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How many of the original Star Trek cast are still with us?

How many of the original Star Trek cast are still with us?

Jo Craig

Star Trek: The Original Series was iconic for the franchise and the genre on so many levels and the late Nichelle Nichols was a part of that incredible project that still stands the test of time.

First airing in 1966, we look at the original Star Trek actors that are still with us today and share some of the cast’s tributes to Nichelle Nichols.

Created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek: The Original Series aired from September 1966 to December 1969, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, George Takei, and Walter Koenig as the major crewmembers steering the USS Enterprise.


Nichelle Nichols’ passing

It was reported yesterday, by her son Kyle Johnson, that Nichelle Nichols had passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Silver City, New Mexico. She was 89.

Nichols portrayed the iconic role of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the show between 1966 and 1969, and the actor’s portrayal paved the way for black women in television.

Writing on Nichols’ official Facebook page , Johnson confirmed that the actor had passed away and wrote a personal message to fans:

“Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.”

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How many of the original Star Trek actors are still with us?

Out of the original seven crewmembers on the USS Enterprise, Nichols was one of the four cast members still alive.

William Shatner, George Takei, and Walter Koenig are now the only surviving members of the original primary group.

Walter Koenig played the Russian navigator Pavel Chekov, Takei portrayed Hikaru Sulu, the Enterprise’s helmsman, and Shatner fulfilled the role of Commanding Officer James T. Kirk.

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William Shatner and George Takei pay tribute to Nichelle Nichols

Star Trek stalwarts William Shatner and George Takei both shared touching tributes to Nichelle Nichols on Twitter.

Takei spent most of Sunday sharing various articles honoring Nichols, alongside many posts of appreciation from across social media.

Shatner shared a heartfelt tweet commending the actor’s work as Uhura and the legacy the character and the actor left behind.

We lived long and prospered together. pic.twitter.com/MgLjOeZ98X — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2022
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nichelle. She was a beautiful woman & played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both here in the US & throughout the world. I will certainly miss her. Sending my love and condolences to her family. Bill — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 31, 2022

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The Only Major Actors Still Alive From Star Trek: The Original Series

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Gene Roddenberry's celebrated sci-fi TV series "Star Trek" debuted on September 8, 1966, and it recently celebrated its 57th anniversary. Initially, "Trek" wasn't terribly popular, and it only managed to make a third season thanks to a coordinated letter-writing campaign (a campaign that Roddenberry was accused of orchestrating and encouraging himself). It wouldn't be until after "Star Trek" was canceled in 1969 that its popularity would significantly begin to grow. 

Thanks to a sweet infinite syndication deal, "Star Trek" reruns were common, and a cult began to form. By the early 1970s, the first "Trek" conventions began to appear. Naturally, conventions were a great place for the show's stars and creators to congregate and share production stories with a rising tide of obsessives. Fans were able to talk to and get autographs from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, and Grace Lee Whitney, as well as many of the show's more supporting players. 

Many decades have passed, but the surviving "Star Trek" cast members, now in their 80s and 90s, still appear at conventions to share details of their now-long and storied careers. Over 57 years ago, they were at the start of a phenomenon; none of them could have likely predicted just what a massive impact "Star Trek" would have on the pop culture landscape. Three members of the original "Star Trek" cast appeared at Creation Entertainment's 57-Year Mission convention in Las Vegas, and one of them is already confirmed for the 2024 con  next August. 

If you're eager to get an autograph or merely to hear an amusing anecdote from across many decades of interaction with the "Trek" franchise at large, the following surviving actors will still happily oblige.

William Shatner

In March of 2023, Shatner, who played the resolute Captain Kirk on "Star Trek," turned 92, yet he still makes convention appearances. Stories have been told throughout Trekkie-dom that Shatner can occasionally be spiky at cons, but has clearly embraced them, even going so far as to say that fans are the future  of anything so deeply beloved as "Star Trek." Indeed, in many cases, fans care more about carrying on the legacy of a show than the studios; in many ways, Trekkies take the show more seriously than the people who make it.

