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Old June 28 2009, 06:07 AM   #1
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Trek’s top actors

Here’s my first shot at ranking them.


Regulars and semi-regulars:
1. Patrick Stewart
2. Andrew J. Robinson
3. Leonard Nimoy
4. Marc Alaimo
5. Whoopi Goldberg
6. John DeLancie
7. Colm Meaney
8. Michelle Forbes
9. Robert Picardo
10. Armin Shimerman

Honorable mention: Avery Brooks, Louise Fletcher, DeForest Kelley, William Shatner (seriously), Brent Spiner
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Guests:
1. Harris Yulin, Aamin Marritza
2. Christopher Plummer, Chang
3. David Warner, Gul Madred and Gorkon (not so much as Talbot)
4. John Colicos, Kor
5. Mark Lenard, unnamed Romulan Commander and Sarek
6. Jonathan Del Arco, Hugh
7. Celia Lovsky, T’Pau
8. Arnold Moss, Anton Karidian
9. Hallie Todd, Lal
10. William Windom, Matt Decker

Honorable Mention: Roger C. Carmel, Harry Mudd; Joan Collins, Edith Keeler; Frank Langella, Jaro; Robert Reilly, Gowron; Camille Saviola, Kai Opaka; Alfre Woodard, Lily Sloane; Prada and Breezy, Porthos
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Best Ensemble Cast: DS9, and it’s not even close. Not a sour note in the bunch.
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Special Recognition: Majel Barrett for versatile performances as Christine Chapel, Computer (voice), Number One, Lwaxana Troi, and M’Ress (voice)
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Special Recognition: Jeri Ryan, for being insanely hot. Also credit to hair, makeup, and especially wardrobe.
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Old June 28 2009, 04:48 PM   #2
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Re: Trek’s top actors

My standard is consistency in performance and characterization. The lists are in no particular order.

Regulars: (in all or almost all episodes (after joining the cast)

ENT:
Connor Trinneer

TOS:
Leonard Nimoy

TNG:
Patrick Stewart
Brent Spiner

DS9:
Armin Shimmerman
Rene Auberjonois
Louise Fletcher

VOY:
Robert Picardo
Jeri Ryan
Robert Duncan MacNeill

Supporting/recurring:

ENT:
John Billingsley
Jeffrey Combs
Gary Graham
Vaughn Armstrong
Linda Park

TOS:
Mark Lenard
Nichelle Nichols

TNG:
Suzie Plakson
Patrick Massett

DS9:
Andrew Robinson
Chase Masterson
Max Grodenchik
Aron Eisenberg

VOY:
uh, sorry
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Old June 28 2009, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Trek’s top actors

My picks, per series:

ENT

Principals:
John Billingsley by a long shot

Guests/Recurring:
Jeffrey Combs

TOS
Principals:
Leonard Nimoy

Guests/Recurring:
Mark Lenard

TNG
Principals:
Patrick Stewart
Brent Spiner

Guests/Recurring:
John de Lancie
David Warner
Jean Simmons
Suzie Plakson
Whoopi Goldberg
Andreas Katsulas
James Sloyan
Leonard Nimoy
Mark Lenard
Majel Barret
Jeremy Kemp
Theodore Bikel
Georgia Brown
Colm Meaney

DS9
Principals:
Armin Shimmerman
Rene Auberjonois
Siddig El Fadil
Avery Brooks
Colm Meaney

Recurring:
Andrew J. Robinson
Marc Alamo
Jeffrey Combs
Salmon Jens
William Sadler
Louise Fletcher
Casey Biggs
Harris Yulin

VOY:
Principals:
Robert Picardo
Tim Russ
Jeri Ryan

Guests/Recurring:
Joel Grey
Tom Wright
Brad Dourif
John de Lancie
Kurtwood Smith
Lori Petty
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Old June 28 2009, 08:20 PM   #4
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Re: Trek’s top actors

On a show by show basis:

TOS:
Leonard Nimoy

TNG:
Patrick Stewart (overall winner among regulars), he made TNG a great show.

DS9:
Probably Colm Meaney, although I really like this cast as a whole, especially Avery Brooks and Rene Auberjonois

Voyager:
Robert Picardo
Jeri Ryan

Enterprise:
Er, I've never seen this, but I do like Scott Bakula as an actor in general, so maybe him?

Recurring characters:

Michelle Forbes (wouldn't TNG have been better if Ro had been a regular? Yes it would have.)
Andrew "Scorpio" Robinson
Whoopi Goldberg
Louise Fletcher
Robert O'Reilly (Gowron may be the best Klingon ever)
Andreas Katsulas (because of Babylon 5 really, but he definitely deserves a shout out)

One-off characters:

Christopher Plummer
David Warner - wonderful actor, I'd have liked to see Gul Madred again.
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Old June 28 2009, 08:55 PM   #5
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Re: Trek’s top actors

Why to people praise Stewart so much? They guy was a one-trick clown and pretentiously colorful script reading does not a great actor make.

