Those versed in Star Trek lore know that Kate Mulgrew created the iconic role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and imbued the character with humanity, grace and grit in her own inimitable style. In fact, not only did Mulgrew make history as the first female captain of a Star Trekseries, but she and the crew of Star Trek: Voyager helped launch the fledgling UPN television network.
Kate has had a distinguished career in theatre, film and television. She is equally adept at comedy and drama, as proven by the many and varied characters she has played. Kate’s first love is theater. A few of her notable theatrical roles include Emily in Our Town, Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story, Hedda Gabler, and her award winning turn as Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five. In 2008 she was honored with Off-Broadway’s Obie Award for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in Iphigenia 2.0.
Some noteworthy television roles include Mary Ryan (Ryan’s Hope), Mrs. Columbo, and Dr. Joanne Springsteen (Heartbeat). Among her films are the classic comedy Throw Momma from the Train, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, and the award-winning docudrama The Response.
Kate is currently playing another iconic character, Galina “Red” Reznikov, in Orange Is The New Blackstreaming only on Netflix.
Kate has raised millions of dollars for Alzheimer’s research, an involvement that began when her mother was diagnosed with the disease, and continues to speak passionately and forcefully about the effects of the disease on families, the need for funding, and the ongoing search for a cure, all over the world.
Actor, novelist and pop cultural icon, William Shatner has worn many hats over his illustrious career. Trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, Shatner began his career on the stage performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario beginning in 1954.
William Shatner’s first feature film role came in 1958’s The Brothers Karamazov, starring Yul Brenner. He parlayed his film appearances into various television roles, including a role on the television spy series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in an episode which also featured Leonard Nimoy in a pairing that would foreshadow the two’s next project together, a series that would forever impact the entertainment landscape.
Shatner captured the attention of the world with his performance as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969. His iconic role as the captain of the Starship Enterprise sparked a television phenomenon that continues to resonate with audiences to this day. Shatner reprised his role as captain of the USS Enterprise in further adventures such as Star Trek: The Animated Series and feature films from 1979 to 1994.
As a novelist, Shatner has documented his time on the bridge of the Enterprise and thoughts on the enduring phenomenon that is Star Trek in several books in addition to expanding upon the Trek universe he has been so integral to since its inception. In addition to writing novels set in the Star Trek universe, Shatner has also created the TekWar series of novels which later became a television series as well.
William Shatner’s many screen credits include the title role in the hit cop series T.J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. In the time since, Shatner has become the face of Priceline.com as the “Negotiator” for the travel website. He returned to series television from 2004 to 2008 as attorney Denny Crane on the television drama Boston Legal. Shatner’s performance earned him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. William Shatner continues to be a pop culture fixture with various guest appearances and voice over roles in film and television.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Picardo (“Bob”) entered Yale University as a pre-med student, not knowing that he would someday portray doctors in three separate productions: first as Dr. Dick Richard on the ABC series “China Beach,“ then as Dr. McCaskill in the theater production “In The Waiting Room” at the Mark Taper Forum, and most famously as the curmudgeonly Holographic Doctor Doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager.”
Bob abandoned his premed plans and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Drama at age 20. In 1977, he made his Broadway debut in the lead role of the comedy hit Gemini. The following season, he won the coveted role of Jack Lemmon’s son in Bernard Slade’s Tribute. On television, Bob earned an Emmy Nomination for his role as Mr. Cutlip on The Wonder Years. He received the Founders Award from Viewers for Quality Television for his combined work on that show and his starring role as Dr. Richard on the acclaimed Vietnam drama, China Beach. Bob is recognized around the globe for his curmudgeonly Holographic Doctor on seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. One of the two Voyager episodes Bob also directed, “One Small Step,” was a moving tribute to the pioneers of space exploration. He has guest starred on many popular television series and starred as Commander Woolsey on Stargate Atlantis. Bob has appeared in over two dozen films, including the 2016 Coen brothers comedy, Hail Caesar.
