Farrah Forke, the actress best remembered for her role as Alex Lambert, the helicopter pilot on the NBC comedy Wings, died on Friday at her Texas home after a long battle with illness, her family said. She had just turned 54 years old.
Tributes have been paid to Farrah in a statement that described her as a “ferocious tender loving, strong, hilarious, brilliant, protective, kind and completely irreplaceable person,” they added. “A light so bright that even after her death, the light continues to shine.”
Lois and Clark: New Adventures of Superman, Dweebs, and Mr. Rhodes all featured Forke in their second seasons, and he also appeared in the short-lived CBS comedy Dweebs in 1995. Forke also had roles in the NBC sitcoms Mr. Rhodes and Dweebs.
While working on Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited, she also provided the voice of Big Barda.
From 1992 through 1994, Forke starred in 35 episodes of Wings as Alex, a former Apache helicopter pilot who served in Operation Desert Storm. She has a relationship with Steven Weber’s Brian Hackett, the owner of a helicopter business on Nantucket Island.
The Hockaday School, an all-girls private school in Dallas where Farrah Rachael Forke was a student, was born on January 12, 1968. It was while studying theatre at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute that she got her start in acting, appearing in a local version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
She made her acting debut in the 1991 film Brain Twisters and went on to star in films such as Disclosure (1994) by Barry Levinson, Heat (1995) by Michael Mann, Ground Control (1998) and Kate’s Addiction (2000) by director Michael Apted (1998).
She has appeared in a number of telefilms, including 1993’s Nurses on the Line, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Complex of Fear, 1994’s Bionic Ever After? and 1995’s Abandoned and Deceived.
With her old Wings co-star, Thomas Haden Church, she appeared in an episode of Fox’s Ned & Stacey in 1996. She also did ads for Vanderbilt, Arby’s, and Cadillac.
She gave up her acting career to focus on raising her sons, Chuck and Wit.
Her mother, Beverly; stepfather, Chuck; sisters Paige, Jennifer, and Maggie; and her best friend, Mike Peterson, are all survivors of her death.
Close family and friends gathered for a memorial ceremony. Instead of flowers, please make a gift to your favourite charity or the American Cancer Society in memory of this person’s loved one’s life.