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September, 1966
Doohan, James
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James Doohan was best known to Star Trek fans as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the chief engineer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the original Star Trek series. Doohan was born on March 3,...

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Kellerman, Sally
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Early in her career, tall willowy blond Sally Kellerman guest starred in a pilot episode that became part of a legend, playing Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, the first woman to play opposite William...

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Kelley, DeForest
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Like the character of Dr. Leonard McCoy he played, Jackson DeForest Kelley was born in Georgia—Atlanta, to be specific, the son of a Baptist minister. Following his discharge from the U.S....

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Lockwood, Gary
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The first friend of James T. Kirk we are introduced to is not Spock, but his Academy classmate and navigator, Gary Mitchell—played by busy actor Gary Lockwood. A mere five years later...

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Nichols, Nichelle
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Prior to being cast as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols had guested on Gene Roddenberry's first series, The Lieutenant. Born in Robbins, Ill., near Chicago,...

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Nimoy, Leonard
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Born and raised in Boston, Leonard Nimoy started acting as a boy, but moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to give it a go on a professional level. He worked his way up from small roles in the likes of...

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Paskey, Eddie
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Eddie Paskey only has a few titles on his filmography. He appeared in one episode each of the television series Ben Casey, Gomer Pyle: USMC and The Dick Van Dyke Show, and three episodes of...

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Shatner, William
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It’s said that a role as highly visible as James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise can be the “kiss of death” to a professional acting career, but it doesn’t seem to have...

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Takei, George
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George Hosato Takei was born in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles. He and his family lived there until World War II when, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, they were relocated to a...

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November, 1966
Howard, Clint
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He may be forever known as Ron Howard’s “little brother,” but Clint Howard is the only one in the family with three appearances on various Star Treks—including the...

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Whitney, Grace Lee
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Grace Lee Whitney was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Whitney started her entertainment career as a "girl singer" on Detroit's WJR radio. She soon opened in nightclubs for the likes of...

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December, 1966
Montaigne, Lawrence
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Lawrence Montaigne, a veteran character actor, played the Romulan, Decius, in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Balance of Terror" in 1966 and returned a year later to portray Stonn, a...

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February, 1967
Montalban, Ricardo
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Ricardo Montalban originated the role of Khan Noonien Singh in the original Star Trek series episode "Space Seed." He reprised the character for the motion picture "Star Trek II: The Wrath of...

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April, 1967
Collins, Joan
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Joan Collins had one of her “nice girl” roles as Edith Keeler—and likely James T. Kirk’s one true love—in the classic Star Trek chapter “The City on the Edge of...

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September, 1967
Koenig, Walter
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Walter Koenig — actor, director, screenwriter, novelist, acting professor, and comic book creator — played Ensign Pavel Chekov in the orignal Star Trek begining with Season 2.Born in...

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October, 1967
Windom, William
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He has been one of the most familiar faces in television for decades, but Star Trek fans will always know  William Windom as the tragic figure of Commodore Matt Decker from “The...

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November, 1967
Wyatt, Jane
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Jane Wyatt had appeared in over 25 films before her role as Margaret Anderson in the seminal sitcom "Father Knows Best" in 1954, for which she won three Emmys in a row. Who better, then, to...

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December, 1967
Newmar, Julie
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For the first two seasons of TV’s original Batman as it rocketed to cult status there was no one else in the catsuit and soul of Catwoman but the uncomparable Julie Newmar—and for...

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February, 1968
Muldaur, Diana
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Actress Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski) is no stranger to Star Trek, having appeared in two Original Series episodes, "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" and "Return to Tomorrow." Muldaur has...

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March, 1968
Garr, Teri
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Of all the quirky women Terri Garr made a career of playing, the spunky Roberta Lincoln who pairs with "future agent" Gary Seven in  “Assignment: Earth” for Star Trek is one...

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October, 1968
Belli, Melvin
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Among all of Star Trek’s third season “stunt cat” guest stars on NBC, one of the oddest to be cast was hardly an actor: legendary San Francisco celebrity and personal injury...

