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Regular cast

This page is a list of regular cast for the Star Trek series and films .

  • 1 Star Trek: The Original Series
  • 2 Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • 3 The Original Series films
  • 4 Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • 5 The Next Generation films
  • 6 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • 7 Star Trek: Voyager
  • 8 Star Trek: Enterprise
  • 9 The alternate reality films
  • 10 Star Trek: Discovery
  • 11 Star Trek: Picard
  • 12 Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • 13 Star Trek: Prodigy
  • 14 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • 15 See also
  • 16 External links

Star Trek: The Original Series [ ]

Star Trek TOS cast

The Original Series cast

  • William Shatner as James T. Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy as Spock
  • DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy
  • James Doohan as Montgomery Scott
  • George Takei as Hikaru Sulu
  • Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov (seasons 2-3)
  • Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura
  • Majel Barrett as Christine Chapel
  • Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand (season 1)

Star Trek: The Animated Series [ ]

Star Trek TAS cast

The Animated Series cast

  • James Doohan as Montgomery Scott and Arex
  • Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
  • Majel Barrett as Christine Chapel and M'Ress

The Original Series films [ ]

Star Trek TOS film cast

The TOS film cast

  • Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov

Star Trek: The Next Generation [ ]

Star Trek TNG cast

The Next Generation cast (seasons 5-7)

  • Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes as William T. Riker
  • Brent Spiner as Data
  • LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
  • Michael Dorn as Worf
  • Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher (seasons 1, 3-7)
  • Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
  • Denise Crosby as Natasha Yar (season 1)
  • Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher (seasons 1-4)

The Next Generation films [ ]

Star Trek TNG film cast

The TNG film cast

  • Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine [ ]

Star Trek DS9 cast

Deep Space Nine cast (seasons 4-6)

  • Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko
  • Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys
  • Rene Auberjonois as Odo
  • Michael Dorn as Worf (seasons 4-7)
  • Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax (seasons 1-6)
  • Alexander Siddig as Julian Bashir
  • Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
  • Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax (season 7)
  • Armin Shimerman as Quark
  • Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko

Star Trek: Voyager [ ]

Star Trek VOY cast, S7

Voyager cast (seasons 4-7)

  • Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran as Chakotay
  • Tim Russ as Tuvok
  • Robert Duncan McNeill as Tom Paris
  • Roxann Dawson as B'Elanna Torres
  • Garrett Wang as Harry Kim
  • Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine (seasons 4-7)
  • Robert Picardo as The Doctor
  • Ethan Phillips as Neelix
  • Jennifer Lien as Kes (seasons 1-3)

Star Trek: Enterprise [ ]

Star Trek ENT cast

Enterprise cast

  • Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
  • Jolene Blalock as T'Pol
  • Connor Trinneer as Charles Tucker III
  • Dominic Keating as Malcolm Reed
  • Anthony Montgomery as Travis Mayweather
  • Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
  • John Billingsley as Phlox

The alternate reality films [ ]

Star Trek TOS film cast (alt)

The alternate reality film cast with director/producer J.J. Abrams

  • John Cho as Hikaru Sulu
  • Simon Pegg as Montgomery Scott
  • Chris Pine as James T. Kirk
  • Zachary Quinto as Spock
  • Zoë Saldana as Nyota Uhura
  • Karl Urban as Leonard McCoy
  • Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov

Star Trek: Discovery [ ]

Star Trek DIS cast, S1

Discovery cast for season 1 with Michelle Yeoh

  • Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
  • Doug Jones as Saru
  • Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler (seasons 1-2)
  • Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
  • Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
  • Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber (seasons 2-4, guest in season 1)
  • Rachael Ancheril as D. Nhan (season 3, guest in seasons 2, 4)
  • Tig Notaro as Jett Reno (season 4, guest in seasons 2-3)
  • Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca (season 1)
  • Anson Mount as Christopher Pike (season 2)
  • David Ajala as Cleveland "Book" Booker (seasons 3-4)
  • Blu del Barrio as Adira Tal (season 4, guest in season 3)

Star Trek: Picard [ ]

Star Trek Picard cast

Picard cast for season 1 with Jeri Ryan

  • Alison Pill as Agnes Jurati (season 1-2)
  • Isa Briones as Soji Asha / Kore Soong (season 1-2)
  • Evan Evagora as Elnor (season 1-2)
  • Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker
  • Santiago Cabrera as Cristóbal Rios (season 1-2)
  • Harry Treadaway as Narek (season 1)
  • Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine (seasons 2-3, guest in season 1)
  • Orla Brady as Laris / Tallinn (season 2, guest in seasons 1 and 3)
  • Brent Spiner as Adam Soong (season 2, guest in seasons 1 and 3 in other roles)
  • Ed Speleers as Jack Crusher (season 3)

Star Trek: Lower Decks [ ]

Lower Decks cast (ensigns)

  • Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner
  • Jack Quaid as Brad Boimler
  • Noël Wells as D'Vana Tendi
  • Eugene Cordero as Sam Rutherford
  • Dawnn Lewis as Carol Freeman
  • Jerry O'Connell as Jack Ransom
  • Fred Tatasciore as Shaxs
  • Gillian Vigman as T'Ana

Star Trek: Prodigy [ ]

Star Trek Prodigy cast

Prodigy cast

  • Brett Gray as Dal
  • Ella Purnell as Gwyn
  • Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pog
  • Angus Imrie as Zero
  • Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Murf
  • Jimmi Simpson as Drednok
  • John Noble as The Diviner
  • Kate Mulgrew as " Captain Janeway "

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds [ ]

Star Trek SNW cast

Strange New Worlds cast

  • Anson Mount as Christopher Pike
  • Ethan Peck as Spock
  • Jess Bush as Christine Chapel
  • Christina Chong as La'an Noonien-Singh
  • Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura
  • Melissa Navia as Erica Ortegas
  • Babs Olusanmokun as Joseph M'Benga
  • Bruce Horak as Hemmer (season 1, guest in season 2)
  • Rebecca Romijn as Una Chin-Riley

See also [ ]

  • Star Trek birthdays
  • Character crossover appearances
  • Cast members who directed
  • Regular cast characters by rank

External links [ ]

  • Official actor's websites
  • Official fan clubs
  • 1 Daniels (Crewman)
  • 3 Jamaharon

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10 Best Star Trek: The Original Series Episodes To Hook New Fans

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  • Star Trek: The Original Series debuted in 1966 and immediately developed a devoted following, eventually becoming a cultural sensation.
  • The show featured iconic characters such as Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, who have endured for nearly 60 years.
  • While the show has some aspects that haven't aged well, like outdated special effects and misogynistic undertones, the original cast remains intoxicating and capable of bringing passion and intrigue to even the thinnest of plots.

Star Trek: The Original Series - originally known simply as Star Trek - features some of the most iconic characters in all of science fiction with the crew of the original USS Enterprise. After its initial pilot episode was rejected by network NBC, Star Trek was massively overhauled with a largely new cast and a more adventurous tone. Star Trek debuted in 1966, and while it was never a ratings champion, the show immediately attracted a devoted following. Star Trek would go on to become a cultural sensation in syndication in the 1970s and was eventually revived as a hit film franchise as well as a series of successful television spinoffs that continues to this day.

There are aspects of Star Trek: The Original Series that have not aged especially well; the special effects are quaint at best, and the misogynistic undertones of many episodes are hard to ignore when viewed in the 21st century. That said, the original Star Trek cast remains intoxicating , a fantastic group of actors who could imbue even the thinnest of plots with passion and intrigue. There's a reason these characters have endured for nearly 60 years.

Star Trek: The Original Series may feel dated in some ways, but here are 10 episodes that should hook even the most skeptical new fans.

10 William Shatner As Captain James T. Kirk

Captain of the uss enterprise.

After Jeffrey Hunter declined to reprise his role as Christopher Pike from Star Trek' s initial failed pilot, "The Cage," he was replaced by William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk . Where Hunter's Pike had been an introverted and weary man, Shatner's Kirk was a swashbuckling charmer , as likely to get into a fistfight with a Klingon as he was to seduce an Orion slave girl. Kirk was largely defined by his decades-long friendship with his Vulcan First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), with Kirk's dynamic bravado bouncing off Spock's measured logic resulting in one of the most fascinating relationships in all of pop culture. For many, James T. Kirk remains the gold standard for Starfleet Captains.

Paul Wesley plays the younger Lieutenant James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Words.

9 Leonard Nimoy As Mr. Spock

Science officer and first officer of the uss enterprise.

Arguably the most important character in all of Star Trek , Spock was the only character to be held over from the show's original pilot ,"The Cage," though the character was reworked to be far less outwardly emotional. A product of a human mother and Vulcan father, Mr. Spock was constantly torn between his two cultures; Spock chose to live his life as a Vulcan, though he most often surrounded himself with humans. Spock's unbreakable bond with Captain Kirk and his chaotic, tempestuous friendship with Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) formed the central trio of Star Trek: The Original Series . No Star Trek character has had a greater cultural impact.

Ethan Peck plays the younger Lieutenant Spock in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

8 DeForest Kelley As Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy

Chief medical officer of the uss enterprise.

The USS Enterprise's resident curmudgeon, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy was not only the ship's brilliant physician, he was among Captain Kirk's closest and most trusted confidants. McCoy routinely went on away missions or sat in on important meetings that a ship's primary doctor wouldn't necessarily take part in generally, but "Bones" was part of Kirk's inner circle, and the Captain valued his opinion. McCoy often clashed with his friend and consistent irritant Spock , as the passionate country doctor and the cold, emotionless Vulcan could not have viewed the universe any more differently. Still, they deeply respected each other, even if they'd be loath to admit it.

7 James Doohan As Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Chief engineer of the uss enterprise.

Known to all as Scotty, Commander Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) wore many hats on the USS Enterprise, overseeing the transporters and serving as Second Officer. However, Scotty was primarily known as the ship's Chief Engineer, able to seemingly pull off technological miracles whenever Captain Kirk needed them . A proud Scotsman, Scotty enjoyed playing the bagpipes and drinking his scotch - perhaps a little too much. Scotty was skeptical of new, untested technology, preferring to work on machines he knew well. Prone to outbursts of righteous anger, Scotty still remained one of Captain Kirk's most trusted officers, able to get the Enterprise out of virtually any jam.

