Actors you're surprised never appeared in Star Trek

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  1. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I know Eddie Murphy was supposed to appear in ST IV (he would have played a college professor who sees the Klingon vessel decloak during the Super Bowl, and is the only one who believes it's real as opposed to a halftime special effect). I wonder how he would have played the role. Straight-up comedy, like he always does? Or would he dare to play it straight?
     
  2. Greg Cox

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    Ah, I stand corrected. I knew he was still making Corman movies into the sixties, so I thought it was doable, but I didn't look at the exact dates.
     
  3. CaptainMurdock

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    Fess Parker. I know he was Daniel Boone at the time, but he would have played an awesome character, Good or Bad. Would have made a hell of an awesome Captain Ron Tracey.
     
  4. scotpens

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    In his book "The Trouble With Tribbles", David Gerrold offered an alternate characterization for Cyrano Jones. He said the character could have been written as a gentle, dotty old eccentric who was innocently unaware of the havoc his furry little creatures were capable of causing. It would have been a perfect role for Boris Karloff.
     
  5. t_smitts

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    Both Keith David and Michael Ironside have done a lot of TV as well, so I think it's doable.

    I agree that "Eye of the Beholder" didn't give Rolston much to do. Fortunately, he'd have a better gig in the "Enterprise" episode "Canamar" a few years later.

    And just a reminder, it's a subtle thing but this is about actors you'd expect to see in Trek, not ones you want to see.
     
  6. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Leslie Nielsen.
     
  7. Greg Cox

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    That would be cool. Get Nielsen and Anne Francis into the same ep and you've got a Forbidden Planet reunion!

    Or maybe Michael Rennie from The Day the Earth Stood Still.
     
  8. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I wonder how close Edward James Olmos was to playing Kruge in ST III. Can't remember if it was Nimoy or Harve Bennett who picked him, but somebody did.
     
  9. Greg Cox

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    Moving on to the later series, a couple of thoughts:

    1) John Saxon. Given that he starred in two pilots for Roddenberry, I'm surprised he never showed up on TNG. As a rival starship captain maybe. Or, even better, as a twentieth-century man thawed out in the future . . . .

    2) Jenny Agutter from Logan's Run. Just because.
     
  10. Nerys Myk

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    Especially if the episode was "By Any Other Name."
     
  11. E-DUB

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    Barry Morse. Not sure what role but Anon 7 comes to mind. Or maybe the Gorshin role in "Last Battlefield", chasing his fugitive across the universe for centuries wouldn't have been much of a stretch. (And have David Jansen play the other part.)
     
  12. sbk1234

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    Largely because he's incapable of giving a bad performance, Gary Oldman.
     
  13. Avon

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    Peter Falk as the space detective K'lumbo

    also, i once convinced my cousin that Barry Morse Day is a canadian national holiday
     
  14. t_smitts

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    :confused: Ugh, I give up.
     
  15. Greg Cox

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    Maybe Jack Palance on TNG? He was doing TV-movies in the seventies, but maybe he was back doing feature films by the time TNG came around.
     
  16. Nerys Myk

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    Palance would have made a great Klingon.
     
  17. Owain Taggart

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    Jeremy Brett playing a certain detective in a holodeck program that Data would become fascinated with and have conversations about logic and deductions with.
     
  18. Sigokat

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    ^ Jeremy Brett would have been awesome!!
     
  19. bbailey861

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    I would have like to have seen Henry Gibson get a role in TOS. A quirky character who I believe could have carried off more than comedy in those days, I certainly liked his voice.
     
  20. Pemmer Harge

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    Oh my, how good would that have been? I'm not surprised he wasn't in it, but it would have been awesome if he had been.

    I agree with Diana Rigg, but what about her old mucker Patrick Macnee? He was in Battlestar Galactica, so why not Trek?