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Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor
Visitor at STICCon XVIII, 2004
Born Nana Tucker
(1957-07-26) July 26, 1957
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present

Nick Miscusi (m. 1989–94)[1]
Alexander Siddig (m. 1997–2001)

Matthew Rimmer (m. 2003)[2]
Children 1

Nana Visitor (born Nana Tucker; July 26, 1957) is an American actress, known for playing Kira Nerys in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Jean Ritter in the television series Wildfire.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video games 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Nana Tucker was born July 26, 1957 in New York City,[3] the daughter of Nenette Charisse, a ballet teacher, and Robert Tucker, a choreographer; she is a niece of actress/dancer Cyd Charisse.[4]


Visitor began her acting career in the 1970s on the Broadway stage in such productions as My One and Only. Her film debut (billed by her birth name Nana Tucker) came in the 1977 horror film The Sentinel. On television, Visitor co-starred in the short-lived 1976 sitcom Ivan the Terrible, and from 1978 to 1982 had short-lived regular roles on three soap operas: Ryan's Hope, The Doctors and One Life to Live. She adopted the stage name "Nana Visitor" in the early 1980s.[5]

In 1984, she appeared in Season 2, Episode 3 of Hunter. In 1985, Visitor made an appearance in the television series MacGyver, in the season one episode "Hellfire" as Laura Farren, and in the season two episode "DOA: MacGyver" as Carol Varnay. Visitor also made an appearance in the 1985 season 4, episode 3 Remington Steele episode titled "Steele Blushing." In 1986, she appeared in "Hills of Fire", a fourth season episode of Knight Rider.

In 1987, Visitor appeared as Ellen Dolan in a failed television pilot for Will Eisner's pulp comic creation The Spirit starring Sam J. Jones as the title character and Garry Walberg as her father, Commissioner Dolan.

Visitor with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star René Auberjonois at a 2011 Star Trek convention in Las Vegas

In 1988, she made a guest appearance on the sitcom Night Court as a mental patient who is obsessed with the movies. That same year, she made a guest appearance on the television series In the Heat of the Night as the owner of the Sparta newspaper. She also made a guest appearance that year in an episode of Matlock. In 1989, Visitor appeared as a guest on the fifth episode of the television series Doogie Howser, M.D. as Charmagne, a rock star who has a throat nodule removed at Doogie's hospital, and as Miles Drentell's glamorous girlfriend, in "Success", a 1989 episode of Thirtysomething's second season.

In 1990, Visitor co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the short-lived sitcom Working Girl, which was based on the feature film of the same name.

From 1993–1999, Visitor appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Major (and then Colonel) Kira Nerys, a former freedom fighter/terrorist for the planet Bajor, who worked to drive off the alien occupiers, the Cardassians, from her homeworld, now forced to work with the Starfleet contingent brought in by her government to administer the eponymous space station built in orbit around her planet during the occupation.

After DS9 ended, Visitor had a recurring role as villain Dr. Elizabeth Renfro on the television series Dark Angel and starred as Roxie Hart in the touring and Broadway companies of the musical Chicago. Visitor was then cast as Jean Ritter on the ABC Family series Wildfire, which premiered on June 20, 2005.

In 2008, she appeared as Emily Kowalski, a dying cancer patient in "Faith", an episode of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica‍ '​s fourth season. Visitor had a small role as Pamela Voorhees in the 2009 version of Friday the 13th. She has also lent her voice in a few guest appearances on the sitcom Family Guy, such as Rita in the episode "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag" and as the voice of the Enterprise in "Extra Large Medium". In 2011, she had a small part in the Hammer Horror film The Resident playing the realtor. She appeared in Torchwood: Miracle Day episodes 7 ("Immortal Sins") and 8 ("End of the Road").[6] In 2012, she appeared as Dr. Patty Barker, a canine psychotherapist, in "An Embarrassment of Bitches", a season four episode of ABC's Castle.[7]

Personal life

Visitor became pregnant by her Deep Space Nine co-star Alexander Siddig (also known as Siddig el-Fadil) in 1996, and the pregnancy was incorporated into a DS9 storyline, beginning in the fourth season episode "Body Parts",[8] which premiered in June 1996.[9] She gave birth to her son, Django El Tahir El Siddig, during production of the episode "The Assignment", though her character would remain pregnant until the fifth season episode "The Begotten", which premiered in January 1997.[10] Visitor and Siddig married in June 1997 and divorced in April 2001.[2]

In early 2002, Visitor became engaged to Matthew Rimmer, company manager for the musical Chicago, and they wed in April 2003.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Sentinel Girl
2008 Swing Vote Galena Greenleaf
2009 Friday the 13th Pamela Voorhees
2011 The Resident Realtor
2015 Ted 2 Adoption agent


Year Title Role Notes
1978–79 Ryan's Hope Nancy Feldman
1985 MacGyver Laura Farren
1986 Knight Rider Sandra Rusk
1987 MacGyver Carol Varnay Episode: "D.O.A.: MacGyver"
1987 Matlock Vanessa Douglas Episode: "The Best Friend"
1989 Matlock Erin Whitley / Shannon Blackwell Episode: "The Other Woman"
1990 Working Girl Bryn Newhouse
1990 Murder, She Wrote Marcia McPhee Episode: "See You In Court, Baby"
1993 Matlock Dr. Clara Farmington Episode: "The Divorce"
1992–99 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kira Nerys OFTA Television Award for Best Actress in a Syndicated Series
2001 Dark Angel Elizabeth Renfro Six episodes
2003 Frasier Sharon Episode: "Daphne Does Dinner"
2005–08 Wildfire Jean Ritter
2008 Battlestar Galactica Emily Kowalski Episode: "Faith"
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Olivia Colosanto Episodes: "Immortal Sins", "End of the Road"

Video games

Year Title Role
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Harbinger Kira Nerys
2000 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen Kira Nerys


  1. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (August 16, 1993). "Winner by a Nose".  
  2. ^ a b c "Nana's Bio". Nanavision. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  3. ^ Nana Visitor. TV Guide. accessed September 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Nana Visitor Biography (1957-)". Film Reference. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nana’s Bio". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  6. ^  
  7. ^ "Ep 13 – An Embarrassment of Bitches". Castle TV on ABC & TNT. December 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Erdmann, Terry J. and Block, Paula M. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. Pocket Books. 2000. pp. 351–352.
  9. ^ "Body Parts". Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  10. ^ Erdmann and Block; Page 407

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