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January, 1969
Biggs, Casey
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Casey Biggs played Damar on Deep Space Nine. The character first appeared in one episode of Season 4 and became an important recurring character up to the final episode of the series in Season 7....

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Gorshin, Frank
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Frank Gorshin played the Cheronian Commissioner Bele in the morality tale on racism, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”—but did you know he was also an incredible celebrity...

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Meriwether, Lee
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Lee Meriwether was Miss America 1955 and then Buddy Ebsen’s partner Betty Jones on his Barnaby Jones detective series—and the deadly yet somber Losira of “That Which...

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December, 1969
Barrett, Majel
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Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the face behind roles from "Number One" to "Nurse Christine Chapel" to "Lwaxana Troi" and the voice of Starfleet computers past and present, was also creator Gene...

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Burton, LeVar
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Thanks to his breakthrough role as Kunta Kinte in the landmark Roots miniseries, LeVar Burton was likely the best-known member of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s ensemble cast as...

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Crosby, Denise
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As Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Denise Crosby made quite an impression. Even though she was only on the show for the best part of a season before dying at the...

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Frakes, Jonathan
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Like many of his fellow Star Trek actors, Jonathan Frakes developed his acting chops on stage in New York City, where he appeared in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape and Shenandoah. Soap opera parts...

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McFadden, Gates
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Every now and then, the lives of the actors and the characters they play seem to run in tandem.  In the TNG episode “Data’s Day,” Data—noting that Dr. Crusher had once...

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Sirtis, Marina
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Born in London to Greek parents, Sirtis attended the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. After graduating, she became a member of the Worthing Repertory Theater, where she made her debut as...

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Spiner, Brent
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Born in Houston, Texas, Brent Spiner credits his high school drama teacher—the same man who inspired the careers of acting brothers Randy and Dennis Quaid, and director Thomas...

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Stewart, Patrick
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Does life end after commanding the Starship Enterprise for 15 years? Judging by the career of Patrick Stewart, apparently not. Stewart’s fame as Captain Jean-Luc Picard provided no end of...

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Wheaton, Wil
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Wil Wheaton was already a veteran of cinema and television when, at the age of fifteen, he was cast as boy genius Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  His most prominent early...

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December, 1979
Collins, Stephen
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In "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", Stephen Collins portrays Willard Decker, the intended captain of the refit U.S.S. Enterprise, who is temporarily replaced by Kirk in the rush to...

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Khambatta, Persis
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Originally hailing from Mumbai, India, Persis Khambatta portrayed Lt. Ilia in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."  Famously known for having been crowned Miss India in her native land in...

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June, 1982
Alley, Kirstie
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Long before her slimming comeback turn on Dancing With the Stars—or even her star roles in Veronica‘s Closet and Cheers—Kirstie Alley arrived in Hollywood and nabbed her very...

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Besch, Bibi
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Best known as Dr. Carol Marcus in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Bibi Besch was born Bibiana Huber in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Chappaqua, New York following World War II. She began her...

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Butrick, Merritt
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Merritt Butrick, a native of Gainesville, Fla. who grew up in the San Fransisco area, portrayed Dr. David Marcus, son of James T. Kirk and Dr. Carol Marcus, in two movies: Star Trek II: The...

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Scott, Judson
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With his sapphire eyes and an unforgettable “look,” it was only a quirk of miscommunication with his agent that kept Judson Scott off the screen credits as Joaquim for Star Trek...

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Winfield, Paul
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Noted African-American actor Paul Winfield portrayed two powerful roles in his oportunities in the Star Trek universe: as the tragic Captain Clark Terrell in the bigscreen Star Trek II:...

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June, 1984
Anderson, Dame Judith
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Paramount grabbed quite a cultural coup when legendary actress Dame Judith Anderson appeared as Vulcan High Priestess T’Lar, the savior of Spock and restorer of his katra in Star Trek...

