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Star Trek Actors Typecasted

papashungo

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Report this Mar. 04 2012, 11:07 pm

One thing I will never understand is why most of the actors throughout the star trek realm have been typecasted.  


Yes some actors have been lucky enough to get other roles in big movies/tv shows like Shatner and Kirk.


Levar was famous for Roots and Reading Rainbow


When you really break it down many of th stars are really good actors!!!


Brent Spiner for example did a tremendous job at becoming his character in Data. He had funny appearences on Night Court before TNG and later appeared in a few movies where he had only a few lines like in Independence Day.  I think he is a very versatile actor who doesn't get enough credit.


A lot of the actors have had expreince doing theatre which I think really built a great foundation in their acting abilities.


I really wish Armin Shimmerman received more roles. I could see him winning a best supporting actor award if given the opportunity to act in a decent movie.


The work these actors did was great and I just feel bad for them even though some people may say "well they have made enough money through star trek that they really didn't need to act in other works"


I know this is a Star Trek Forum but on the flipside of the coin this typecasting also was present in the Star Wars Series especially 4-6.  Very few actors were lucky to land big roles in other movies.

OneDamnMinuteAdmiral

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Report this Mar. 04 2012, 11:40 pm

I've wondered how many of them decided to pigeonhole themselves into Trek since we know that with convention appearances they really don't have to work much after being on Trek.


Seems like there are parts out there if they want to have them. Jeri Ryan has done well after Voyager, Shatner, Colm Meaney has done plenty of parts in movies. Sometimes it doesn't matter what the show is, Trek or not, not every actor who is on a popular show will be super famous from it. They should really be thankful they at least did one thing that was remembered, imagine all the actors that have never had that chance.


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OneDamnMinuteAdmiral

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Report this Mar. 05 2012, 5:42 am

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>In regards to Star Wars, Harrison Ford could have been considered typecast when he was given the role of Han Solo, because Solo was so much like hotshot Bob Falfa, the part he played in "American Graffiti".

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And in Indiana Jones he was Han Solo with a college education.


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guillermo.mejía

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Report this Mar. 05 2012, 8:02 am

George Lucas actually didn't want to give him the role at all. He became Han Solo when Lucas saw no one could really play the character as well when Ford was helping read lines in some auditions.


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Report this Mar. 05 2012, 8:09 pm

You forgot to mention that Brent Spiner has his own online series called Fresh Hell

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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 6:01 am

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>You forgot to mention that Brent Spiner has his own online series called Fresh Hell

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Never seen it.


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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 10:18 am

i agree it's a shame - i just think when someone's done something really distinctive it can be difficult - for that reason the modern Doctor Whos don't like having the role for too long compared to the early actors


 


"There are always alternatives" Spock

OneDamnMinuteAdmiral

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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 10:54 am

It begs the question are we at fault because as fans we get used to them in these roles and are ultra critical if they do something out of our comfort zone so we don't really support what other things they do besides Star Trek or Doctor Who, etc? It is almost like all the outrage for cancelled shows that people claimed to love but never watched.


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OneDamnMinuteAdmiral

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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 11:00 am

It's like I love the show Night Court with Harry Anderson but I never watched or particularly liked Dave's World so in effect I typecasted him as a fan. So we have our own role in it.


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Dutchking2282

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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 11:17 am

I believe that all sci-fi actor peoples are typecast. Also, they may be typecast if they have no other acting abilities. Sean Connery quit as 007 for fear of typecasting. He had to prove himself as an actor before getting any other work.

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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 5:48 pm

But there's a flip side too.  Nimoy was in nearly EVERYTHING on TV in the 50s and 60s in an array of small parts.  From that career trend you would never have predicted the sensation he became with Spock.  ST gave him the niche - he made the character great.

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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 6:32 pm

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But there's a flip side too.  Nimoy was in nearly EVERYTHING on TV in the 50s and 60s in an array of small parts.  From that career trend you would never have predicted the sensation he became with Spock.  ST gave him the niche - he made the character great.



Not to mention, he was the only member of TOS to have any money at the end of the week. He has done something rightn all these years, even if he has retired from acting. Sidenote: his photography is beautiful, breath taking. ,,,,,,

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Report this Mar. 06 2012, 11:45 pm

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Thank you, i've heard of that, is it any good?



Enjoyable, but not stunning.

I think maybe they are not typecast but they just do not appear on films. They have as I can imagine plenty of money, so they do not have to do filmwork to make a living. Maybe they are considered typecast becouse they appear mostly in theatres? Or like, let's say Wil Wheaton, are not really interested in acting any more?


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ACottrill

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Report this Mar. 07 2012, 12:35 am

With the Original cast- they're money from Star Trek only comes from their image, now- ie: toys, etc... and, cons. They haven't made a dime (with the exception of the main three) from re-runs since about 1970-ish. So, aside from the ones you see everywhere, now (Shatner, nimoy and Takei)- they're not actually rolling in a whole lot of money, like you'd imagine.


 


Walter (Koenig), I think, had a very weird acting situation going on. O.o He had done 'foreign' characters before Trek- and, then after Trek...he sort of went to the 'villain' side. After being 'Bester' on 'Babylon 5,' I think he just fell into a good villain category ('Drawing Down the Moon,' 'Mad CowGirl,' and his upcoming role in 'The Obsession'). Is it possible to be typecasted in two different roles? LOL


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