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Old November 8 2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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Trek actors in other roles

My family and I, while watching movies, series, commercials, etc., make a point of pointing out actors who we recognize from their work in Star Trek. So it was a treat last night to watch the 1979 film called The Onion Field, which was chock full of alum:
John Hurt - VOY's Capt. Ransom
Franklyn Seales - TMP's unnamed crewman
Phillip Allen - TSFS's Capt. Esteban
Ronny Cox - TNG's Capt. Jellico
Christopher Lloyd - TSFS's Kruge
Richard Herd - TNG's L'kor & VOY's Adm. Paris
K Callan - DS9's Alsia
Michael Pataki - TOS's Karnas & TNG's Korax
John de Lancie - TNG/DS9/VOY's Q
Jesse Lawrence Fergeson - TNG's Lutan

The Law & Order shows as well as the CSI series have always been a good source for this past time but this is the greatest number of Trek actors in one non-Trek film that I've seen. I dare you to top this!
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Old November 12 2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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I know I can't top that, but I love spotting Star Trek actors in other projects. I can usually name the actor too.
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Old November 12 2012, 12:40 PM   #3
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Been watching the West Wing, which has quite a few as well, including Q, Phlox and Keiko and half-a-dozen or more who've done guest spots (Vaadwaur baddie, Janeway's father)
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Old November 12 2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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To point out the brutally obvious;
Scott Bakula: Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap

There's plenty others, it's just that Bakula's role in Quantum Leap is one of the first to come to mind when I think of Trek actors/actresses in Non-Trek roles.
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Old November 25 2012, 09:01 PM   #5
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Of course, Dean Stockwell appeared with Bakula on ENT too.
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Old November 25 2012, 09:19 PM   #6
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Warehouse 13 is practically a Trek convention when it comes to guest-stars. So far, Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Rene Aubojonois, Armin Shimmerman, and Brent Spiner have all appeared on the show, often in recurring roles. (I think Shimmerman is the only one who hasn't made a return appearance yet.)

I figure Wil Wheaton and John DeLancie are only a matter of time . . .

Leverage loves its Trek-friendly guest stars, too.
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Old November 25 2012, 09:52 PM   #7
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John Hurt - VOY's Capt. Ransom
You mean John Savage. John Hurt, unfortunately, has never done Star Trek. He probably had his fill of spaceships after what happened to him aboard the Nostromo...
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Old November 25 2012, 10:14 PM   #8
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Michael Pataki - TOS's Karnas & TNG's Korax
You got it reversed. Pataki was Korax on TOS and Karnas on TNG.

I like finding actors in performances before they did Star Trek. The most well-known occurance is probably Shatner and Nimoy appearing in the same episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a full year before Kirk and Spock. Shatner, Nimoy, and James Doohan all appear in episodes of the original Outer Limits, as well as several future guest stars. Nimoy shows up in an early episode of Bonanza ("The Ape") as a slimey cardshark, available for free download at the Internet Archive.
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Old November 25 2012, 10:39 PM   #9
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Connor Trinneer: B4 ENT:
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Those are the only ones I can remember.
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Old November 25 2012, 11:21 PM   #10
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I like finding actors in performances before they did Star Trek. The most well-known occurance is probably Shatner and Nimoy appearing in the same episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a full year before Kirk and Spock. Shatner, Nimoy, and James Doohan all appear in episodes of the original Outer Limits, as well as several future guest stars. Nimoy shows up in an early episode of Bonanza ("The Ape") as a slimey cardshark, available for free download at the Internet Archive.
I remember seeing DeForest Kelley and Walter Koenig in separate episodes of Perry Mason. I was struck by what a good actor Koenig was when he wasn't saddled with a phony accent, something he also proved on Babylon 5 decades later.

Then there was the 1962 Bonanza episode "The Decision," guest-starring Kelley as a doctor who'd been falsely convicted of murder -- and John Hoyt as the judge who sentenced him to death!
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Old November 26 2012, 12:25 AM   #11
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Michael Pataki - TOS's Karnas & TNG's Korax
You got it reversed. Pataki was Korax on TOS and Karnas on TNG.

I like finding actors in performances before they did Star Trek. The most well-known occurance is probably Shatner and Nimoy appearing in the same episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a full year before Kirk and Spock. Shatner, Nimoy, and James Doohan all appear in episodes of the original Outer Limits, as well as several future guest stars. Nimoy shows up in an early episode of Bonanza ("The Ape") as a slimey cardshark, available for free download at the Internet Archive.
And, of course, Shatner starred in two classic episodes of The Twilight Zone: "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

Both scripted by (ahem) Richard Matheson . . . .
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Old November 26 2012, 12:47 AM   #12
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T'other day on TCM, I caught a bit of Shatner's big-screen debut in The Brothers Karamazov with Yul Brynner, Joseph Cotten, and Lee J. Cobb. He played a very quiet, pious character, the youngest brother. In the parts I saw, he was mostly standing around in the background while the bigger stars were talking, or facing away from the camera while talking (or mostly listening) to Brynner.
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Old November 26 2012, 12:52 AM   #13
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Rene Auberjonois (Odo) in an episode of Hart to Hart

Connor Trinneer on Numb3rs and Stargate Atlantis

Wil Wheaton as himself on The Big Bang Theory

Warehouse 13 is practically a Trek convention when it comes to guest-stars. So far, Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Rene Aubojonois, Armin Shimmerman, and Brent Spiner have all appeared on the show, often in recurring roles. (I think Shimmerman is the only one who hasn't made a return appearance yet.)

I figure Wil Wheaton and John DeLancie are only a matter of time . . .
Eureka and Warehouse are in the same 'verse, and Wil Wheaton plays Fargo's rival on Eureka.
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Old November 26 2012, 01:20 AM   #14
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And, of course, Shatner starred in two classic episodes of The Twilight Zone: "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."
Yeah, but I figured everybody knows that. Shatner was working his @$$ off in the early days.

Grace Lee Whitney and Robert Fortier (Scotty's drinking partner in "By Any Other Name") both play important supporting roles in original Outer Limits' "Controlled Experiment".
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Old November 26 2012, 01:27 AM   #15
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T'other day on TCM, I caught a bit of Shatner's big-screen debut in The Brothers Karamazov with Yul Brynner, Joseph Cotten, and Lee J. Cobb. He played a very quiet, pious character, the youngest brother. In the parts I saw, he was mostly standing around in the background while the bigger stars were talking, or facing away from the camera while talking (or mostly listening) to Brynner.
I saw that in college back in the early eighties. I remember being amused that Shatner was playing the spiritual brother instead of the womanizing one--and that Hollywood actually gave The Brothers Karamazoz a happy ending! (I was taking a course on Dostoevsky at the time and had just read the book.)

I taped it off TCM, too, but haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

(Are you sure Joseph Cotten is in it? I remember the three brothers being played by Brynner, Shatner, and Richard Basehart, with Basehart playing Ivan, the intellectual brother.)
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