Tracey Needham is an actress known for playing strong, independent female roles, placed in a traditionally masculine environment. How did she end up in those kinds of roles? So where is she now, after the end of the “JAG” series?
Early life and education
Tracey Renee Needham was born on March 28, 1967 in Dallas, Texas, USA. She was raised the youngest of four children and an only daughter, as she has three older brothers, by her father, a home builder. Nothing is known about her mother.
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The family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1975, though her father’s job saw the children circulate between states for some time, so she attended Cherry Creek High School in Denver, as well as Plano Senior High School (PSHS) in Plano , Texas. . As she was nearing the end of her high school she was already 6 feet 8 inches tall, so her high school teacher told her to work as part of the engineering crew instead of on stage because she was getting too tall deemed. . After her entrance exam, she started traveling through Europe and Australia. It is not known whether she graduated from a university, and therefore what degree she has.
During her childhood, she was always considered “one of the guys”, as she loved playing football and other sports – in her own words, “I always jumped into football games and wanted to be treated equally and not have boys make it easy for me because I was a girl.” These preferences would determine the roles for which she became known in the future. Despite much confusion, she is not related to director Hal Needham.
Needham moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988 to focus on acting, while also auditioning for several roles.
Her first television acting role was an appearance in “Jake and the Fatman”, an American crime drama series. Rumors say she was discovered by a cop looking for a strong female actress while she was working at a gas station. She acted with confidence, and since strong female characters were a rarity at the time, it wasn’t long before her career skyrocketed.
She got her breakthrough role in 40 episodes of the second season of the sitcom “Life Goes On” in 1990, where she appeared as Paige Thatcher.
In 1995, she played Lieutenant Meg Austin, a strong, female character in an all-male environment, in the first two seasons of the action series “JAG” – which stands for “Judge Advocate General” – focusing on a former pilot. who changes jobs and becomes a lawyer. JAG was an elite wing of officers who worked with people accused of committing military crimes. However, Needham’s character was written off after the second season and 20 episodes.
A year later, she played Roxanne in the horror TV movie “Buried Alive II” and then starred in the TV movie “Justice” as Gina Gallagher – another role that expanded her fan base.
She then appeared in “Total Security” as Ellie Jones, and in 2004 she joined the cast of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as Jessica Abernathy, as well as “CSI: Miami” as Cheri Lyle Manning. She is also famous for playing Marilyn Copeland, a mother whose daughter has been kidnapped, in an episode of “Criminal Minds” called “What Fresh Hell?” Some of her later movie roles included playing Sarah in “Angel in the Family” in 2004 and Sarah Sharpe in the 2010 movie “The Last Harbor” along with Samaire Armstrong and Wade Williams.
Needham didn’t stop at acting. She was also the second assistant director for “I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook and Now I Have Three-Picture Deal at Disney”, a 1993 full-length short film that was directed by Ben Affleck.
Needham tied the knot with fellow actor Tommy Hinkley on the 1st January 1995 after several years of dating. Tommy is known for playing several characters in popular films, including his 1987 debut “Back to the Beach”, “Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall”, “Star Trek Generations”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”, and “Angel of Death”.
The couple even starred together in “Buried Alive II,” and Hinkley also had guest roles on series like “ER,” “Martial Law,” and “That ’70s Show.” Needham and Hinkley had their only child, Katie, in 1999. As of March 2020, they are still married.
Tracey has always been an advocate for equal rights as she has faced discrimination since her early years due to her height. She likes horseback riding and playing cards. She does not share her daily lifestyle on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, thus keeping most of her private life out of the spotlight. Little is known about her life after her temporary or permanent retirement from acting in 2010.
Her acting career, despite being dormant for a while as of 2020, has made her a tidy fortune, and her net worth is estimated around $4 million. This shouldn’t be surprising considering Needham was active on the TV screen for over 30 years.
As mentioned, Needham is a really tall woman who stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m), and her vital stats are 36-27-34 – there is no relevant information about her weight, but she is trying very hard to keep her body. She is usually seen as a blonde to light brown brunette, with bright blue eyes.