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Curtis, Robin
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Robin Curtis took over the role of Saavik from Kirstie Alley, playing the Vulcan character in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Curtis is one of a rare group...

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Ferrer, Miguel José
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The late Miguel Ferrer, who was best known for his roles on NCIS: Los Angeles, Crossing Jordan, Twin Peaks, Mulan and RoboCop, made his mark on the Star Trek universe when he played the executive...

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Larrouquette, John
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  Actor-commediane John Larrouquette, a native of New Orleans, was but a year away from his breakout role as Assistant DA Dan Fielding in Harry Anderson's sitcom Night Court when...

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November, 1986
Ellenstein, Robert
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In a four-decade career of stage, film and TV, Robert Ellenstein called the Star Trek family home thanks to two visits: as the first Federation President ever depicted, in ST IV,  and as...

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Hicks, Catherine
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A decade before she became known everywhere as Annie Camden, the mother of the WB’s family drama 7th Heaven for 11 seasons, Catherine Hicks was embraced by fan and mainstream audiences alike...

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Peters, Brock
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Brock Peters played two key roles in Star Trek: Admiral Cartwright in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," and Joseph Sisko, Benjamin Sisko's New...

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Sinclair, Madge
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Acclaimed Jamaican-American actress Madge Sinclair joined son-and-dance icon Ben Vereen as Capt. Silva LaForge, one of Geordi LaForge’s parents for TNG’s...

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September, 1987
de Lancie, John
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John de Lancie, whose portrayal of the mercurial character Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation has made him internationally (if not intergalactically) famous, was not always an omnipotent being...

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Dorn, Michael
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One would think that the man who holds one of the most-unique distinctions in Star Trek history — he has appeared as the same character in more hours of Star Trek than any other actor...

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October, 1987
Shimerman, Armin
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When Armin Shimerman was sixteen, his family moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles, where the teenager enrolled in a drama group.  The training suited him, and after his graduation from UCLA,...

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November, 1987
Meaney, Colm
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An acting enthusiast from the age of fourteen, Colm Meaney received his professional education at the Abbey Theatre School of Acting in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland.  After being cast in...

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January, 1988
Miller, Dick
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Dick Miller (born on Christmas Day 1928) is a Bronx, New York native best known for his many movie credits as part of the B-movie acting troupe utilized by cult director Roger Corman. He later...

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Tierney, Lawrence
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Gruff, gravel-voiced Lawrence Tierney (1919-2002) was a "tough guy" character actor from the heydey of film noir gangster movies who appreared twice in Star Trek. Predictably, he played...

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February, 1988
Gotell, Walter
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German-born character actor (1924-1997) who is actually best known for the air of his British upper-crust roles—most notably that of the 1970s-'80s James Bond film nemesis General...

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Westmore, McKenzie
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It’s only fitting that McKenzie Westmore, the daughter of modern Star Trek TV’s makeup guru Michael Westmore and a member of the Westmore makeup clan, has been making waves...

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April, 1988
Schiavelli, Vincent
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As one of the most recognizable character faces in Hollywood, character actor Vincent Schiavelli was the familiar guise behind the Holo-Peddler in TNG’s first-season “The Arsenal of...

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May, 1988
Alaimo, Marc
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The 6-foot tall, blue-eyed actor was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Mike Alaimo and became hooked on acting in high school, where he also served as senior class president. After gaining...

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November, 1988
Cassell, Seymour
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Seymour Cassell was another of those familiar faces to viewers when he appeared as Lt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt to help open TNG’s second season with “The...

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Goldberg, Whoopi
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Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg starred as Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation in a recurring guest star role—the first of Star Trek's celebrity fans to win a spot on the...

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December, 1988
Hatcher, Teri
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One of TNG’s early casting “gets,” the relatively unknown Teri Hatcher’s role as transporter officer B.G. Robinson left so much on the "cutting room floor" in...

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Piscopo, Joe
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As one of only two stars (along with Eddie Murphy) to survive and emerge from the second major cast of Saturday Night Live, Joe Piscopo was the biggest celebrity yet to appear in modern Star...

