Since its arrival in 1966, Star Trek has amassed an incredible following of loyal and dedicated fans. With more than 50 years’ worth of episodes of content to its name, Star Trek truly has been one of the most influential creations of our time. The spread of its influence is so vast, that even non-fans, who’ve never seen an episode, tend to know Star Trek facts without ever having intended to.
A big part of its longevity comes down to the fact that the Star Trek universe is ever-evolving. As our world changes, so does theirs, and always in just the right way to draw in a new generation of fans. Join us as we delve into the depths of Star Trek history, unearthing all of your favorite characters and revealing what’s become of the actors who played them.
Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi
Known affectionately as “the first lady of Star Trek,” Majel Barrett is an important part of the history of the show. Majel was married to the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry (hence the “first lady” moniker) but also took on two different characters over the course of the show. Fans of the original "Star Trek" series will recognize her as Nurse Christine Chapel.
Those who stuck around for "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine" may also recognize her as the rather overbearing Lwaxana Troi. Apart from these major roles, Majel had bit parts in literally every other incarnation of the franchise, including the animations and films. Sadly, this dedicated Trekkie's life came to an end in 2008 after a severe medical condition.
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Armin Shimerman scored a fantastic character, getting to play the funny bartender, Quark, in the popular series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Shimerman kept us laughing for the duration of the series, from 1993 to 1999.
After taking his leave from Star Trek, Shimerman scored roles on "Seinfeld" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," among many others. He also voiced characters in games like "BioShock" and "Ratchet and Clank." Sci-fi fans will also be stoked to know Shimerman’s vocal stylings can be heard not just in "StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty," but also in the expansion, "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm."
Denise Crosby as Lt. Tasha Yar
Like Rick Worthy, Denise Crosby played more than one role during her time with Star Trek. The role you most likely recognize her for is that of Lt. Tasha Yar in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," season one. However, Crosby popped up again in later seasons, this time playing, funnily enough, her former character’s daughter, Commander Sela.
After finally saying goodbye to Star Trek, Crosby enjoyed a prolific career in film and television with so many appearances it’s difficult to count. She’s popped up in everything. from "The Drew Carey Show" to "Mad Men" and even produced and starred in the 1997 documentary, "Trekkies."
Jolene Blalock as T’Pol
Stunning model and actress, Jolene Blalock, was a popular addition to the "Star Trek: Enterprise" cast. Taking on the role of Vulcan's first officer, T’Pol was “a dream come true” for Blalock, who said she was in a state of bliss every day she went to work on set. In an interview with The Express on Sunday, Blalock explained: “There's also a sense of immortality that the show gives you."
"That you're working on something that will never die, that your contribution will last forever.” Star Trek wasn’t Blalock’s only dalliance into the sci-fi world. She has appeared in "Stargate SG-1" and "Legend of the Seeker," among others, and has enjoyed regular appearances in film and on television.
Lindsey Haun as Beatrice Burleigh
In 1995, when Lindsey Haun was just nine years old, she was featured in two episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager," playing Beatrice Burleigh. Haun was destined to pop up again, but not as Beatrice. The youngster reappeared two years later as a new character, Belle.
Outside of Star Trek, Haun has continued her acting career and is also a talented singer. "True Blood" fans will recognize her as Hadley. She also appeared in the Disney film, "The Color of Friendship," for which she received a Young Artist award. Haun also starred in "Broken Bridges," the soundtrack of which she was also partially responsible for creating.
William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk
We’re sure you’ve been wondering when this familiar face would show up! Neither Captain Kirk nor the actor who played him, William Shatner, require any introduction in a Star Trek article. However, we will take a moment to say that, with nearly seven decades of acting under his belt (he got his start way back in 1951), William Shatner is nothing short of a cultural icon.
And a big part of that is due to his brilliant portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk. Kirk was central to the happenings of the starship USS Enterprise, making Shatner eternally central to the Star Trek franchise, even when he was physically absent. Since leaving the show, Shatner has gone on to act in films and TV shows like "Boston Legal" and "The Practice." He is also a successful director, producer, and author.
James Doohan as Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott
The character responsible for a phrase that became so widely known it even has its own Wikipedia entry: “Beam me up, Scotty.” The funny thing is, while this phrase is indelibly connected to Star Trek in the minds of basically all humans, it was never actually said in any Star Trek episode or movie. While that may be so, Scotty was a vital part of the crew (and did do a lot of beaming up in his time).
Played by Canadian actor, James Doohan, Scotty’s character had a wonderful impact on viewers. Many were inspired to follow in his footsteps and pursue careers in engineering and related technical fields. Doohan, on the other hand, didn’t enjoy such career success. He struggled to find roles outside of Star Trek, and so forged a life for himself within the franchise. In 2005 he sadly passed away, leaving Scotty behind.
Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax
Jadzia Dax has got to be one of the coolest character creations of the Star Trek franchise. The beautiful science officer is a union of two separate consciousnesses. Her outer form is the host, a young female of the Trill species. Melded to her is a wise and ancient symbiont. The two are harmoniously merged with a personality reflective of each of their existences and access to the knowledge of both.
When it was time for Farrell to leave the show, at the close of season six, the writers came up with a brilliant way to execute it. The host was killed off, leaving Farrell free to go, while the symbiont was saved and transferred into a new host. This maneuver allowed actress, Nicole DeBoer, to seamlessly take over as host while Terry Farrell, who was fired from the show, retired from the spotlight.
Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura
Nichelle Nichols made a bold move with her role in Star Trek. Hers was one of the first female black characters to appear on American TV in a role other than that of a servant. What Nichelle achieved in Star Trek was so groundbreaking that, when she decided to leave the show, Martin Luther King, Jr. approached her personally and asked her to consider staying on.
While Nichols did eventually move on from the show, she didn’t let Martin Luther King Jr. down. With the civil rights movement still at the forefront of her mind, Nichelle commenced work with NASA, taking part in a recruitment program designed to encourage both minority and female personnel to become part of the space program. When she wasn't hard at work being a complete legend, Nichelle pursued her passion for music and released two studio albums. She passed away in the summer of 2022.
Robin Curtis as Lt. Saavik
Robin Curtis made her debut in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." She was cast as a replacement for the late Kirstie Alley, taking over the role of Saavik, the Vulcan Lieutenant. While she received a lukewarm reception from hardcore Trekkies, Curtis reprised her role in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home."
Curtis enjoyed a solid career in the dramatic arts, appearing in films, on television, and in theater productions all through the 80s and 90s. By 1999 though, Curtis was ready for a change and retired from acting before seeing in the new millennium. While she still makes appearances at conventions, Curtis shifted her attention to real estate.
Colm Meaney as Miles O’Brien
Meaney’s Star Trek appearance was a brief yet pivotal one. He appeared in the 1987 pilot for "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The episode was titled, “Encounter at Farpoint,” and Meaney’s character had the dashing title of “unnamed helm officer.” While it was a humble kicking-off point, Meaney’s character was given more and more play until he finally won the right to have a real name: Miles O’Brien.
Meaney enjoyed a long run as the transporter chief, sticking it out until 1993, when he jumped ship from "The Next Generation" to take on a more prominent role in the spin-off series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Meaney stayed loyal to his new show until the last ever episode aired in 1999. By then, his face had become so familiar he had no trouble landing major roles in film and television.
Ethan Phillips as Neelix
You probably instantly recognize Ethan Phillips as Neelix, since he played the lovable alien for the seven seasons of "Star Trek: Voyager." However, Phillips actually got his start in Star Trek back in 1990, taking the single-episode role of Dr. Farek in an episode of "The Next Generation," titled, "Menage a Troi." Phillips must’ve been overjoyed to go from this one-off role to taking on a regularly appearing character, and a popular one at that.
