Best Trek guest stars?

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  1. I am not Spock

    I am not Spock Commodore Commodore

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    Over the last near-50 years, we've had some wonderful guest actors in Star Trek. Which are the stand outs for you? You are allowed to have one off guest shot actors, recurring actors, or even guest stars from the films

    For me, some of the highlights are:

    James Cromwell- Zefram Cochrane (as well as several other guest characters in TNG and DS9)
    Brad Dourif- Lon Suder (Meld, VOY)
    Tony Todd- various roles (Kurn, Hirogen in 'Prey', VOY, but especially as the older Jake Sisko in The Visitor, DS9)
    Vaughn Armstrong- various roles , one of his best known being Admiral Forrest on ENT
    Jeffrey Combs- Weyoun, Brunt, Penk, Krem, Shran, Tiron
    Joel Grey- Caylem, 'Resistance' VOY
    Christopher Plummer- Chang, TUC
    James Sloyan- various characters (Admiral Jarok, TNG, Dr Mora Pol, DS9, Dr Jetrel, VOY, etc)
    Benedict Cumberbatch- Khan, Into Darkness (Great actor)
    Marc Alaimo- Gul Dukat, DS9 (as well as many other guest roles on TNG)
    David Warner- St John Talbot, STV:The Final Frontier; Gorkon, TUC; Gul Madred, 'Chain of Command'
     
  2. sojourner

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    Stephen Hawking
    Ashely Judd
    Teri Hatcher
    Michelle Forbes
    Dwight Schultz
     
  3. Tosk

    Tosk Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Andrew Robinson
    David Warner
    Jeffrey Combs
    Harris Yulin
    Marc Alaimo
     
  4. maneth

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    I would question Hawking's appearance, because he appeared as himself, but certainly it was a memorable event.

    Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn) AFAIK the only Trek actor to have won an Oscar by the time he or she appeared on the show.
    Andrew Robinson
    Marc Alaimo
    Jeffrey Combs
    Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi is annoying but unforgettable)
    Benedict Cumberbatch
     
  5. sojourner

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    He played a holographic version of himself and nailed the performance.;)
     
  6. Bad Thoughts

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    Alaimo, Andrew Robinson, Fletcher, and Combs were great, but I often think they should not have been "guests," as the quantity and quality of their performances were too great.

    Instead, one-time performances I loved:

    Stephen McHattie (Vreenak, perhaps the coldest character in Trek)
    Christopher Shea (Keevan)
    David Ogden Stears (the story hasn't aged well, but he still gives a great performance)
    Theodore Bikel (Worf's adoptive father)
    Lee Meriwether (I am for Sulu)
    William Utay (Vanik)
    Terry O'Quinn (Riker's old superior, Adm. Pressman)
    Hallie Todd (Data's daughter)
    Richard Beymer (Bajoran resistance hero)
    William Windom (obsessed captain of Constellation)


    A few with multiple appearances as a new character:
    Paul Winfield as Dathon (myth-obsessed captain)
    Paul Boehmer as One (future Borg)
    Phil Morris (21st century astronaut, would have been great as a Ent regular)

    And my award for the most enigmatic performance ... MAX OMEGA!!!
     
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  7. B.J.

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    Mark Lenard - as both Sarek and the Romulan commander

    Andreas Katsulas - as Tomalak. I've always thought that his would have been a great character to include in one of the TNG movies.
     
  8. Isolinear

    Isolinear Commander Red Shirt

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    Ricardo Montalban (Khan, Space Seed/ST-II)
    Laurence Luckinbill (Sybok, ST-V)
    Malcolm McDowell (Soran, ST-Generations)
    Daniel Davis (Prof. Moriarty, Elementary Dear Data/Ship in a Bottle)
    Carolyn Seymour (Mirasta Yale, episode First Contact)
    Ray Wise (Liko, Who Watches the Watchers)
    Leland Orser (insane hologram, Revulsion)
    Kurtwood Smith (Obrist, Year of Hell)
    Michael McKean (Evil clown, The Thaw)
    Martha Hackett (Seska)
     
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  9. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Vaughn Armstrong for the win.
     
  10. Captain Kathryn

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    Some of my personal faves:
    Andrew Robinson
    Marc Alaimo
    James Sloyan
    Louise Fletcher
    Majel Barrett
    Jeffrey Combs
    Hallie Todd
    Michael McKean
    Martha Hackett
    Mark Lenard
    Scarlett Pomers
    Manu Intiraymi
     
  11. WillsBabe

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    Off the top of my head:
    Mark Lenard
    Carolyn Seymour
    Gary Lockwood
    Shannon Fil
    Michelle Forbes
    Kirstie Alley
    Suzie Plaxston
     
  12. 1001001

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    Andrew Robinson was terrific as Garak. My favorite DS9 character.

    Jeffrey Combs did nice work in his various roles as well.
     
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    Jean Simmons
    Paul Winfield
    James Cromwell
    Bob Gunton
    David Warner
    Alice Krige
    Ricardo Montalban
    Jeremy Kemp
    Ellen Geer
    Ronny Cox
    Gary Lockwood
    Arnold Moss
    John Colicos
     
  14. E-DUB

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    Great concept. You could even break it out by season as if giving an actual award (the Trekkie?).

    TOS: Season 1: Mark Lenard as the Romulan Commander.
     
  15. LMFAOschwarz

    LMFAOschwarz Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    This is a difficult question to answer. Sometimes an actor can have a very small part, yet do amazing things.

    In that vein, I think of the gentleman who played "Uhura's crewman" in The Man Trap. He had, what, three lines? Two, maybe? Yet he conveyed such character, warmth and genuineness that it really is an outstanding performance to me.

    I'll keep thinking about it, though...
     
  16. Ro_Laren

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    Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes on TATV... :rofl:
     
  17. LMFAOschwarz

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    Hey, don't laugh, Ro! In spite of that episode's shortcomings, I really enjoyed seeing those two again! :)
     
  18. 2takesfrakes

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  19. Ro_Laren

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    To be honest, did too! But, I know that I'm one of the few people that think that. Actually, my only beef is that they didn't use a post-Nemesis Riker and Troi instead!
     
  20. Roddenberry

    Roddenberry Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    First one that popped into mind, that wasn't already posted, was Verad as portrayed by John Glover.