R.I.P. Farrah Forke, best known as Alex the helicopter pilot in Wings

In addition to Wings, she appeared in classic Nineties thrillers 'Heat' and 'Disclosure.'

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Even though she was only in 35 of the show's 172 episodes, Farrah Forke made quite the impression on the Nineties sitcom Wings. She played helicopter pilot Alex Lambert who ran a flying service on Nantucket and dated Brian, played by Steven Weber. 

Alex was a seriously skilled pilot and Army veteran. She flew Apache helicopters in Operation Desert Storm. Forke played her with the perfect combination of sly humor and a tough-as-nails attitude. 

Born in Corpus Christie, Texas, Forke moved to New York City after high school to study at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

 

She made her screen debut in the cult 1991 video game horror film Brain Twisters. She then recurred on three seasons of Wings from 1992-1995. She also played a small role in the Michael Douglas–Demi Moore dramaDisclosure and appeared in the Michael Mann thriller Heat starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

Forke starred in two short-lived Nineties shows that unfortunately never made it past the first season. In 1995’s Dweebs, she played Carey, a secretary at a tech company surrounded by nerds played by Peter Scolari, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Corey Feldman. In Mr. Rhodes a year later, she played a prep school faculty member alongside Ron Glass, Jessica Stone, and Tom Rhodes. 

Forke starred in the late-Nineties movies Ground Control, with Kiefer Sutherland, Kate’s Addiction, and Hitman's Run

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Forke left acting in the early 2000s to raise her twin sons. 

Her family put out a statement, saying, “Farrah was fierce, tender, loyal, loving, strong, funny, smart, protective, kind, passionate and utterly irreplaceable. She brought a light so great to the world that even after her passing, the light remains.”

She was 54.

 
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jacko3 8 months ago
Let GOD Bless the Soul and Legacy of Ms. Farrah Forke
Mark 9 months ago
If METV.com didn't cover Farrah Forke's passing I wouldn't have known about it. Antenna TV carried the show for roughly a decade before shifting it to Rewind TV (unavailable where I live) and no mention on their websites.
vinman63 9 months ago
She died from cancer. What a horrible disease.
MNWHITT11 vinman63 9 months ago
Thank you. I was wondering what caused her to pass at such a young age.
Kenner 9 months ago
Binge watched wings about 2 months ago. I loved her character on Wings. She was so young. R.I.P. Farrah!
Runeshaper 9 months ago
R.I.P. Farrah Forke. Wings was great! She was way too young.
Robertp 9 months ago
Just finished binge watching Wings. She was very beautiful. Seemed like a sweet soul. (Family) Sorry for your Loss
WordsmithWorks 9 months ago
It's a pity some of these deep dives on supporting actors come posthumously. R.I.P.
Barry22 9 months ago
RIP. Wings was a good show. Always liked her.
fuzzball329 9 months ago
what did she die from?
Rick fuzzball329 9 months ago
Cancer: https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/farrah-forke-dead-dies-wings-lois-and-clark-1235194084/
MichaelSkaggs 9 months ago
She was born in Texas and was raised in Elkhart, Indiana. The city was just north of where we lived and they were proud of their favorite daughter being on national tv. Only 54. Gone too soon.
Delmo 9 months ago
She also played Maison Drake, a semi-love interest for Clark Kent in LOIS & CLARK...
Barry22 Delmo 9 months ago
…..and Steven Weber provided the voice of Superman in Superman The Animated Series.
Tresix Barry22 9 months ago
Tim Daly was the voice of Clark/Superman.
Moody 9 months ago
Wow, only 54. I'm not familiar with her since I never watched "Wings" but that is truly sad to die at so young an age. Our prayers to her family. RIP
LoveMETV22 9 months ago
R.I.P. Farrah Forke. Enjoyed "Wings" a good show.
MrsPhilHarris LoveMETV22 9 months ago
I liked the show too.
Michael 9 months ago
And there's a Monk connection, since Tony Shaloub played the taxi driverAntonio on Wings.
CarolKelley Michael 8 months ago
Not only was Tony on Wings, but both Tim Daly and Steven Weber made guest appearances on Monk. Tim's was on the first season finale, "Mr Monk and The Airplane" where Sharona sees Tim in First Class and talks to him for a while. Turns out that Sharona was a fan of Wings.
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