Since leaving Neelix behind, Phillips put a lot of his time into the theater, though he did dabble in films and a few other television roles. Phillips also popped back up in more one-off Star Trek roles, and his voice can be heard in both Star Trek and Star Wars video games (seems he’s happy to bat for both teams).
John Rhys-Davies as Leonardo da Vinci
John Rhys-Davies got to enjoy one of the quirkier roles in an already quirky series, playing a holodeck version of Leonardo da Vinci. The talented actor handled this epic role with panache, adding a touch of class to the "Voyager" episodes he appeared in.
Those of you with a keen eye will recognize Rhys-Davies as Gimli, from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He also played Sallah in the "Indiana Jones" films. The actor’s filmography is intimidating, with a ridiculously long list of film, TV, and video game credits to his name. With his distinctive vocal characteristics, Rhys-Davies is a natural at narration and voice work, a field he adores.
Kurtwood Smith as Annorax
For many, Kurtwood Smith’s face is far more synonymous with various refrains on the theme of his foot going into someone’s rear end—all thanks to his role as Red Foreman on the wildly popular series, "That 70s Show." Yet, long before this role brought him international recognition, Kurtwood Smith was popping up in various roles within the Star Trek franchise.
A bit of a sci-fi fan, Smith has also made appearances in "The X-Files" and "Rick & Morty." His CV is a mile long, featuring many major films and TV shows. To some of us though, he will always be the stern, cranky, and hilarious Red Foreman.
Rene Auberjonois as Constable Odo
Member of the shapeshifting race of Changelings, Odo was definitely one of our favorites from "Deep Space Nine." His unique characteristics allowed him to have startling insight into human values and ethics; something you don’t always expect to be enlightened with when watching TV. The actor who brought Odo to life for us, René Auberjonois, had an impressive career, both before and after his time with Star Trek.
He originated the character of Father Mulcahy, who was played by William Christopher in the TV series, "M*A*S*H." You may have seen Auberjonois in "NCIS," "The Good Wife," and "Sleepy Hollow." He also had a stack of voicing credits to his name, in films, games, and animated TV series. In late 2019, he sadly passed away.
Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher
While Gates McFadden has an impressive number of credits to her name, she is best known, and most loved, for her portrayal of Dr. Beverly Crusher in the Star Trek series and four of its films. When her time in the Star Trek universe was up, McFadden never wanted acting work, taking roles in a number of films and TV shows.
What you might find more surprising is, that she also turned her skills to teaching. McFadden has graced the halls of a number of prestigious academies and universities, including Harvard, Purdue and the University of Pittsburgh, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Hamburg’s Stella Academy. She is one talented lady!
Avery Brooks as Commander Benjamin Sisko
Avery Brooks was a regular on the set of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," gracing our screens from 1993 to 1999 as Commander Benjamin Sisko. Like Nichelle Nichols, who came before him, Brooks’ role in Star Trek was a momentous one. While the civil rights movement had been underway for some time, Brooks was the first African-American to take a leadership position in Star Trek history.
Having truly made his mark on the show, Brooks went on to enjoy a varied career in film, television, theater, music, and teaching. He also continued his work in civil rights, directing the annual National Black Arts Festival and working with the Smithsonian on their Black American Culture Program.
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
From one legend of Star Trek to another, it would be impossible to imagine the Star Trek universe without Spock. Leonard Nimoy was responsible for the creation of one of the most loved characters in the franchise’s history. From the pilot episode, filmed way back in 1964, to his final appearance in 2013, the part human, part Vulcan science officer was a definite mainstay of the show.
While Nimoy enjoyed an abundant film and television career outside of Star Trek, in the minds and hearts of fans, he would always be Spock. While the character may have been the highlight of his career for many, it’s worth noting that Nimoy was also an accomplished director, author, and musician. Star Trek fans were devastated in 2015 to discover Nimoy had passed away due to a severe medical condition.
Stephen Collins as Commander Willard Decker
Long before he preached from our TV screens as the squeaky clean father and Protestant minister in "7th Heaven," Stephen Collins was a Trekkie. He played Commander Willard Decker in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," which was released way back in 1979.
Since then, Collins enjoyed the aforementioned "7th Heaven" success and appeared in a number of other TV shows and Hollywood films along the way. He even became a published author at some point in his career. His success has been somewhat disrupted, following some allegations against him, which have all but put his acting career to an end.
Susanna Thompson as Varel
When Susanna Thompson appeared in an episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," she was an active participant in one of the first-ever same-sex kisses to be shown on American television. It seems the Star Trek crew were really into creating television firsts! Thompson appeared in more than one season of Star Trek, playing Varel in her first appearance, then Inmate Jaya in a later episode of "The Next Generation."
Then, of course, there was the infamous Dr. Lenara Kahn, in the "Deep Space Nine" episode mentioned above. And Thompson showed up again as the Borg Queen, in "Voyager." In the midst of this on-again-off-again relationship with Star Trek, Thompson has been busy with a variety of roles. Most recently, you may have seen her in Arrow and Timeless.
Roxann Dawson as B’Elanna Torres
Here is our favorite part-human, part-Klingon engineer, B’Elanna Torres. Played by Roxann Dawson, Torres graced our screens in the full, seven-season suite of "Star Trek: Voyager." The talented Dawson also made her directorial debut during this time. With such a brilliant platform, Dawson enjoyed a solid television career, starring in a number of other shows while simultaneously making a big impression as a talented director.
The multi-talented woman directed some of our favorite episodes of "Charmed," "The Mentalist," "The O.C.," "Cold Case," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and "Lost." Lately, she’s turned her talents to producing with credits on a number of successful shows, including "Cold Case," "Crossing Jordan," and "Scandal."
Anne Ramsay as Ensign Clancy
While she only appeared in two episodes of "Star Trek" (“The Emissary” and “Elementary, Dear Data”), these were enough to help launch a successful career in film and television for Anne Ramsay. She’s one of those actresses who you instantly know when you look at her but, when asked, it’s hard to put your finger on just where you’ve seen her. Well, for starters, she played Ensign Clancy in those two Star Trek episodes we just mentioned.
After her short dalliance in the Star Trek universe, Ramsay went on to take roles in such popular television shows as "Mad About You," "Dexter," "Castle," and many more. She’s also appeared in a number of Hollywood films, including "A League of Their Own," "Planet of the Apes," and "Human Contact."
Christopher Lloyd as Klingon Kruge
Appearing in the 1984 film, "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," Christopher Lloyd was barely recognizable under the heavy costuming, makeup, and prosthetics. Yet we can assure you, that it is definitely your beloved Doc Brown. In fact, this was a year before Lloyd stepped into the Delorean for the first time.
The "Back to the Future" franchise kicked off in 1985, cementing Lloyd’s status as a sci-fi hero. Lloyd was actually recommended for the role of Klingon Kruge by none other than Leonard Nimoy. With Spock’s blessing, how could the producers say no? Both before and after his stint on Star Trek, Lloyd enjoyed a stellar career and is still appearing in motion pictures to this day.
Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander Data
Here’s another of the most iconic faces of Star Trek. With a run on the show that spanned 15 years, Lt. Commander Data made a deep impression on Trekkies the world over. From 1987 on, actor Brent Spiner breathed life into Data over the course of seven seasons and four feature films.
Data was central to the action in this time, appearing in all but one of the 178 episodes that filled this time span (for the curious among you, the single episode he failed to make an appearance in was “Family”). Since leaving the show, Brent Spiner has turned his talents not just to roles in other TV shows, but also to theater and music.
Alexander Siddig as Doctor Julian Bashir
When Alexander Siddig was first called in for a Star Trek audition, the producers had Commander Benjamin Sisko in mind for him. However, at the time, Siddig looked far too young to properly embody the part. Not wanting to let the talented actor go, the producers made the wise decision to cast young Siddig as Dr. Julian Bashir.
