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Old September 28 2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Actors or actresses who would have made great Starfleet Captains

A "re-casting" thread in one of the forums got me to thinking about this question. Do you have a list of actors or actresses who would have been great Starship captains but never put on the TNG jumpsuit or the funny velour sweaters of yore?

I've thought about this for classic actors of the time of Trek's birth (Chuck Connors, Robert Conrad, John Saxon, Lloyd Bridges, Yul Brynner, a young James Earl Jones -- whose voice would be perfect with the "Space, the final frontier" soliloquy)... but it's worth casting the net wider. Who would you have loved, or would love, to see?
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Old September 29 2013, 12:09 AM   #2
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Robert Conrad has been my top choice since I was watching Enterprise and thinking that Kirk's predecessor should have been more of a Robert Conrad type....
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Old September 29 2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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Old September 29 2013, 10:16 AM   #4
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Re: Actors who would have made great Starfleet Captains

Genevieve Bujold

I'd still like to have seen Claire Danes in the big chair.
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Old September 29 2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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Re: Actors who would have made great Starfleet Captains

I'd love to hear Honor Blackman or Joanna Lumley doing the "Space, the final frontier..." intro, mainly because I think they have such great voices.

Elizabeth Dennehy would also be a great Captain for the next series
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Old September 29 2013, 01:25 PM   #6
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Re: Actors who would have made great Starfleet Captains

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Robert Conrad has been my top choice since I was watching Enterprise and thinking that Kirk's predecessor should have been more of a Robert Conrad type....
Agreed. I've been a Robert Conrad fan since the Wild, Wild West days.
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Old September 29 2013, 02:38 PM   #7
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Edward James Olmos!

Doubt he'd ever do Trek tho...he did BSG on the stipulation that if a bug-eyed monster ever showed up, he was outta there.
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Old September 29 2013, 05:35 PM   #8
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Re: Actors who would have made great Starfleet Captains

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Genevieve Bujold
Always have wondered what-if...

I'd love to hear Honor Blackman or Joanna Lumley doing the "Space, the final frontier..." intro, mainly because I think they have such great voices.
Saw a 1968 interview of Joanna Lumley the other day, she was so effortlessly charismatic and funny even then.

Honor Blackman is a pretty sterling pick, I think. The kind of woman who got cast to play goddesses and had that ringing-declamation style of acting absolutely down pat.

To go a little more obscure -- he's something of a "that guy" but I've always found him to steal the show in anything he appeared in -- I've often wondered about Maurice Dean Wint (who most people know as the psycho cop in Cube).

Great picks, folks, keep 'em coming!
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Old September 29 2013, 06:09 PM   #9
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Old September 29 2013, 06:35 PM   #10
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Old September 29 2013, 06:42 PM   #11
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DW Moffett would have made a great rogue captain on a recurring basis.
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Old September 29 2013, 10:07 PM   #12
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Edward James Olmos!

Doubt he'd ever do Trek tho...he did BSG on the stipulation that if a bug-eyed monster ever showed up, he was outta there.
Olmos did audition as Kruge in TSFS, and lost because Nimoy felt he was too short to be a Klingon.
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Old September 29 2013, 10:33 PM   #13
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Laurence Fishburne, Sigourney Weaver, Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel, and Sam Worthington spring to mind.

And Kelsey Grammer, but...

What happened to that guy anyway?

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Old September 29 2013, 10:57 PM   #14
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Laurence Fishburne, Sigourney Weaver, Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel, and Sam Worthington spring to mind.

And Kelsey Grammer, but...

What happened to that guy anyway?
Well, this is what they did with him in the novels.
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Old September 29 2013, 11:01 PM   #15
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Laurence Fishburne, Sigourney Weaver, Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel, and Sam Worthington spring to mind.
Sam Worthington's a particularly interesting pick, there... he could do a pretty good Youthful Prodigy Captain, I think.

What happened to [Kelsey Grammer] anyway?
Looks like he's producing a bunch of shows now. (Oh, did you mean his in-character character? Ooops.)
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