Martin Quinn plays the younger Lt. Montogomery Scott in Star Trek: Strange New World s.

6 George Takei As Hikaru Sulu

Uss enterprise's helmsman.

Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (George Takei) was the USS Enterprise's primary helmsman under Captain Kirk's command. Generally a reserved, genial officer, Sulu quietly contained multitudes . When a virus drove much of the ship's crew mad in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Naked Time," Sulu was seen bouncing around the ship shirtless with a foil in hand. He displayed considerable bravery more than once, which eventually paid off for his career. By the time of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , Sulu had been promoted to Captain of the USS Excelsior, beginning what would go on to become a Starfleet career just as revered as Captain Kirk's.

5 Nichelle Nichols As Nyota Uhura

Uss enterprise's communications officer.

Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) was the Communications Officer on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. One of the few female characters and virtually the only Black character in a position of authority on Star Trek: The Original Series , Uhura was a revolutionary presence at the time the show was produced. Uhura was often relegated to being a background character, but she always shined when given the opportunity, whether it be flirting with Spock on the bridge or entertaining the crew with a song. Modern Star Trek has been much kinder to Uhura than TOS , but Nichols' immortal version is still deserving of praise.

Celia Rose Gooding plays the younger Ensign Uhura on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

4 Walter Koenig As Pavel Chekov

Uss enterprise's navigator.

Introduced in Star Trek: The Original Series season 2 when George Takei was unavailable while shooting a movie, Ensign Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) was a wide-eyed young Russian officer. Mr. Chekov was introduced not only due to Takei's absence, but also to acknowledge the Russians' at the time advanced progress in the 1960s space race. Chekov brought an innocent, youthful energy to the show, with a truly unforgettable Russian accent. Chekov was rarely the at the center of the action on TOS , but he was a character who was easy to like, and would eventually get to do some heavier lifting in the TOS film franchise.

3 Majel Barrett As Nurse Christine Chapel

Key member of uss enterprise's medical team.

Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett-Roddenberry) was Dr. McCoy's top nurse aboard the USS Enterprise. Chapel had an unrequited love for Spock , often seen pining for the Vulcan who could never give her the emotional connection she so desired. Chapel was a victim of Star Trek: The Original Series ' subpar writing for women characters in general, though things took a turn for the better by the time of the movie franchise, where it was revealed Chapel became a doctor and a full Starfleet officer. Chapel would get a much-needed reworking for the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds .

Jess Bush plays the younger Nurse Christine Chapel on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

2 Mark Lenard As Sarek

Vulcan ambassador and spock's father.

Introduced in the Star Trek: The Original Series season 2 episode "Journey To Babel," Sarek (Mark Lenard) was the Vulcan ambassador to Earth, as well as Spock's estranged father . Sarek disapproved of his son's decision to enter Starfleet Academy, preferring him to live his life among Vulcans. The relationship between Sarek and Spock was deeply complicated ; while Sarek may have disagreed often with his son, he and Kirk risked everything dear to them to revive Spock in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock . Spock's fraught relationship with Sarek is one of the most enduring aspects of Star Trek: The Original Series .

James Frain played the younger Ambassador Sarek i n Star Trek: Discovery, which revealed that Sarek adopted Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) as a child and raised him as Spock's sister.

1 Grace Lee Whitney As Yeoman Janice Rand

Captain kirk's yeoman in star trek: the original series season 1.

Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney) appeared in 8 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series as Captain Kirk's Yeoman. Set up as a potential love interest for Kirk, Rand's role was severely reduced during production , often relegating Janice to bringing her Captain coffee and pining for the oddly resentful Kirk. The reason Whitney was fired from Star Trek was later revealed by the actress in her autobiography to be because she was assaulted by a network executive. However, Janice Rand did return in the Star Trek: The Original Series movies, and Grace Lee Whitney also played Commander Janice Rand in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

Star Trek: The Original Series is available to stream on Paramount+.

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)

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Celebs Who Appeared In Star Trek Before They Were Famous

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"Star Trek" has been around for so long it's like the background radiation of the universe: you know it's there but you don't often think about it. For more than five decades, the concept that creator Gene Rodenberry pitched as a "wagon train to the stars" (via  Newsweek ) has spread to every medium — film, television, literature, animation — and even the music from the shows has become embedded in pop culture. To date the world has enjoyed nine television shows, 13 films, and hundreds of novels detailing the adventures of the crew of the starship Enterprise and others.

All those thousands of hours of TV and film require a lot of actors, so it isn't surprising that just about everyone in Hollywood has shown up in an episode or film set in the "Star Trek" universe at some point. Many actors were already famous when they took on a high-profile role in a "Star Trek" production (like Christopher Plummer when he played General Chang in "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country") or a cameo (like Christian Slater in the same film — a role he sought just because he was a huge fan, according to  Digital Spy ).

But plenty of folks appeared as citizens of The Federation, Klingon Empire, or elsewhere in the "Star Trek" universe way before they were household names. Here are some of the celebs who appeared in "Star Trek" before they were famous.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Today, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is best known as Negan on "The Walking Dead." The bat-toting character has gone through one of the most complex heel turns in modern fiction. Before that, he made a name for himself as the romantically doomed Denny Duquette on "Grey's Anatomy." It's safe to say that today Morgan is one of the most recognizable TV actors working today.

But back in 2003, Morgan was just a working actor with a few low-profile TV roles to his name. So when he landed the role of Damron , a Xindi-Reptillian scientist on "Star Trek: Enterprise" in its third season, he was happy for it — not because he was a huge fan of the show, but because he was desperate. According to  Entertainment Weekly , he took the job because "I had to pay my bills."

The plot involved Damron and some co-conspirators traveling to Earth in 2004 to unleash a virus that would prevent humanity from becoming a force in the future. One reason you might not recognize Morgan in the role is the heavy makeup he was in, and that's also why the role made Morgan think about quitting acting altogether. People  reports that the actor said the prosthetics were torture for him. "I remember them dripping goop on my face, and I had straws sticking out of my nose. I couldn't eat lunch. I was claustrophobic. I'd go home in tears." he admitted. Cinemablend notes that Morgan hasn't returned to "Star Trek" since, possibly because he couldn't be sure his character wouldn't wind up in heavy Borg prosthetics.

Tom Hardy is probably the most famous actor who appeared in the "Star Trek" universe before hitting it big. According to  IMDB , his role as Shinzon in "Star Trek: Nemesis" in 2002 was just his sixth acting role ever, and the guy currently headlining in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just 25 years old when he performed the role.

Shinzon is a clone of fan-favorite character Captain Jean-Luc Picard, originally created by the Romulans in a plot to replaced Picard. In "Nemesis," Shinzon seizes control of the Romulan Empire and plans to destroy Earth. On paper it's a great role for a young actor — who wouldn't want to be compared to the great Patrick Stewart? — but as noted by  Polygon , "Star Trek: Nemesis" is one of the least successful and least popular of the films in the franchise. It was a failure at the box office, and according to  Geeky Craze ended "Star Trek" film production until the reboot in 2009.

Over the years, however, Hardy's performance has been singled out as superior to the film around him. Nerdist notes that Hardy's screen test — performed with Stewart — shows just how talented and electric the actor is. Which might explain why, as reported by  Heavy.com , there are persistent rumors that Paramount is actively trying to convince Hardy to reprise his role as Shinzon in "Star Trek: Picard."

Kirsten Dunst

You could be forgiven for thinking Dunst burst on the scene with her iconic role in "Interview with the Vampire" in 1994, when she was 12 years old. But CBR notes that Dunst began modeling when she was just 3 years old, and she had a handful of small roles before that legendary performance — including an appearance on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in 1993. According to  Variety , she played Hedril , a Cairn, a telepathic species with no spoken language . When her family boards the Enterprise on a diplomatic mission, she forms a strong bond with the empath Deanna Troi and her mother, Lwaxana.

What's really fascinating is how the "Star Trek" connection continues to be a subtle presence in Dunst's career. W Magazine reports that in 2017, Dunst made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo appearance in the "USS Callister" episode of Netflix's "Black Mirror." The episode starred her husband, Jesse Plemmons, which somewhat explains her presence, but what's interesting is the plot of the episode. Plemmons' character is a put-upon loner who escapes into a virtual reality obviously based on "Star Trek," making Dunst's split-second moment surprisingly meaningful for a cameo.

Teri Hatcher

Today, Teri Hatcher is really famous, known for her starring roles in  " Desperate Housewives" and " Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." But when she appeared as Lieutenant B.G. Robinson in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "The Outrageous Okona," she wasn't yet famous, although she also wasn't exactly a total unknown. She'd had recurring roles in TV shows including "The Love Boat" reboot, "Capitol," and "Karen's Song." The fact that you don't remember any of those shows tells you all you need to know Hatcher's level of fame when she made an appearance in "Star Trek."

You'd be forgiven for not knowing that Hatcher appears in the episode, because she's actually uncredited. Her role is pretty small, but it was supposed to be a lot bigger. According to  Heavy.com , most of Hatcher's scenes in the episode were cut, which left her angry, so she requested that her name be removed from the episode.

The titular character from the episode, Okona (who was played by Billy Campbell), recently appeared in an episode of the animated series "Star Trek: Lower Decks," leading to speculation that Hatcher might someday be talked into reprising her role, perhaps to finally give the performance she thought she'd given back in 1988. For the moment, however, that remains pure speculation.

Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen, who would find fame as both a Bond Villain in "Goldeneye" and as Dr. Jean Grey (aka Dark Phoenix) in the X-Men universe landed just her second acting role in a 1992 episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Janssen played Kamala , a Kriosian empathic metamorph more or less engineered to attract and be a perfect mate to men. While being transported aboard the Enterprise, she falls in love with Captain Picard, which naturally complicates the diplomatic mission. The role was ideal for the former fashion model, as its predicated on her beauty and ability to be attractive to the opposite sex.