Siddig enjoyed a long run with the show, appearing in "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine," and gracing our screens from 1993 to 1999. Since stepping away from Star Trek, Siddig hasn’t slowed down, appearing in a variety of films and TV shows. Arguably, his biggest role since Star Trek came in HBO’s hit show, "Game of Thrones."
Marina Sirtis as Counselor Deanna Troi
Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry was always on the lookout for inspiration. A dedicated sci-fi fan, he saw every new entry to the genre that he could, including the 80s hit, "Aliens." For Roddenberry, Vasquez stole the show and he was immediately inspired to create an equally strong Latina character for Star Trek. Enter Marina Sirtis and Counselor Deanna Troi.
Part-human, part-Betazoid, Deanna Troi had the ability to read the emotions of other beings. Sirtis appeared in this role in "Enterprise," "Voyager," and four of the Star Trek feature films. The popular star has gone on to appear in a string of films and TV shows, including "NCIS" and "Grey’s Anatomy."
Ashley Judd as Robin Lefler
Here’s one you’ve probably forgotten: Ashley Judd was in Star Trek! The actress made her debut on the show back in 1991, long before reaching superstardom. Since she wasn’t a recognizable face at the time, most people don’t even realize she was ever a part of the show.
Judd played Starfleet officer, Ensign Robin Lefler, and appeared in just two episodes. With a face and a talent like hers, however, two episodes were all it took to set her career in motion. It was a rapid rise to fame from there. Judd is now a well-known Hollywood actress and political activist.
Dominic Keating as Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Dominic Keating’s run on Star Trek was epic, spanning all 98 episodes of the show, from 2001 to 2005. Keating’s character, Lt. Malcolm Reed, was both a tactical officer and an armory officer aboard the Starship USS Enterprise. Reed’s tactical contributions to the storylines were of vital importance, so this was no small role for Keating.
While Lt. Malcolm Reed made Keating a household name (at least among Trekkies), many people also know him from his roles in "Jungle 2 Jungle" and "Beowulf." Keating is still going strong in the acting world and appeared in "Once Upon a Time in London."
Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer
Scott Bakula is a veteran of science fiction, with starring roles in two of the most critically acclaimed series to hit our televisions. You may recognize him as Sam Beckett from "Quantum Leap," a role for which he received a Golden Globe award and four Emmy nominations. As much as we loved him in "Quantum Leap," this role is not the reason he’s made it onto our list.
Star Trek fans will be more fond of Bakula for his portrayal of Captain Jonathan Archer in the "Star Trek: Enterprise" series. Since his role in the iconic sci-fi series came to an end, Bakula has enjoyed roles in a wide variety of TV shows and Hollywood films.
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Maxwell Forrest
Vaughn Armstrong has had 27 appearances on Star Trek. Compared to some of the veterans we’ve just visited, that doesn’t sound like so much, right? What if we told you that, in those 27 episodes, he took on the forms of eight distinct races to play a total of 11 different characters? Suddenly way more impressive!
While all that characterization sounds like a lot of work, this talented actor has still had plenty of time to explore the realms outside of Star Trek, appearing in a number of hit TV shows, including "Mad Men," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Modern Family," and "Criminal Minds."
Michelle Forbes as Ensign Ro Laren
With a run that far outstripped Ramsay’s, Michelle Forbes enjoyed a solid three seasons of Star Trek goodness, playing Ensign Ro Laren. According to fan forums, wikis, and a number of polls, Ro Laren is up there in popularity. In fact, more than one poll has placed her as the second strongest female character in the eyes of fans.
When her time with Star Trek was up, this popular lady continued to impress her fans, taking roles in some of television's most popular series, including "The Killing," "24," and "True Blood." She also scored a role in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2."
Kim Cattrall as Vulcan Valeris
Since we’re already on the topic of stars you never realized were on Star Trek, it may surprise you to learn that, long before her days of prowling the streets of New York with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall was a Trekkie. While most people know her as open-minded and upfront Samantha from HBO’s hit show, "Sex and the City," Kim Cattrall will remain a Vulcan in the hearts of all true Star Trek fans.
Cattrall’s character, Valeris, was under the mentorship of Captain Spock and excelled with his expert tutelage. Perhaps foreshadowing her "SATC" future, Cattrall designed her character’s headband and was also involved in the hair styling and even the development of the name.
Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf
Here’s an epic bit of Trekkie trivia for you: First appearing in the pilot episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and enjoying a career that carried all the way through to "Star Trek: Nemesis," Michael Dorn gets to boast the most appearances of any actor in the whole franchise. What an honor! Dorn’s Star Trek career adds up to an incredible 272 episodes and five films.
After such a monumental run with the show, Dorn was left with a pretty impressive CV, which has helped him secure many a supporting role. He is, however, picky with his roles, preferring independent films. He also has the most bad-ass side hustle ever: Dorn is a highly skilled pilot and owns and operates his own Lockheed T-33 trainer jet. We’re sure you’re not at all surprised to learn that his nickname for the plane is “starship.”
Kirstie Alley as Lt. Saavik
While most people know Kirstie as the one who went through some pretty public struggles with her weight, the actress was once a Vulcan-Romulan hybrid on the set of Star Trek. Alley appeared in the 1982 film, "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan," playing Lt. Saavik. With her dark hair and costume, she’s worlds away from the image we’ve grown accustomed to.
After her brief flirtation with Star Trek, Alley went on to enjoy a long run on the popular sitcom, "Cheers." She’s appeared in a number of other television roles, but was catapulted to fame in Hollywood movies like "For Richer or Poorer," "Look Who’s Talking," "Accidental Love," and "It Takes Two."
Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand
A picture of 60s style, Grace Lee Whitney played elegant yeoman to Captain James T. Kirk, Janice Rand. Janice can be seen in eight episodes of the first season but Whitney’s initial contract didn’t extend beyond this, so that was that. For a while anyway. Fans weren’t happy with her departure and they weren’t shy about begging for her return at conventions. As the years went by, the requests kept coming until the producers finally made a decision.
Whitney was brought back on board and fans got to enjoy seeing Janice back in action. She continued to pop up at diverse times throughout the series and appeared in Star Trek movies also. Along with her much-loved Star Trek role, Grace Lee Whitney enjoyed literally hundreds of television show appearances throughout her career. She was a talented singer and musician and penned an autobiography before she passed away in 2015.
John De Lancie as Q
Responsible for bringing us the character, Q, John De Lancie was also one of few actors who got to reprise his role over multiple series. Appearing in "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," and "Voyager," Q is both the name of Lancie’s character and the race said character comes from.
Since departing from the world of Star Trek, Lancie has enjoyed a varied career, with roles in film, television, and theater. "Breaking Bad" fans will remember his noteworthy guest appearance as the father of Jesse's girlfriend, Jane Margolis. He’s also turned his hand to the written word, with several books to his name.
LeVar Burton as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Do you remember "Reading Rainbow?" If you were the right age to be entranced by this brilliant children’s show, then you’ll certainly recognize its host (and executive producer, just by the way), LeVar Burton. This wonderful entertainer also had one of our favorite roles in the Star Trek franchise: Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge.
While La Forge was blind, he was able to have his own unique form of sight through the use of his boss-looking VISOR. While his eyes were always concealed behind the blingin’ prosthetic device, Burton is still mega recognizable. Since his time on Star Trek, Burton has both acted in and directed numerous episodes in a variety of television series. He’s also had a shot at directing a few films.
Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
Korean-American actress, Linda Park, had just graduated from Boston University when she got her first big break: the role of Hoshi Sato in Star Trek. With only a minor role in "Jurassic Park" under her belt, this regular role was a big step up for her, and Park was determined to shine. Her character, Hoshi Sato, was the communications officer and had a natural knack for understanding and translating all the alien languages the crew encountered.