Shatner has, of course, had a textured career. Some of his earlier films include adaptations of "The Brothers Karamozov" (in which he played Alexey) and "Oedipus the King" (in which he played a masked member of the chorus), as well as genre films like "The Intruder" and "Incubus." Although Shatner is best known for "Trek" — a common side-effect for most any actor who appeared on any "Star Trek" show — he forged an interesting acting career beyond ii. He appeared in the hit cop show "T.J. Hooker," and appeared in spoof films like "Airplane II: The Sequel" and "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1." He released several notorious albums of speak-singing, and directed several documentaries about "Star Trek," including "The Captains" and "Chaos on the Bridge." 

Shatner also authored several "Star Trek" novels and even launched his own modestly successful sci-fi book series with "TekWar" (ghost-written by Ron Goulart) in 1989. He won two Emmys in 2004 and 2005 for his role as Denny Crane in "The Practice" and "Boston Legal." He's also an equestrian enthusiast and has won a few horseback riding awards. Shatner is spry for 92.

George Takei

In 2019, George Takei , who played the practical and intelligent Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek," authored a graphic novel all about his childhood experiences of being rounded up and imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Takei was born in Los Angeles in 1937 (he's the only main cast member from the original show who is an L.A. native), and recalls being held against his will by the U.S. government as a child. It may have been that experience that made Takei as political as he is. In the early 1970s, after "Star Trek," Takei ran for a set on the Los Angeles City Council, and served as an alternate delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. At conventions, Takei has spoken at length about his beliefs in civic infrastructure, encouraging L.A. to improve its long-beleaguered public transportation.

Takei came out as gay in 2005, revealing that he had been with his long-term partner, Brad Altman, for the last 18 years. He and Altman married in 2008, one of the first same-sex couples to be granted a marriage license in West Hollywood, California. Takei has been an outspoken queer rights activist ever since, raising money for charities and speaking at charity events regularly. He makes appearances at fan conventions on the regular. 

As an actor, Takei began reading English-language dubs for imported Toho monster movies prior to "Star Trek." He also starred in movies like "The Green Berets" and "Mulan." On TV, Takei guest-starred on many, many programs, including a notable regular role on the hit show "Heroes." His deep voice also afforded him an opportunity to regularly contribute to dozens of animated programs, most recently in Max's "Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai."

Walter Koenig

There were rumors circulating through the Trekkie community for years that Walter Koenig was hired to appear on the second season of "Star Trek" because the then-30-year-old actor looked an awful lot like Davy Jones from "The Monkees." This wasn't the case, but Koenig provided a youthful, heartthrob quality with his character, Pavel Chekov. His character was Russian, a notable character decision to make in the mid-1960s as the U.S. was still embroiled deeply in the Cold War. Chekov was a symbol that peace would eventually come. Koenig was never anything less than 100% committed, and reacted to extreme sci-fi scenarios with fire and aplomb. 

In the early '60s, the actor worked his way through smaller roles in multiple well-known TV series like "Mr. Novak," "Gidget," and "I Spy" before joining "Star Trek" in its second season. After, he continued apace, working on TV regularly, eventually landing a recurring role on a second beloved sci-fi series  "Babylon 5." He has also stayed a part of "Star Trek" up until the present, having provided a voice cameo in the most recent season of "Star Trek: Picard," as well as reprising his role as Chekov in the semi-professional and well-respected fan series "Star Trek: New Voyages." He's also dabbled in many amusing B-movies like "Mad Cowgirl" and "Scream of the Bikini," as well as animated shows like "Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters."

Additionally, Koenig has served as an advocate for civil rights in Burma, having visited refugee camps there. Koenig still appears at conventions, happy to talk about his various projects and acting endeavors. Just please, whatever you do, don't ask him to say "nuclear wessels." The man just turned 87. He deserves a break from that. 


Where Are They Now: The Original Star Trek Cast

By: Author Brad Burnie

Posted on Published: June 28, 2021  - Last updated: March 7, 2023

Where Are They Now: The Original Star Trek Cast

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True to Spock’s words, the cast of “ Star Trek: The Original Series ” has lived a long prosperous life. Four of them still live to date, while those that died reached their seventies and eighties. We look back at the pivotal show and the original cast’s life, more than fifty years down the line.

Keep reading to find out what the cast of the original Star Trek has accomplished over the years.

Star Trek remains something of a cult classic that attracts so many fans around the world to date.

But some wonder what the classic cast members may be up to these days. Here is a look into the lives of the original Star Trek cast and their thoughts about their new counterparts in this movie series.

