretary


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