Bangor has lost a great actress. Stephanie Niznik has passed away much too soon. On June 23, 2019, the news reported that Stephanie Niznik, a television and movie actress, Maine, died suddenly at the age of 52. Stephanie Lynne Niznik was an American actress from Bangor, Maine, who was born May 20, 1967 and unexpectedly passed away June 23, 2019. She first portrayed the Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in “Star Trek: Insurrection” and later the humanoid form of a Wraith in the Star Trek:Insurrection first season episode ”Rogue Planet”. Niznik was best known for her role as Caitlin Sweeney in four episodes of “Diagnosis:Murder” (1998) and her role as Nina Feeney throughout the run of “Everwood” (2002-2006). A listing of the many roles Stephanie starred in can be viewed at https://www.memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Stephanie_Niznik. Here it is: Shortly after her debut in Exit to Eden (1994, with Iman, Rosemary Forsyth, Keegan de Lancie, and Rachelle Roderick), she landed the part of Agent Judith Phillips in Vanishing Son (1995), where she appeared alongside Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest actor Jason Leland Adams. In the following years she guest-starred in Renegade (1995), Murder, She Wrote (1995, with Madlyn Rhue and William Windom), The Sentinel (1996), The Guardian (1997), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1997, starring Joe Lando and Chad Allen), Sliders (1997), JAG (1997, with David Coburn and Jim Fitzpatrick), L.A. Doctors (1998, with Eric Menyuk and Whoopi Goldberg), and Profiler (1998, with Mark Rolston), and played supporting parts in Dear God (1996, with Jack Sheldon and Valerie Wildman), Apollo 11 (1996, with Jeffrey Nordling, Jim Metzler, Matt Frewer, Tim Kelleher, and George Murdock), The Twilight of the Golds (1997, with Jill Lover), Memorial Day (1998, with Rob LaBelle), Mr. Murder (1998, with Julie Warner, Bill Smitrovich, K Callan, Richard Riehle, and Bertila Damas), and Emma’s Wish (1998, with Seymour Cassel and Dennis Cockrum). In 1998, Niznik portrayed Erika in Inferno, which featured Sharisse Baker-Bernard, Stoney Westmoreland, and Denney Pierce, followed by Billy Wirth’s short film Kismet (1999) opposite Mariette Hartley. Niznik also had guest parts in the television series Viper (1997 and 1999, with J. Downing and Paul McGillion), Nash Bridges (1999, with Cliff DeYoung and Scott Trimble), Family Law (1999, starring Julie Warner and Christopher McDonald and with Mark Moses, Gregg Henry, and James Avery), and Diagnosis: Murder (2000). After a featured part as a waitress in Anywhere But Here (1999, with Faran Tahir and Jay Harrington), Niznik took over the leading parts in Epoch (2000, with Brian Thompson, Craig Wasson, and Michael Cavanaugh) and Spiders II: Breeding Ground (2001). Prior to her Everwood and Enterprise performances, she portrayed a reporter in Beyond the City Limits (2001, along Benjamin Lum, Brian George, and Morgan Margolis). After the cancellation of Everwood, Niznik filmed The Twenty (2007, starring Clancy Brown) and episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (2007, with Raphael Sbarge and Becky Wahlstrom) and Traveler (2007, with Steven Culp, Billy Mayo, Neal McDonough, and William Sadler). Later, she portrayed Jo Weller-Clarke in Life Is Wild (2007-2008) and had guest roles in CSI: Miami (2008), Eli Stone (2008, with James Saito, Melinda Clarke, and Mark Casimir Dyniewicz), and NCIS (2009, alongside Martha Hackett and stuntman Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom). At an early age, it became clear that Stephanie had a passion for knowledge. She was a National Merit Scholar, an exchange student to Paris, class valedictorian, participated in the summer genetic research program at the Jackson Laboratory, received an early acceptance from Harvard but accepted the Angier B. Duke scholarship from Duke University where she intended to become a geneticist. Yet, in the amazing way that life changes courses, Stephanie decided to pursue another life-long dream – acting. After graduating magna cum laude from Duke University with degrees in theatre and the Russian Language, she pursued her masters of Fine Arts at Cal Arts where she began acting with roles in series including “Vanishing Son” and “Murder She Wrote”. Stephanie was a beautiful being who brought joy wherever she went. She embraced life and found goodness and beauty in the smallest of moments. She showed her caring heart as a dedicated volunteer to many organizations with a special interest in those that devoted their time to addressing homeless veterans, hunger, children and animal rescue. She lived life with appreciation, tenderness, empathy, compassion, forgiveness and love. Stephanie is survived by her mother Barbara Niznik and her stepfather Bob Fotter, her brother David Niznik and his wife Jackie, her niece Elizabeth Niznik, her twin nephews Andrew and Brian Niznik, her uncle Dan Raymo and his wife Marge, and her beloved dogs Nuke and Jake. No cause of death has been given but the death was unexpected. Niznik was found in her home in Encino, California. If you’re a fan of TV chances are Niznik’s face is a familiar one. Different outlets have reached out to her agent who hasn’t responded with any more information regarding her untimely passing as of this writing.
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