Los Angeles, CA
Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Gates McFadden has had a life-long passion for the performing arts. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts from Brandeis University and upon attaining her degree moved to Paris where she continued to study theatre with actor Jacques Lecoq.
During her early career she often worked for Jim Henson productions as Cheryl McFadden. Originally Gates was her middle name. While there she served as choreographer on the film The Dark Crystal, Directory of Choreography and Puppet Movement on Labyrinth, and again as choreographer in The Muppets Take Manhattan, where she had a brief on screen appearance.
Her early acting work includes the Troma film When Nature Calls (1985), an appearance in the third season of The Cosby Show, and as the wife of Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) in The Hunt for Red October.
1987 marked the beginning of the role for which Gates McFadden is best known for, Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The character of Beverly Crusher was originally designed as a love interest of sorts for Captain Picard. The fact that Dr. Crusher would have to balance her personal feelings, her duty to Starfleet, and the responsibility of being a widowed single parent are among the many factors that attracted McFadden to the role.
Gates was replaced by actress Diana Muldar in the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, however Patrick Stewart was able to convince her to return and reprise her role. For the remaining five seasons Gates would play Dr. Crusher. In addition to her acting she also directed the episode "Genesis" and choreographed the dance routine in the episode "Data's Day".
She reprised her role in all subsequent Star Trek: The Next Generation films which include Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis. She also lent her voice to the PC games Star Trek: A Final Unity and Star Trek: Generations.
Other notable roles include Taking Care of Business in 1990 where she starred with James Belushi and fellow TNG star John de Lancie, a 1992 stage production of Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour alongside her fellow shipmates Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Colm Meany that performed in four cities. Additional television roles include Marker (1995) alongside Richard Grieco, the television movie Crowned and Dangerous with Yasmine Bleeth (1997), and the role of Allison Rourke in the hit sitcom Mad About You where she portrayed the boss of Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser).
In addition to acting, Gates has also contributed to higher education. She has taught courses at several universities including Brandeis, Harvard, Purdue, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has served as the Artistic Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre of Los Angeles and as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Theater at the University of Southern California.
Sci-fi Convention Guest Appearances
- GalaxyCon Columbus 2022 - December 2-4, 2022 in Columbus, OH
- Fan Expo San Francisco 2022 - November 25-27, 2022 in San Francisco, CA
- Dallas Fan Festival 2022 - October 14-16, 2022 in Irving, TX
- 56 Year Mission 2022 - August 25-28, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV
- Shore Leave 2022 - July 15-17, 2022 in Hunt Valley, MD
- Fan Expo Chicago 2022 - July 7-10, 2022 in Rosemont, IL
- Fan Expo Philadelphia 2022 - April 8-10, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA
- Star Trek: The Cruise 2022 - February 26 - March 5, 2022 in Departing from Port Canaveral, FL 2021
Armageddon Auckland 2021 - December 17-19, 2021 in Auckland, New ZealandConvention Cancelled Armageddon Auckland 2021 - November 26-28, 2021 in Auckland, New ZealandConvention Postponed Fan Expo Denver: Special Edition 2021 - October 29-31, 2021 in Denver, COCancelled Appearance FanExpo Canada Limited Edition 2021 - October 22-24, 2021 in Toronto, ON, CanadaCancelled Appearance Fan Expo Dallas 2021 - September 17-19, 2021 in Dallas, TXCancelled Appearance Fan Expo Boston 2021 - September 3-5, 2021 in Boston, MACancelled Appearance 55 Year Mission Tour 2021 - August 11-15, 2021 in Las Vegas, NVCancelled Appearance Shore Leave 2021 - July 9-11, 2021 in Hunt Valley, MDConvention Went Online-Only 2020 Official Star Trek Convention 2020 - December 9-13, 2020 in Las Vegas, NVConvention Cancelled Shore Leave 2020 - July 10-12, 2020 in Hunt Valley, MDConvention Went Online-Only Capital City Comic Con 2020 - March 20-22, 2020 in Victoria, BC, CanadaConvention Cancelled
- Star Trek: The Cruise 2020 - March 1-8, 2020 in Departing from Miami, FL 2019
- Star Trek Vegas 2019 - July 31 - August 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
- EM-Con Nottingham 2019 - May 4-5, 2019 in Nottingham, UK
- Star Trek: The Cruise 2019 - January 4-10, 2019 in Departing from Miami, FL 2018
- Destination Star Trek Birmingham 2018 - October 19-21, 2018 in Birmingham, UK
- Rose City Comic Con 2018 - September 7-9, 2018 in Portland, OR
- Official Star Trek Convention 2018 - August 1-5, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV
- Florida Supercon 2018 - July 12-15, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Star Trek: The Cruise 2018 - January 11-17, 2018 in Departing from Miami, FL
- Star Trek: The Cruise 2018 - January 5-11, 2018 in Departing from Miami, FL 2017
- Dragon Con 2017 - September 1-4, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
- Official Star Trek Convention 2017 - August 2-6, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV
Famous Monsters Convention Dallas 2017 - May 26-28, 2017 in Dallas, TXCancelled Appearance
- Pensacon 2017 - February 17-19, 2017 in Pensacola, FL 2016
- Hal-Con 2016 - November 4-6, 2016 in Halifax, NS, Canada
- Destination Star Trek Europe 2016 - October 7-9, 2016 in Birmingham, UK
- Star Trek: Mission New York 2016 - September 2-4, 2016 in New York, NY
- 50 Year Mission Tour 2016 - August 26-28, 2016 in Cherry Hill, NJ
- Official Star Trek Convention 2016 - August 3-7, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV
- Phoenix Comicon 2016 - June 2-5, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
Space City Comic Con 2016 - May 27-29, 2016 in Houston, TXCancelled Appearance 2014
- Fandomfest 2014 - August 1-3, 2014 in Louisville, KY 2013
- MegaCon 2013 - March 15-17, 2013 in Orlando, FL
- Toronto Comicon 2013 - March 9-10, 2013 in Toronto, ON, Canada 2012
- London Film & Comic Con 2012 - July 6-8, 2012 in London, UK 2011
- Dragon*Con 2011 - September 2-5, 2011 in Atlanta, GA 1990
- Vulkon 1990 - April 14-15, 1990 in Altamonte Springs, FL
33 confirmed guest appearances
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