Groener, Harry

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 disturbed one at that.  

Groener made two more return trips to the Star Trek universe: first as a Nechani magistrate in Voyager’s “Sacred Ground,” and then finally as a human: Minister Nathan Samuels of the United Earth government in Enterprise’s “Demons”/”Terra Prime” two–parter. 

Born in 1951 in Augsberg, Germany, Groener moved to the U.S. with his family when a toddler and in 1979 began a stage career that landed him several Tony and Drama Desk nominations: He was in the original Broadway casts of both Cats and Sunday in the Park with George (with Brent “Data” Spiner).  His first TV regular role was three years as introverted support group member Ralph Drang in NBC’s sitcom Dear John, but genre fans certainly recall him as Mayor Richard Wilkins III over 14 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1998-2003.