Star Trek and Murder, She Wrote, connection?

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  1. JesterFace

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    As I have been recording episodes from Murder, She Wrote to my mother, I've noticed many actors from Star Trek in that show, has anyone else noticed this... here are some of the actors I've seen there...

    In random order as I have seen them.

    Q – John de Lancie
    Hikaru Sulu - George Takei
    Geordi La Forge - LeVar Burton
    Odo – Rene Auberjonois
    Captain Janeway – Kate Mulgrew
    Chakotay – Robert Beltran
    Tom Paris – Robert Duncan McNeill
    Elim Garak – Andrew Robinson

    Worf's father Sergey Rozhenko – Theodore Bikei (TNG – Family)
    Rutian police chief Alexana Devos – Kerrie Keane (TNG – The High Ground)
    William Riker's father Kyle Riker – Mitchell Ryan (TNG – The Icarus Factor)
    Malcor III chancellor Avel Durken – George Coe (TNG – First Contact)
    Admiral Alynna Nechayev – Natalia Nogulich (TNG – Chain of Command part 1)
    ”Fake” emissary Akorem Laan – Richard Libertini (DS9 - Accession)
    General Krim – Stephen Macht (DS9 – The Circle)
    Tahna Loss – Jeffrey Nordling (DS9 – Past Prologue)
    Simon Tarses – Spencer Garrett (TNG – The Drumhead)
    Data's ”mother” Juliana Tainer – Fionnula Flanagan (TNG - Inheritance)
    Ardra – Marta Dubois (TNG – Devil's Due)
    Admiral Leyton – Robert Foxworth (DS9 – Homefront)
    Mirasta Yale – Carolyn Seymour (TNG – First Contact)
    Michael Webb - Bill Smitrovich (DS9 – Past Tense)
    Unnamed car driver - Christopher Curry (VGR – 11:59)
    Lieutenant McNary – Gregory Itzin (TNG – The Big Goodbye)
    Professor Galen – Norman Lloyd (TNG – The Chase)
    Admiral Alidar Jarok - James Sloyan (TNG – The Defector)

    And I'm forgetting something... at least 3 actors, so say my notes.

    Some of the guest stars have appeared in more than the one episode mentioned.

    Is the only connection between those shows and actors same agents perhaps?
     
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  2. LOKAI of CHERON

    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

    As well as all those guest star crossovers (great list BTW), there's one other striking similarity between MSW and TOS I've noticed - soft focussing!

    On TOS, many close-up shots of female faces were in soft focus, which I've always assumed was intended to achieve some kind of enhanced, dreamy, ethereal feminine beauty "haze".

    With Angela Lansbury, I'm sure I read somewhere she insisted on it for her close-ups through pure vanity. I may be wrong though.
     
  3. Christopher

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    Most of those were actors who worked pretty steadily in Hollywood. Given that Murder, She Wrote ran for a very long time, it's no surprise that it used up a great deal of the talent pool. You could probably pick any other TV show from the era, or several decades earlier, and find a fair-sized list of actors it had in common with MSW.
     
  4. Ro_Laren

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    I wonder what it would have been like if Angela Lansbury had guest starred on Star Trek.
     
  5. Melakon

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    William Windom?

    They could have put her with James Gregory in "Dagger of the Mind" or Leslie Parrish in "Who Mourns for Adonis" and it would have been like a Manchurian Candidate reunion.
     
  6. JesterFace

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    Perhaps she still could. :)

    Thank you.
     
  7. FormerLurker

    FormerLurker Commodore Commodore

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    Kirstie Alley, playing a character named Dell Scott (birth name Della Scotto), who is a reporter.
     
  8. Greg Cox

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    And both series inspired long-running book franchises that outlived the original TV series by many, many years.

    (Yes, they're still publishing Murder She Wrote novels.)
     
  9. varek

    varek Commander Red Shirt

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    Cabot Cove, Maine, must be the per-capita murder capitol of the world! Just think of how many murders occurred there, or were tied to events and people, there!
    Angela Lansbury would have made a good guest star on one of the Star Trek series, probably STNG or Deep Space 9.
    I didn't know they were still publishing Murder, She Wrote books!
     
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    Yep, fuck going for a pleasant stroll along the beach there, most likely to get stabbed to death or shot.
    Puts many urban metropolises to shame.
     
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    Woulda been a great evil Kai, tho May Hartman was great too.
     
  13. Greg Cox

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    Or as a revered Vulcan matriarch?
     
  14. HIjol

    HIjol Admiral and Consummate Peacemaker Premium Member

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  15. JesterFace

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    And there's more...

    Latest discoveries!

    Commodore Matt Decker – William Windom (TOS – The Domsday Machine)
    Lieutenant Aquiel Uhnari – Renée Jones (TNG – Aquiel)
    Vulcan captain – Kathleen Garrett (DS9 – Vortex)
    Tanigan investigator Krag – Craig Richard Nelson (TNG - A Matter of Perspective)
    Maggie – Ann Cusack (ENT – Carbon Creek)
    Admiral Harry Morrow - Robert Hooks (The Search For Spock)
    Admiral Patterson – Dakin Matthews (VGR - Relativity)
    Tora Ziyal – Melanie Smith (DS9 – In Purgatory's Shadow)
     
  16. Kinggodzillak

    Kinggodzillak Commander Red Shirt

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    Nana Visitor was in one of those ones where Angela Lansbury had a week off and they brought in another character to do the investigating instead.
     
  17. JesterFace

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    How could I forget her, she has been in more than 1 episode I think.