Doux Reviews notes that Janssen was impressive in the performance. She manages to somehow convey complexity and depth in a role essentially requires her to just be desirable. While the character is essentially a slave meant to spend her whole life serving a man emotionally and physically, Janssen nails the fact that Kamala at least makes a choice by the end of the episode. " Star Trek FAQ 2.0 " reports that the producers were so impressed that they offered Janssen a lead role on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," but the actress turned them down.

Ashley Judd

While a number of uber-famous actors have appeared in various "Star Trek" shows and films, Ashley Judd has a very special place in the "Star Trek" universe. Her role as Ensign Robin Lefler on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (which spanned two episodes in 1991) was her first-ever acting gig. Not only that, as  CBR notes, her second appearance also gave the world Judd's first-ever on-screen kiss, with Wil Wheaton.

Judd's role is pretty small in her first episode, "Darmok." But, as reported by the  Atlantic , that episode is considered one of the greatest stories in the history of the "Star Trek" franchise, which makes Judd a part of something special. Her role is expanded in her second episode, "The Game," in which she and Wheaton's character, Wesley Crusher, fall prey to an incredibly addictive video game. Unlike some of the famous actors who got their start on "Star Trek," Judd gets plenty of screen time.

Judd's role is iconic enough for US Weekly to describe her as a "Star Trek: The Next Generation alum," and her performance certainly didn't hurt her career. Just a few years later she had her breakout moment on the TV show "Sisters," and then started popping up in films like "Heat," "A Time to Kill," and "Double Jeopardy."

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley's appearance as Lieutenant junior grade Saavik in "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" was just her second credited acting role. Screen Rant  notes that Alley's performance was incredibly impressive. She managed to capture the Vulcan nature of the character without descending into a parody of Leonard Nimoy's iconic portrayal of Spock. As a result, her character was an immediate fan favorite, and the producers intended to bring her back for the next film, "Star Trek: The Search for Spock." According to the  Chicago Tribune , the appreciation was mutual — Alley said "I owe everything to that film ... I was the happiest girl in the world because Nick (director Nicholas Meyer) gave me the biggest shot anyone could ever give an actress."

But when producers approached her to reprise the role, Heavy.com reports that they could no longer afford her. The role was recast with actress Robin Curtis, who played Saavik in "Spock" and briefly appears in fourth film, "Star Trek: The Voyage Home." The character didn't appear in the fifth film, "Star Trek: The Final Frontier." Reportedly, Meyer tried to get Alley to reprise her role for the sixth film, "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country," but Alley was a huge star by that time and they definitely couldn't afford her. So producers dropped Saavik altogether and created a new Vulcan character, eventually played by Kim Cattrall.

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Daw Kim may be one of the most charming people on the planet, and that abundance of charm has made him a star. These days Kim is familiar from his roles in "Lost," "Hawaii Five-O," and the "Divergent" films (among dozens of other roles). But before Kim became a star, he appeared on two different " Star Trek" series in two different roles.

The first came in 2000, when he portrayed the Kelemane astronaut Gotana-Retz in the "Star Trek: Voyager" episode "Blink of An Eye." At this point in his career, Kim only had a handful of small roles to his name. A few years later he appeared on three episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise" in the role of Corporal D. Chang . This was a pretty meaty role, and reflected the fact that Kim was making a name for himself in the industry — he was just a few years away from his career-making role on "Lost."

Kim, who has described himself as a lifelong fan of the show, told  Asia Society that Star Trek was "big" for him because it was the first time he saw an Asian person on television, which must have made his casting an important moment for the actor. And he made his mark: Collider singles out Kim's performance as Gotana-Retz for praise, noting that "his character arc is remarkably memorable."

Gabrielle Union

These days, Gabrielle Union is a big deal. She's all over TV, she's been in huge films like "Bad Boys II" and "Bring it On," and she's written a bestselling memoir ("We're Going To Need More Wine"). Back in 1997, however, she was just getting started. That's when she landed one of her earliest roles, playing the Klingon officer  N'Garen in the "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episode "Sons and Daughters."

The role was especially important to Union because she comes from a family of Trekkies. As reported by  Interlochen , Union said "My mom is and was a massive Trekkie, so being a Klingon in my family was akin to winning the Oscars."

Union's character mocks and bullies Worf's half-Klingon, half-human son, Alexander, for his military incompetence. As reported by  Heavy.com , Union noted that even though she was acting under layers of prosthetics, she was still "the mean girl of the squad." And those prosthetics took a long time to apply — she often had to work 19-hour days filming the episode, and she literally ran out of things to talk about with the makeup team. She also reported that when she wandered off set to take a break at a nearby coffee shop in full makeup, no one batted an eye because it was a regular occurrence.

Neal McDonough

Whether you know Neal McDonough from "Band of Brothers," "Captain America: The First Avenger," or "The Flash," chances are you think of him with his trademark so-blonde-its-white hair. But when he appeared as Lieutenant Hawk (he doesn't live long enough to get a first name) in the film "Star Trek: First Contact" in 1996, he appeared with a darker 'do.

Hawk was a great role for the up-and-coming star. The conn officer on the Enterprise, Hawk is a pretty heroic and capable officer right up until he's assimilated by the Borg and transformed into a murderous enemy. And, according to  Empire , McDonough has been a fan of the franchise since he was a kid, making it something of a dream role for the actor.

CBR reports that Hawk was intended to be the first openly gay character in the "Star Trek" universe, but producers eventually vetoed the idea. In fact, according to Screen Rant in the earliest drafts of the script, Hawk was written to be explicitly gay, which would have been huge news back in 1996. McDonough has said that he was unaware of any such plans for the character. The rumor that Hawk was gay was finally confirmed in a 2001 novel, " Section 31: Rogue ."

Sarah Silverman

Back in 1996, comedian Sarah Silverman wasn't a total unknown — she'd been a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," after all — but she was years away from achieving the iconic status she enjoys today. In her first scripted role, Silverman played Rain Robinson in the two-part episode "Future's End" in season three of "Star Trek: Voyager."

Robinson is a scientist who figures out that two Voyager crew members have actually traveled from the future, then assists them in setting things right. Silverman's performance is fondly remembered by Trekkies —  Collider notes that Silverman "played the character with her quintessential wry humor and sarcasm" and praises the "easy chemistry" she had with co-star Duncan McNeill. The episodes are ranked third on  Den of Geek's list of "Star Trek" stories set in the present day.

Silverman vibed so well with the cast and crew, in fact, that here was serious consideration given to adjusting the end of the episode so her character could remain on board "Voyager" as a regular cast member in season four (via Slice of SciFi ). Instead, "Voyager" made history in a different way, adding Jeri Ryan in a skintight catsuit as the iconic Seven of Nine.

Considering that Adam Scott's usual on-screen persona is pretty nerdy (he's closely associated with that nerdiest of fictional games, Cones of Dunshire , after all) it really shouldn't be too surprising that Scott brought his Hot Nerd Energy to the "Star Trek" universe.

Scott had only been acting for a few years when he was cast as the unnamed conn officer on the starship Defiant (aka "helmsman 3," which gives you an idea of how small this role was, but at least he got some lines).  H&I  reports that it was Scott's fourth film role ever, and that he'd originally auditioned for the slightly larger role of Lieutenant Hawk, which went to another up-and-coming actor, Neal McDonough. The Back Row explains what makes Scott's small role so interesting: he's basically the biggest star to (almost) be one of Trek's notorious "redshirts," the unnamed characters who are hilariously expendable while the gold- and blue-shirted main characters always survive.

Scott's "Star Trek" connection actually creates a mind-bending pop culture loop. As reported by  IndieWire , when J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise with 2009's "Star Trek," Scott's "Parks and Recreation" character delivered a hilarious rant concerning Abrams's decision to link Spock and Nyota Uhura romantically.

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Japanese American actor George Takei played Lieutenant Sulu in the original 'Star Trek' television series and movies and is a popular social-media presence.

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George Takei overcame the racial barriers of his time to launch a successful acting career. He starred as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu during the three-year television run of Star Trek , and later reprised the role for six movies. Prominently involved with gay rights and Japanese American groups, Takei has become a highly popular social-media presence.

George Hosato Takei was born on April 20, 1937, in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 5, he and his family were uprooted from their home and forced to live at Japanese internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. They returned to Los Angeles after World War II, and Takei enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley to study architecture.

While in college, Takei responded to a newspaper ad looking for Asian voiceover actors for the English version of the Japanese monster movie Rodan (1956). That led to more voiceover work, as well as small parts in television programs such as Perry Mason and the film Ice Palace (1960). Deciding to focus on acting full time, Takei transferred to the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in theater.

In 1966, Takei became one of the few Asian Americans to be featured prominently on TV when he starred as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the science-fiction series Star Trek. He returned after taking time off during the second season to film The Green Berets (1968), but his role as Sulu was temporarily shelved when Star Trek was canceled in 1969.

Takei continued to make regular TV appearances in the 1970s, on such programs as The Six Million Dollar Man and Hawaii Five-O , while providing the voice of Sulu for the Star Trek animated series. Momentum gathered for the making of the movie, and Takei reunited with the rest of his old castmates for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and five sequels over the next dozen years.

The 1990s brought a steady stream of voiceover gigs, with Takei's signature baritone surfacing in the Disney animated feature Mulan (1998) and episodes of The Simpsons . The veteran actor also became a semi-regular guest on the Howard Stern Show , and in 2006, he was named Stern's official announcer following the shock-jock's move to Sirius XM Radio.

Takei was involved in a project close to his heart when he took on a starring role in Allegiance , a production about the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. The play premiered at San Diego's Old Globe Theater in September 2012.

Takei has remained a busy man away from show business. After narrowly losing his bid for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in 1973, he joined the board of directors for the Southern California Transit District from 1973 to 1984.

Takei served on the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission for President Bill Clinton and was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2004. He is also chairman emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum's board of trustees and serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, a renowned Asian-American theater organization.

In 2005, Takei publicly announced his homosexuality to Frontiers magazine. He married his longtime partner, Brad Altman, in September 2008.

In recent years, Takei has earned a following from a new generation of fans with his funny, incisive posts on Facebook. His expansive social-media presence, along with the 2013 release of Star Trek Into Darkness , has helped keep this accomplished actor and activist in the public eye.