Bob’s childhood passion for Biology helped forge his lifelong interest in science and exploration. Bob served for more than 15 years on the advisory board of The Planetary Society , a space advocacy nonprofit which was co-founded by Carl Sagan in 1980 and is presently led by Bill Nye. Tantalizing recent discoveries of water on Mars and the possibility of finding microbial life made the 1995 the invitation to join The Planetary Society Board auspicious and irresistible. Bob hopes to bring even more of the science fiction audience to the Planetary Society membership and hosts a free monthly video newsletter ( to subscribe, visit www.planetary.org ) called The Planetary Post. He believes, “Science fiction dreams the dream and helps pave the way for real science and exploration to fulfill that dream. If you love science fiction, you love exploration and you belong in The Planetary Society.”
Ethan Phillips is well known to Star Trek fans for the seven years he spent on Star Trek: Voyager as Neelix. He also played two different Ferengi characters, one on Star Trek: The Next Generation and another on Star Trek: Enterprise. The only boy among six siblings, Ethan Phillips was born and raised in Long Island, New York. His father and grandfather were the original owners of the legendary Frankie and Johnnie’s Steakhouse (and former speakeasy) in Manhattan, but young Phillips eschewed the family business and devoted his life to the arts. He worked steadily on and off Broadway for a number of years, appearing in such productions as My Favorite Year, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Modigliani and Measure for Measure with Kevin Kline at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. However, Phillips may be better known for his numerous television appearances. In addition to STV and five seasons on the sitcom Benson, Phillips guest starred in dozens of other series, including Hart to Hart, Hunter, Murphy Brown, Law and Order, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, and, more recently, JAG, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, Boston Legal, and Bones. Phillips is co-founder of Hollywood’s First Stage, a playwright’s group based on principles developed at Sundance, and is on the board of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, which helps young playwrights get their dreams realized. Phillips is also the co-author of The Star Trek Cookbook—a collection of recipes based on delicacies mentioned onscreen throughout the whole of the Star Trek franchise.
Robert Duncan McNeill (Robbie, as he is known to his friends and family) is an actor, director, and producer, best known for his role as Starfleet Lieutenant Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager.
It was while he was attending the Juilliard Conservatory Robbie was cast as Charlie Brent on the popular ABC daytime drama All My Children and earning himself a 1988 Daytime Emmy nomination for his acting. He appeared as a frequent guest star on television shows, such as Murder She Wrote, Quantum Leap, LA Law, and of course, Star Trek: The Next Generation (in an episode entitled “The First Duty”). Robbie then landed a starring role in the ABC series Going To Extremes.
Robbie joined the cast of Star Trek: Voyager as the ship’s headstrong conn officer Tom Paris, beginning a seven-year tenure in the role. He made his directorial debut on Voyager with a third season episode entitled “Sacred Ground,” and followed up that success by directing one of the third season’s most popular episodes, “Unity,” which marked the return of the Borg to the Voyager universe. He also directed the episodes “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Body and Soul.” Robbie returned to Paramount to direct on Star Trek: Enterprise (“The Breach,” “Twilight,” and “Countdown”) and winning praise for his work on Showtime’s cult hit, Dead Like Me and Dawson’s Creek. Since then, he has directed episodes of Summerland, The O.C., Las Vegas, Medium, Supernatural, Desperate Housewives, and was the producing director on the critically acclaimed NBC series Chuck.
Tim Russ, known well to Star Trek fans as Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, has been working within the entertainment industry for over thirty years. His talents encompass a wide spectrum of the performing arts including composing, music (guitar & vocals), acting, writing, directing, voice-over and producing.
As an actor, Mr. Russ has worked in a cross section of film and television. His credits include the films Live Free or Die Hard, Spaceballs, and Star Trek: Generations, and series regular roles on Star Trek: Voyager, The Highwayman, The People Next Door, Samantha Who, and iCARLY. He has also appeared in numerous stage plays including the original Los Angeles premier of Dreamgirls.