William Shatner as Captain Kirk

At 78, Capt. James T. Kirk has recently been featured on ABC’s Boston Legal as Denny Crane. He also hosts Shatner’s Raw Nerve talk show on Bio. His next project would be a feature on the documentary Gonzo Ballet, which is a dance performance for Ben Folds’ six songs.


William Shatner has had one of the most illustrious careers after the Star Trek role. He says he still hopes to play a role in the new series, even admitting that he had to spend hours looking at his phone as he waited for a call from the director. Unfortunately, the film was open without him, meaning we might never see him again in the movie series.

Shatner has never shown signs of slowing down, though, in his late eighties. He has been featured in various Star Trek animated series and Star Trek Generations . Shatner also directed the Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

After his role on Star Trek, Shatner has also starred on ’80s procedural T.J. Hooker and as a narrator for Rescue 91. His other popular roles have included hosting a pageant contest, Miss Congeniality , a role as Dennis Crane in The Practice , and two Emmys winning roles on Boston Legal . He also had a reality show, Better Late Than Never , in which he travels along with other stars worldwide to experience different cultures.

Shatner has also authored various fiction and non-fiction books. In 2016, he wrote a book about his friendship with Leonard Nimoy, Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man .

Shatner considers his role on Star Trek as an opportunity that opened many doors for him. He even reveals that he would not have made a career if not for Star Trek.

On his take on the newbie playing his role, Shatner considers Chris Pine a perfect replacement.

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy, who was featured as Mr. Spock , announced his retirement in 2003. However, he came back to feature in The Full Body Project , a 2008 book about his nude photography and the new Star Trek film.

His most recent appearance was on J.J. Abram’s Fox series, Fringe, in 2010. He was also featured in a photo exhibit at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts that year.

Nimoy reveals that he had to come out of his retirement to play a role in the Star Trek film after J.J. Abram’s intervention “reawakened” his passion.

Nimoy went strong and admitted that young people ( cats ) were still intimidated by his presence in the film. He also maintained a close relationship with his co-star, Shatner, due to their love for music. However, he often dismissed a suggestion for a duet with Shatner.

Nimoy acknowledged that his replacement ( Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock ) did an excellent job, despite going all out differently.

Nimoy passed away in 2015 at age 83.

Nichelle Nichols as Uhura

Nichol’s most recent work came in 2005 as a star for Are We There Yet? Another project includes a role on NBC’s Heroes. She also considered a role on This Bitter Earth alongside Richard Roundtree and Billy Dee Williams.

Nichols was one of the first black television stars without a menial job but occupied a power position. As Uhura, she collaborated with Shatner in what many think as the first interracial kiss on American T.V. history.

Nichols once resigned from Star Trek to focus on her singing career. However, Dr. Martin Luther King had to convince her to retain her role as the only black woman in a command position in the film at that time. She says she was motivated by Dr. King’s word and swore to stay for as long as it would take.

Nichols would later inspire other black achievers like Whoopi Goldberg , and other white women she admits had a different view on race after her role on Star Trek .

Her replacement, Zoe Saldana, also admitted to being inspired by playing Nichols’s role in the new film.

George Takei as Sulu

Takei has featured recurrently as Masi Oka’s father on Heroes and as Howard Stern’s SIRIUS Radio announcer. His recent work involves lobbying for the legalization of gay marriages.

Takei came public in 2005 as gay and has continued to advocate for gay marriages for years. He even married Brad Altman before the state of California illegalized same-sex marriage.

Takei has recently turned to social media as his next stage. His Facebook page has more than ten million followers, while his Twitter account has attracted more than three million followers.

Additionally, Takei continues to act, with his role in Kubo and the Two Strings and Mulan , being the most recent. He has also featured in Supah Ninjas while keeping his role as an activist for the human rights campaign.

Takei thinks Star Trek has been relevant for those years because of its core values, innovative, and bold nature.

He admits to mentoring his replacement, John Cho.

Walter Koenig as Chekov

Koenig has had a recurring role on Babylon Five , where he features as Bester. Other works include a voice actor in Star Trek video games, writing, producing, and co-starring in the indie sci-fi film InAlienable.


