Who's your favorite Trek actor at conventions?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by RB_Kandy, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. 1001001

    1001001 VERY STABLE GENIUS!!! Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    In a Bozo Nightmare
    This shows how everyone has their off days.

    Years ago my daughter (who was 8 at the time) and I met her at a convention in Sacramento. I bought my daughter a photo op, and we were first in line. When she went to sit down with Gates, the camera malfunctioned. While waiting to get it going, Gates sat with my daughter and chatted away for about 4-5 minutes. She was very kind and gracious.

    Later, when Gates was onstage doing Q&A, my daughter stood up to ask a question. Gates asked everyone to "keep it down" because "my friend _________ has a question." For the rest of the convention, when people saw my daughter, they'd say "there's Gates McFadden's friend!"


    I have met tons of the actors over the years, having attended many conventions. Most have been great. Some were okay, and a few...not so much.

    The one I found cold and distant was Suzie Plakson. Death stare and one word answers. Maybe she just didn't like me for some reason, but she was not very nice.

    Chase Masterson was great. So was LeVar Burton.

    One time I remember was with Dominic Keating. He was drinking the whole day. We saw him several times throughout the day, and he was great with the fans. Even a little sloppy, but in a harmless, good-time kind of way.

    I had a pretty good conversation with Max Grodenchik one time. Very down to Earth. Decent, nice man.

    My daughter and I saw Marc Alaimo, Casey Biggs, and Jeffrey Combs perform scenes from Shakespeare at one convention. They were great.

    One of my favorites was Marina Sirtis. She was hilarious. Loud, opinionated, and beautiful. She sat at our table during dinner and went off on Stuart Baird and Nemesis. It was refreshing and funny ("the guy didn't even like Star Trek for Chistssake!"). My wife and I got a picture with her and Frakes together, one of my favorite souvenirs.

    Then of course, the Holy Grail (for me)....Kate Mulgrew. She was something else. Larger than life personality. Everything was Big. Big speech, Big answers, Big hugs. A very dynamic person.


  2. Margaret

    Margaret Ensign Newbie

    Mar 26, 2012
    I've only met two of them and it was that long ago I can't remember the year. Mark Lenard was lovely very gracious and signed photos for everyone George Takei was the same. This was going back years when fans ran conventions rather than
    organisations. I know that now this is not possible but I do miss those days
  3. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

    Oct 28, 2011
    I can't testify how many are fan-run today. But the annual summer Shore Leave at Hunt Valley, Maryland still is. Whether that would prevent Shatner from appearing, I can't say. Maryland's such a small state for big-headed stars. At any rate, Kate Mulgrew spoke there last August and she was magnificently witty. She said in her Q&A that the first memory that was going to stick with her from that weekend was the young teenage speaker who decided she was going to become a astro-scientist in part because of being inspired by Janeway.
  4. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    You beat me to the punch. Shore Leave is a fan-run convention that routinely attracts stars. I chatted with LeVar Burton there just a few months ago . . . .
  5. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

    Oct 28, 2011
    What I especially like is having eight events per hour (mostly excellent forums) to choose from. During Burton's Q%A I asked him about co-sattring with Nichelle Nichols in THE SUPERNATURALS.
  6. RB_Kandy

    RB_Kandy Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 7, 2012
    That is totally awesome. Gates called your daughter her friend. That was so sweet.
    And you got your picture taken with Kate :bolian:
  7. sbk1234

    sbk1234 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 24, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I'm glad your daughter had a better experience with Gates McFadden. You're right, everyone can have an off day. For example, my experience with Suzie Plakson was a positive one. It just goes to show.

    I did see Kate Mulgrew many moons ago, while Voyager was still on the air. I agree, she was witty and enjoyable, although I didn't have a chance to speak with her directly. She definately made me like Janeway more.
  8. Stompy

    Stompy Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 26, 2004
    DFW, TX
    Chase is great. I first met her during the early days of DS9 and she's become a really good friend.
  9. Stompy

    Stompy Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 26, 2004
    DFW, TX
    Jimmy Doohan was such a great guy. I met him in 1976 for the first time. I joined his fan club and met my first wife through the penpal section. My son is named "Scotty" in his honor.