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Throughout the years, Star Trek has taken various forms. And, be it a television series or film, there have been famous faces that were not a part of the consistent ensemble. This started with Star Trek: The Original Series , which featured recognizable guest stars such as Fred Williamson, Sid Haig, Charles Napier, and Joan Collins.

Then, over a decade after that show wrapped up its brief three-season run, a film franchise kicked off. And, like the original series and The Next Generation (which began between the releases of the fourth and fifth films), there were some big names attached. They may not have always held the spotlight for long in the films, but they were there. So, who's in what? Let's find out, but note that the films subject to inclusion were only the ones that featured either The Original Series cast members or The Next Generation cast members. In other words, no Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, or Zoe Saldaña here.

7 Stephen Collins in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Like some of the show's most deeply philosophical episodes , Star Trek: The Motion Picture tries to bite off a lot. But, in the case of the movie, it's more than it can chew. Yet, it does feature a former celebrity in a big role: 7th Heaven 's Stephen Collins as Willard Decker. Collins' Decker is always butting heads with Captain Kirk, who has suddenly replaced Decker as the captain of the Enterprise .

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TV fans will recognize Collins not only from the long-running 7th Heaven , but also No Ordinary Family and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia . As for that latter show, he portrayed the biological father to Dennis and Dee Reynolds. Collins' career ended when he confessed to multiple instances of sexual misconduct against a minor, including once a few years before he nabbed the Star Trek role. Stream Star Trek: The Motion Picture on Max .

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6 Kirstie Alley, Paul Winfield, and James Horner in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

With tight pacing, the franchise's best villain , Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the best Star Trek movie to date. It also features a few familiar faces in The Terminator 's Paul Winfield and Cheers ' Kirstie Alley . The former plays Clark Terrell, the captain of the Reliant who is subjected to Khan's eel torture, while the latter plays Saavik, a protege to Spock. Not to mention, the late James Horner provided the film's music, but had a cameo role as an Enterprise crew member.

You've Certainly Heard Horner's Work

Widely regarded as one of the cinema industry's great composers, Horner tragically died in a plane crash in 2015. But he left a massive body of very impressive work, and The Wrath of Khan was one of his earliest projects. Throughout his career, Horner was nominated for Academy Awards for Aliens , An American Tail ("Somewhere Out There"), Field of Dreams , Braveheart , Apollo 13 , A Beautiful Mind , House of Sand and Fog , and Avatar . He also won both an Oscar and a Grammy for Titanic , the former for the score and the latter for "My Heart Will Go On." Stream Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Max.

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5 Christopher Lloyd and Miguel Ferrer in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock may not be a fan-favorite when it comes to the original run of Star Trek movies, but it's generally viewed in a better light than the fifth film. And, unlike the fifth film, it features several big names on the cast list. These include Back to the Future 's Christopher Lloyd and RoboCop 's Miguel Ferrer .

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Lloyd portrays the main antagonist in the late Leonard Nimoy -directed film, and he impressively sheds most of the likability he possessed in Taxi and would again show two years later in Robert Zemeckis' classic sci-fi film, Back to the Future . His Kruge is a Klingon officer with his sights set on using a terraforming device called Genesis for evil. As for Ferrer, his role was far briefer, as he played a First Officer aboard a fellow Federation ship, the Excelsior . Stream Star Trek III: The Search for Spock on Max.

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4 christopher plummer, christian slater, and kim cattrall in star trek vi: the undiscovered country (1991).

The even-numbered Star Trek films, at least of the original six, are the best. So, until Star Trek: Generations rolled, the intergalactic film franchise left off on a high note with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country . And a big part of that is the inclusion of The Sound of Music and Knives Out legend Christopher Plummer .

Plummer Steals the Show

It's essentially all a Cold War allegory with the Klingons standing in for the Russians. And, while many of the Klingons are ready to strive for peace, there's always someone who sews discontent. That'd be Plummer's general, eye-patch-adorned Chang. But, he's not the only familiar face with considerable runtime, as there's also Sex and the City 's Kim Cattrall as the Vulcan Valeris, the ambitious new helmsman of the Enterprise . Not to mention, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Christian Slater, a fan of the franchise and son of the film's casting director, Mary Jo Slater. Stream Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country on Max .

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3 whoopi goldberg, malcolm mcdowell, and alan ruck in star trek: generations (1994).

At one point, Star Trek writers wanted to bring William Shatner's Captain Kirk back , but with a villainous twist. That idea was nixed, but Shatner did find a way back into the universe after the initial film franchise had wrapped up. That said, his reprisal of the role in Star Trek: Generations was more or less to kill him off so the IP could change. But, it had a major similarity to the previous film: a big name in the antagonist role.

McDowell in His Element

In the case of Generations , that would be A Clockwork Orange 's Malcolm McDowell as Tolian Soran, who holds the distinction of actually killing William Shatner's Captain Kirk. Ghost 's Whoopi Goldberg also appeared as Guinan, a role she inhabited from 1988 to 1993 on Star Trek: The Next Generation . Succession 's Alan Ruck also has a substantial role as Enterprise -B captain John Harriman who, like his character on HBO's hit series, comes from a wealthy family. Stream Star Trek: Generations on Max .

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The third film to focus on The Next Generation 's cast after Generations and Star Trek: First Contact , Star Trek: Insurrection , often feels like a feature-length episode of the series that inspired it. And, while Nemesis sealed the deal, Insurrection showed that the IP was swiftly dropping out of favor with general audiences. And, yet, Amadeus ' F. Murray Abraham is excellent in the main antagonist role.

An Unrecognizable Abraham

Covered in a great deal of makeup, one would be forgiven for not recognizing the Scarface star as Ru'afo, commander of the Son'a. The same could be said of Gregg Henry as his second-in-command, Gallatin. Though, if they can discern that it's him, they'll recognize him as Peter Quill's grandfather from another little sci-fi IP called Guardians of the Galaxy . Stream Star Trek: Insurrection on Max .

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1 tom hardy in star trek: nemesis (2002).

Star Trek: Nemesis ' box office tallies showed the franchise's financial viability had run its course. And, if that wasn't enough, the reaction from critics and fans solidified that. But, it features one of Tom Hardy 's earliest performances, only his second big movie after Black Hawk Down and six years before he started gaining clout thanks to his title role in Bronson .

An Early Showcase for Hardy

Explaining where audiences know Hardy from seems pointless, as he's now one of the biggest performers in Hollywood thanks to Inception , Mad Max: Fury Road , and the Venom films. And, while his role as the villainous Captain Picard clone, Shinzon, isn't as much a showcase as his work in those films, it's still an early sign of his considerable talent. Not to mention, for someone who isn't one of the top-billed cast members, he gets quite a bit of screentime. Stream Star Trek: Nemesis on Max .

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Actors You Didn't Know Were Huge Star Trek Fans

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It's long been debated which is the best science fiction franchise of all time, but "Star Trek" has plenty of reason to be considered top dog. Yet for many, it will always have a certain reputation as a bit geekier due to its more cerebral nature. What it sometimes lacks in fast-paced, explosive adventure, it makes up for with thought-provoking stories filled with political and social allegory. 

For that reason, some "Star Trek fans" — often called "Trekkies" — may not wear their fandom as passionately on their sleeve as others. But every once in a while, a superstar actor will reveal to the world that they too are every bit as big a fan as those who go to "Star Trek" conventions and cosplay as Kirk and Spock. In fact, some have been lucky enough to get to appear in the series. 

While well-known "Trek" fans like Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Alexander, and Simon Pegg were famously able to parlay their fandom into on-screen roles in the franchise, there are other famous Trekkies that you'd never suspect, all hoping to one day chart a course to the final frontier.

"My entire family worshipped at the feet of 'Star Trek'," superstar Tom Hanks told British talk show host Graham Norton in 2019. But that was hardly the first time the "Forrest Gump" actor openly espoused being a member of the church of "Star Trek." In 2004, Hanks appeared on Conan O'Brien's self-titled talk show and discussed growing up a "Star Trek" fan. "Oh, I set the clock by 'Star Trek,' it was on at 6 o'clock on channel 2 in Oakland," he noted. He later named-dropped the classic episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and talked about having met William Shatner. 

While rumors have persisted for years that Hanks was once the top choice to play a major role as Zephram Cochrane in the 1996 "Star Trek" film "First Contact," the actor threw cold water on the notion in 2021. He revealed that he knew nothing of being in consideration while a guest on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast , saying, "The guy who invented warp drive? Oh come on! I would have jumped on that!" 

"First Contact" co-writer Ronald D. Moore confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter in 2021 that while Hanks' name may have come up at some point for the role, "it was never really on the table." As for what role Hanks hopes to play in the future? "Let me play a peaceful Romulan. Man, I think that'd be fun," he told Graham Norton.

While Rihanna is a music star first and foremost, she's done her fair share of acting in movies like "Battleship" and "Ocean's 8." But for the 2016 summer blockbuster  "Star Trek Beyond,"  she returned to the music studio to release a new single for the film's soundtrack. As was revealed in a promotional video released by Paramount, her participation in the film was more than just a business deal; it was a fulfillment of her lifelong dream. "'Star Trek' has been a part of my life since I was a little girl," she said in the video to promote her song and the film.

"My dad really is the one who introduced me to 'Star Trek'" she continued, revealing how she connected with the franchise from an early age. "It just took me one episode to fall in love with this other world that I couldn't understand but I felt like I could relate to." As for the song, titled "Sledgehammer," which she wrote specially for the Justin Lin-directed three-quel, she knew it had to be something special because of what the series meant to her.

"This is something that's been a part of me since my childhood. It's never left me. So, it wasn't just like doing a song for any random film." The electro-pop ballad ultimately charted on the Billboard Top 40 , while she released an accompanying music video that features new "Trek"-related sequences with the Enterprise and Rihanna made up as one of the film's signature aliens.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig came to fame in the 2004 crime comedy "Layer Cake" before shooting to superstardom as James Bond in "Casino Royale" a few years later. Today, many know him as the world's greatest detective with a Southern drawl, Benoit Blanc, from Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" series. But while Craig did have a secret cameo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," his real dream has always been to appear in "Star Trek."

