Trek’s top actors

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  1. Captrek

    Captrek Vice Admiral Admiral

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    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.
     
  2. JiNX-01

    JiNX-01 Admiral Admiral

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    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
     
  3. Sci

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    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
     
  4. Pemmer Harge

    Pemmer Harge Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    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.
     
  5. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Admiral Admiral

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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.

    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.
     
  6. Aike

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    Bill Shatner and Patrick Stewart by far.
     
  7. Shazam!

    Shazam! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    DeForest Kelley
     
  8. Ríu ríu chíu

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    Vaughn Armstrong, no question. The man simply *is* Trek.
     
  9. Navaros

    Navaros Commodore Commodore

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    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
     
  10. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett
     
  11. Anwar

    Anwar Vice Admiral Admiral

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    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.
     
  12. Bertie

    Bertie Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    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.
     
  13. LaBarre

    LaBarre Commander Red Shirt

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    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.
     
  14. DevilEyes

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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
     
  15. brandnewfan

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    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
     
  16. DevilEyes

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    Re: Trek’s top actors

    I was leaving the new movie out of it and concentraing on the shows, but now that you mention, I have to add Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Bruce Greenwood.

    Ricardo Montalban had a great presence and pretty much saved the character that was written in a rather lame way.
     
  17. Nerys Ghemor

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    Re: Trek’s top actors

    Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order...or is there? ;)

    Marc Alaimo
    Andrew Robinson
    Casey Biggs
    Lawrence Pressman (Tekeny Ghemor...seriously, that dynamic between him and Kira wouldn't have been believable if he hadn't been convincing at it!)
    Harris Yulin
    Leonard Nimoy
    Colm Meaney
    Nana Visitor
    Patrick Stewart (even though I don't like Picard all that much!)
    Bruce Greenwood
     
  18. Anika Hanson

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    TOS:

    Leonard Nimoy
    James Doohan

    TNG:

    Pattrick Stewart
    Brett Spiner
    Dwight Schultz
    John De Lancie
    Michael Doran
    Marjel Barrat

    DS9:
    Armin Shimerman
    Rene Auberjonois
    Andrew Robinson
    Marc Alamio
    Jeffrey Combs

    VOY:
    Kate Mulgrew
    Robert Picardo
    Roxanne Dawson
    Jeri Ryan
    Tim Russ

    ENT:

    Dominic Keating
    Connor Trinneer
    Scott Balkua
     
  19. DevilEyes

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    Re: Trek’s top actors

    Yes! Can't believe I forgot to mention him... But then again, most of my list consists of DS9 actors. :)
     
  20. Nerys Ghemor

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    Re: Trek’s top actors

    SO glad to know I'm not the only one who liked him. :)