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Trek Trivia

After watching "Desperate Housewives," I didn't get to turn off the TV quickly enough to avoid "Boston Legal." (Nothing against the show, but it's past my bedtime.) I was shocked to see Rene Auberjonois on the screen alongside William Shatner. It was Star Trek: Deep Space 9's Constable Odo sitting across from Captain Kirk! I immediately went into full geek mode (normally, I'm only cruising at about 80% geek) and pulled together three Star Trek actor trivia questions I thought I'd toss out.

1) What TV series featured two actors who have both been regulars on a Star Trek series?

2) What TV series starred a Star Trek regular and a Star Trek recurring character?

3) What is the secret connection between Star Trek and The Addams Family? (Here's a hint: I expect John Kerry to show up on Star Trek: Enterprise any day now for this very reason.)


Update: Mark L. Gets #2 with T. J. Hooker (starring Captain Kirk and Vic Fontaine). And Babylon 5 wasn't on my list, but it did star a recurring Trek actor (Andreas Katsulas) and featured Trek regulars as recurring characters (Walter Koenig and Majel Barrett), so it fits the theme I was going for (but forgot.) Mark L also gets bonus points for Mission: Impossible (I forgot about that), but sorry, David -- no partial credit for incomplete answers. Bob gets the points for finishing the secret link.


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1) Mission: Impossible feat... (Below threshold)

1) Mission: Impossible featured William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

2) TJ Hooker starred William Shatner and James Darren (Vic Fontaine from DS9)

3) Don't know this one.

Jay: Get a girlfriend!... (Below threshold)

Jay: Get a girlfriend!

Brent Spiner was on several... (Below threshold)

Brent Spiner was on several episodes of "Night Court" as the father of a dirt-poor family; John Larroquette (Night Court regular) was in one of the ST movies (III, I think).

Am I close?

Carel Struycken portrayed L... (Below threshold)

Carel Struycken portrayed LURCH in the Addams Family movies (NOT the original series), and also appeared in several TNG episodes.

#2 is Babylon 5. Walter Ko... (Below threshold)
Captain Ned:

#2 is Babylon 5. Walter Koenig as Bester and Majel Barrett as Lady Morella (for one episode).

David, you forgot that John... (Below threshold)

David, you forgot that John Astin (Gomez) was also on Night Court. He was Judge Harry's crazy father. As for the real answer to #3 I have no idea. Does it have anything to do with Kevin Bacon?

Ouch! How could I have for... (Below threshold)

Ouch! How could I have forgotten about John "But I'm feeling MUCH better now!" Astin?! What a great character he was as Buddy!

Thanks for reminding me, Maureen!

#3 The guy who played Lurch... (Below threshold)

#3 The guy who played Lurch in the Adams Family TV show also appeared in TOS episode 10 "What are Little Girls Made Of?"

He played a andriod naked Rok, or something like that.

Err, that should read "an a... (Below threshold)

Err, that should read "an android named Rok"

sheesh that sounded weird.

I was shocked to see Ren... (Below threshold)

I was shocked to see Rene Auberjonois on the screen alongside William Shatner.

Auberjonois also had a cameo appearance in Star Trek VI as "Colonel West."

I know very little of Star ... (Below threshold)

I know very little of Star Trek...but I love Boston Legal.

1) Rene Aberjonois (DS9) an... (Below threshold)

1) Rene Aberjonois (DS9) and Ethan Phillips (Voyager) were both regulars on Benson.

Rok/Lurch was Ted Cassidy w... (Below threshold)
Fred Boness:

Rok/Lurch was Ted Cassidy who died in 1979.

There was an episode of The... (Below threshold)

There was an episode of The Outer Limits (the original one from the early 1960's) in which both Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan appeared. Grace Lee Whitney was in another episode, and William Shatner was in another one.

Now, who can name the pilot... (Below threshold)

Now, who can name the pilot Ted Cassidy appeared in during the 1970s, which was a Gene Roddenberry project...and what was his part?

HINT: This premise was later worked into Andromeda.

Stargate SG-1 had John De L... (Below threshold)

Stargate SG-1 had John De Lancie, Rene Auberjonois, and Armin Shimmerman, though I don't know whether the latter two had recurring characters.

The answer to Macker's ques... (Below threshold)

The answer to Macker's question is "Planet Earth." I actually saw a part of this movie somewhere recently, and also keyed in on the plotline bein' very close to the same scenario presented in Andromeda. Andromeda is still the space ship I most want to own. You can keep any of the Star Trek vessels.

Oh, Macker, my memory is not so good, but what with the info I remembered, it was easy enough to find the answer via imdb. ;)

"Twilight Zone" had a whole... (Below threshold)

"Twilight Zone" had a whole slew of actors from Star Trek in various episodes; Star Trek regulars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan and George Takei were all in TZ episodes, as were a bunch of actors that starred in single episodes of Star Trek, such as Michael Forest, who played Apollo, Celia Lovsky, who played T'Pau, and Arlene Martel, who played T'Pring.