He has performed as a musician for over 40 years, playing rhythm, lead, and bass guitars, well as solo vocals. His musical talents are showcased on three CD’s. As a writer/producer Mr. Russ shared the helm in the production of the feature, East of Hope Street, which won “Best Feature Film”, and “Best Actress” on the festival circuit. He was also the recipient of the Sony Innovator’s Award for a commercial he produced entitled, “The Zone.” Mr. Russ has also been active in the TV/Film directing arena with credits including Star Trek: Voyager and the feature films Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, Night at the Silent Movie Theater, Renegades, Junkie, and the award winning web series, Bloomers. Mr. Russ has also received and EMMY AWARD for his directing on several commercials for the FBI.
Born in Riverside, California to Chinese immigrant parents, Garrett Wang (pronounced Wong) spent his formative years on the move, living in Indiana, Bermuda and Tennessee. He moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he majored in East Asian Studies and minored in theater. For five years, Garrett focused on theater and attempted to convince his Asian parents and relatives that acting was a viable profession as opposed to becoming a doctor as he had originally planned since Eighth Grade. With his parents finally on his side, he signed with his first talent agent in 1993. Within a year he landed his first speaking role, guest starring on the first episode of the ABC sitcom All American Girl starring comedienne Margaret Cho. Three months later, Wang was cast in the role of Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager.
In addition to being a series regular on Voyager, Garrett was named as one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People as well as one of E! Channel’s “20 Coolest Bachelors.”
Since 2005, Garrett has taken an extended break from Hollywood. With the exception of the occasional cameo appearance in random indie projects such as the comedy “Unbelievable,” Garrett has been focused on traveling the world, working behind the scenes at DragonCon, designing scifi/fantasy inspired tee-shirts and relishing the role of an avid NFL Football fan.
Actor, author and accomplished director, Jonathan Frakes is a man of many hats. Perhaps best known to Star Trek fans as Commander William T. Riker for seven seasons and three motion pictures in the Star Trek: The Next Generation franchise, Frakes has carved out a distinctive niche for himself as a versatile talent in Hollywood.
Unbeknownst to most, Jonathan Frakes’ career in entertainment began in costume, dressed as Marvel’s Captain America and making appearances at some of the earliest comic book conventions in the 1970s. From there, Frakes moved onto New York to be a part of the Impossible Ragtime Theater company, making his first Broadway appearance in the play Shenandoah.
Moving onto television shortly thereafter, Frakes landed a role in the NBC soap opera The Doctors. Following his appearance on the daytime television series, Frakes guest starred on some of the most popular series of the 1970s and 1980s, such as The Waltons, Eight is Enough, The Dukes of Hazzard, Matlock and Hill Street Blues.
Following these guest appearances, Frakes landed the role of Commander Riker on the long running television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. As second in command to Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Frakes’ portrayal of William Riker lead the Starship Enterprise through seven seasons and three films. His characterization endeared Riker to fans young and old, making him one of the most beloved characters in the Trek pantheon.
In addition to live action, Jonathan Frakes has also lent his voice to animated projects, including the cult favorite Disney animated series Gargoyles as the character David Xanatos and Adventure Time. Frakes’ also landed appearances in Matt Groening’s Futurama and Seth McFarlane’s Family Guy, playing versions of himself on each series.
Jonathan Frakes holds a unique distinction among Star Trek actors being one of only two regulars to appear on four different television series, from Star Trek: The Next Generation to Star Trek Enterprise. Beyond acting, Frakes is also a veteran director, having helmed several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the feature films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Jonathan Frakes is currently filming a role in the upcoming project Devil’s Gate, due for release later this year.
Born in Houston, Texas, Brent Spiner credits his high school drama teacher—the same man who inspired the careers of acting brothers Randy and Dennis Quaid, Cindy Pickett and director Thomas Schlamme—for igniting his desire to perform. After college, Spiner moved to New York City where he performed in numerous off-Broadway plays. Winning a role in Joseph Papp’s public theater production of “The Seagull” set him up for bigger things, and he went on to perform in the Broadway musical productions of “Sunday in the Park with George,” “The Three Musketeers” and “Big River.” Relocating to Los Angeles in 1984, Spiner began to appear in popular television series like Night Court, Hill Street Blues, and Cheers. In 1987, Spiner won the role of Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a character whose artificial skin he would inhabit for seven seasons and four motion pictures. Spiner co-wrote the final TNG film, Star Trek Nemesis. In recent years, the actor has split his time between New York and L.A., appearing in a critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of 1776, in films as diverse as Independence Day, The Aviator and Dude, Where’s My Car?, and in the television series Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Leverage and Fringe.