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January, 1989
Campbell, William O. "Billy"
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William O. or “Billy” Campbell—not to be confused with the late William “Trelane/Koloth” Campbell—was but 29 when he appeared as the title character in...

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Mosiman, Marnie
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As with many actresses wishing to make their own mark apart from family, few fans initially realized that Marnie Mosiman, the talent behind the “Woman” of Riva’s chorus in...

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Phillips, Michelle
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It was quite a coup when TNG landed Michelle Phillips as one its first feats of “stunt casting” in Season 1 for “We’ll Always Have Paris.”  Phillips, who...

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Plakson, Suzie
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Suzie Plakson is the only actress to appear as four different aliens in three different Star Trek series. Suzie was born in Buffalo, New York, and was raised in Kingston, Pennsylvania. She began...

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Sheppard, W. Morgan
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Venerable character actor William Morgan Sheppard turns up four times in the Star Trek universe: as the Rura Penth commandant in ST VI;  as the chief Vulcan Science Council minister in...

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Woods, Barbara Alyn
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Barbara Alyn Woods arrived in Hollywood from her native Chicago area, where she was born in 1962, and landed the role of Kareen Brianon for TNG’s “The Schizoid Man” as her...

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February, 1989
Collins, Christopher
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Christopher Collins played four characters over the Star Trek franchise, beginning with Klingon Captain Kargan in TNG’s “A Matter of Honor”. He was also a Pakled, Captain...

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Thompson, Brian
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Tough, tall Brian Thompson may best be known as the alien bounty hunter from The X-Files, during the years he appeared five times in Star Trek—first as displaced Klingon officer Klag in...

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March, 1989
Seymour, Carolyn
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Steely-eyed English actress Carolyn Seymour made a big impact in her four Star Trek roles, playing two different Romulan commanders on TNG: Taris in “Contagion” and Toreth on...

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May, 1989
Cox, Nikki
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She was an empathetic child actress who could deal with bizarre alien headgear makeup and fingertips when “Pen Pals” was produced on TNG in 1988: Who knew that 10-year-old Nikki...

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June, 1989
Fleetwood, Mick
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As one of  the namesake founders of superstar rock group Fleetwood Mac,  drummer-vocalist Mick Fleetwood was another of those “celebrity fans” who parleyed his...

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Luckinbill, Laurence
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Laurence Luckinbill portrayed Spock's half-brother Sybok in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier". Luckinbill is married to Lucie Arnaz, making him the son-in-law of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz,...

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Warner, David
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Renowned character actor David Warner has played his share of villains for Star Trek, including those with lots of latex.  St. John Talbot was a human character in Star Trek V: The...

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July, 1989
Morshower, Glenn
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As a go-to portrayer of authority figures, Glenn Morshower’s career has come a long way since he played lowly Ensign Burke on TNG’s “Peak Performance”—his...

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September, 1989
Jenkins, Ken
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Modern viewers will be pleasantly surprised when Dr. Paul Stubbs of TNG’s “Evolution”  turns out to be none other than a guest turn by cranky Dr. Bob Kelso from...

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October, 1989
Scott, Kathryn Leigh
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Under all the makeup of the “proto-Vulcanoid” Nuria in TNG’s “Who Watches the Watchers” is Kathryn Leigh Scott, a popular actress most known to genre fans as...

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Wise, Ray
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A 1947 native of Akron, Ohio, Ray Wise appeared as the fearfully superstitious Mintakan widower Liko in TNG’s “Who Watches the Watchers”—but to cult TV fans he will...

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November, 1989
Lamper, Michael
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Michael Lamper, an Americann rock guitarist and vocalist, appeared as one of the unnamed Gatherers of TNG's "The Vengeance Factor."  Lamper, who has toured with the likes of the Allman...

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February, 1990
Bernsen, Corbin
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Corbin Bernsen, another self-professed celebrity fan of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's humanistic future vision, was right in the middle of his career-making eight-year run...