It shouldn't have taken Odo... (Below threshold)

It shouldn't have taken Odo to make the connection for your post, as Seven of 9 was on Boston Public when it debuted.

Trivia, Wesley Crusher has his own blog:
He's no fan of Bush, though:

Sorry - I mixed Boston Publ... (Below threshold)

Sorry - I mixed Boston Public with Boston Legal. Doh.

Does Days of Our Lives Coun... (Below threshold)

Does Days of Our Lives Count?

Whorf was on it in 1986-87. And Q in the 80s too.

How about this one:<p... (Below threshold)

How about this one:

What family oriented series stars two actors who played in two different Star Trek movies?

Answer:'7Th Heaven... (Below threshold)


'7Th Heaven" stars Stephen Collins (Star Trek I) and Catherine Hicks (Star Trek IV) as the Reverend and Mrs. Camden.

Superhawk, it's traditional... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Superhawk, it's traditional to give people a little time to answer the question... usually more than THREE MINUTES!

I'm no fan of Smallville (tried, but just can't get into it), but I do find it entertaining that Superman's parents are Bo Duke and Lana Lang...


That would be "7th Heaven" ... (Below threshold)

That would be "7th Heaven" with Stephen Collins (ST TMP) & Catherine Hicks (ST IV)....

Well, I would've gotten #3 ... (Below threshold)

Well, I would've gotten #3 -- although Carel Struycken is also a valid connection.

He also was the giant in Agent Cooper's visions from "Twin Peaks." Two actors from that series were in the Dune movie (not the SciFi Channel miniseries). Another actor from that movie was in Silverado. A different actor from Silverado was a regular on "Home Improvement."

Tig: It just so happ... (Below threshold)

Tig: It just so happens that on Planet Earth, we saw the makeup forerunners of the Klingons as the KREEGS! They drove around in steam-powered cars to raid the peaceful communities.

What a hoot that movie was! At least I have Genesis II on tape somewhere..back from the 90s when it was shown on SciFi.

Mentioning Worf, He (Michae... (Below threshold)
Red Five:

Mentioning Worf, He (Michael Dorn) was also a regular on CHiPs as a fellow officer of John and Ponch.

The guy who played Mr. Homm, Lwoxana Troi's valet, was one of the 2 murdered Arquilians in Men in Black. He was also in an eipsode of Voyager, several Twin Peaks, Babylon 5, Charmed, and was indeed Lurch in all the recent Addams Family movies (1991 and later). Ted Cassidy was Lurch and Thing in the original Addams Family sitcom, and played in 3 Trek episodes.

Rene Auberjonois's character in SG-1 was a one-time deal; he died at the end by walking into the stargate with an iris deployed at the other end. Oops. He was Benson's assistant or something. Benson was also the debut for Jerry Seinfeld.

It looks like Shimmerman's character on SG-1 was also a one-shot deal. I only see one mention for the series in his IMDB listing. He also did one episode of Sledge Hammer! Anyone remember that old sitcom? "Trust me, I know what I'm doing!"

John DeLancie's character on SG-1 just got killed, sucked into space when he tried to steal the Prometheus. Oops.

Final note, on the Planet Earth connection: a little IMDB'ing there showed that it was a sequel to Genesis II, both of which had as their main character a NASA scientist named Dylan Hunt (2 different actors, though)! Planet Earth also starred Diana Muldaur, who did a stint that the Enterprise-D's CMO, as well as Majel Barrett in both, as well as just about every other Roddenberry undertaking.

Shatner and Nimoy also did ... (Below threshold)

Shatner and Nimoy also did an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. before Star Trek

One other thing I forgot: M... (Below threshold)
Red Five:

One other thing I forgot: Mirina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) had a bit as a Russian scientist on SG-1, as well.

hehe... John Astin as Ev... (Below threshold)
Madfish Willie:

hehe... John Astin as Evil Roy Slade

My contribution to this org... (Below threshold)

My contribution to this orgy of geekiness:

Star Trek veterans David Warner (movies V and VI, and a two-part TNG episode), Michael Dorn (a Worf is a Worf, of courf, of courf) and Dwight Schultz (TNG and Voyager's Lt. Barclay) all have done voices for the "Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn" PC game. Warner was the main villian, Dorn was uncredited as the deity (and main character's father) Bhaal, and Schultz did at least one voice, possibly more.

The actor John Billingsley ... (Below threshold)

The actor John Billingsley (who plays Phlox on ST:E) was on Cold Case.

I love getting a chance to see which are the character's mannerisms and which are the actors.

I wonder if any other ST actors have appeared on Cold Case. It's still a young show.

I'm surprised Brent Spiner hasn't been mentioned. He was on Night Court (Bob Wheeler), Cheers (Bill Grand), Frazier (Albert), Friends (Campbell), and L&O:CI (Graham Barnes) and others. There's got to be someone else from the ST universe that appeared on those shows.






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