As another of executive producer Ira Steven Behr’s iconic stunt-casting “gets” for DS9, punk music legend Iggy Pop plays Yelgrun, one of the most ubiquitous Vorta yet in “The Magnificent Ferngi.”
Pop, born James Newell Osterberg Jr. in Muskegon, Mich., has moonlighted from his music career with appearances in 16 movies and five series in all like DS9, along with four “rockumentaries” and a presence on 18 soundtracks. His major music history is as vocalist of the protopunk bank The Stooges off and on since 1967, famous for his outrageousness onstage, but his hits have included the original “China Girl,” “Candy,” “The Passenger,” the film Repo Man’s title song, and a host of others. Later years have seen reunions of the Stooges, as well as one-off collaborations with members of other bands. Pop has battled heroin addiction early in his career but kicked the habit with friend and collaborator David Bowie’s help. His 1980 autobiography was entitled I Need More, and after six controversial failed ballots he and The Stooges band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.