When her time with Star Trek came to an end, Park was able to use it as a platform from which to land plenty of ongoing television work. You may recognize her as a regular on the show, "Crash." In tandem with her acting career, Park co-founded Underground Asylum, an LA-based theater company (though it has since gone defunct).
Christopher Plummer as Klingon General Chang
Christopher Plummer was an absolute legend of the acting world, with an illustrious career spanning an impressive six decades. While Shatner still has him beat time-wise (at seven decades of work and counting), Plummer’s talent was incomparable. Plummer delved into the Star Trek universe in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."
He was perfectly suited for the role he took on: Shakespeare-loving Klingon General Chang. Plummer himself was a classically trained actor and Shakespeare fanatic who has spent as much time on the stage as he has on camera. What you may not know is that, in the year 2000, he lent his voice to the "Star Trek: Klingon Academy" video game, reprising his role as Chang. In February 2021, he sadly passed away.
Martha Hackett as Seska
Martha Hackett is another star who took on more than one character in the Star Trek universe. Though she wasn’t quite as prolific as Vaughn Armstrong, Hackett appeared in two of the Star Trek television series and also voiced characters in five different Star Trek games. She’s definitely got the chops to call herself a Trekkie!
Her biggest role within the franchise was as Seska in "Star Trek: Voyager." Hackett appeared in 13 episodes as this character. Apart from her dedication to Star Trek, Hackett has had a number of roles in blockbuster films, including "Never Been Kissed" and "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."
Catherine Hicks as Dr. Gillian Taylor
Seems like there’s some kind of connection between Star Trek and "7th Heaven." Catherine Hicks played Annie Camden on the hit show. Thankfully, she was not as controversial of a figure as her co-star, Stephen Collins. The only attention Hicks stirred up was for her stellar performances. She was nominated for a Saturn Award, in the Best Supporting Actress category for her portrayal of Dr. Gillian Taylor in Star Trek.
Prior to her appearance in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," Hicks had already been nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. From such a promising start in the 80s, Hicks blossomed into an even more wonderful actress and has a list of credits a mile long.
Jennifer Lien as Kes
When you play a character whose species is only known to live for nine years, you kinda know it’s going to be a short-lived affair! This was the case for Jennifer Lien, who played Kes in "Star Trek: Voyager," from 1995 to 1997. Kes was an Ocampan and, while blessed with telepathy, was not blessed with the longest of lifespans.
Still, Lien relished the role and made friends among her fellow Star Trek cast members during the years she made Kes her own. After retiring from the show, Lien had plenty of success finding other roles but decided to step away from acting in 2002.
Celeste Yarnall as Yeoman Martha Landon
Celeste Yarnall had a small role in Star Trek, appearing in an episode titled “The Apple” way back in 1967. While her role may have been comparatively small, she was remembered for it and, much to the delight of superfans, popped back up in 2006, in "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men."
Celeste enjoyed a certain amount of success in film and television during the 60s and 70s, even appearing in one of Elvis Presley’s films. Once again, her role was small but memorable. The beautiful young actress starred as a party-goer who caught Presley’s eye and inspired him to sing “A Little Less Conversation.” As her acting career began to fade, Yarnall wisely moved into real estate, where she turned into a huge success. In October 2018 she passed away after a long and hard battle.
Robert Picardo as Emergency Medical Hologram
Here’s something you probably don’t know about your favorite Emergency Medical Hologram. The actor who played the role, Robert Picardo, was all set to become a real-life doctor before he took a complete 180 and went into acting instead. After graduating from William Penn Charter School, Picardo launched into Yale, ready to take on life as a pre-med student. But the drama department was calling to him and, unable to resist, Picardo changed his course, eventually graduating from Yale with a drama degree rather than a medical one!
Given his history, it’s such a beautiful turn of events that Picardo went on to take the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) role on Star Trek. More commonly referred to as “The Doctor,” Picardo’s EMH character popped up in the "Star Trek: Voyager" films. Since then, he’s enjoyed a fruitful acting career with roles in film and television, and on Broadway.
Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Anthony Montgomery graced the decks of the USS Enterprise at the same time and for the same 98-episode duration as Dominic Keating. The Indianapolis native had already been building a solid acting career, with appearances in both film and television, when he was cast as Ensign Travis Mayweather in "Star Trek: Enterprise."
After his role came to an end, Montgomery dabbled in stand-up comedy for a while. He continued his acting work while also developing his skills as a graphic novelist. He’s currently enjoying a regular starring role on the ABC soap opera, "General Hospital," in which he plays Andre Maddox.
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Whoopi Goldberg’s role was an interesting one. She played Guinan, from the El-Aurian race, who spend their time listening to the universe. Guinan’s home planet was decimated by the Borg (a cyborg species who like to destroy things), turning her into a refugee.
After a long life in the Star Trek universe, Goldberg’s career took off and, along with being a household name, she is now the proud owner of Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards. Goldberg blazoned her name in the history books with her Oscar win, as it was only the second one ever to go to a black woman. Lately, Goldberg has chilled out on the acting, instead happily settling into a co-hosting spot on "The View."
Scarlett Pomers as Naomi Widman
While she may have been one of the youngest cast members to grace the Star Trek decks, Scarlett Pomers was already a surprisingly accomplished performer before she appeared in the show. Along with a number of TV roles, she had appeared in the music video for Michael Jackson’s 1991 hit, “Heal the World.”
Pomers had a decent run on Star Trek, appearing in 17 episodes over a three-year period. Critics were as impressed with her portrayal of Naomi Wildman as the fans were, and Pomers won a Young Artist Award, commending her for an outstanding supporting role in a drama series. After leaving Star Trek, Pomers starred in the TV show, "Reba," and founded the band, SCARLETT (also known as the Scarlett Pomers Band).
Robert Beltran as Commander Chakotay
Robert Beltran certainly did a sterling job, filling the boots of Commander Chakotay, the starship Voyager’s first officer. He was so loved in this role, in fact, that he was twice nominated for an ALMA award and was successful in taking out the award for “Outstanding Actor in a Television Series” from Golden Eagle.
What you may not know about Beltran is that he is a bit of a theater addict. The talented actor has appeared in almost as many stage productions as he has in films. Since Star Trek, he’s enjoyed roles in film, television and theater and, with his talent and unique features, is unlikely to ever be out of work.
DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy
When Star Trek hit, DeForest Kelley shot to almost instant fame as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. What many don’t know, however, is that Kelley actually had the opportunity to play Spock! He turned the role down, a move many Spock fans are probably thankful for as it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Nimoy in the role.
Kelley apparently turned the role down as he feared being typecast. Yet, as it turned out, he fell victim to the dreaded affliction anyway. As his acting career tapered off, Kelley developed a love for the written word, writing poetry and penning two books. These were supposed to be the first of a series, however, Kelley passed away in 1999 before he could complete the rest of his written works.
Laurence Luckinbill as Sybok
When it comes to Star Trek, Laurence Luckinbill certainly lives up to his luck-filled name. The role he took on—that of Spock’s half-brother, Sybok—was originally intended for Sean Connery. However, Connery was tied up filming "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade." Luckinbill came on the scene completely unintentionally. He was discovered late one night, when William Shatner was unable to sleep and so was up channel surfing.
Luckinbill’s face popped on the screen and Shatner knew immediately he was the one for the part. What a way to be discovered! Luckenbill’s luck never really ran out as far as his career has been concerned. Since 1968, he has been writing, directing and starring in theater productions, including a good many one-man shows.
George Takei as Captain Hikaru Sulu
George Takei was cast to appear in the second Star Trek pilot and, with its success, went on to star in the resultant Star Trek series. Takei’s role was intended to get bigger quicker than it did. However, the actor’s attention was being taken up by another role. He was still performing in "The Green Berets" as Captain Nim.