In 2007, not long after making his debut as the iconic British super spy, Craig told World Entertainment News about his hidden agenda to take flight into the final frontier. "I would love a stint in the TV show or in a film," Craig told the outlet (via AirlockAlpha ). "It's been a secret ambition of mine for years," he continued. 

At the time, "Star Trek" had been off the air for a couple of years following the cancelation of "Star Trek: Enterprise," and the JJ Abrams-directed movies were still two years away. Though Craig's comments didn't make much noise at the time, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Brent Spiner included Daniel Craig in his dream cast of a proposed adaptation of his book "Fan Fiction," a story where he and his fellow "Star Trek" cast-mates get caught up in a sinister conspiracy (via Inverse ). Could Craig one day join "Trek"? With so many new "Star Trek" shows in development (via Trek Movie ), anything is possible.

Rosario Dawson

In 2020, actress Rosario Dawson joined the "Star Wars" universe as Ahsoka Tano in "The Mandalorian," and she'll be getting her own solo series on Disney+ in 2023 (via IndieWire ). A self-professed sci-fi geek, Dawson fangirled over getting the part, telling audiences at Star Wars Celebration, "It's been just such a thrill and honor to bring this character to life" (via Entertainment Weekly ). But Dawson's geek cred doesn't end there, and according to a 2020 interview with Variety's After Show,  she won't be satisfied until she appears in "Star Trek" too.

"The two universes, 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars.' I get in those two, I'm telling you, man, that's it," she said, "I will just retire." During the discussion, Dawson was already dreaming up ways she could join the "Star Trek" universe. "I could jump on ["Star Trek: Discovery"], I could be on 'Picard.'" She admitted she'd be willing to don heavy makeup just to play a background alien, saying, "I could just be a background Romulan or Vulcan, whatever, it'd be so fun. Just throw me in there, I can walk through as a Klingon." 

In fact, Dawson is so desperate to be a part of the franchise, she'd be happy to play a doomed character with no dialog. "I can be a redshirt and get killed right away." However, Dawson's Trekkie family is having none of that. Apparently, her brother shut that idea down and said she had to be a captain. Given Dawson's meaty role in "Star Wars," we can't say we blame him.

Robin Williams

Sadly, one celebrity "Trek" fan that never got to appear on the series is comedian Robin Williams, who died in 2014. Over the years, several "Trek" regulars have mentioned how Williams was a Trekkie at heart, and in 2021 a reunion of "Star Trek: Voyager" cast members talked about how Williams sometimes visited the set while filming nearby (via TrekMovie ).

In Ben Robinson and Mark Wright's book "Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration," Ethan Phillips, who played alien cook Neelix, reminisced about meeting Williams, who was on the lot filming "The Birdcage" (via TrekMovie). He and Williams ran into each other between two sound stages and as Williams got closer, "He sees me and goes, 'Oh my God, Mr. Neelix!' Then he does this whole routine about what it's like to be a chef in outer space. ... I had a private performance for like a minute and it was really funny. Then he came up, gave me a big hug and said, 'I love your character, sir.'"

Williams being a Trekkie was not news to some, as original series cast member Walter Koening wrote in his book "Chekov's Enterprise" that the "Mork and Mindy" star often visited the Enterprise set during production on the first "Star Trek" film in the '70s (via TrekMovie).

The producers of "Trek" were well aware of Williams' love for the franchise and even wrote a role for him on "The Next Generation." The part played by Matt Frewer in the fourth season episode "A Matter of Time" was originally developed for Williams, but production on the 1991 Spielberg film "Hook" got in the way (via StarTrek.com ).

Many may be most familiar with Mila Kunis as the flighty brunette Jackie on "That '70s Show" or always-bullied Meg on "Family Guy." But since her star-making turn as Jackie, the actress has had an impressive career, most notably starring in Darren Aronofsky's Academy Award-winning   psychological-horror "Black Swan." In 2011, Kunis came out to the world as a diehard Trekkie, thanks to a Q&A session with GQ in the wake of that film's release.

"I got into ["Star Trek"] in my late teens; 18, 19, 20. Something like that. I got into it later than most people," she acknowledged. "But let's not talk about it in the past tense. I'm still a 'Star Trek' fan. You never stop being one." Kunis ranked the various "Trek" series' that existed at the time in what she calls an "ongoing argument" with "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane. For Kunis, "The Next Generation" is her favorite, while somewhat controversially, she places "Voyager" ahead of "Deep Space Nine."  

But her love of the franchise goes beyond just being a passive viewer, as she even admitted to attending some in-person "Trek" events. "I went to the Star Trek Experience in Vegas maybe five years ago. I hung out with a bunch of fake characters inside Quark's bar," Kunis revealed, referring to the tourist recreation of the set of "Deep Space Nine" that ran from 1998-2008. "There were all these actors there pretending to be the different characters from the different shows. Yes, I loved it." But that's not all, as Kunis says she's also a collector, counting a signed Leonard Nimoy photo and several "Star Trek" figurines among her possessions.

Ben Stiller

If you haven't been paying attention to Ben Stiller outside of his biggest films, you may never have realized what a huge "Star Trek" fan he is. But the truth is, if you've followed his career closely you'd be aware, because he hasn't exactly been shy about it. Turn back the clock to 1996: Stiller hosted the "Star Trek" 30th anniversary TV special , and went on a personal diatribe about his love for the franchise, and growing up watching Kirk, Spock, and Mr. Sulu. 

To this day, Stiller continues to be open about his fandom, and in 2020, he appeared as the very first guest on the debut episode of "The Pod Directive," an official "Star Trek" podcast hosted by "Star Trek: Lower Decks" star Tawny Newsome. In the episode , Stiller talked at length about considering the series "his best friend" while growing up. "'Star Trek' for me was something you could watch every night," he told Newsome and co-host Paul F. Tompkins. But his love for "Trek" didn't stop when the TV turned off. "My mom took me to a couple of conventions in the late '70s," revealing how he'd stand in line to collect memorabilia and autographs.

Unlike some other stars though, Stiller's fandom benefited from growing up in a showbiz family. "My parents knew William Shatner a little bit," he said, revealing that his mother's work on the game show "The 10,000 Pyramid" gave him rare access to certain celebrities. "That was exciting for me!"

Seth MacFarlane

Admittedly, the revelation that Seth MacFarlane is a massive "Star Trek" nerd might not come as a huge surprise, even if you've never seen him talk about it . You may have never even have seen his homemade "Star Trek" movies , but fans of "Family Guy" have seen countless homages to the show, most notably in the episode "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven." 

McFarlane also cast Patrick Stewart as the lead in "American Dad." But his love of the sci-fi franchise shines most brightly in his live action sci-fi comedy "The Orville," which wears its love for "Star Trek" unashamedly on its sleeve.

In fact, when building out his production team for the sci-fi sitcom "The Orville," MacFarlane brought in a number of "Star Trek" veterans. This includes producers Brannon Braga and David A. Goodman, writers Andre Bormanis and Joe Menosky, plus directors James Conway, Jonathan Frakes, and Robert Duncan McNeill (the latter of whom played Commander Riker on "TNG" and Tom Paris on "Voyager"). "He filled the room with 'Next Gen' people so that the show would look and feel like it," Frakes told the audience at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention in 2018.

But unlike so many others, MacFarlane actually got the chance to fulfill his dream of being a part of the "Star Trek" franchise. In 2004, when "Family Guy" was in the midst of its first cancelation, he played Ensign Rivers, a young engineer in a pair of episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise."

Olivia Wilde

Sci-fi fans probably recall Olivia Wilde's turn as the digital dame Quorra in the 2010 film "Tron: Legacy." More recently though, Wilde has decided to transition to sitting behind the camera, and directed "Star Trek" star Chris Pine in the 2022 indie drama "Don't Worry Darling." But we have to wonder if while making the movie, she wasn't a little bit excited to be meeting the modern day Captain Kirk, as the actress-turned-director described herself as a Trekkie in a 2011 interview with  Gizmodo .

The interview was to promote Wilde's film "Cowboys and Aliens," and Gizmodo asked about Wilde's participation in science fiction films like "Tron," wondering if she might be interested in any other franchise. To the surprise of many, she name-dropped "Star Trek," since she "grew up as a Trekkie" and had some unexpected ideas about who she could play. She told Gizmodo that "I think 'Star Trek,' they were always great female roles, but there's no reason the captain shouldn't be a woman. I think we could do Captain Kirk as a woman."

While she might not have seen "Star Trek: Voyager," which featured actress Kate Mulgrew as the show's first leading female captain, it sounds like Wilde thinks a gender-swapped Kirk could work on-screen. Considering some of the wild sci-fi shenanigans the franchise has experience before, there's really no reason it couldn't, and Wilde is as good a choice as any to take on the role. 

Christian Slater

Many people know Christian Slater from  "Mr. Robot," or any number of iconic films throughout his career, including "Heathers" and "Untamed Heart." What some may not know, however, is his bit role in the 1991 "Star Trek" film, "The Undiscovered Country." It's a role he got thanks to his mother — the film's casting director — whom he asked to get him even a tiny role in his favorite franchise.

Appearing on "Conan"  in 2012, Slater talked about his cameo, where he played a Starfleet ensign serving under Captain Sulu. "That was a big deal," he told the talk show host. But O'Brien also exposed the true depths of Slater's obsession with "Trek" when he asked if he owned any memorabilia. "A buddy of mine knows I'm a huge Trekkie, knows I love the show ... [he] did get me the Captain Kirk chair," the actor admitted, referring to a full-size replica of Captain Kirk's famous command chair from the bridge of the original Enterprise. "You can push the buttons and all the lights go on and I love it!"

But when O'Brien asked the actor if he had ever dressed up as Kirk while sitting in the chair at home, Slater demurred. "I can't really confirm or deny that." If he did, he'd have authenticity on his side, as he confessed on Graham Norton's radio show in 2017 that he stole a Starfleet uniform from the set of "Star Trek VI." He said, "I have it in a box somewhere. It was William Shatner's costume from Star Trek II, actually" (via Digital Spy ).