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McDonald, Christopher
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The busy Christopher McDonald, perhaps best known for playing golfer Shooter McGavin in 1996’s Happy Gilmore, was still early in his career when he landed the “historic” role...

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O'Neil, Trisha
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A 1945 native of Shreveport, La., onetime model Tricia O’Neill joined the small club of captains of an Enterprise when she played Capt. Rachel Garrett in TNG’s landmark...

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April, 1990
Groener, Harry
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Harry Groener was already an established Broadway star by the time he first appeared on Star Trek as Tam Elbrun, only the second look at a Betazoid other than the Troi family—and a...

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Hetrick, Jennifer
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Popular model-actress Jennifer Hetrick played Vash, a rogue archeologist/treasure hunter who became Picard's unexpected love interest on his Risan vacation in "Captain's Holiday", and then again...

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May, 1990
Phillips, Ethan
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The only boy among six siblings, Ethan Phillips was born and raised in Long Island, New York.  His father and grandfather were the original owners of the legendary Frankie and Johnnie’s...

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October, 1990
Allen, Chad
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Two years after appearing on TNG as Jono, the displaced Talarian teen in 1990’s “Suddenly Human,”  young Chad Allen signed on for the signature role of his career as...

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Eggar, Samantha
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Acclaimed British actress Samantha Eggar brought a long, storied career to her casting as Marie Picard, sister-in-law to the Enterprise-D's skipper, the wife of his stubborn brother Robert...

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November, 1990
O'Reilly, Robert
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Robert O'Reilly's appearances on the last season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine marked a decade of work on Star Trek. O'Reilly's introduction to Star Trek: The Next Generation was in the episode...

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January, 1991
Gunton, Bob
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Longtime film and Broadway star Bob Gunton may be most familiar to movie fans as Samuel Norton, the corrupt warden opposite Tim Robbins in the film The Shawshank Redemption. But three...

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February, 1991
Neuwirth, Bebe
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Long before she became famous as Dr. Lilith Sternin, the dour and sharp-tongued colleague, wife and ex-wife to Dr. Frazier Crane on classic sitcoms Cheers and Frazier, Bebe Newirth had...

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March, 1991
Armstrong, Vaughn
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Vaughn Armstrong has played more characters in Star Trek series than any other actor. His appearances range from the Klingon Korris on ST:TNG to the Romulan Telek and a Hirogen on...

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April, 1991
Simmons, Jean
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Oscar-winning actress Jean Simmons was yet another celebrity fan of Star Trek who was unabashed in seeking a role on one of the modern TV series—eventually becoming featured in a...

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May, 1991
Fleck, John
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John Fleck played several guest roles on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager before playing Silik, a major recurring character, on Enterprise. Silik was the Suliban responsible for...

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Forbes, Michelle
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Michelle Forbes' steely onscreen persona has been a winning factor in many roles familiar to viewers—and it all started with her portrayal as rough-hewn Ensign Ro Laren, the character...

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Stiers, David Ogden
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His career spans numerous Broadway hits and films, but the man who played the tragic Kaelon genius Dr. Timicin opposite Majel Barrett’s Lwaxana Troi in TNG's “Half a Life”...

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June, 1991
March, Barbara
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Strong female Klingon characters are about as ubiquitous as it gets in Star Trek, and Barbara March’s indelible performance as Lursa, paired with fellow Duras sister B’Etor, were...

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Walsh, Gwynyth
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As the younger and more dangerously seductive half of the Klingon Duras sisters, B’Etor as played by Gwynyth Walsh became one of modern Star Trek’s most iconic characters. She later...

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September, 1991
Judd, Ashley
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Out from the shadow of her famous mother and sister’s country music act The Judds, young and beautiful Ashley Judd grabbed her first professional acting role ever when she was cast as...

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November, 1991
Frewer, Matt
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Quirky character actor Matt Frewer spun a great turn as the equally quirky “Professor” Berlinghoff Rasmussen in TNG’s “A Matter of Time,” but will forever be...

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