Known to “Star Trek” fans the world over for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi, English-born Marina Sirtis set her sights on international stardom and moved to the US in 1986. It was around this time that “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry began casting for a new series based on his lauded and much loved original series. Dubbed “The Next Generation,” the series looked to introduce Roddenberry’s vision of the future to a brand new audience.
Originally auditioning for the role of security chief Lt. Macha Hernandez, (later called Tasha Yar and eventually played by Denise Crosby). Roddenberry felt Sirtis was a much better fit for the character Deanna Troi, a half human, half Betazoid who can read the emotions of others. With a coveted seat next to Captain Picard on the bridge, Counselor Troi was one of the respected and trusted characters on board the Enterprise and Sirtis’ portrayal of the character endeared her to fans through seven television seasons and four feature films.
Sirtis’ post-Trek work includes appearances in series such as Diagnosis: Murder, The Outer Limits, Earth: Final Conflict, (originally created by Gene Rodenberry) The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy, Stargate SG-1, and NCISas well as roles in the films Crash, and Spectres. Beyond her live action work, animation and gaming fans will recognize Marina Sirtis’s voice from her roles in the fondly remembered Disney series Gargoyles, Adventure Time, Family Guy, Young Justice and the hit Mass Effect gaming franchise.
Cheryl Gates McFadden portrayed Beverly Crusher, MD, in most episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and in four Star Trek films. McFadden also directed the TNG episode “Genesis” and choreographed the dance routine in “Data’s Day”.
McFadden left the series at the end of the first season and was replaced by Diana Muldaur as Doctor Katherine Pulaski in the second season. But thanks to a letter-writing campaign, support from Patrick Stewart, and a personal invitation from Rick Berman, McFadden was brought back to the TNG cast for the third and subsequent seasons.
McFadden became pregnant with her son during the fourth season of TNG; Brent Spiner is his godfather. McFadden has been quoted as saying her son grew up on the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D, and he was upset when the sets were torn down following Star Trek Generations.
Gates McFadden is an accomplished dancer and puppeteer; she worked on several Jim Henson productions as a choreographer, most notably in the film Labyrinth. She prefers stage roles to television, and has been seen in countless productions over her career. She has also taught at several Universities, including Harvard, Brandeis and Purdue.
In 1987, Denise Crosby was cast in the role of Tasha Yar for the much publicized return of Star Trek to television in the syndicated series Star Trek: The Next Generation. She had been chosen to play Counsellor Deanna Troi before Gene Roddenberry switched the roles that she and Marina Sirtis had originally been given. Initially one of the top-billed characters and featured prominently in episodes such as “The Naked Now” and “Code of Honor”, the role of Tasha gradually moved into the background as other members of the ensemble cast became a greater focus of the series. It has been reported that Crosby grew disillusioned with her role because of its “Uhura-like” status: “I was struggling with not being able to do much with the character. I had all these ideas and couldn’t do them. I was just stage dressing.” Ultimately, Crosby decided to leave the show. Her character was killed by the alien creature Armus during the episode “Skin of Evil.” She had appeared in 22 episodes when she left.
In later years, Crosby approached the TNG production team with the idea of reprising her role of Tasha Yar. This came to be in season three’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise” in which an alternate timeline is created after the USS Enterprise-C, the predecessor to TNG’s USS Enterprise-D, comes forward 22 years in time. Yar joined the Enterprise-C before it returned to its own time. During the documentary Trekkies, Crosby commented that her Tasha Yar character had to die in order to get “the best episodes”.
Crosby has appeared in other television series, (X Files, The Flash, The Walking Dead, Ray Donovan, Dexter) and feature films (48 Hrs., Trail of the Pink Panther & Curse of the Pink Panther, Deep Impact, Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown).