Along with a string of film and television roles, George Takei completely mastered social media, his hilarious posts making him even more of an icon than his Star Trek days did. Takei now uses this platform to promote LGBT rights, along with a number of other causes he holds close to his heart. Takei is no “clicktivist,” he is the real deal and has won awards for his work on US-Japan relations in particular, and human rights in general.
Robert Duncan McNeill as Lieutenant Tom Paris
Robert Duncan McNeill is a Star Trek veteran, having taken on a couple of different roles while also directing several episodes. His most regular appearance on the show was as Lieutenant Tom Paris, in "Star Trek: Voyager." However, you can also spot him in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
McNeill did take on acting roles outside of Star Trek (including an appearance as himself in the documentary, "Trekkies") but his passion is most definitely with directing. He has an impressive CV, having taken the helm of shows like "Dawson’s Creek," "Medium," and "Desperate Housewives." McNeill also produced and directed "Chuck," for NBC.
Sarah Silverman as Rain Robinson
Here is another star you may be surprised to discover was in Star Trek. Sassy, the outspoken comedian, Sarah Silverman, joined "Star Trek: Voyager" back in 1996 for a small role that spanned two episodes. Her character, Rain Robinson, was central to a two-part episode named “Future’s End,” which was full of time-traveling fun.
We probably don’t even need to tell you what Silverman has been up to since (but we will)! The comedy superstar has had her own program, "The Sarah Silverman Show," along with a number of comedy specials and appearances in shows like "Louie" and films like "Wreck-it Ralph."
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Now let’s take a look at one of the more controversial characters Star Trek produced. Played by Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher looks innocent enough. But that was kind of the problem. Fans were not impressed with the way the boy was able to save the day on so many occasions despite struggling to get into the Starfleet Academy. His storylines always felt too contrived and fans were not into it.
Still, Wheaton’s run on the show as Wesley Crusher lasted from 1987 to 1991, spanning the first four seasons of "The Next Generation." Since leaving the show, Wheaton has fared just fine, with no residual issues from the distaste that lingered around his character. Wheaton has appeared in various TV shows, including "Criminal Minds" and "The Big Bang Theory." He also has a hilarious cameo, playing himself in "Family Guy."
Rick Worthy as Jannar
With his Star Trek character, Jannar, Ricky Worthy immersed himself in the role for ten episodes and, with his costume and makeup so completely altering his appearance, was also able to take on other characters in later seasons. While it’s tempting to think that Worthy’s combination of talent and dedication to his immersive roles would lead to a lucrative career, it turns out the reality was far from it.
Worthy wasn’t able to build the recognition factor that’s so helpful in casting calls and auditions. He shared his backstory in "That Guy… Who Was in That Thing," a fascinating documentary released back in 2012. While he had a cushy role on "The Magicians," Worthy admitted his dedication to character acting nearly left him broke and homeless!
Jonathan Frakes as William T. Riker
Jonathan Frakes holds the honor of having appeared in not one but four different Star Trek series: "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager," and "Enterprise." Only one other regular cast member can make the same claim (do you remember who?) Frakes is no day-tripper to the world of sci-fi, and his role in Star Trek was more than just a job to him.
From an early age, Frakes was into the sci-fi scene, working at conventions and appearing as various costumed characters. In addition to acting, Frakes also directed many episodes of Star Trek. Since leaving the show, he’s continued his directorial career and also penned a novel titled, "The Abductors: Conspiracy."
Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine
Seven of Nine was a fascinating character who popped up in "Star Trek: Voyager" and stole every scene she was in. Her full Borg title was “Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One” but she had once been Annika Hansen, before her Borg assimilation.
The actress who took on the role, Jeri Ryan, did such a stellar job, she was nominated for four Saturn Awards. In 2001, she finally snagged a win, taking out the best actress award for her portrayal of the Borg. Since leaving Star Trek, Ryan has enjoyed success in the land of television, most recently appearing in "Bosch" and "Arrow."
Connor Trinneer as Commander Charles ‘Trip’ Tucker III
It may shock dedicated Star Trek fans to know that, when Connor Trinneer first auditioned for a role on the show, he had barely a clue what it was about or how big it was in the sci-fi world. At the time, Trinneer didn’t consider himself a sci-fi fan and was really just after whatever work he could get.
While this may sound sacrilegious to some, rest assured, Trinneer became an instant fan the moment he was exposed to sci-fi. By way of proof, Trinneer was nominated in the best supporting actor category at the Saturn Awards, and has since appeared in the popular series, "Stargate Atlantis."
Garret Wang as Ensign Harry Kim
From 1995 to 2001, Garrett Wang brought to our screens the adorably naive, yet undeniably gifted, Ensign Harry Kim. Wang had grown up watching and loving the films, so was excited to audition. When he finally realized how epic the series was, after landing his role, Wang was relieved at how the timeline of events had gone down.
Now a dedicated Star Trek fan as well as a cast member, Wang pops up regularly at conventions and even appeared in "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men," a fan-produced mini-series that came out in 2007. Wang was also involved in the creation of the MMORPG, "Star Trek: Online."
Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonien Singh
Make way for everyone’s favorite villain: Khan Noonien Singh. Appearing in the original Star Trek series and, of course, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," this guy was a pivotal part of Captain Kirk’s world. Khan was originally played by Mexican actor, Ricardo Montalban. The man was a fitness buff who worked out regularly, and it certainly showed!
Montalban had a long and prosperous career beyond Star Trek, spending a good seven of his decades on Earth entertaining us with performances in comedy films, crime shows, dramas, and even musicals. He was an absolute fan favorite and, while he lived a long and happy life, his passing in 2009 (at the age of 88) was mourned by many. As for his character, Khan lives on, taking the form of Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2013 movie, "Star Trek: Into Darkness."
Tim Russ as Lieutenant Tuvok
While Robert Duncan McNeill was a massive contributor to the Star Trek franchise, it’s hard to beat the astounding contribution of Tim Russ. First up, Russ took on the character of Lt. Tuvok, from 1995 to 2001. Tuvok was a Vulcan and performed as both the chief tactical officer and the chief of security for the ship. But Russ didn’t stop there.
The talented creative also worked behind the scenes, producing, directing, and writing and, prior to his Tuvok role, had taken on a number of bit parts. That’s a whole lot of dedication to the show! Outside of Star Trek, Russ has enjoyed plenty of work in film, television, and music. The multi-talented artist shows no signs of slowing down.
Ian Abercrombie as Abbot
Ian Abercrombie was such a legend in the sci-fi world it would’ve been unthinkable if he’d never appeared in Star Trek. Thankfully, that travesty never occurred (not in our lifetime anyway) as Abercrombie appeared in a couple of episodes of "Voyager," playing the roles of the Abbot and Milo.
Abercrombie had a stellar career, appearing in an insane number of films and TV shows. He was in everything from David Lynch’s bizarre masterpiece, "Twin Peaks," to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and even "How I Met Your Mother." Abercrombie also voiced Palpatine and Darth Sidious in the animations and video games of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." In January 2012, he sadly passed away.
Evan English as Ensign Tanner
Here’s another "Star Trek: Enterprise" regular for you: Evan English. Playing Ensign Tanner, a Starfleet officer, and helmsman, English stuck around for all four seasons of the Enterprise series. Those with a keen eye will also be able to spot him doing background work in "Star Trek: Insurrection."
English continued his acting work after leaving Star Trek, taking on a number of small roles in major films like "Coyote Ugly," and "Almost Famous." He’s also spent time performing on Broadway and appeared in TV shows like "ER" and "The West Wing." English will always have a heart for Star Trek though, regularly making appearances at conventions and appearing in "Star Trek: The Continuing Mission," a web series produced by fans.
Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys
Fans who tuned in for the Star Trek adventures of the 90s will surely recognize Nana Visitor, aka Kira Nerys. This character was most definitely a product of her generation. Appearing in the show from 1993 to 1999, Kira Nerys was a freedom fighter turned terrorist who fought to free her homeworld, the planet Bajor, from the Cardassians.
Not to be confused with the Kardashians our world is overrun by today, the Cardassians were an alien race who had taken over the crucial planet. For her brilliant work in this role, Nana Visitor was deemed “Best Actress in a Syndicated Series” at the OFTA Television Awards. Since taking her leave of the Star Trek universe, Visitor has enjoyed regular work in film and television.
Aron Eisenberg as Nog
Aron Eisenberg was an American actor that played the beloved character of Nog in all seven seasons of the spinoff series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Even though he was most famously known for his Star Trek role, Eisenberg appeared in several movies and TV shows over the years.
These included "The Wonder Years," "Tales From the Crypt," and "General Hospital," just to name a few. Only to the knowledge of his biggest fans, Eisenberg was also a professional photographer and opened his own gallery around 2012. Sadly, the beloved Eisenberg passed away on September 21, 2019. He was only 50 years old.
Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard
Patrick Stewart’s glistening dome is practically synonymous with "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Stewart has been appearing on stage, in films and on television for nearly six decades now. Originally hailing from the UK, Stewart spent the 80s working in the American film and television industry.
While his portrayal of Captain Picard made him a cultural icon, much like his colleague William Shatner, Stewart had an equally monumental role waiting for him after his Star Trek days faded. For some, the X-Men franchise is as big of a deal as Star Trek, and no one could’ve played Professor Charles Xavier like Patrick Stewart. Though we can’t say for sure if she’s a Star Trek or an X-Men fan, we can tell you the late Queen Elizabeth II knighted Patrick Stewart in 2010 for his massive contribution to the dramatic arts.
Manu Intiraymi as Icheb
Much like Seven of Nine, Icheb was assimilated by the Borg at a young age but later freed (as much as possible), with a combination of implant removal and counseling. Actor, Manu Intiraymi, filled this role both in "Star Trek: Voyager" and in the fan film, "Star Trek: Renegades."
Outside of Star Trek, Intiraymi has enjoyed steady work in film, television, and theatre. He’s appeared in major shows, like "One Tree Hill," but also has a thing for Indie films. Last we heard of him, he was working on a film called "The Circuit." And in 2016, he appeared in the low-budget film "Unbelievable!!!!!"
Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov
Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry introduced the young Russian character, Pavel Chekov, to even out the age ranges in the show and appeal to a younger audience. Only two actors ever got to audition for the part. The reason? Well, the moment Roddenberry saw Walter Koenig, he knew he had his man. Koenig was the spitting image of Davy Jones, arguably the most popular member of the band, The Monkees.
Roddenberry and his crew put all their hopes in Koenig, and the charismatic young actor didn’t let them down. With his good looks, broad smile, and talent for acting, he was a brilliant addition to the Star Trek cast. Koenig’s career flourished, even after Star Trek, and he has spent a good half-century of his life appearing in films, on the stage, and in various television roles.
Ethan Peck as Spock
In 2018, Ethan Peck took on the daunting task of playing Spock. He is the third actor honored with the chance to fill Leonard Nimoy’s ears in the Star Trek metaverse. He first played Spock in “Star Trek: Discovery,” appearing in the second season of the series.
He hit the screen as everyone’s favorite Vulcan in the Paramount+ original series, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (2022). The summer streaming stood up to fan expectations. The fans are incredible, he says. At Trekkie conventions, he is overwhelmed at how the phenomenon that is Spock is something so much bigger than himself.
Stephanie Niznik as Kell Perim
Stephanie Niznik was a talented actress who can trace her success back to her college years. She earned a Master’s in fine arts from Duke University. Niznik played the Trill alien Kell Perim in the 1998 movie, “Star Trek: Insurrection.” In 2002, she appeared as a shape-shifting telepathic Wraith in the opening episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise,” called “Rogue Planet.”
Besides her work on Star Trek, she was known for starring in “Everwood” as Nina. But it was her role as Caitlin Sweeney on “Diagnosis: Murder” that launched her career. Sadly, Niznik passed away under unexpected circumstances in 2019. She was only 52 years of age.
Anson Mount as Christopher Pike
As Captain Christopher Pike in “Star Trek: Discovery,” Anson Mount made a splash in Trekkie fandom. He played the role again in “Short Treks” and “Strange New Worlds.” Mount voiced Batman in the animated movie “Injustice” and played Black Bolt in the short-lived Marvel series "Inhumans."
He is the fourth actor to portray Pike, but the fandom adores Mount’s version. He rewrites Enterprise's masculinity by showing more human emotions. But what you’ll hear about the most is his great hair, acclaim truly warranted! Thankfully, Kevin Feige noticed Mount's talent, and gave him a cameo as Black Bolt in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."
Evan Evagora as Elnor
Evan Evagora hails from Australia, and he is the first Australian cast member in a Star Trek television series. He promptly picked up the nickname “Space Legolas” via internet fandom because of his resemblance to the "Lord of the Rings" character. Despite those ears on Elnor, he is not a Vulcan.
It was in “Star Trek: Picard” where Evagora played the hand-combat fighter from Romulan. Fans were astonished he was killed off in Season 2. So, it was welcomed news when Elnor came back to life for the season finale after being revived by Q. Elnor also appeared as a ghost and as a hologram during the season.
William Morgan Sheppard as Dr. Ira Graves
British-born actor William Sheppard performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years before acting on television and in films. He had roles in several Star Trek television series. He’s most recognized as Dr. Ira Graves, a cybernetic specialist and one of the top scientific thinkers of the Federation.
He is the Delta quadrant alien in the Klingon race who, realizing he was dying, plotted to transfer his entire consciousness to Data’s body in 2365. But it was found out and transferred from Data to the USS Enterprise’s main database. Sadly, the talented actor passed away in 2019 at the age of 86.
Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber
As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ acting community, Wilson Cruz was the first to play an openly gay character on a television program. It was “My So-Called Life.” The Brooklyn-born New Yorker joined Star Trek for the first season of “Discovery.” We meet Cruz’s character, Hugh Culber then.
He starts out as a minor character who was rescued as a Borg drone. But as a member of the ship’s top medical team, Culber becomes a main character in the second season. Fun fact: Hugh Culber was ranked by “Syfy” as the 10th sexiest Star Trek character back in 2019.
Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker
Television actor Michelle Hurd starred in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Monique Jeffries. Getting her start, she studied theatre at London’s National Theatre after graduating from Boston University. Hurd has the role of Raffi Musiker in “Star Trek: Picard," a character that Trekkies far and wide have quickly fallen in love with.
Raffi is a human from the 24th century who serves Picard as an admiral in Starfleet. Hurd landed the role in 2019 and the show has been streaming since 2020. The actress has also starred in “Leap Years” and “The Glades.” She also starred alongside Sydney Sweeney in the 2023 rom-com "Anyone But You."
Doug Jones as Saru
This actor is a contortionist who plays many grotesque creatures, usually created with prosthetics and heavy makeup. As Commander Saru, Doug Jones has been nominated three times for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he won it in 2019. He played Saru in “Star Trek: Discovery” and he reprised it in “Short Treks.”
Saru is a Kelpien who, once (because of a holographic program), appeared human. Jones has collaborated with movie maker Guillermo del Toro in several films, including “The Shape of Water.” He is the Amphibian Man in that film, one of his most famous prosthetic creatures.
Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
Perhaps most noteworthy is that Anthony Rapp starred in the original “Rent” musical as Mark Cohen. He is in “Star Trek: Discovery” playing a human male in the Starfleet. Stamets is a scientific engineer of physics and mycology who created instantaneous light travel. Stamets is the partner of Culber, which is the first openly gay relationship in a Star Trek TV show.
