She was on Cheers and she drew cheers as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Now Kirstie is back to dazzle us once again in the ballroom!
Kirstie Alley has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing comedic timing second to none. Kirstie’s work in television has earned her seven Golden Globe and eight Emmy nominations, winning one Golden Globe, two Emmys and three People’s Choice Awards. She co-wrote and starred in Showtime’s critically-acclaimed comedy Fat Actress, and played the title character, while also serving as Executive Producer, on the NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet.
In 1994, Kirstie showcased her dramatic range starring in the CBS TV movie David’s Mother, for which she won her second Emmy. In 1987, she joined the cast of the long-running hit NBC sitcom, Cheers, as the neurotic Rebecca Howe. Kirstie received critical accolades and won both an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991. She made her movie debut in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which she played beautiful Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik.
In 1999, Kirstie starred in the dark comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous, a cult-classic mockumentary that follows the contestants in a beauty pageant in Minnesota. She starred in Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, and alongside John Travolta in the hit films Look Who’s Talking, Look Who’s Talking Too and Look Who’s Talking Now. Some of her other film credits include Shoot to Kill, Summer School, For Richer or Poorer and Champions.
In 1995, Kirstie was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000 to 2004, Jenny Craig from 2005 to 2008 and is currently the Poise Fairy. In 2010, Kirstie worked with experts in science, nutrition, and medicine to launch Organic Liaison, which includes Rescue Me, the first ever USDA certified organic weight-loss product. Kirstie has successfully lost 100 pounds using the Organic Liaison program. Kirstie's second book, The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente) will be released this November by Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
"The Bad Boy of the Ballroom" joined the show in Season 2, competing with partner Tia Carrere. We fell for Maks instantly. Known for his bold moves and even bolder mouth, he's the one we love to hate and hate to love.
Maks has come close to getting that shiny disco ball four times. He made it to the finals with boxing champ Laila Ali in Season 4, finished in second place in Season 5 with Mel B, in season 10 a close third with Erin Andrews and ended in second place with Kirstie Alley in season 12. So close! Can he and Kirstie turn that second place into first place for the All-Stars Season?
Ladies love to look at Maks. "I know my assets so I don't have a problem opening my shirt," the dancer says. "I notice women looking at my chest all the time. If you want to look at my chest, go ahead." Don't mind if we do!
Maks is a big part of the DWTS family. He toured in the national production and is part of the DWTS: Cardio Dance DVD. He starred on ABC's sports competition show The Superstars and played himself in an episode of All My Children.
Outside of DWTS, Maks choreographed for famed director Franco Dragone's Le Reve, and performed in the Broadway show Burn the Floor.
Currently a board member for the non-profit organization DanceTeamUSA, Maks is dedicated to inspiring American kids to get involved in DanceSport. He started the Rising Stars Dance Academy, which is the premier youth ballroom dance school in the United States. He also organizes performances all over the world through his company Maksim Chmerkovskiy Productions.
• 2005 Yankee Classic Professional Latin Champion
• 2004 Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Champion
• 2003 Ohio Star Ball Latin Champion
• Ranked 2nd in the US
• Melissa Gilbert
• Hope Solo
• Kirstie Alley
• Erin Andrews
• Debi Mazar
• Denise Richards
• Misty May-Treanor
• Mel B
• Laila Ali
• Willa Ford
• Tia Carrere