Who is Ally Walker?

In 1997, she was named one of People magazine’s 40 most fascinating people, and her role as Doctor Samantha Waters in “Profiler” brought her a Saturn Award nomination. Yes, you are right, we are talking about blondie with piercing green eyes, Ally Walker.

She is an actress with over 50 acting credits to her name, however, the aforementioned is her most notable television role. Movie lovers know her for starring in the 1992 science-fiction action “Universal Soldier”, as TV journalist Veronica Roberts, who helped Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a soldier killed in Vietnam who is brought back to life and became a super-human warrior.

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Early life and education

Her birth name is Allene Damian Walker, and she was born on 25 August 1961, in Tullahoma, Tennessee USA, but was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by her father James Joseph Walker was a physicist and worked there at the Los Alamos Laboratory, and mother, Louhannah who was an attorney.

As a teenager, Ally dreamed of becoming a scientist, and so upon matriculating from high school in 1979, she enrolled at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry in 1982. One semester, she studied abroad at Richmond College of Arts, in London, England, and there she realized that she is into performing. She played in the theatre, but still didn’t think about pursuing an acting career.

Following her graduation, she worked as a researcher, while preparing for medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles. However, her life changed one day while she was sitting in a Los Angeles restaurant and a television producer approached her asking if she would like to come to an audition.

Roles in series

Ally made her acting debut as Andrea Bedford in the series “Santa Barbara”, a romantic drama that followed the story of the Capwells, their rivals the Lockridges, two humble families whose lives and fates were intertwined with two of the richest families in Santa Barbara. The series aired from 1984 until 1993, and Ally was seen in 94 episodes during 1988.

During 1989 and 1990, Ally had a recurring role as Officer Jessica Haley in the series “True Blue”, and followed with several guest roles before in 1993 she was cast to play Gwen Cross in “Moon Over Miami”, opposite Billy Campbell.

Her next television role came in 1996, when Ally was seen starring as Doctor Samantha ‘Sam’ Waters in 64 episodes of the series “Profiler” (1996-1999), also starring Julian McMahon and A Martinez. This mystery crime drama followed the story of Detective Sam Waters, in the Violent Crime Team investigating crimes and chasing an elusive man, known as Jack, who has been stalking Sam for years.

The series had 20 award nominations, including two for Primetime Emmys, and won one. Ally was nominated for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (Saturn Award) for Best Genre TV Actress, and Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Series, Drama.

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In the early 2000s, Ally was seen guest starring in “Sleeper Cell” (2005) and “ER” (2006) before her recurring role as Katie in “Tell Me You Love Me” in 2007.

From 2008 until 2010, Ally portrayed Agent June Stahl in “Sons of Anarchy”, starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Mark Boone Junior. This thriller crime-drama followed the story about a biker who struggles with being involved in an outlaw club, and being a father.

In the following year, Ally was cast to play Gloria Sheppard in “The Protector”, followed by her role in “Taxi Brooklyn” in 2014. Next, she had a recurring role as Doctor Donna Sue Monaghan in the Netflix series “Longmire” during 2015 and 2016.

Ally followed with her role as Helena in “Colony” (2016-2018), concurrently portraying Ava Lafrey in “Ghosted” (2017-2018), which was her most recent television role.

Roles in movies

Ally made her first movie appearance as Romella Loopesko in the 1989 TV movie “Swimsuit”; her big-screen debut was her role as Kati in “Ragin’ Cajun” in 1990.

Next, Ally was seen in “Eye of the Storm” (1991) and “The Witches of Eastwick” (1992) before her role as Veronica Roberts in “Universal Soldier”. In the same year, she was seen in “Singles” and “The Seventh Coin”.

In 1994, Ally co-starred in “When the Bough Breaks”, followed by her role as Ashley Bacon in the 1995 romantic comedy-drama “While You Were Sleeping”, which was one of her most notable roles. In the same year, she made appearances in “Steal Big Steal Little”, “Someone to Die For”, and “Just Looking”.

In the following year, Ally portrayed Wendy in the romantic drama “Bed of Roses”, starring Christian Slater, which followed the story of a shy florist who falls in love with a girl who he sees through a shadow window. Although the movie had no nominations, according to the audience, this is one of the best romantic movies ever.

Ally’s next role was in the 1996 comedy “Kazaam” opposite Shaquille O’Neal, who portrayed a genie who was released by a troubled kid. Two years later, Ally was seen in “Welcome to Hollywood”, followed by her role in “Happy, Texas” in 1999.

The early 2000s saw Ally in the TV movies “My Wonderful Life” (2002), and “By Appointment Only” (2007) before her role as Claire in the 2009 sports drama “Toe to Toe”. In the same year, she was seen in “Wonderful World”, also starring Matthew Broderick.

Four years later, Ally starred in the drama “Angel’s Perch” about a young man forced to return to his small Appalachian village to deal with his grandmother’s increasing Alzheimer’s condition, only to learn that his own sad experiences are holding him back in life. Although the movie had no nominations, it was well-rated by the audience, and most of the comments were saying that this was a heartwarming story infused with love, tears and laughter.

In 2014, Ally co-starred in “April Rain”, while her most recent movie role was in the 2020 musical drama “When We Kill the Creators”, also starring Shelby Lynne.

Love life, husband, and children

Ally has been romantically linked to various men from the entertainment industry, and rumors about her love life were numerous, however, we know that she was married twice. Her first husband was Craig Sexton – the two married on 12 November 1985, however, they divorced sometime in the early ‘90s, and we know that they didn’t have children together.

Her second husband is John Phillip Landgraf, who currently serves as the chairman of FX Networks, a segment of The Walt Disney Company.

The couple exchanged their wedding vows in 1997, and since they both prefer to keep their private lives away from the public eye, they haven’t revealed the exact wedding date, but it is known that the wedding ceremony was held in Ally’s parent’s house in Santa Fe.

They have three sons together, namely John Walker (born in 1997), William (born in 2002), and Caleb (born in 2005).

As of October 2022, Ally is in a marriage, and lives with her family in Santa Monica, California.

What is she doing today?

Concurrently with her acting career, Ally tried her hand at producing and directing. Her directing debut was her work for the 2005 documentary movie “For Norman: Where Ever You Are”, which tells a true story of a homeless baby and his mother whom Ally met in the park.

Her biggest success was “Sex, Death, and Bowling”, a comedy-drama that she wrote, produced, and directed in 2015, and the movie brought her a San Diego Film Festival Award nomination for Best Feature Film.

Ally’s most recent work was on the 2021 comedy-drama “Far More”, which she also wrote and directed. The link to watch this movie can be found in her Instagram account, judging by which she is currently devoted to promoting this movie.

Net Worth

This 61-year-old actress has starred in numerous series and several hit movies, and if you add the income she has accumulated as a writer, director, and producer, we could say that she has earned a decent amount of money thanks to her skills. According to sources, she has a net worth estimated at over $8 million, as of late 2022.

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