Because he’s a mycologist, Stamets enjoys talking theoretically about mushrooms in space, arguing that spores and mycelia are universal building blocks. His character is based on a real-life mycologist named Paul Stamets. In 2019, Rapp made a cameo in "Rent: Live," a television special.
Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway
“Orange is the New Black” star Kate Mulgrew started out on soaps with “Ryan’s Hope,” portraying the award-winning character, Mary Ryan. She won a Critics’ Choice and a Saturn Award. Moving on to bigger and better things, she played Red on "Orange is the New Black" and Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager.”
Janeway was one of the most decorated admirals as captain and she proved her stuff successfully navigating the USS Voyager through the Delta Quadrant. Mulgrew also brought Starfleet officer Janeway to the animated series “Prodigy,” as a voice actor. In 2022, Mulgrew appeared in the anthology series "The First Lady," which premiered on Showtime.
Santiago Cabrera as Cristóbal Rios
Santiago Cabrera is a Chilean actor who plays former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios in “Star Trek: Picard.” Cabrera stars as “Cris” and he is the pilot of La Sirena. Cris is loved when he comes alive in Spanish-speaking scenes, playfully bringing his Latino heritage to Trekkies. It’s part of Star Trek's history to bring multiculturalism to TV.
Cabrera has had many roles in British television, including BBC’s “The Musketeers.” He has also starred in “Heroes” and “Salvation.” Cabrera surprised Instagram followers in September of 2019 saying he would return to “Picard” for its second season. And he most definitely did.
John Billingsley as Phlox
Doctor Phlox is a character from the Denobulan race who comes from the 2100s. He’s the first of that race to appear in the Star Trek metaverse. John Billingsley plays Dr. Phlox in “Star Trek: Enterprise.” Phlox is the chief medical officer under Captain Archer’s command. He makes his debut in the first episode of the series in 2001.
Billingsley had the fortune to star in an episode of “The X-Files.” He was also in “The Others” as Miles Ballard. In “True Blood,” Billingsley played Coroner Spencer. He was in “CSI: NY,” “Cold Case,” “Out of Time” with Denzel Washington, and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
This actress is well known for “Star Trek: Discovery,” as well as for her role in “The Walking Dead.” Martin-Green debuted on television in 2008 with “Law & Order.” It was in 2016 that she landed Michael Burnham on “Discovery.” Burnham finds herself banished for life after committing mutiny.
After serving only six months, she is determined to be an advantage in the war against the Klingons and is brought back on board the USS Discovery. The character was based on Nichelle Nichols’ character Uhura. Martin-Green starred as Tamara in “Once Upon a Time” and as Michelle Terry in “NYC 22.”
Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler
Shazad Latif is a British actor who starred in “Spooks,” a BBC television series. On “Star Trek: Discovery,” Latif played Ash Tyler, getting cast in 2017. Ash Tyler is a Klingon who agreed to go through a string of traumatic surgeries called choH’a to appear human.
He would suffer nightmares because of the very painful procedure. He was the chief of security on the USS Discovery. Formerly called Voq who was his Klingon identity, Ash Tyler would morph back into Voq. In the end, he served both the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Latif is part of the cast of the Disney+ series "Nautilus."
Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
Sylvia Tilly was an ensign who became a Starfleet lieutenant on “Discovery.” Mary Wiseman plays the character on the series that is streamed on Paramount+. Sylvia Tilly is a human female Earthling from the 23rd century. Wiseman appreciates the inclusive nature of “Star Trek,” dating back to The Original Series, as promoted by Gene Roddenberry.
The actor proudly announced to the fandom that she is queer in 2021. She has appeared on other Star Trek titles such as “Short Treks.” Wiseman has also had roles of varying sizes on Netflix productions such as the movie "Marriage Story" and the series "The Residence."
Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh
In “Strange New Worlds,” Christina Chong plays Lt. La’an Noonien-Singh. The character was born in 2228 on Alpha and was forced to live under the Augment tyrant who ruled during the Eugenics Wars. La’an is a descendant of Khan Nooien-Singh, which is quite a cool little detail, when you think about it.
As a child, her ship was attacked by the Gorn. She survived but was traumatized by the violence of witnessing her people being tortured. Chong also appeared in “Halo: Nightfall and “Line of Duty.” In 2011, she had a role in a “Doctor Who” episode. And in 2021, she had a role in the movie "Tom and Jerry."
Rachael Ancheril as D. Nhan
Canadian actress Rachael Ancheril was born in Toronto and started acting in 2006 with the film “Circuit 3: The Street Monk.” Ancheril was cast for “Star Trek: Discovery” in its second season as a guest star. She became a full cast member in season 3.
She plays Commander Nhan, a USS Enterprise engineer who comes from the Barzan planet in the 2200s. She is known as the first red shirt to actually wear a red shirt. Ancheril was well suited for the role. Her mom was one of “The Original Series” super fans who wrote to NBC to save the show from cancelation.
Alison Pill as Agnes Jurati
It was a high point for Alison Pill to sing rocker Pat Benatar’s classic song “Shadows of the Night” when “Star Trek: Picard” came around. The actress, who is also a musician, was praised by director Jonathan Frakes for the performance, at least according to “Inverse” magazine.
Pill portrayed Agnes Jurati, a human cyberneticist from the 24th century who was assimilated as a Borg Queen while time-traveling to the 21st century. In the end, they agreed to establish a new Borg Collective that would allow members to retain some of their individuality. Her character appeared in season 1 and season 2.
Isa Briones as Soji Asha & Kore Soong
Isabella “Isa” Briones is a musical theater artist who hit the stage at age three. She joined the “Hamilton” touring production in New York and won the Ovation Award in 2018 for her work in the L.A. musical “Next to Normal.” Briones then made it to network television landing “Star Trek: Picard.”
She played an android Soji. Soji discovers she’s not human, but an android, via Data following the Romulan attacks. Briones says she relates to the character as a British-born child of a Filipino father and a Swedish mother and raised in Los Angeles. She is also Kore Soong, the genetically engineered daughter of Adam Soong.
Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura
As a stage actress, Celia Rose Gooding rose to acclaim with the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill,” based on Alanis Morrisette’s song. Her performance was nominated for a Tony. It was a big honor as she was only 20. Getting the role of Nyota Uhura was another honor.
The character was played by venerated Star Trek veteran, the late Nichelle Nichols in The Original Series. Gooding portrays a younger Uhura in “Strange New Worlds.” Both actresses, Nichols and Gooding, held a love of musical theater. Uhura, who was born in Kenya in the 2200s, is a translator and communications specialist aboard the ship.
Harry Treadaway as Narek
The character Narek was created for the pilot episode of “Star Trek: Picard.” He is a Romulan member of Zhat Vash who is romantically linked with Soji. Harry Treadaway plays Narek in the first season. Narek is credited with discovering Soji’s home planet and for preventing chaos by backing up Captain Picard.
Treadaway is also a musician and songwriter. He had a leading role in “Penny Dreadful.” He also starred in “Mr. Mercedes.” In the Netflix series “The Crown,” Treadaway starred as British garden designer Roddy Llewellyn. In 2023, he had a main role in the TV series "The Chemistry of Death."
Orla Brady as Laris & Tallinn
Orla Brady is an award-winning Irish and English stage actress who studied at Philippe Gaulier’s acting school in France. She performed in countless stage productions before landing Star Trek. Her character Laris and Picard kindled a romance that was cut short when he had to depart.
She also plays Tallinn who is like a guardian angel character. Brady says she thinks that Tallinn, who obviously looks similar to Laris, is brought into the series to create a sort of love triangle in Picard and alter his progression as a character. In 2022, Brady appeared in an episode of the crime comedy series "Death in Paradise."