Cultivating a career as both an acclaimed stage, screen and film actor as well as an accomplished voice over artist, John de Lancie is perhaps best known to Star Trek fans as the mysterious and godlike Q, having appeared in episodes across the series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
Throughout his career, de Lancie has also made appearances on such hit dramas as “Breaking Bad,” “The West Wing,” “Charmed,” “Andromeda,” “The Unit,” “Law & Order: LA,” “The Mentalist,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the Doctor Who spin-off “Torchwood.” His film credits includes roles in the Curtis Hanson-directed thriller “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” Terry Gilliam’s “The Fisher King,” and the Adam Sandler starrer, “Reign Over Me.” De Lancie’s acting chops have also been on display as a voice over artist, most notably in the role of the character Discord on the very popular, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” De Lancie has also voiced characters in the long running Assassin’s Creed franchise, with roles in “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” and “Assassin’s Creed III.”
In 2012, de Lancie produced the documentary, “Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony.” Funded entirely through a Kickstarter campaign, the project became the second highest funded project on the crowd sourcing platform at the time of its campaign.
Nana Visitor came to the entertainment profession naturally; her father was a Broadway choreographer and her mother was a ballet instructor. She appeared in Broadway plays including the title role in Gypsy, had regular roles on Ryan’s Hope and One Life to Live, and appeared in numerous television series such as MacGyver, Knight Rider, Remington Steele and thirtysomething. She starred in the title role of the series Working Girl before joining the cast of Deep Space Nine as Bajoran Major Kira Nerys. According to Visitor, the role piqued her curiosity because it wasn’t “a mother, or a wife, or a prostitute, or a killer. [Kira] is fully realized.” She also voiced the character in the games Harbinger and The Fallen. Following DS9, she starred on Broadway as Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-wining musical Chicago and later appeared in the series Dark Angel and Wildfire. Visitor was married for a time to her DS9 co-star Alexander Siddig and Visitor’s pregnancy with their son was written into the series.
Casey Biggs is an actor, director, producer, musician and teacher. He created The Enterprise Blues Band with fellow members Vaughn Armstrong and Steve Rankin.
A graduate of the Juilliard School he is well known in both the world of the stage and television.
He has performed throughout the country and Europe. He has appeared in Lincoln Center’s Pride’s Crossing and spent ten years as a leading actor at Washington’s Arena Stage in productions of Taming of the Shrew, All the Kings Men, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Summer and Smoke, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Philadelphia Story among others. Film and television credits include Broken Arrow, Dragonfly, The Pelican Brief, The Good Wife, Elementary, CSI, Person of Interest, and five years portraying Damar on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His directing credits include Hedda Gabler, Hamlet, The Seagull, Richard III, The Three Sisters, Standup Shakespeare and Macbeth plus, for The Acting Company, Moby Dick Rehearsed, The Three Musketeers and Love, Shakespeare. He is an alumni of The Acting Company and is on the acting and directing faculty at the New School for Drama. The Enterprise Blues Band’s recordings have been best sellers throughout Europe and the US.
Chase Masterson was first recognized for her break-out role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the highest-rated internationally syndicated shows of all time. Her huge, international fan base saw her rise from a four-line role in one episode to a five-year story arc, which prompted USA Networks to begin Chase’s hosting career with a newsmagazine talk show, Sci-Fi Entertainment.
Known to millions of fans worldwide, TV Guide’s online readers poll voted Chase the “Favorite Science Fiction Actress on Television”; Sci-Fi Universe Magazine honored her as one of the “Top 20 People to Watch in Hollywood”; and, in 2010, UGO included her in their list of the “Top 25 TV Hotties, and the Schlubs They Inexplicably Love.” In December 2010, AOL named Chase one of the “Ten Sexiest Aliens” in television history. She was named one of the “50 Sexiest Women” by Femme Fatales Magazine and one of the “Hot Leading Ladies” of film by Film Fetish for her role in Yesterday Was a Lie, in which she plays a mysterious jazz singer.
