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'Wings' Actress Farrah Forke Dies at 54

LOS ANGELES – Farrah Forke, known for her co-starring role on the 1990s NBC sitcom Wings, died on Feb. 25 of cancer at her home in Texas. She was 54.

A Corpus Christi, Texas native, Forke moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She went on to have a number of TV and film roles over the years, but she was probably best known for her Wings role as helicopter pilot Alex Lambert, a love interest of Brian (Steven Weber). She joined the hit sitcom as a recurring character during the 1992-93 season and was later promoted to series regular the following year and guested in Season 6 before leaving the series.

Forke was also known for the recurring role as attorney Mayson Drake on ABC's Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

She made her feature film debut in 1991’s Brain Twisters. Among one of her more memorable roles was as news reporter Claudia in Michael Mann’s 1995 film Heat, alongside a notable cast led by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, along with Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, and Val Kilmer. Her other notable film credits include Barry Levinson’s Disclosure, Ground Control and Kate’s Addiction, as well as TV movies Journey to the Center of the Earth on NBC, CBS’ Complex of Fear and Bionic Ever After? and ABC’s Abandoned and Deceived.

Most recently, Forke voiced the character Big Barda on the animated television series Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited.


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