Terry Farrell: Why She Quit Acting And Whether She’ll Return

By Rick Gonzales | 1 year ago

Terry Farrell

Actress Terry Farrell is best known as Lieutenant Jadzia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. But this isn’t all she was known for. She has been in several feature films, TV movies, and even a hit TV series. But then she simply disappeared from Hollywood. Why did Terry Farrell stop acting and where is she now? We have the answer.


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell began her acting career at the age of 20. She had a brief part in the movie Portfolio playing a model but then went on to the TV series Paper Dolls starring as, you guessed it, a model.

For the next couple of years of her career, Farrell was seen in a few TV movies and series until her first big feature film. This would be the Rodney Dangerfield-led comedy Back To School. In it, Terry Farrell portrayed the girlfriend of Dangerfield’s son, Keith Gordon (Dressed To Kill). The movie didn’t exactly launch her career, but it did give her continued work in Hollywood.


Jadzia Dax on Star Trek

Terry Farrell continued to appear in TV series such as Quantum Leap and Grapevine but her big break finally came in 1993 when she was cast as Lt. Jadzia Dax on the hit TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9).

Terry’s Dax character was a Trill, an alien species that is host to a 300-year old symbiont. Jadzia Dax had memories of being both male and female, which led to one of the more controversial episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. That we’ll delve into shortly.

Terry Farrell on Star Trek

Deep Space Nine ran for seven seasons, six of which had Terry Farrell playing Dax. She was to be and wanted to be a part of the series’ seventh and final season, but her character was killed off at the end of season six, which became another controversy for DS9.


Terry Farrell lesbian kiss

In today’s world it doesn’t seem like a big deal but back in 1995, it was. We are talking about one of television’s first lesbian kissing scenes. This happened in the 78th episode, during season four of DS9.

In it, Terry Farrell’s Dax is introduced to another Trill, portrayed by actress Susana Thompson. Upon this meeting, the two are immediately familiar with each other. Thompson’s character is the former wife of Dax (when Dax was a male). And it is obvious there are still feelings. The tension between them eventually leads up to the “kiss”. It was 15-seconds of controversy that, at the time, received negative press and fan uproar. In fact, one TV station deemed the scene so offensive, they removed it completely from the episode.


Star Trek's Dax

There was more controversy on surrounding Terry Farrell in DS9’s sixth season. While Farrell wanted to continue being part of DS9, she also wanted to step out and do other projects. She was also burnt out on the filming demands of the show and wanted to ease up a bit and reduce her time on the show. Unfortunately, series creator Rick Berman wasn’t having it.

Not only did Berman have Terry Farrell’s role reduced, but he wasn’t allowing her to venture into other shows. Terry Farrell was seen on the cover of TV Guide by a casting producer who was setting up a TV show with comedian Jerry Seinfeld. They reached out to Farrell in hopes to get her to audition. “It’s a week. It’s five days,” Farrell said per 1701 News. “How many people are on DS9? There’s a lot. The truth is, there’s many episodes where all of us had very little to do because other people were starring in them, including recurring guest stars.” Berman turned her request down.

Retro Star Trek

Needless to say, that didn’t sit well with Farrell. According to her, Berman’s offer was a take it or leave it offer. Smartly (or not), Terry Farrell chose to leave it Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She told Trektoday, “I did suggest in the wake of that I could be recurring…not be in every episode,” she explained. “Rick wouldn’t have any of that. It was basically, ‘Here’s the offer. If you want it, sign it. If you don’t, it’s really been nice working with you.’ I went with ‘It’s really been nice working with you’ – I added that because it really sounds nicer. I don’t think Rick was thinking that at all. That was unfortunate.”


Becker and Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell kicked around Hollywood for another five or so years. She was featured on the TV series Becker, with Ted Danson, and remained on that show for four years.

Shortly after leaving Becker, Terry Farrell retired from the acting business to concentrate on her family. She married and settled in Hershey, Pennsylvania to raise her son.

Terry Farrell’s marriage lasted for a dozen years when she divorced and then began dating Adam Nimoy. If that last name looks familiar, it should. He is the son of the late Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s original Spock. The pair married on March 26, 2018, which happens to be the birthday of Leonard Nimoy.


Star Trek: Renegades

Terry Farrell left the entertainment business in 2003 without having any intention of returning. Things change, as they often do. Her son grew and the acting bug started bugging. Farrell jumped back in 2017 with a project called Star Trek: Renegades. This was a fan film she became part of and it was presented on YouTube. Plans were for the movie to be turned into a series, but that was scrapped because of legal issues.

Now that Terry Farrell is back, she continues to work, though currently she’s social distancing…

Terry is set to appear in the upcoming TV Movie Storyville, co-starring opposite Star Trek alums Marina Sirtis and Nana Visitor. While she may not find a role as enticing as her DS9 Dax character, it’s nice to see her on the screen again.