Farah Forky, the actress best known for playing a helicopter pilot on NBC’s comedy series “Wings,” died at her Texas home on Friday. She was 54 years old.
Her mother, Beverly Talmage, confirmed her death and said in a statement that her daughter had been diagnosed with cancer for several years.
Forky played the charismatic pilot Alex Lambert in three seasons of “wings,” which aired from 1990 to 1997 and followed the adventures of strange characters in a small airport in Nantucket.
Joe and Brian Hackett (Tim Daly and Stephen Webber) battled her character’s feelings, running a one-plane airline.
On Instagram, Weber describe it Forke “is tough, fun, beautiful, and sturdy as her character ‘Alex’ on Wings.”
Farrah Rachel Forkey was born on January 12, 1968, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to her father, Chuck Forkey and Beverly (Mendelsky) Forkey. It was named after Farrah Fawcett, a family friend who was not a well-known actress at the time Forky was born.
“They just loved the name,” Forky told the Dallas Morning News in 1993.
Forke began her acting career with a role in the Texas production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. In 1989, she moved to New York, where she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theater and Film in Manhattan.
Her acting career took off when she joined “Wings” as the smart and sassy Alex.
“I don’t mind playing beautiful women,” Forky told the Dallas Morning News. “But I mind playing bimbo. Alex is definitely a sexy woman. But she is also focused, and there are a lot of qualities that people will like.”
The show, created by “Cheers” and “Frasier” writers David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee, ran 172 episodes and was a mainstay of the NBC schedule for years. Also participating in the show were Crystal Bernard, Tony Shalhoub and Thomas Haden Church.
From 1994 to 1995, Forky had a recurring role as attorney Mason Drake in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” on ABC.
Her other television acting roles include: Dweebs, Mr. Rhodes” and “Party of Five.” After making her debut in 1991’s Brain Twisters, she appeared in Barry Levinson’s “Disclosure” (1994) and Michael Mann’s “Heat” (1995).
Later in her career, she provided the voice of Big Barda in the DC Animated Universe TV series “Batman Beyond” and “Justice League Unlimited”.
Forky had health problems related to leakage from silicone breast implants, which she had implanted in 1989. She removed them in 1993 and then sued a year later against the manufacturer and her doctor for damages, stating that neither the implant makers nor Her doctor correctly warned her of the potential complications, according to Associated Press.
In addition to her mother, Forky is survived by her two twin sons, Chuck and Wight Forky; her stepfather, Chuck Talmag; and three sisters, Paige Inglis, Jennifer Sailor and Maggie Talmag.
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