It seems like every week, someone you never expected is revealed to be a "Star Trek" fan, and in 2019, Sam Witwer added himself to the list. No stranger to iconic science fiction franchises, Witwer starred in "Battlestar Galactica" as Raptor pilot Crashdown, in "Smallville" as the arch villain Doomsday, and as the voice of both Emperor Palpatine and Darth Maul in various "Star Wars" animated projects like "Clone Wars" and "Rebels." 

But while he's wasn't campaigning for a role in "Star Trek," he did reveal himself to be a Trekkie in a surprising way. In November 2019, Witwer took to Twitter to voice his support for an HD remastering of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," suggesting that it would help fuel the "streaming wars." 

As diehard fans know, only the original "Star Trek" and "The Next Generation" have received HD remasters and restorations, with "DS9" and "Voyager" to this day only available in original standard definition ("Enterprise" was filmed in high definition on its debut in 2001).

But while Witwer may not be pushing to star in the next big "Star Trek" series on Paramount+, that might be because he's already been a part of the franchise. In addition to providing voice work for the "Star Trek: Online" video game, Witwer appeared in "Star Trek: Enterprise" as an unnamed alien Xindi in the 2003 episode "The Shipment."

Nicolas Cage

A self-professed comic geek, Nicolas Cage has played the comic book hero "Ghost Rider" and appeared in a supporting voice in "Into the Spider-Verse," but has never appeared in a major sci-fi or fantasy franchise. So, when interviewed in early 2023 about the possibility of ever joining the "Star Wars" universe alongside his "Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" co-star Pedro Pascal, Cage stunned everyone when he spurned the galaxy far, far away by revealing his Trekkie status for the first time. 

"'No,' is the answer and I'm not really down. I'm a Trekkie, man," Cage told Yahoo's Kevin Polowy in an interview posted to Twitter . Cage noted that he's been a fan of the Final Frontier since he was young, when he would watch William Shatner on the series, but he loves the movies starring Chris Pine as well.

He further explained what he loves about "Star Trek" and science fiction generally: "To me what science fiction is really all about and why it's such an important genre is that is really where you can say whatever you want, however you feel. You put it on a different planet, you put it in a different time ... and 'Star Trek' really embraced that."

But despite being encouraged by Pascal to make an appearance on "The Mandalorian" (via  Yahoo ), Cage insisted to Polowy that there was no room in his fandom to betray his favorite sci-fi saga: "I'm on the Enterprise. That's where I roll." 

15 Great Movies Starring Star Trek Actors

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A few months ago, we ran the rule over a dozen or so films starring Star Trek cast members that we reckoned they'd like to forget, covering the length and breadth of the franchise's stars.

Now though, the shoe is on the other foot - and we're taking a moment to appreciate just some of the brilliant efforts that crew members of the Federation have featured in over the years.

Given that several cast members from The Original Series never particularly enjoyed illustrious silver-screen careers away from the USS Enterprise's own cinematic adventures, you'll find more familiar faces from the Kelvin timeline or subsequent television exploits on this list.

We've gone for regular cast members only too - so there's no room for Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road or Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game in here either.

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The late actor's legacy was explored in the superlative documentary Love, Antosha just last year, but amid his otherwise particularly eclectic career, it's this cult favourite horror - cited as one of the best films of the decade in several retrospectives - from Jeremy Saulnier that's the pick of the bunch.

Starring as the bass player of a punk group who find themselves under attack from neo-Nazi skinheads following a murder, Yelchin isn't the only Trek alumni on show, as he's forced to pit wits with Jean-Luc Picard himself, Patrick Stewart - but it is the former, as protagonist, who carries this frequently gruesome exercise through to its climax.

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Star Trek has built its success around its casting, which resulted in talented ensembles who work exceptionally well together. That tendency applies across the board, from cameos to large roles. Actors are often asked back, sometimes to play different characters. The franchise’s copious use of make-up makes disguising the same performer very easy. Some actors have played numerous roles spread out across decades, which begs the question of who has played the most different characters.

That question is surprisingly tricky to answer. While a few lead contenders present themselves, the question of what constitutes a “different” character makes the issue hazy in a universe where possession, cloning and parallel timelines are present. Depending on the definition of "different," the answer lies somewhere among four specific  Star Trek performers.

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Vaughn Armstrong

Of the four actors on the list, Armstrong is the least-known, despite being a television veteran, with 99 credits to his name and work stretching back to the 1970s. He’s played 12 distinct characters across The Next Generation , Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise , notably in the latter as Maxwell Forrest. Forrest has a Mirror Universe counterpart, which -- depending on how “different characters” is defined -- drops his count to 11. That’s still enough to provide a good baseline for comparison. No one else played as many distinctive and clearly separate characters. Three other actors have raised that count higher, but only if certain qualifiers are added.

Jeffrey Combs

Officially, Combs has made 14 Star Trek appearances , most notably as the Andorian Shran in Star Trek: Enterprise , and various incarnations of Weyoun in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . The latter role is what complicates his placement on this list: Weyoun is a Vorta, a genetically engineered servant race of the Changelings who are replaced by clones when one of them dies. By that count, he played five different Weyoun clones and a Mirror Universe version of the Ferengi Brunt, whom he also portrayed in the Prime Universe. Assuming those duplicates don’t qualify as unique characters, it drops his final count to nine. However, if they do, then he's at 14, which puts him above Armstrong.

Majel Barrett

Barrett appeared in the original Star Trek pilot, “The Cage,” and remained a Star Trek  staple for decades afterward. Her live-action appearances were limited to three: Number One in “The Cage,” Christine Chapel in The Original Series  and Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine . She also provided the computer voice for multiple Trek series, which could conceivably qualify as a character as well.

Normally, that would put her out of the running for the most distinct characters. However, Star Trek: The Animated Series  featured her as Nurse Chapel, Lt. M’Ress, Amanda Grayson, and -- as is typical for animated series -- numerous minor characters. In total, these figures add 14 to her count, giving her a total of 18. It's higher than both Combs and Armstrong. Although some might argue that those animated "roles" were likely recorded as part of her Christine Chapel sessions and required no costume or appearance changes from the actor.

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Brent Spiner

Spiner, of course, is best known for playing Lt. Commander Data. He also played Dr. Noonian Soong, his evil twin Lore, his late-arriving brother B-4 and various other members of the Soong family. That number totals six, far below the top count. However, Data has been possessed by a number of additional characters, notably in The Next Generation, Season 7, Episode 17, “Masks,” where he played five different consciousnesses occupying the android’s body.

Other episodes entail similar possessions, though never nearly so many as “Masks.” In addition, The Next Generation , Season 6, Episode 8, “A Fistful of Datas,” saw Spiner appearing as five Western pulp characters after a glitch in the holodeck. Adding those together gives Spiner a total of 24 distinct characters he’s played on one Star Trek show or another. The qualifier here is the number of roles played more or less as Data: personalities possessing his body rather than any distinct figure separate from the android. Without them, he drops down below Armstrong for the most.

James Doohan

James Doohan will forever be Montgomery Scott to Star Trek fans, and the template for Starfleet engineers in every series and film that followed. He hasn't played any live-action characters in the franchise besides that, and as a signature crewman from the beginning, he hasn't had to. But like Barrett, he performed the voices for a number of machines and artificial beings on The Original Series -- four in total -- and the count leaps up when we include ancillary figures for Star Trek: The Animated Series . Like Barrett, Doohan voiced a huge number of one-off characters like guards and random aliens, sparing producers the expense of having to hire another actor. His count here is staggering -- 50 in total, plus Mr. Scott -- and assuming they factor into the calculation, they put him on top.

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I was re-watching S1 and there is a background actor I saw in almost every EP of S1. I looked it up but didn't see her in the list. I was wondering if she had been in later seasons which I have not re-watched yet and might have had an actual role I didn't remember. She is a redhead in a yellow/gold skirt uniform? Usually seen on the bridge, sometimes in the halls and maybe in engineering if it is the same person.  

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A screen capture from Trek Core showing her would really help.  
^ It might not be the same actress but I will cap it from an episode shortly. ETA: I should have waited to post this, I was trying to go to bed. LOL. ADD: It may or may not be her: http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x20/heartofglory_hd_396.jpg  

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Hm, redheaded background actress, that was probably Diana Giddings. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Diana_Giddings  
Yay! Thank you!  

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I always wondered how much Trek background actors made. Some of them were in a lot of episodes.... they must have been paid enough to pay the bills! I'm guessing that they don't make residual checks off of any reruns that air.  

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TayLaLaLa said: ↑ I was re-watching S1 and there is a background actor I saw in almost every EP of S1. I looked it up but didn't see her in the list. I was wondering if she had been in later seasons which I have not re-watched yet and might have had an actual role I didn't remember. She is a redhead in a yellow/gold skirt uniform? Usually seen on the bridge, sometimes in the halls and maybe in engineering if it is the same person. Click to expand...

Borjis

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There's a guy with black hair, I know he was in "The Game" putting a game head set on when Crusher & Lefler left ten forward. He's seen a bunch of times.  

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Ro_Laren said: ↑ I always wondered how much Trek background actors made. Some of them were in a lot of episodes.... they must have been paid enough to pay the bills! I'm guessing that they don't make residual checks off of any reruns that air. Click to expand...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think these background performers, if not SAG members, are not allowed to speak on screen. That's why so many just seem to nod when addressed. Also cool to see Dennis Madalone throughout the shows, because whenever you see him, you know he's about to get thrown across the room. Perhaps the most prolific background actor is Tom Morga. He appeared in numerous roles and as a stunt double from TMP through ENT.  

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As said above, background extras are the grunts of any TV/movie work. They're literally paid a few $100, given some access to the craft-services table and told to shoo when everything is wrapped. No residuals, nothing. If they *speak* it bumps them up a whole other pay-grade. Which is a shame, the red-haired woman in the skant really needed to be paid more.  
Trekker4747 said: ↑ Which is a shame, the red-haired woman in the skant really needed to be paid more. Click to expand...
jimbotron said: ↑ Yeah well, she put out for Okona. Click to expand...
Maxwell Everett said: ↑ Ro_Laren said: ↑ I always wondered how much Trek background actors made. Some of them were in a lot of episodes.... they must have been paid enough to pay the bills! I'm guessing that they don't make residual checks off of any reruns that air. Click to expand...

varek

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Several actors portrayed characters on the Bridge for a few episodes. They sometimes got a small speaking part.  

