Discover Lesser-Known Facts About Your Favorite Star Trek Actors! πŸš€βœ¨

Discover Lesser-Known Facts About Your Favorite Star Trek Actors! πŸš€βœ¨

Star Trek has captivated audiences for decades, and its actors are just as fascinating as their characters. Here are some intriguing, lesser-known facts about the stars who have boldly gone where no one has gone before:

Star Trek: The Original Series

William Shatner (Captain Kirk)

  • Musical Career: Released albums like “The Transformed Man.”
  • Horse Breeding: Champion horse breeder.
  • Meme Fame: Known for his unique “Rocket Man” cover.

Leonard Nimoy (Spock)

  • Photographer: Created “The Full Body Project.”
  • Poetry: Published several poetry volumes.
  • Music: Albums like “Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space.”

DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy)

  • Western Actor: Played villains in Westerns before Star Trek.
  • Poet: Published poetry in “The Big Bird’s Dream.”

Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura)

  • NASA Recruiter: Helped recruit minority and female astronauts.
  • Singing Career: Performed with Duke Ellington.

George Takei (Lt. Sulu)

  • Activism: Advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and social justice.
  • Internment Camps: Interned during WWII, depicted in “Allegiance.”

James Doohan (Scotty)

  • War Hero: Lost a finger in combat during D-Day.
  • Accent Master: Skilled with accents used in voice acting.

Walter Koenig (Chekov)

  • Writer: Authored screenplays and graphic novels.
  • Medical Condition: Diagnosed with early Parkinson’s.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard)

  • Shakespearean Actor: Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Domestic Violence Advocate: Speaks against domestic violence.

Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker)

  • Director: Directed Star Trek episodes and movies.
  • Jazz Trombonist: Accomplished trombonist.

LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge)

  • Reading Rainbow: Hosted and produced the educational show.
  • Director: Directed Star Trek episodes and other series.

Brent Spiner (Data)

  • Music: Released an album of 1940s pop standards.
  • Stage Actor: Performed on Broadway.

Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi)

  • Voice Acting: Voiced characters in “Gargoyles.”
  • UK Roots: British theatre background.

Michael Dorn (Worf)

  • Aviation Enthusiast: Licensed pilot.
  • Voice Acting: Voiced characters in animated series and games.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko)

  • Jazz Musician: Jazz singer and pianist.
  • Theatre Professor: Taught at Rutgers University.

Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys)

  • Musical Theatre: Performed in Broadway musicals.
  • Soap Operas: Appeared in “Ryan’s Hope.”

Rene Auberjonois (Odo)

  • Broadway: Tony Award-winning actor.
  • Voice Acting: Voiced characters in animated series.

Star Trek: Voyager

Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway)

  • Author: Wrote the memoir “Born with Teeth.”
  • Soap Operas: Played Mary Ryan on “Ryan’s Hope.”

Robert Picardo (The Doctor)

  • Improviser: Known for his improvisational skills.
  • Music: Sang in several “Voyager” episodes.

Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine)

  • Culinary Enthusiast: Co-owned a restaurant.
  • Pageant Winner: Miss Illinois and Miss America runner-up.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Scott Bakula (Captain Archer)

  • Musician: Plays piano and guitar.
  • Quantum Leap: Known for his role in “Quantum Leap.”

Jolene Blalock (T’Pol)

  • Modeling: Modeled before acting.
  • Charity Work: Supports animal rights.

Star Trek: Discovery

Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham)

  • Fitness Enthusiast: Practices yoga and holds a black belt.
  • The Walking Dead: Played Sasha Williams.

Doug Jones (Saru)

  • Creature Actor: Known for roles in creature costumes, including Pan in “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
  • Mime: Trained as a mime, which he uses in his physical performances.

Star Trek: Picard

Alison Pill (Agnes Jurati)

  • Child Actor: Started acting at age 10 and has appeared in various TV shows and movies.
  • Theatre: Performed in Broadway productions, including “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.”

Isa Briones (Soji Asha)

  • Musical Theatre: Performed in the touring company of “Hamilton.”
  • Filipino Descent: Proud of her mixed Filipino heritage and often speaks about it.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Tawny Newsome (Beckett Mariner)

  • Comedian: Performs stand-up comedy and improvisation.
  • Musician: Member of the band Four Lost Souls.

Jack Quaid (Brad Boimler)

  • Family Legacy: Son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.
  • Comic Book Writer: Co-created the comic book series “Runaways.”

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6 thoughts on “Discover Lesser-Known Facts About Your Favorite Star Trek Actors! πŸš€βœ¨”

    1. Star Trek has had an amazing amount of fantastic actors who have played some truly incredible characters! Have you watched any of the newer Star Trek? I have found them all to be incredibly entertaining and has added to the rich tapestry that is Star Trek IMO πŸ˜€

      1. Watched and loved loved loved love loved Strange New Worlds. Watched and really like ST Lower Decks. Watched and tolerated ST PIC, at least the bits with Jeri Ryan and season 3. Watched and tolerated ST DSC though I need to go back and try it again. I lost interest after Anson Mount left.

        1. Those are all really good shows! Each have a special unique place in my Vulcan heart, Picard Season 3 was an epic masterpiece! When Data comes back and he flies the Enterprise D like a fighter pilot that was AWESOME! Season 5 of Discovery has been pretty good, I have enjoyed each season so far! But my favorites have to be Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, Picard Season 3, Prodigy and Discovery. I am looking forward to Starfleet Academy and the special Section 31 movie!

          1. It gets really good, definitely give it another look. I try to look at it through the intended lens which Prodigy was aimed at Nickelodeon aged children when you look through the lens they were using it’s pretty good. πŸ˜€

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