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Sibel Ergener/Galindez as Lt. Elizabeth "Skates" Hawkes.


Sibel Ergener/Galindez as Dixie.

Sibel Catherine Galindez nee Ergener portrayed Lieutenant Elizabeth "Skates" Hawkes as well as the character Dixie in the role playing episode, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Born in 1967, she is a graduate of Harvard University and portrayed "Skates" in at least nine episodes of JAG. She was suppose to appear in the episode, "All Ye Faithful" but rejected it as she had moved to the East Coast with her husband.[1]

Previously, she starred in a range of TV Series, TV Movies and Movies such as Wings, Beverley Hills 902010, Sliders, The Making of a Hollywood Madam, The Last Big Thing (R Rated) and The David Cassidy Story. She also acted in the 1994 drama act, "Dylan" and the 1995 act, "Florinda".[2][3]

Most notably, she has starred in the film, Falling Down, along side actor Michael Douglas.[4][5] She has also worked as a Performing Arts Director at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.[6][7] She met her husband, then Lieutenant Peter Deacon Galindez, (now Captain, as of 2013[8]) in July 1999, while filming an episode/episodes on the USS John C. Stennis and married on April 29, 2001.[9] She also serves as a member of the Kumeyaay Elementary School Foundation [10][11][12] as well a a leading member in the Wood Acres PTA.[13]

She has lived in San Diego, Bristol, Rhode Island, Norfolk, VA and Bethesda, MD.[14]

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Sibel in non military uniform. From the TV series Sliders.

Interesting Facts: Sibel herself was one of the three finalist who auditioned for the role of Major Sarah MacKenzie. Unfortunately, it was given to Catherine Bell[15]. She was also suppose to appear in the episode Episode:All Ye Faithful, but turned it down due to her move to the East Coast with her new husband.

At present, Sibel's husband has reached the rank of Captain (O-6) in the JAG Corps.[16] He is now the Force Judge Advocate for Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (AIRLANT), having recently served as Commanding Officer, Defense Service Office Southeast (DSO SE).[17]

Sibel now lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia and teaches at a local theater. She is in charge of a project called "the telling project".[18][19] She is also part of "Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense".[20] and sits on the board of Zeiders American Dream Theater.[21]


  2. Johnson, D., 1994 "Dylan (Skylight Theatre, Hollywood; 81 seats; $ 20 top)", Daily Variety 13 December 1994
  3. Daily Variety, 1995, "Florinda (Freud Theater, UCLA; 499 seats; $ 25 top) #Audley Prods. and the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts present a musical in two acts. Director, David Galligan; book, Dana Broccoli, Maurice Stewart, based on the novel by Broccoli; music, Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics, John Claflin, O'Keefe; musical director, Steven Cahill; choreography, Daniel Ezralow; set, Dorian Vernacchio, Deborah Raymond; costumes, Zoe DuFour; lighting, Michael Gilliam, Jacqueline Jones Watson; sound design, Philip G. Allen. Opened July 1, 1995; reviewed July 6; runs through July 23. Running time, 2 hrs., 45 min. #Cast: Julie Heron (Florinda), Gary Imhoff (Storyteller), Jeffrey Rockwell (Roderich), Ellen Harvey (Exilona). #With: Alec Timerman, Edward Evanko, Sibel Ergener, Roland Rusinek, Richard Balin, Debra Lane, Alvin Ing, Brendan Ford, Paul Michael, Carmit Bachar, Michelle Beauchamp, Cindera Che, Sharon Ferguson, Brian Fette, Caryn Kaplan, Torry Pendergass, Bob Simon, Stephen Smith, Jamy Woodbury. Ancient legend has it that the 8th century Moorish invasion of Spain was the revenge of a Moroccan general for the rape of his daughter, Florinda, by Spain's King Roderich. Researching Spanish locations for her husband Albert's 1968 film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Dana Broccoli unearthed the legend and, in 1977 turned it into a novel with her own spin -- Florinda as seductress rather than victim." Daily Variety, 10 July, 1995
  6. Providence Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island), 2003, Metro Notes, April 8 2003, Providence Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island)
  7. Pina, Alisha, A., 2002, STEPS TOWARD FAME - Help from near, far boosts Portsmouth Abbey production, February 14 2002, Providence Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island)
  14. The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.), 2006, "Realty Sales", The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.), 10 June 2006

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