Actress Nana Visitor has a career that spans five decades and has revolved mainly around the small screen. While she may best be known as Major Kira Nerys on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Visitor has been in many hit TV series. But we haven’t seen her much recently. Here’s what we know about where Nana Visitor has been and where she’s going.
Nana Visitor began her acting career as Nana Tucker, her true name. In 1976, her career started on the short-lived sitcom Ivan the Terrible. From there she starred in her first feature film, the horror movie The Sentinel. She moved back to TV when she was hired for a recurring role on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope. She lasted two years on the soap opera that covered 79 episodes. As her career began to take off, Nana Tucker turned herself into Nana Visitor, a name she took on in the early ‘80s and never gave up.
As she took on the Nana Visitor moniker, she began to grab more and more roles. The ‘80s brought her Hunter, Remington Steele, The Twilight Zone, Knight Rider, and Hotel. She also grabbed a recurring role on the Dynasty spin-off The Colbys, that amazingly starred movie legends Charlton Heston, Katherine Ross, Ricardo Montalban, and Barbara Stanwyck.
The ‘80s was a big decade for Nana Visitor. As well as the already mentioned TV series, she was also seen on MacGyver, Jake and the Fatman, Night Court, LA Law, Thirtysomething, and Doogie Howser, M.D. She was a busy actress, to say the least.
NANA VISITOR ON DEEP SPACE NINE
The ‘90s began just as busy for her. Always looking for that long-time gig, Nana Visitor finally found it in 1993 when Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came calling. She portrayed Major Kira Nerys (eventually Colonel, then Commander) in all seven seasons of the Star Trek series.
Nana Visitor was so good in her role as Nerys that she was nominated eight times for an Online Film & Television Association Award, winning three time for Best Actress in a Syndicated Series. Visitor also won a Universe Reader’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Genre TV Series.
During her seven-season run on Deep Space Nine, Nana Visitor continued to work on other projects but mainly focused on the Star Trek series until it ended in 1999.
After Deep Space Nine ended in 1999, Nana Visitor landed a role in Dark Angel. Her resume jumped with the addition of Frasier, Las Vegas, According to Jim, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her next big series was Wildfire, a TV series that lasted four seasons for Visitor. Just as Wildfire ended, Visitor grabbed the role as Jason’s mother, Pamela Voorhees, in the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th. We all know how that ended for her!
She went from being Jason’s mother to other TV series. She was seen on Torchwood, Grimm, Castle, and even lent her voice to Family Guy. Visitor even briefly returned to her Dynasty roots when she appeared in an episode of the CW rebooted Dynasty TV series.
NANA VISITOR NOW
Now 62-years-old, only lately has Nana slowed down. She married her third husband Matthew Rimmer in 2003 and the couple is still together.
Nana Visitor was last seen in Parts 1 and 2 of A Bread Factory as well as Killer in Law. Those were back in 2018 though. Worry not, though. Fans of Nana Visitor will get to see her in a few projects she’s been working on, Unbelievable!!!!!, Six Feet Apart, and Storyville are all in production and on the way. It’s nice to see a good TV actress continue to work, even after a short break.