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T'Girl said: ↑ jimbotron said: ↑ Yeah well, she put out for Okona. Click to expand...
varek said: ↑ Several actors portrayed characters on the Bridge for a few episodes. They sometimes got a small speaking part. Click to expand...

CoveTom

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Ro_Laren said: ↑ It seems like we had more reoccurring background actors in Voyager than in TNG. They also seemed to have more lines. But, maybe I just need to rewatch both shows. Click to expand...
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Lethal Weapon and Star Trek actor Alan Scarfe dies at home after cancer battle

Alan Scarfe, known for his role in 'Lethal Weapon', has sadly died after being diagnosed with cancer .

The beloved actor's family has announced he died at his home in Quebec on April 28, at the age of 77. British-Canadian Scarfe made his mark with roles in shows such as 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and was noted for his performance as Magistrate Augris in an episode of 'Star Trek: Voyager'.

He also starred opposite Mel Gibson in 'Lethal Weapon III'. Scarfe had sadly been diagnosed with colon cancer , after his late brother Brian also battled the same condition. Scarfe travelled extensively across Europe, the United States, and Canada for work, having studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 1964 to 1966.

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Over the following two decades, he amassed an impressive portfolio of over 100 roles. Reminiscing about his aspiration as an actor, he said in 2007, "I wanted to be a great classical actor in the long tradition of Burbage, Garrick, Kean, Booth, Olivier. Forty-five years ago when I began it was still possible to think in such a romantic, idealistic way."

In a touching tribute, the Scarfe's family revealed that he would have been "lost" without the loving care of his daughter Tosia and son-in-law Austin. The obituary detailed Alan's life, noting: "Son of Gladys Ellen Scarfe (Hunt), and Neville Vincent Scarfe, he was born June 8th, 1946 in Harpenden, England. He emigrated to Canada with his parents and two brothers, Colin and Brian Scarfe, as his father pursued an academic career, finally settling in Vancouver. The current education building at the University of British Columbia (the Scarfe Building) is proudly named after his father, Neville."

The family continued: "Alan is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Brian, who also succumbed to the same disease. He is also predeceased by his cherished and beautiful wife, Barbara, who passed away from cancer on August 11th, 2019."

They concluded with words of remembrance for those he left behind: "Surviving are his beloved daughter Tosia, and son-in-law Austin, who lived with and cared for Alan up until his death, and without whom Alan, 'would have been lost'. He also leaves behind his brother Colin, son Jonathan Scarfe, and his darling grandchildren Kai and Hunter Scarfe, university students at the University of Victoria, and McGill, respectively."

Alan's late wife Barbara also appeared in Star Trek, taking on the role of Lursa. In his later years, Alan turned his attention away from the screen and state and instead turned to writing.

His 2019 novel, The Revelation of Jack the Ripper saw him win an award. Following the success of his debut, he went on to write The Vampires of Juarez, The Demons of 9/11, and The Mask of the Holy Spirit.

His last acting credit in Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007) saw him take on the role of Father Cassidy. Although he took a step back from acting, Alan remained dedicated to the Star Trek franchise and often appeared at conventions, meeting fans and discussing his acting training for sci-fi roles.

He previously said: "Science fiction on film and television, especially if you are playing some kind of alien character with fantastic make-up, is great for actors with a strong stage background. The productions need that kind of size and intensity of performance. You can't really mumble if you're a Klingon."

Fans have since paid tribute on X, formerly known as Twitter, with one writing: "Sad to see Alan Scarfe has passed, I loved his evil farmer role in The Wrong Guy." A second added: "A damn shame. He's one of those actors who I always enjoyed seeing on TV and in the occasional movie... #AlanScarfe."

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“This isn’t Kirk. This isn’t even near Kirk”: One Star Trek: TNG Actor Hated Patrick Stewart Replacing William Shatner in TNG

Sir Patrick Stewart's Star Trek: The Next Generation co-star Michael Dorn was unhappy with Picard taking over from Kirk.

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  • When Sir Patrick Stewart was announced to star in Star Trek: TNG, many fans were unsure if it would be a good decision.
  • Even TNG actor Michael Dorn did not think Patrick Stewart's Picard could take over William Shatner's iconic Captain Kirk.
  • However, the initial hatred for his co-star soon diminished after Michael Dorn worked with Patrick Stewart on the show.

Star Trek: The Next Generations played a massive role in making Sir Patrick Stewart the star he is today. The role of Jean-Luc Picard established the  X-Men star as a prominent face in modern pop culture. However, when Stewart was first slated to take over the lead role from the iconic William Shatner, it was met with skepticism from the Trekkies and even his The Next Generation co-actor.

Patrick Stewart's casting was met with skepticism in Star Trek: TNG

Initially, the Trekkies were not ready to accept that their favorite Captain Kirk would be replaced in the new series. But it is interesting how another The Next Generation actor Michael Dorn was not convinced with Patrick Stewart taking over the popular franchise.

What did Michael Dorn say about Sir Patrick Stewart’s  Star Trek casting?

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William Shatner ‘s performance as James Tiberius Kirk is hailed as iconic and is still discussed among pop culture enthusiasts. When Sir Patrick Stewart was cast to replace the stalwart, he was not a renowned personality. An old Los Angeles Times report even mentioned him as an  “unknown British Shakespearean actor” .

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While the chatter around Patrick Stewart ‘s casting was prevalent among the masses,  Star Trek: TNG actor Michael Dorn was also skeptical about Picard. Dorn, who played Wolf in The Next Generation , admitted in an interview with Hero Complex (via Giant Freakin Robot ) that he initially hated the idea of Picard taking over Kirk until he finally worked with Stewart in the show.

I was skeptical when I met Patrick [Stewart] and saw him. I thought, ‘Well, this isn’t Kirk. This isn’t even near Kirk.’ But once I started acting with Patrick I knew immediately it was the perfect decision.

Like all the fans, it did not take long for Michael Dorn to understand that Patrick Stewart was a worthy successor to Shatner. After playing the role of Wolf in  Star Trek: TNG  and  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Dorn reunited with the  Logan actor in the third season of the Star Trek: Picard series after 2 decades.

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Stewart initially had major problems on Star Trek: TNG

Just like the fans did not have a good time accepting the transition from Shatner’s Captain Kirk to Stewart’s Picard, the latter also had a hard time adjusting to the atmosphere of the set. While Patrick Stewart had a disciplined theater background, his co-actors were not very serious on the set. Initially, this often led two parties to clash .

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Sir Patrick Stewart wrote in his novel  Making It So: A Memoir  that once he was so infuriated with his non-serious co-actors that he gave them a good lecture. As per Entertainment Weekly , the English actor’s  “ intense and serious” experiences at the Royal Shakespeare Company did not let him be as free in his job as his other co-actors.

On the TNG set, I grew angry with the conduct of my peers, and that’s when I called that meeting in which I lectured the cast for goofing off and responded to Denise Crosby’s, ‘We’ve got to have some fun sometimes, Patrick,’ comment by saying, ‘We are not here, Denise, to have fun.’

Unfortunately, the lecture did not work for the now 83-year-old and only led him to leave the set feeling humiliated. But eventually, everything was sorted out and he realized that he “ had failed to read the room” and should not have behaved the way he did.

As the seven seasons of  TNG  went on, Sir Patrick Stewart’s relationship with his co-stars kept improving, and they turned into excellent friends by the end.

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Alan Scarfe, the actor best known for his work in Seven Days and Double Impact , has died aged 77.

His family announced that the British-Canadian actor died from colon cancer at his home in Longueuil, Quebec, on 28 April.

Scarfe is survived by a son, the actor Jonathan Scarfe who is known for his roles in Van Helsing , Raising the Bar and The 100 , a daughter Tosia, who is a musician and composer, and a brother named Colin.

Born in England and raised in Vancouver, Scarfe studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 1964 to 1966, in line with his desire to become a classical stage actor. He travelled all over Europe, the United States and Canada and performed more than 100 roles over the next two decades.

He also served as associate director of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool from 1967 to 68. “I wanted to be a great classical actor in the long tradition of Burbage, Garrick, Kean, Booth, Olivier,” he said in an August 2007 interview .

“Forty five years ago when I began it was still possible to think in such a romantic, idealistic way.”

Scarfe’s time as stage actor included eight seasons at the Stratford Festival and two at the Shaw Festival, both in Ontario, where he performed a lot of Shakespeare, playing Macduff on Broadway in 1988 in a production of Macbeth with Christopher Plummer and Glenda Jackson.

He started his film career with roles in The Bay Boy (1984), Deserters (1984), Overnight (1986), Street Justice (1987), Iron Eagle II (1988), Aka Albert Walker (2003), and The Hamster Cage (2005).

He gained popularity with his science fiction roles, including Dr Bradley Talmadge from the National Security Agency in Seven Days , as well as for his guest roles as Romulans Tokath and Admiral Mendak on Star Trek in the 1990s .

Scarfe made several appearances at Star Trek conventions, endearing himself to fans, and spoke about his training coming in handy when playing sci-fi roles.

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“Science fiction on film and television, especially if you are playing some kind of alien character with fantastic make-up, is great for actors with a strong stage background,” he said.

“The productions need that kind of size and intensity of performance. You can’t really mumble if you’re a Klingon.”

Scarfe also played the villain Nigel Griffith in the action film Double Impact in 1991 opposite twins Alex and Chad Wagner, portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme.

He then played the Internal Affairs chief Herman Walters in Lethal Weapon III in 1992.

In 1985, Scarfe won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for playing Sergeant Tom Coldwell in The Bay Boy .

In addition to his acting career, Scarfe was a published author, writing under the pen name Clanash Farjeon.

His first novel, The Revelation of Jack the Ripper , was published in 2017 and was followed by The Vampires of Juarez , The Demons of 9/11 , and The Mask of the Holy Spirit .

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Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers sets off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on its own mission to go where no one has gone before. Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers sets off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on its own mission to go where no one has gone before. Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers sets off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on its own mission to go where no one has gone before.

