Infamously known as the beautiful Lt. Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Denise Crosby has been the envy of all the female cast from start to finish within the TNG Series. With such other female stars as Deana Troy (Marina Sirtis) and Dr Beverley Crusher (Gates McFadden), the competition was reportedly “High Octane” until Denise’s exit from the show. Here, on Celebrity X, we brng you Denise like she has never been seen before, especially on the bridge of the Enterprise. Enjoy.


Date of Birth

24 November 1957, Hollywood, California, USA

Birth Name

Denise Michelle Crosby




5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Mini Biography

Forming part of the extensive Crosby family dynasty, this striking leading actress, daughter of entertainer Dennis Crosby, has appeared in film and television since the early 1980s. A photo spread in a 1979 issue of Playboy magazine and a recurring role in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (1965) in 1980 allowed Hollywood-born Denise to break through to stardom. She had a small role in 48 Hrs. (1982) playing a strong-minded lesbian and parts in Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) (both critically unsuccessful).

Her career began to pick up in the mid-’80s. She appeared in a variety of films and made-for-TV movies, including Stark (1985) (TV), Malice in Wonderland (1985) (TV) (playing Carole Lombard), Desert Hearts (1985), Eliminators (1986) and Miracle Mile (1988).

In 1987, Denise caught her big break playing “Lt. Tasha Yar” in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987). Although not a huge role, the character allowed Denise to build a sizable fan base that exists to this day. In 1988, she left the program due to the diminishing size of her role, but returned as a guest star in the early 1990s. In 1989, she played the mother of a dead toddler who was brought back to life through an ancient curse in Stephen King’s somewhat hokey horror novel film adaptation Pet Sematary (1989). 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 (1988) clone Dolly Dearest (1992).

The 1990s brought few opportunities to Denise, but she worked consistently, appearing in a TV series in 1993, and made numerous guest appearances, including a couple of episodes of the raunchy cable series Red Shoe Diaries (1992) (TV), which were subsequently released on video. There were also roles in Relative Fear (1995), Mutant Species (1995), Dream Man (1995) (V) and Executive Power (1997) (V). More high-profile work arrived in the form of a small role in Jackie Brown (1997), playing a public defender, and a sizable part as a pregnant mother in the hit disaster movie Deep Impact (1998). She gained recognition as a “Star Trek” fan by producing and presenting Trekkies (1997) and its 2004 sequel.

Since 2000, Denise has appeared on TV in guest roles on “The X Files” (1993), “JAG” (1995), “The Agency” (2001), “Threat Matrix” (2003), “Eyes” (2005) and “Dexter” (2006). She acted in the award-winning short film The Bus Stops Here (2003), had a leading role in the western/horror indie film Legend of the Phantom Rider (2002) and has recently appeared in a horror film by legendary genre director Tobe Hooper, Mortuary (2005/I). This capable actress continues to appear on television and in film. Best known for her “Star Trek” days, Denise embraces her fans often at conventions and will be appearing opposite her husband Ken Sylk in Ripple Effect (2007), a film due for release in 2006.


Ken Sylk     (1995 – present) 1 child

Geoffrey Edwards    (21 May 1983 – 1990) (divorced)

Trade Mark

Short blonde hair


Son, with Ken Sylk, named August Sylk (born 17 June 1998).

Granddaughter of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee

Daughter of Dennis Crosby and Marilyn Miller Scott.

Former daughter-in-law of Blake Edwards

Born out of wedlock, her mother, Marilyn Miller Scott, sued her father, Dennis Crosby, for paternity in a highly publicized trial. The suit was filed only days after Crosby married a Las Vegas showgirl.

Quit “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987) during its first season due to the fact that there were not enough “action” scenes for her character, Security Chief Lt. Tasha Yar.

Originally auditioned for the role of Counsellor Deanna Troi, on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987), but was hired as Lt. Tasha Yar instead.

Niece of Gary Crosby, Lindsay Crosby, Phillip Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby, Mary Crosby and Harry Crosby

Cousin of L. Chip Crosby Jr.

Great-niece of Bob Crosby

Second cousin of Chris Crosby and Cathy Crosby

Stepdaughter of Pat Sheehan.

Though her final appearance during the first season of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987) was “Skin of Evil” (production #122), the last episode she filmed was “Symbiosis” (production @123), which aired the week before “Skin of Evil”. At the conclusion of “Symbiosis”, as Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden exit the Enterprise shuttle bay, in the distance Crosby can be seen briefly waving goodbye to the camera before the doors close.

Half-sister of Gregory Crosby, Patrick Anthony Crosby and Dennis Michael Crosby Jr.

She is a distant cousin of “Family Guy” (1999) creator/star Seth MacFarlane.

Her family has worked with two generations of Clooneys. Her grandfather, Bing Crosby, appeared in White Christmas (1954) with Rosemary Clooney, and later toured with her in concert. Denise has appeared on “Crossing Jordan” (2001) with Clooney’s son, Miguel Ferrer, who actually started his career as a drummer for Bing and Rosemary. Ferrer also appeared briefly in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), while Denise appeared on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987).

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