And, those times the guy was actually required to act, he was terrible. He can play one emotion: pompous asshole.

If I had to pick a few main cast members, I suppose I have to say:
Nimoy
Auberjonois
Trinneer
Ryan
Picardo
Mulgrew (Very Underappreciated IMHO)

I do find it funny that, as far as main casts, the acting has generally been pretty mediocre (except for maybe DS9), but casting for recurring/guest roles is generally top notch.
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Old June 28 2009, 08:56 PM   #6
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Re: Trek’s top actors

Bill Shatner and Patrick Stewart by far.
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Old June 28 2009, 11:50 PM   #7
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Re: Trek’s top actors

DeForest Kelley
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Old June 29 2009, 12:00 AM   #8
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Re: Trek’s top actors

Vaughn Armstrong, no question. The man simply *is* Trek.
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Old June 29 2009, 12:07 AM   #9
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Re: Trek’s top actors

Trek's top actors:

Armin Shimerman
Rene Auberjonois
Jeffrey Combs
Andy Robinson
Louise Fletcher
Marc Alaimo
J.G. Hertzler
Leonard Nimoy
Aron Eisenberg
Max Grodénchik
Colm Meaney
William Shatner
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Old June 29 2009, 02:02 AM   #10
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Re: Trek’s top actors

Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett
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Old June 29 2009, 02:11 AM   #11
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Re: Trek’s top actors

Navaros wrote: View Post
Trek's top actors:

Armin Shimerman
Rene Auberjonois
Jeffrey Combs
Andy Robinson
Louise Fletcher
Marc Alaimo
J.G. Hertzler
Leonard Nimoy
Aron Eisenberg
Max Grodénchik
Colm Meaney
William Shatner
You forgot the IMO, pal.

Anywho, I go for Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Brent Spiner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelly, Andrew Robinson, Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo.
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Old June 29 2009, 04:57 AM   #12
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Why to people praise Stewart so much? They guy was a one-trick clown and pretentiously colorful script reading does not a great actor make.
Hmm, how about TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II"?



Anyhow, among the regulars, I put Stewart, Auberjonois, and Spiner as a pretty distinct Top 3. Maybe Picardo in there, too.

Honorable Mentions (again sticking to regulars) to Kelley, Nimoy, Visitor (kind of surprising no one has mentioned her yet), Meaney, Mulgrew, Ryan, McNeill.

And yeah, going series versus series, including recurring actors and all, it was DS9 by miles.
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Old June 29 2009, 05:58 AM   #13
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Re: Trek’s top actors

CorporalClegg wrote: View Post
Why to people praise Stewart so much? They guy was a one-trick clown and pretentiously colorful script reading does not a great actor make.

And, those times the guy was actually required to act, he was terrible. He can play one emotion: pompous asshole.
I take it from your tone, that Stewart refused to sign your Star Trek merchandise at the theatre door of his award winning Macbeth last year.
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Old June 29 2009, 04:28 PM   #14
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Re: Trek’s top actors

WellI have barely seen any Voyager or Enterprise, so I'll leave them out...

Leonard Nimoy
Patrick Stewart
Mark Lenard
DeForest Kelley
Mark Alaimo
Rene Auberjonois
Nana Visitor
Armin Shimerman
Brent Spiner
Colm Meaney
Casey Biggs
Jeffrey Combs
Nichelle Nichols - despite mostly poor material or lack of material
Louise Fletcher
Andrew J. Robinson
Michelle Forbes
J.G.Herzler
Avery Brooks was great at times, but he could also overact...

one-time guest stars:
Harris Yulin in DS9 "Duet"
William Marshall in TOS "The Ultimate Computer"
David Warner in TNG "Chain of Command"
Diana Muldaur in TOS "Is There In Truth No Beauty?"
Robert Walker Jr. in TOS "Charlie X"
probably qutie a few guest stars from TNG that I can't remember right one since it's been a while since I've seen it the last time
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Old June 29 2009, 05:47 PM   #15
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Re: Trek’s top actors

My list is only a top 10 and it covers all 5 series, plus movies, including the new film.

1. Patrick Stewart
2. John de Lancie
3. Avery Brooks
4. Louise Fletcher
5. Ricardo Montalban
6. DeForest Kelley
7. Anton Yelchin
8. Andrew Robinson
9. Jeffrey Combs
10. Armin Shimerman
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