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‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei is determined to keep telling his Japanese American story

“Star Trek” icon George Takei has a new picture book out for children ages called “My Lost Freedom,” tackling the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, including children, labeled enemies during World War II. (May 30)

FILE - Members of the "Star Trek" crew, from left, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, George Takei, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols, toast the newest "Star Trek" film during a news conference at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Dec. 28, 1988. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith, File)

FILE - Members of the “Star Trek” crew, from left, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, George Takei, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols, toast the newest “Star Trek” film during a news conference at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Dec. 28, 1988. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith, File)

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FILE - Actor George Takei, who played the role of helm officer Sulu in the original television series, “Star Trek,” gives a “live long and prosper” gesture in front of a model of the U.S.S. Enterprise space ship at an exhibit at the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

FILE - George Takei arrives at the 75th annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2022, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - George Takei arrives at the Star Trek Day celebration in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, 2021. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

A copy of “My Lost Freedom,” a children’s book by George Takei, is displayed at the section featuring in the “Being Asian in America” at a Kinokuniya bookstore specializing in selling books and magazines written in foreign languages in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

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TOKYO (AP) — The incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans , including children, labeled enemies during World War II is an historical experience that has traumatized, and galvanized, the Japanese American community over the decades.

For George Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu aboard the USS Enterprise in the “Star Trek” franchise, it’s a story he is determined to keep telling every opportunity he has.

“I consider it my mission in life to educate Americans on this chapter of American history,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

He fears the lesson about the failure of U.S. democracy hasn’t really been learned, even today, including among Japanese Americans.

“The shame of internment is the government’s. They’re the ones that did something unjust, cruel and inhuman. But so often the victims of the government actions take on the shame themselves,” he said.

Takei, 87, has a new picture book out for children ages 6 to 9 and their parents, called “My Lost Freedom.” It’s illustrated in soft watercolors by Michelle Lee.

A copy of "My Lost Freedom," a children's book by George Takei, is displayed at the section featuring in the "Being Asian in America" at a Kinokuniya bookstore specializing in selling books and magazines written in foreign languages in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Takei was 4 years old when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, two months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor , declaring anyone of Japanese descent an enemy of the United States and forcibly removing them from their West Coast homes.

Takei spent the next three years behind barbed wires, guarded by soldiers with guns, in three camps: the Santa Anita racetrack, which stunk of manure; Camp Rohwer in a marshland; and, from 1943, Tule Lake, a high-security segregation center for the “disloyal.”

“We were seen as different from other Americans. This was unfair. We were Americans, who had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor. Yet we were imprisoned behind barbed wires,” Takei writes in the book.

Throughout it all, his parents are portrayed as enduring the hardships with a quiet dignity. His mother sewed clothes for the children. They made chairs out of scrap lumber. They played baseball. They danced to Benny Goodman. For Christmas, they got a Santa who looked Japanese.

Takei’s is a remarkable story of resilience and a pursuit of justice, repeated throughout the Japanese American experience.

It’s a story that’s been told and retold, in books like the 1973 “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; “Only What We Could Carry,” edited by Lawson Fusao Inada more than 20 years ago; and “The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration,” which just came out, compiled by Frank Abe and Floyd Cheung.

David Inoue, executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, headquartered in Washington, D.C., believes the message of Takei’s book remains relevant.

He said discrimination persists today, as seen in the anti-Asian attacks that flared with the COVID-19 pandemic . Inoue said his son has been taunted in school in the same way he was growing up.

“One of the important things about having books like this is that it humanizes us. It tells stories about us that show we’re just like any other family. We like to play baseball. We have pets,” Inoue said.

Takei and his family were sent to Tule Lake in northern California because his parents answered “No” to key questions in a so-called loyalty questionnaire.

Question No. 27 asked if they were willing to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Question No. 28 asked whether they swore allegiance to the U.S. and would forswear allegiance to the Japanese emperor. Both were controversial questions for people who had been stripped of their basic civil rights and labeled enemies.

“Daddy and Mama both thought that the two questions were stupid,” Takei writes in “My Lost Freedom.”

“The only honest answers were No and No.”

Takei said the questions did not explain what would become of families with young children. The second question was also a no-win, he said, because his parents felt there was no loyalty to Japan to denounce.

Tule Lake was the largest of the 10 camps, holding 18,000 people.

Young men who answered “Yes” became part of the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which fought in Europe while their families remained incarcerated. The 442, with their famous “Go for Broke” motto, is the most decorated unit of its size and length of service in U.S. military history.

“They were determined to prove themselves and get their families out of barbed wires,” Takei said. “They are our heroes. I know I owe so much to them.”

FILE - Actor George Takei, who played the role of helm officer Sulu in the original television series, "Star Trek," gives a "live long and prosper" gesture in front of a model of the U.S.S. Enterprise space ship at an exhibit at the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

After Japan surrendered, Takei and his family, like all Japanese Americans freed from the camps , were each given $25 and a one-way ticket to anywhere in the U.S. Takei’s family chose to start all over again in Los Angeles.

In 1988, the Civil Liberties Act — after years of effort and testimonies by Japanese Americans, including Takei — granted redress of $20,000 and a formal presidential apology to every surviving U.S. citizen or legal resident immigrant of Japanese ancestry incarcerated during World War II.

Takei’s voice became choked when he recalled how his father did not live to see it.

He noted with pride the diversity depicted in “Star Trek,” a TV series that started in the mid-1960s and developed a devout following. There, the crew that flew together through the galaxies was of various backgrounds.

“Star Trek” writer, creator and producer Gene Roddenberry wanted to portray the turbulent times and the civil rights movement on a TV show but had to do it metaphorically to make it acceptable, Takei said.

“Different people, different ideas, different taste, different food. He wanted to make that statement. Each of the characters was supposed to represent a part of this planet,” Takei said.

Takei recalled how his father taught him how the government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln put it in his Gettysburg Address, could also prove a weakness.

“All people are fallible, even a great president like Roosevelt. He got stampeded by the hysteria of the time, the racism of the time. And he signed Executive Order 9066,” Takei said.

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Why Alice Eve's Carol Marcus Didn't Return in Star Trek Beyond

Here's why a key new character from Star Trek Into Darkness didn't return for the sequel.

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Compared to its predecessor, 2013's  Star Trek Into Darkness , 2016's  Star Trek Beyond  (now available on the SYFY app ) is a somewhat stripped down affair. It's a straightforward planetary mission for the Enterprise crew, following their adventures as they find themselves stranded on a hostile world, facing down an unlikely and very dangerous enemy. That means the path is clear for all kinds of adventure, but it also means that some of the expansions to the franchise from  Into Darkness  were left behind. 

One such addition was the character of Carol Marcus, played in  Star Trek Into Darkness  by Alice Eve . A major character in Captain Kirk's original history, Marcus is a scientist who, in the modern timeline, sneaks aboard the Enterprise and joins the mission in  Into Darkness . Because the character is a big player in the lore of the original cast –– she has a love affair with Kirk that produces a son who's a big deal in  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  ––  many fans viewed Marcus' arrival as a key piece of the growing  Star Trek  movie puzzle that emerged from the revived timeline. Then Star Trek Beyond  came out and Marcus just... didn't show up. 

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Where Was Alice Eve's Carol Marcus in  Star Trek Beyond?

For the stripped down version of adventure in  Beyond , directed by Justin Lin and co-written by cast member Simon Pegg , the more expansive view of  Into Darkness  was largely left behind. The focus was kept tightly on the original crew as they tried to work together to battle a new threat and find their way back home. In an interview on the official  Star Trek  podcast (via Collider ) back in 2016, Pegg explained why that focus meant leaving Marcus behind, rather than leaving her to be a tiny part of the new movie.

“With this it felt like we would under-serve her if we included her, she might end up feeling like she hadn’t been given the amount of screen-time she deserves, so rather than bring her in and just have her be a supporting role, like, have her not be in this one, and when the time comes [bring her back]," Pegg explained. "The worst thing to do would be to have her in the film and have that character be killed, and that felt like a cynical thing to do. We thought rather than have Carol Marcus not be used to a reasonable capacity, let’s just not include her, have her be alive, in canon, and ready to come back at any time.”

The decision to keep Carol Marcus in the deep background for  Beyond  feels like a good one, at least in the context of that one movie. The issue now, of course, is that it's been more than a decade since she appeared on the big screen, we have no idea where the series will go next, and sometimes it feels like a fourth film might never arrive at all.

Still, for now we have  Star Trek Beyond  and its fast-paced space adventure to watch whenever we want.

Star Trek Beyond is now streaming on the SYFY app and the SYFY Movies hub .

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Japanese creator Naoko Yamada , whose latest film “ The Colors Within ” screened in the main competition at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival , continues to challenge herself.

“Animation provides me with hope, yearning and challenges. It allows me to expand my imagination infinitely and, at the same time, it challenges me to see how much imagination I actually have,” she told  Variety via an interpreter following the premiere of her latest.

“I want to see what I can do without limiting myself to any particular subjects.”

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“I chose music because it’s a tool that can connect emotions without using words,” said Yamada, who previously made the shorts “Garden of Remembrance” and “The Heike Story.” A Kyoto Animation alumni, she’s also behind “Liz and the Blue Bird.”

“I think this is a story about the process of shaping something and the joy of creating,” she added.

Written by Reiko Yoshida, “The Colors Within” was produced by Science SARU and Story Inc. As previously reported by Variety, Gkids and European animation distributor Anime Ltd. have acquired global rights for the film.

While a big chunk of the feature, now debuting exclusive images, is set in a Catholic school, with Totsuko often turning to God and one of the nuns to ask for guidance, Yamada wasn’t exactly focusing on the spiritual.

“It wasn’t my objective to depict a story about religion. There are many Christian schools in Japan, but the students who attend those schools and practice the religion usually make up less than 10%. I researched and visited many of them for this movie. I wanted to portray a world in which people with different views and ideas can coexist.”

“By mixing the worlds that Totsuko exists in and the world that she feels, I aimed to connect those watching this movie with the world within the film,” explained the director, who embraced frequent splashes of bright hues.

“As I created this universe of color that Totsuko feels, I was conscious of the particles of light,” she added, emphasizing a desire to create a link between protagonist and audience.

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