Days of Our Lives
Actress Tamara Clatterbuck, sometimes credited as Tami Bakke or Tami Clatterbuck, is known for her work on the soap operas “The Young and the Restless” (1998-1999, 2000, 2005), “General Hospital” (2000-2001) and “Days of Our Lives” (2001-2002). She has also guest starred in the prime time series “Murphy Brown,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Cold Case” and “Nip/Tuck.” In addition, she acted in the television and/or feature films “The Borrower” (1991), “Blind Side” (1993, TV), “City of Industry” (1997), “What Matters Most” (2001), “Under the Influence” (2002) and “Our Lips Are Sealed” (2002). On stage, Clatterbuck won a Dramalogue Award for her performance in “How the Other Half Loves” (1991).
Clatterbuck has been married to Alexander Farkas since 2001. In her free time, she enjoys ballet, snow skiing and watching foreign films. She once dated 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
Childhood and Family:
Tamara Clatterbuck was born on May 26, 1963, in Seattle, Washington. When she was an infant, her family moved to Akron, Ohio. As a child, she spent summers in Norway, her mother's native country. While there, she attended school and learned to speak Norwegian and Swedish. Tamara graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she majored in business administration and marketing with a minor in classical ballet.
On September 8, 2001, Tamara married Alexander Farkas, a regional sales manager for a computer accessories manufacturer called Targus.
Tamara has two sisters, Elizabeth (older) and Leslie (younger).
Our Lips Are Sealed
While in college, Tamara Clatterbuck got a small role in the play “Our Town.” She also performed in the musicals “A Chorus Line” and “Pippin at Akron's Popular Carousel Dinner Theatre” after college before deciding to try her luck in New York. She took intensive theater training for a few months before moving again, this time to Los Angeles.
First billed as Tami Bakke, Clatterbuck made her feature film acting debut in “Hobgoblins” (1988), a low budget movie directed, written and produced by Rick Sloan. She was reunited with Sloan in the direct to video thriller “Marked for Murder” and the film “Vice Academy” (both 1989). Her television career began in 1990 with a guest spot in the long running CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” and a starring role in the comedy series “Laugh!s.” She made her TV movie debut in the 1991 thriller “The Perfect Bride,” which was directed by Terrence O'Hara and starred Sammi Davis, Kelly Preston and Linden Ashby. The same year, she also appeared in the films “Kiss and Be Killed” (starred Caroline Ludvik, Crystal Carson and Chip Hall) and “The Borrower” (starred Rae Dawn Chong, Don Gordon and Tom Towles), and received a Dramalogue in the category of Best Lead Actress for her performance in the play “How the Other Half Loves.”
Clatterbuck rejoined Rick Sloan for the films “Mind, Body & Soul” (1992), which starred Ginger Lynn Allen, Wings Hauser and Jay Richardson, and “Good Girls Don't” (1993), starring Renée Estevez, Julia Parton and Christopher Knight. She then costarred with Rutger Hauer, Rebecca De Mornay and Ron Silver in the NBC television thriller “Blind Side” (1993), for director Geoff Murphy, portrayed Barbara Hall in the Showtime movie “Girls in Prison” (1994), starring Melissa Lahlitah Crider, Anne Heche and Ione Skye, and appeared as Thomas Jefferson Byrd's girlfriend in “Set It Off” (1996), a film directed by F. Gary Gray. In addition, she acted in episodes of “A Different World” (1992), “Civil Wars” (1992), “Hang Time” (1995) and “Murder One” (1996). She also appeared in an episode of the Steven Bochco hit series “NYPD Blue” called “Closing Time” (1996), a role that she would reprise in a 1998 episode called “Cop in a Bottle.”
In 1997, Clatterbuck portrayed Janet in the ABC TV film “Payback,” starring Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner and Denis Arndt, worked with Thomas Calabro, Brittney Powell and John Terry in the Fox television film “L.A. Johns,” was cast as the wife of Timothy Hutton on the John Irvin helmed crime movie “City of Industry,” and appeared as a blond hooker in Rod McCall's “Lewis & Clark & George,” which premiered at the Austin Film Festival on October 4, 1997. The same year also saw her in episodes of “High Incident” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
Next up for Clatterbuck, she was cast in such films as “Vice Academy Part 6” (1998), a reunion with Rick Sloane, Larry David's comedy “Sour Grapes” (1998), starring Steven Weber and Craig Bierko, “Phoenix” (1998), which was directed by Danny Cannon and starred Ray Liotta, Anthony LaPaglia and Daniel Baldwin, and “Has-Been” (1998), a short film directed and written by Martin Keegan. She also guest starred in “Team Knight Rider,” “Mike Hammer, Private Eye,” “Silk Stalkings” and “Profiler” (all 1998) before joining the cast of the CBS long running soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” In the series, she played Alice Johnson from December 1998 to May 1999 (58 episodes) and then in 2000 (3 episodes) and 2005 (1 episode). In February 1999, she guest starred in an episode of “Martial Law.”
After leaving “The Young and the Restless,” Clatterbuck replaced Patricia Healy in the role of Tammy on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital.” She was on the show from 2000 to 2001. She went on to portray Barb on the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” from 2001 to 2002 (86 episodes). Between 2000 and 2002, Clatterbuck also guest starred in “The X-Files” (as Larina Jackson), “The Division” (as Trudy Montgomery), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (as Sandra Hillman) and “The Mind of the Married Man.” She also appeared in the movies “What Matters Most” (2001), an award winning drama written and directed by Jane Cusumano, “Under the Influence” (2002), which won a Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the 2002 Bearfest - Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, and the Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen comedy “Our Lips Are Sealed” (2002).
In 2004, Clatterbuck landed a supporting role on the thriller “Mind Rage,” which was directed by Mark Allen Michaels and starred Charles Hallahan, Michael Rogue and Andrea Leithe, and guest starred in an episode of “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss.” The next year, she played Suzannah Harris in an episode of “ER” called “ Here and There” and returned to “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for an episode called “Compulsion.” The next years saw her in episodes of “Standoff” (2006), “The Mentalist” (2008), “Cold Case” (2009) and “Nip/Tuck” (2010). In 2007, she was seen in the direct to video film “Hallowed Ground.”
Dramalogue: Best Lead Actress, “How the Other Half Loves,” 1991