Chase has worked opposite such Hollywood hotties as Jesse Eisenberg, Jerry O’Connell, Ryan Seacrest, Maggie Grace, and Faith Ford, as well as Bruce Campbell, Richard Lewis, Maxwell Caulfield, Bridget Wilson, and many others. Chase is often recognized from her role as the featured guest star in the Emmy Award-winning episode of E.R. as well as for her recurring work on General Hospital. In sexy, comic turns, Chase played herself in the documentary Trekkies as well as in Miramax’s Comic Book: The Movie, directed by Mark Hamill.
Having released and gained international recognition with her debut CD “Thrill of the Chase,” Chase released her follow- up EP “Ad Astra!,” the limited edition “Crystal Anniversary: Songs From the Holosuite” (in honor of Deep Space Nine’s fifteenth anniversary), and the compilation album “Jazz Cocktail.” She sings one of her original songs in the feature Take Out. Chase has also hosted her own weekly internet radio show on TheFandom.com.
In February 2014, Big Finish Productions premiered Vienna, a Doctor Who spin-off starring Chase in the title role. She most recently been seen guest starring on CW’s The Flash, which won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Drama.”
Max Grodénchik is best known for his portrayal of Rom on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine over the course of 37 episodes. Before getting the role of Rom, he auditioned for the role of Rom’s brother, Quark. He wrote and performed Rom’s Song and performed the song The Lady is a Tramp in the Deep Space Nine episode “The Siege of AR-558”.
Grodénchik was born in Queens, New York. He made his first on-screen appearances as Michael Grodénchik in the ’80’s. In the ’90’s, he made guest appearances in the television series Civil Wars, Tales from the Crypt, Sliders, and The Drew Carey Show. Grodénchik appeared in the three time Academy Award nominated Barton Fink (1991), the comic adaptation The Rocketeer (1991), the comedy Sister Act (1992), Ron Howard’s two-time Academy Award winning Apollo 13 (1995), and in the leading role in the horror film Rumpelstiltskin (1996). Among the television series he guest starred in are ER, Crossing Jordan, Six Feet Under, and Hustle (2007).
With over 50 feature films and countless television works under his belt, Jeffrey Combs’ career spans a broad range of genres. However, he is most widely recognized and dearly loved by fans of the Sci-Fi/Horror genres. Many claim him as the modern day Vincent Price. He burst into the public consciousness with his riveting performance as Herbert West in the cult classic Re-Animator is remembered for other memorable characters in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners (which earned him a Saturn Award nomination), The House on Haunted Hill, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and with Renee Zellwegger in Love and a .45. But without question Jeffrey is considered a mainstay in the Star Trek franchise. He has guest starred in close to 50 episodes spanning over three Star Trek series. He is the only actor to recur in two different roles in the same series. He portrayed Liquidator Brunt and the Vorta, Weyoun, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also recurred many times as the memorable Commander Shran on Star Trek: Enterprise.
Vaughn Armstrong’s career has spanned decades of stage, television, and film. At the Old Globe in San Diego he’s been Brutus in Julius Caesar, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Macduff in Macbeth, and many more. He’s appeared often at L.A’s Music Center and regional theatre across the country. He’s done about 100 TV shows including Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, West Wing, NYPD Blue, CSI, Law and Order L.A., and many others. He is best known for his many roles in Star Trek, more than any other actor, the last being Admiral Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise. He’s the founder of the Enterprise Blues Band, a member of the Star Trek Rat Pack, father of two boys, and a Vietnam veteran. He was also a co-author of the San Diego Rep’s version of A Hammer, A Bell, And a Song to Sing. He has been the artistic director of two theatres and, while in the Army, the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Fort Carson Little Theatre.
An actor, director and stunt fight coordinator, Steve Rankin‘s career features roles in four Star Trek adaptations spanning the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Rankin played Colonel Green on Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005, Fennim on Star Trek: Voyager in 1999, Yeto on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1993, and Patahk in Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1989. He is also known for his work on Blue Streak (1999), Men in Black (1997) and Pearl Harbor (2001).
Wilson Cruz portrays Doctor Hugh Culber, rank of lieutenant commander, in Star Trek: Discovery.
