Perry, Tyler

The big-screen comedian and playwright-producer behind the many outrageously moralistic faces of the Madea comedy series is the latest celebrity seen on-screen in Star Trek, but Tyler Perry says he is in Star Trek 2009 more due to his appreciation of director J.J. Abrams’ work than as a longtime “Trekkie”—though that may change now, he says. Perry’s cameo portrayal as Admiral Barnett—the name comes from his podium plaque—is the Starfleet Academy superintendent who both censures and then promotes young James T. Kirk  during the Nero crisis. It’s Perry’s first-ever role outside his own productions. 

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