Jess Bush as Christine Chapel
This actress made it in showbiz after appearing on “Australia’s Next Top Model.” Jess Bush stars in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.” As Nurse Christine Chapel, Bush was faced with the intimidating task of performing the part originally played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the legendary actress from "The Original Series."
The actress told “The Hollywood Reporter” that it was a huge honor to play Nurse Chapel. She viewed all of Majel’s performances, but she got the part by making Nurse Chapel all her own. In terms of what she is doing right now with her life, we have pretty much covered everything already.
David Warner as Gul Madred
Picard’s sadistic torturer Gul Madred is played by actor David Warner in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Jean-Luc Picard memorably confronts Madred, saying he finds him a “pitiable man.” Madred was a Cardassian officer, and he was put in charge of Picard’s interrogation.
He nearly broke the will of the starship captain. Besides TNG, Warner has starred in Star Trek productions, “Star Trek: V: The Final Frontier” and “Star Trek: VI: The Undiscovered Country.” In the latter, he played Chancellor Gorkon, and in the former, St. John Talbot. Sadly, in 2022, Warner passed away from a cancer-related illness. He was just five days shy of turning 81.
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
In 1992, Cirroc Lofton was cast for “Deep Space Nine.” He was the youngest cast member at age 14 when he first played Jake Sisko and he stayed on for the show’s entire run. He also appeared on “7th Heaven.” In 2004, Lofton joined other Star Trek actors in “Trekkies 2,” a documentary about the show.
He also took part in a fan film called “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” which was directed by Tim Russ who plays Tuvok. After Star Trek, Lofton got a starring role on “The Hoop Life.” His last acting credit was in the movie "The Wedding Pact 2: The Baby Pact."
Babs Olusanmokun as Joseph M’Benga
This Nigerian American actor joined the “Strange New World” series in 2022. Babs Olusanmokun got his start in New York. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt champion. He has a long list of television credits including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Roots.”
Talking to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Olusanmokun shares the complexity and the beauty of playing Dr. M’Benga. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph M’Benga was first played by Booker Bradshaw in The Original Series. He said the character’s relationship with his granddaughter was touching. He also starred in “Dune.”
Rebecca Romijn as Una Chin-Riley
The character Una Chin-Riley, who was nicknamed “Number One” on The Original Series, was originally played by Majel Barrett. In fact, Gene Roddenberry created Number One for Barrett to play in the first pilot. Yet it was in vain as NBC execs axed her character and Barrett played Nurse Chapel instead.
Rebecca Romijn first played Una Chin-Riley on “Discovery.” That was 2018. Now, she is reprising her role in “Strange New Worlds.” Romijn is a model and an actress. She appeared on the cover of many major fashion magazines before landing the role of Mystique in “X-Men,” thus launching her acting career.
Bruce Horak as Hemmer
Bruce Horak took the role of Hemmer, even though he knew the character would not make it through the first season of the Paramount+ series “Strange New Worlds.” But when he went out, he went out heroically, sacrificing himself in order to save the life of Nyota Uhura.
The chief engineer who has unmistakable snail-like antennae was attacked by a Gorn. The creature spit venom at Nyota and Hemmer rushed to her protection, taking the venom hit. When he learns the venom makes his body a host for countless Gorn spawns, he kills himself.
Melissa Navia as Erica Ortegas
For Melissa Navia, getting a chance to play Erica Ortegas was the perfect fit. She said it was meant to be. She loves the “Strange New Worlds” character because, she says, Lieutenant Ortegas is so cool. She is Latina, an adept pilot, tough, but funny, and she totally relates to her, according to a “Hollywood Life” interview.
In 2018, she won the best actress award at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival for the science fiction movie, “The Paragon Cortex.” In 2021, Navia suffered an unbelievable tragedy when her partner passed away just three days after being diagnosed with leukemia.
Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax
Nicole de Boer is a Canadian actor who made a foray into American television and film with various sci-fi roles. Starring in “Cube,” a cult thriller directed by Vincenzo Natali, cemented her place as a solid science fiction actress. She landed a part in “The Outer Limits” and then soon landed an audition on “Deep Space Nine” as Lieutenant Ezri Dax.
She played the character for two seasons. Boer also had a significant role in the series “The Dead Zone.” From 2002 to 2007 she played Sarah Bannerman. In 2021, her time as Becca D'Orsay on the show "Private Eyes" came to an end.
Michael Pataki as First Officer Korax
With a strong run in ‘70s TV, Michael Pataki had roles on “Batman,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and “All in the Family.” On “Star Trek,” Pataki was adored as the feisty First Officer Korax, a Klingon from the Original Series. Korax was an obnoxious character who memorably started a fight in the episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.”
In the TV series “The Next Generation,” he portrayed Governor Karmas. Pataki played another colorful character on “Happy Days,” a comical Russian defector. Sadly, Pataki passed away from cancer. However, he did have a posthumous role in nearly a decade after his passing, in the movie "Cans Without Labels."
Julianne Christie as Dexa and Ah’len
This actress was in two Star Trek productions. In “Star Trek: Voyager,” she played Dexa. And in “Star Trek: Enterprise” during the first season in an episode called, “Unexpected,” she played Ah’len. Christie starred alongside William Shatner in a 2002 film called, “Shooting Stars.”
This actress is also credited in “The Nutty Professor” with Eddie Murphy. And she has had roles in “NYPD Blue.” When she’s not taking television roles, she performs on stage and teaches drama. In 2023, Christie appeared in four episodes of the neo-Western series "Joe Pickett," starring alongside the likes of Michael Dorman and Julianna Guill.
Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat
This actor appeared in a long list of ‘70s and ‘80s television shows, like “The Incredible Hulk,” “Knight Rider,” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.” In film, he’s known for “Total Recall” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Marc Alaimo got his start in acting as a classically trained Shakespearean actor.
But it was his role as Gul Dukat where he garnered the most acclaim. He played the villain Dukat in the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” series. Alaimo also played characters in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” in which his claim to fame is playing the first ever Romulan dude, Commander Tebok.
Cyia Batten as Tora Ziyal
Cyia Batten danced with The Pussycat Dolls and starred in horror films before appearing on Star Trek productions. She’s known for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” and “Killer Movie.” In 2005, she was awarded Best Actress at Los Angeles Screamfest for her portrayal of a substance addict in the movie “Cookers.”
Batten played Tora Ziyal on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993), but it wasn’t her only Trekkie adventure. She also had roles in “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” For one reason or another, Batten hasn't done much acting in recent times, with her last role coming in the TV film "Killer Reality."
Peter Weller as Rogue Admiral A. Marcus
It was the 1987 box office winner “Robocop” that put this actor on the map. Peter Weller starred in “Star Trek Into Darkness” as Admiral Alexander Marcus. He landed that role after appearing in “Fringe,” a FOX program in which J.J. Abrams was involved.
Weller played John Fredrick Paxton, leader of the Terra Prime, in the fourth season of “Star Trek: Enterprise.” He began his career as a stage actor but landed a long list of credits in television and film. In 2022, Weller appeared in an episode of the Netflix series "Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities," which was followed by a 3-episode role on the Paramount+ series "Rabbit Hole" in 2023.
Tony Todd as Kurn
Kurn is Worf’s brother and Tony Todd played the character on the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987) and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993). Todd also appeared in “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995) as Alpha Hirogen. Tony Todd made guest appearances in “The X-Files” and starred in “Night of the Living Dead.”
His most famous role was in the 1992 horror movie “Candyman” as the eponymous slasher with a meat hook hand. At 6’5” with a deep voice and a threatening demeanor, Todd has proved perfect for sci-fi and horror movie genres. Todd continues to star in B-list horrors until this very day.