Born in New York City with Puerto Rican heritage, he started his acting career by starring in the TV series My So-Called Life in 1994-1995. Cruz made his film debut in the 1995 biopic Nixon, surrounded by fellow alumni Robert Beltran, Bill Bolender, Richard Fancy, Annette Helde, Michelle Krusiec, Saul Rubinek, and Paul Sorvino. Cruz followed with the 1996 telefilm On Seventh Avenue, with Stephen Collins, Ronald Guttman, Josh Pais, and Anthony Zerbe. That year Cruz costarred in the sex comedy Johns, with Tony Epper. In 2005, Cruz appeared in Bam Bam & Celeste with John Cho. 2006 had Cruz in the comedy Coffee Date, costarring Leigh Taylor-Young. Cruz was cast in the hit 2009 film He’s Just Not That Into You, joined by Googy Gress and Cristine Rose. More recently, he appeared in episodes of Shameless (2016), 13 Reasons Why, and Doubt.
Ethan Peck, who plays Spock on Star Trek: Discovery, grew up in Los Angeles and attended college at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York. He is the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, who counted among his final projects the 1998 TV miniseries Moby Dick, which starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab, the role Gregory Peck famously played in the 1956 movie of the same name. Peck’s film and television credits include Passport to Paris, That ’70s Show, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 10 Things I Hate About You, In Time, Madam Secretary and The Curse of Sleeping Beauty.
Anson Mount stepped into the iconic role of Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Mount was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois and grew up in White Bluff, Tennessee. His mother is former professional golfer Nancy Smith, and his father, Anson Adams Mount II, was one of the original contributing editors to Playboy magazine. His great-great-great grandfather was a Confederate cavalry colonel in the Civil War. Up until Star Trek: Discovery, Mount was best known as Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels, opposite Star Trek: Deep Space Nine axtor Colm Meaney. For the last few years of the series, he was also one of its producers. In 2017, he portrayed the Marvel Comics superhero Black Bolt in Marvel’s Inhumans.
Lolita Fatjo worked for 14 years as Assistant to the Executive Producer and later as Script Coordinator on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: First Contact. Throughout the years she built good working relationships with many of the stars, soon transitioning to the role of manager for many Star Trek actors. Her reputation for being fan-friendly and approachable along with her first-hand knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes has made her a fan-favorite as a guest on the convention circuit.
Jordan Hoffman is a writer and critic based in New York. His work can be read in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, New York Daily News, Popular Mechanics, Thrillist and NYT/Watching. He also writes the One Trek Mind column at StarTrek.com. He has hosted at Star Trek conventions in Las Vegas, New York, London and Dortmund, Germany, and was the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast for two years. Bones is his favorite.
Dr. Erin MacDonald (PhD, Astrophysics) currently works as a public speaker/educator and technical consultant, assisting others with explaining complex physics and astronomy ideas to varied audiences. Her undergraduate work was dual majored in Physics with Astrophysics and Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She obtained a PhD in gravitational astrophysics from the University of Glasgow, having done research with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (resulting in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics) on gravitational waves from dead and colliding stars and black holes. Since leaving research in 2014, she worked as an adjunct professor and educator at the Denver Museum for Nature and Science where she grew her passion for speaking to varied crowds on a number of subjects. She has become a regular fixture at popular culture conventions across the United States (Star TrekLas Vegas, Awesome Con, etc) through teaching the science behind science fiction such as Star Trek and Mass Effect, and she started bringing these talks online with her series “Dr Erin Explains the Universe”. She also assists science fiction writers with their work, most recently on Orbital Redux with writer/director Steven Calcote and actor Yuri Lowenthal. Given her background, her specialty focuses on the use of general relativity in science fiction through faster-than-light travel, artificial gravity, alternate universes and more, and after teaching extensively in classrooms and at museums, she is well-versed in most fields of astronomy and physics.
James MacKinnon has 30 years of film and television experience in all aspects of makeup, special effects, and design. He has four Emmys for his work on “Nip/Tuck,” American Horror Story: “Freak Show”, “Hotel”, and “Roanoke;” he also boasts three Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Artisan Awards and numerous other Emmy and H&MU Guild Award nominations for outstanding makeup.
