Ally Walker

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Ally Walker
Born
Allene Damian Walker

(1961-08-25) August 25, 1961 (age 60)
OccupationActor
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1997)
Children3

Allene Damian "Ally" Walker (born August 25, 1961) is an American actress. She made her television debut in the NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara (1988) before landing the leading roles on the short-lived dramas True Blue (1989–1990), and Moon Over Miami (1993).

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During the 1990s, Walker had roles in films such as Universal Soldier (1992), Singles (1992), When the Bough Breaks (1994), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Kazaam (1996), and Happy, Texas (1999). From 1996 to 1999, she played the leading role of Doctor Samantha Waters in the NBC crime drama series Profiler , for which she received Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television nomination. She returned to television with a role in the HBO drama series Tell Me You Love Me (2007), and later played villainous Agent June Stahl in the FX crime drama, Sons of Anarchy (2008–2010). Walker also had the leading role in the short-lived Lifetime police drama series The Protector in 2011. During seasons 4 and 5 (2014 and 2015) of Longmire , she played Dr. Donna Monaghan, a therapist treating veterans who is the title character's love interest.

Early life

Walker was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee, to James Joseph Walker, a physicist, and Louhannah (née Mann) who would become an attorney. [1] [2] She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where her father worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Originally intending to become a scientist, she attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned a degree in biochemistry. [3] Subsequently, she worked as a researcher on a genetic engineering project, while preparing for medical school at UCLA.[ citation needed ] While spending a semester at Richmond College of Arts in London, England, she discovered an interest in performing. Her professional career began when she was cast in the film Aloha Summer (1988). Her scene was cut from the final version. [3] [4]

Career

In early 1988, Walker joined the cast of NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara , playing Andrea Bedford. [3] Later that year, she began appearing on primetime television. During 1989-90 television season, she played the female lead in the short-lived NBC crime drama series True Blue . She later guest-starred on Matlock , L.A. Law , and Tales from the Crypt . She starred in the 1991 NBC television movie Perry Mason and the Case of the Fatal Fashion as the devious daughter of Diana Muldaur's character. In 1993, she starred alongside Billy Campbell in the short-lived ABC comedy-drama, Moon Over Miami . [4] [5]

In 1992, Walker played the female leading role opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in the science-fiction action film Universal Soldier directed by Roland Emmerich. [6] Later that year, she played Sheila Kelley's grouchy roommate in the Cameron Crowe romantic comedy Singles . [7] Her first star-billed role was in the 1994 thriller When the Bough Breaks . [8] In 1995, she had supporting roles in Sandra Bullock's box-office hit While You Were Sleeping , and Andy García's flop Steal Big Steal Little . [9] [10] The following year, Walker co-starred alongside Shaquille O'Neal in the fantasy comedy film, Kazaam . [10]

In 1996, Walker was cast in the leading role as Doctor Samantha Waters in the NBC crime drama series Profiler , a role for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television nomination in 1998, and a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. [11] In 1996, she was listed as one of People's "40 Most Fascinating People on TV." [12] Walker starred as the lead during the first three seasons, but left the show in the fall of 1999. She was replaced by Jamie Luner as a new profiler during the show's final season. [13] Later in 1999, Walker co-starred opposite Steve Zahn in the comedy film Happy, Texas , and played the lead role in the Lifetime television movie, If You Believe . [14] [15]

In 2002, Walker returned to star in and produce the ABC pilot comedy called My Wonderful Life, [16] which was not picked up. [17] In 2005, she released a documentary film For Norman... Wherever You Are as director and producer, which screened at several film festivals. [18] She returned to the New York stage, appearing in a number of Off-Broadway productions. [18] From 2005 to 2010, Walker played many guest roles on television, including Sleeper Cell , ER , The Shield , Boston Legal , Law & Order , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , Southland , and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit .

In 2007, Walker starred in the HBO drama series about sexual relationships, Tell Me You Love Me . [19] The series was cancelled after a single season. [20] In 2009, she co-starred in films Toe to Toe and Wonderful World opposite Matthew Broderick. From 2008 to 2010, Walker had the recurring role as ATF Agent June Stahl, a major antagonist on the FX crime drama series Sons of Anarchy . [21]

In 2011, Walker played the leading role in the Lifetime police drama series The Protector , which revolves around a single mother who struggles to balance her family and professional life as an LAPD homicide detective. [22] [23] The series was canceled after one season. [24] In 2014, she played Chyler Leigh' lead character's mother in the short-lived NBC police procedural, Taxi Brooklyn . [25] She made her feature scripted film directing and writing debut with Sex, Death and Bowling starring Selma Blair. [26] [27] In 2015, she was cast in the recurring roles in the Netflix crime drama Longmire , [28] and USA Network thriller, Colony . [29]

Personal life

On June 14, 1997, Walker married John Landgraf, then a producer for NBC, at her parents' home in Santa Fe. The couple have three sons. [30]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 Aloha Summer Scenes deleted
1991 Eye of the Storm Killer Girl
1991Ragin' CajunKati
1992 Universal Soldier Veronica Roberts
1992 Singles Pam
1993 The Seventh Coin Lisa
1994 When the Bough Breaks Audrey Macleah
1995 Just Looking Sherrie
1995Someone to Die ForAlex Donaldson
1995 While You Were Sleeping Ashley Bartlett Bacon
1995 Steal Big Steal Little Bonnie Martin
1996 Bed of Roses Wendy
1996 Kazaam Alice Connor
1997Brittle GloryElise Rosen
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Herself
1999 Happy, Texas Josephine "Joe" McClintock the Banker
2005For Norman... Wherever You AreDocumentary; director and producer
2007 By Appointment Only Val SpencerAlso writer
2009Toe to ToeClaire
2009 Wonderful World Eliza
2013Angel's PerchJudy
2013 Mischief Night Dr. Pomock
2014April RainLinda
2015 Sex, Death and Bowling Director, writer and producer

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 Santa Barbara Andrea BedfordSeries regular (94 episodes)
1989SwimsuitRomella Television film
1989–1990 True Blue Officer Jessica HaleySeries regular (12 episodes)
1990 Matlock Renee WilliamsEpisode: "The Biker"
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal FashionJulia CollierTelevision film
1992 The Witches of Eastwick Alexandra Spofford Pilot
1993 Moon Over Miami Gwen CrossSeries regular, 13 episodes
1996 Wings Melissa WilliamsEpisode: "Love at First Flight"
1996–1999 Profiler Doctor Samantha WatersSeries regular (64 episodes)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (1998) and Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1998)
1999 The Pretender Doctor Samantha WatersEpisode: "End Game"
1999 If You Believe Susan StoneTelevision film
2002My Wonderful LifeBilliePilot
2005 Sleeper Cell Lynn Ellen Emerson2 episodes
2006 ER Fran BevensEpisode: "Body & Soul"
2006 The Shield Tori BurkeEpisode: "Postpartum"
2007 American Dad! Melinda (voice)Episode: "Four Little Words"
2007 Tell Me You Love Me KatieSeries regular (10 episodes)
2008 Boston Legal Attorney Phoebe Prentice2 episodes
2008 Law & Order Gretchen SteelEpisode: "Driven"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rita NettlesEpisode: "Hog Heaven"
2009 Southland Dr. Merrill Matthews2 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. StantonEpisode: "Conned"
2008–2010 Sons of Anarchy Agent June Stahl 19 episodes
2011 The Protector Gloria SheppardSeries regular (13 episodes)
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Frankie SullivanSeries regular (12 episodes)
2015–2016 Longmire Dr. Donna Monaghan8 episodes
2016–2018 Colony Helena Goldwin16 episodes
2017–2018 Ghosted Capt. LafreySeries regular (16 episodes)

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Ally Walker was also in Tales from the Crypt 1991 Season 3 Episode 10 "Mournin' Mess" as Elaine Tillman