    I saw him at many shows over the intervening years and got to go on a Star Trek cruise with him back in the 90's.

    His son Chris is really nice to chat with. He is on Facebook and responds to all posts.
  10. Captain McBain

    Captain McBain Captain Captain

  11. Kinggodzillak

    Kinggodzillak Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 10, 2007
    I must have met about 90% of the TOS/TNG/DS9 main cast by now, along with some of the Voyager crew too. Most of them have perfectly nice for the 30 seconds or so that I was with them getting an autograph or whatever. One or two were a bit grumpy, but I'm willing to believe I just caught them at a bad time or whatever (especially since I've heard good things about some of the people I had bad experiences with, and heard bad things about some of the people I had good experiences with).

    Appropriately enough considering it's my fave Trek series, the highest number of good-to-great experiences come from the DS9 cast. Nana Visitor is always going to have a special place in my list of faves, for being the first Trek person I ever met and for being so welcoming and friendly - forget conventions, she is just one of the nicest human beings you'll ever met in your whole entire life. As it was my first con I was a bit nervous about meeting so many of my heroes, but meeting her was like meeting an old friend and all my nerves were just gone. It really helped me feel like this convention thing was something I could do, and I'll always be grateful to her for that. A few years later I did manage to say all that to her face, and her response just confirmed everything I'd taken away from the first convention.

    Rene Auberjonois, Andrew Robinson, JG Hertzler and Armin Shimerman are also right up there in my top ten of people I've met at conventions (and that's including all the non-Trek people), but the one who has really come to mean the most to me in the last few years is definitely Chase Masterson. The first time I saw her, in 2009, it was just a very brief "canIhaveyourautocanIhaveaphotokthxbai" sort of meeting as I hadn't really planned my day that well and was in a bit of a rush.

    After that I really wanted to see her again, just to do it properly this time, and when it was announced she'd be at another show in 2011 she was the first person I went to see. I'd also recently found that, instead of thinking "is that it, have I seen everyone I wanted, yeah, that's it, let's go home now" it's much better to end a convention by going to back to see your fave guest one last time and then leaving immediately after. If you're lucky enough to get another really good experience with that person then you leave on a bit of a high. And since the best person that day was easily Chase, I went back to see her one last time.

    I should explain at this point that there had been something bothering me about my convention-going up to this point. I won't say what exactly because it's a bit silly, but it was something about myself, something that was lacking. But on that day it hadn't been quite so bad, especially when I was with her, and I happened to mention it when I went back to her that second time.

    Her response is something I've carried with me to every convention I've been to since. And it's had an effect, the problem is gone. It was only a small silly problem, but it was there and it was real and she helped me get over it. I'm sure she'd be the first to say that it was such a small thing for her to have done, but it wasn't to me and I'll always be grateful to her for what she said.

    So, yes, most of them were perfectly nice to me and I had a good time meeting them. DS9 definitely has a higher proportion of the really really nice people, but Chase is way way up there in a class of her own because in addition to being one of those really really nice people she has also had an actual measurable positive effect on my life.

    Which is nice.
  12. norse_sage

    norse_sage Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Oct 4, 2012
    Of the once I have met - Denise Crosby.
    That of course might have had soemthing to do with how busy they were.
    Frakes and Spiner where so busy they barely had time to aknowledge my existence, while Denise and I had a chat for severakl minutes...it naturally helped that I knew of and was a fan of several of her non-Trek roles, such as "High Strung"!.
  13. Merlanthe

    Merlanthe Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 10, 2012
    I ended up talking to Bonita about Chuck since i am a fan of that series as well. I asked them both what they liked best about their roles on Chuck/Enterprise and Bonita said she really enjoyed getting to give orders and boss people around :P

    I was kinda lucky as the event was beginning to wind down so there was more chance to just hang out and chat with the guests for the last hour or two.