James’ years of working on the Star Trek franchise including “Deep Space 9″, “Voyager”, and “Star Trek First Contact” has led him to the coveted position of Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Effects for “Star Trek: Discovery” (Season 1 & 2) and Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Design on Patrick Stewart’s new “Picard”, airing on CBS All Access.
James has served as Department Head or Key Makeup Artist on over 115 projects in his career ranging from 4 films in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, “Stigmata”, “GI Joe 2″, “Priest”, and “Halloween H2O”, to “Parks and Recreation”, “Alias” and “CSI NY” to name a few. He also transformed Ashton Kutcher into Steve Jobs for the 2013 Biography, “Jobs”.
James believes in always learning and growing, adding to his vast knowledge of makeup design and techniques, and honing his craft. He loves to teach up-and-coming makeup artists by sharing what he has experienced throughout his storied career. James has a few new projects on the go for the second half of 2019 including a new charity, Hair for Healing.
Robb Pearlman is the author of more than 30 books for adults and children, including four Star Trek titles: Search for Spock, Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom, The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek, and Fun with Kirk and Spock.
He is an associate publisher of pop culture and entertainment books including Stuck on Star Trek, Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting, The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book, and The Princess Bride: A Celebration, and a calendar program that includes major licenses as Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Bob’s Burgers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The X-Files.
Robb was featured as an on-air commentator talking about Star Trek and pop culture on National Geographic Channel’s “Generation X” series, contributed to HuffingtonPost.com, performed at the Nerdnite Nerdtacular, and has been featured on StarTrek.com as well as several pop culture blogs and SiriusXM radio shows.
Robb received his Masters in Publishing from Pace University, and now serves on the program’s Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
J.K. Woodward is an accomplished illustrator whose most recent projects have included IDW Publishing’s blockbuster Assimilation2, an 8-issue Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover miniseries, as well as IDW’s acclaimed adaptation of Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever: The Harlan Ellison Original Teleplay, and cover contributions for almost every Star Trek series published through IDW including the recent Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover with DC Comics. Woodward started his professional comic book career back in 2003 with Peter David’s Fallen Angel and went on to work on many titles for such companies as BOOM! Studios, Archaia, Dark Horse and Marvel. Among the titles to which he has contributed are X-Men Origins: Beast, Star Trek, Mars Attacks!, CSI: New York and more. His most current work in comics is illustration for the award winning Star Trek: Mirror Broken mini series. He currently resides in Long Beach, California.
Band 47 is a Los Angeles based 60s, 70s and 80s classic rock R&B group, consisting of Steel Rod and DW3. The classic rock, R&B, and blues trio with the soulful vocals of Eric, Billy and David of DW3 create a perfect combination. In addition to these two powerhouse groups, along came Rebecca Jade with her soulful sound and rock influences, making a perfect addition to this very versatile group.
Brian Wilk knew he was not like other children, since he grew up in an Andorian colony and was always teased about his pink skin. Then one day he came across a Ressikan flute and realized his talent for music, and nobody ever teased him again. One day at a local bar, while playing old Bajoran tune, he was befriended by a group of Starfleet historians on a research trip who suggested he learn the music of his ancestors. He decided to travel with them to Earth and, once there, he fell in love with the late 20th century Earth rock and pop music that he now travels the galaxy to perform.
Brad Heron was “rescued” by a Ferengi ship as a toddler, but they could never get used to his red hair and small ears. They traded him for a surprisingly small amount of latinum to a Earth “rock and roll” band, returning from a tour of the Beta quadrant. There Brad saw a piano for the first time, and he took to the ancient instrument immediately. Upon reaching Earth he sought out other musicians who turned him on to late 20th century Earth music, and he set out to master its classic sound. He now performs across the quadrants, and has been raking in the latinum for himself ever since.
Christopher Olivas is not only the drummer for the acclaimed and classic synth-pop band Berlin, he is also an electrifying DJ. On Star Trek: The Cruise IV in 2020, he will keep the ship dancing with his eclectic music selections and deep cuts. Christopher’s energy and encyclopedic knowledge of music adds yet another level to the music experience aboard Star Trek: The Cruise.