Chekov was scripted as a Russian. However, Koenig was American Born and based his accent on his parents’ (Russian immigrants in the USA ) side. Koenig admitted in 2016 that he was considered for his role because he resembled teen idol Davy Jones. The director used him to attract young female viewers and even made him wear a Davy Jones-Esque wig for the first seven episodes of the series.

Koenig holds his involvement in Star Trek highly and has fond memories of the movie series and its casts. 

Koenig helped Anton Yelchin, his replacement, to adjust and adapt to his new role.

Deforest Kelley as Dr. McCoy and James Doohan as Scotty

Kelley passed away at age 79 in 1999 , becoming the first of the original Star Trek cast to die. Doohan would be the second at age 85 in 2005.

Shatner admits that Kelley was a true reflection of a “ gentleman and a good friend ” who’d be counted on at any time.

Accordingly, Takei remembers Doohan as a “ great buddy and an all-embracing person. ”

Other stars

  • Majel Barrett (as Nurse Christine Chapel) died in 2008 at age 76
  • Grace Lee Whitney (as Yeoman Janice Rand) died in 2015 at age 85

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The Original 'Star Trek' Cast: Where Are They Now?

For the last four decades, the original Enterprise crew has lived long and prospered

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On the heels of the hit film rebooting the classic Star Trek story, PEOPLE opens hailing frequencies with the classic cast of the original Trek : where they’ve boldly gone, what the Trek phenomenon means to them – and what they think of their new counterparts.

William Shatner (Capt. James T. Kirk) RECENT WORK: An Emmy-winning turn as Denny Crane on ABC’s Boston Legal ; hosts Shatner’s Raw Nerve talk show on Bio; 2008 memoir Up Til Now ; Priceline.com commercials.

NEXT UP: The documentary Gonzo Ballet , dance performances of six songs written with musician Ben Folds.

Shatner, 78, had one of the most the most visible post- Trek careers, but he still held out hope he’d play Kirk one more time in the new film, awaiting a call from director J.J. Abrams down to the last minute of editing. “I had my cell phone with me all the time,” he laughs. “But no. They opened the film without me.” He’s still open to reprising the role one day, but says wryly, “it’s in other people’s hands. It’s such an awkward and humiliating position be in!”

“I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity that it gave me, the doors that it opened and the career that I was able to have – and am able to have – as a result,” he says. “I don’t know where I would’ve been had it not been for Star Trek , but I certainly know where I am because it did happen. It’s been a very meaningful and joyful thing for me in my life.”

ON THE NEWBIE: “My impression of Chris Pine is that it’s perfect casting. He’s young and he’s handsome and he will be rich.”

Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) RECENT WORK: 2008’s The Full Body Project , a book of his nude photography; the new Star Trek film.

NEXT UP: A recurring role on J.J. Abrams’ Fox series Fringe ; a photo exhibit at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts in 2010.

BACK IN THE ACT: Nimoy announced his retirement from acting in 2003, but returned to Star Trek after J.J. Abrams reawakened his passion and “reminded me what it really could be.” Still, the 78-year-old actor admits that even after putting the ears back on, “it took a little while for me to get my bearings. What I enjoyed hearing later was that the young people were all intimidated by me. I said to them, ‘Look, when I was your age and at your stage in the business, and the older guy came on the set that had been around for 30 or 40 or 50 years, I was intimidated. Now it’s their turn!'”

He remains very close with co-star Shatner (“We finish each other’s sentences”) but despite their past, oft-maligned musical efforts, don’t expect a duet. “I don’t think I’d record an album with him,” he says. “I don’t think that either of us should record any more albums!”

ON THE NEWBIE: “Zachary Quinto and I watched some episodes. We wanted to get a sense of the flavor of what it was we were doing in the ’60s. But he’s found his own way to play Spock. I think he does it extremely well.”

Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) RECENT WORK: 2005’s Are We There Yet? ; recurring role on NBC’s Heroes .

NEXT UP: This Bitter Earth with Billy Dee Williams and Richard Roundtree.

Nichols, 76, recalls that the weekend after she resigned from Star Trek to pursue her singing career, Dr. Martin Luther King convinced her – as the only black woman in a command position on television at the time – to stay. “He said ‘You have established dreams for us and you cannot take that away. This is your destiny.’ I was nearly in tears.”

Her presence inspired future achievers like Whoopi Goldberg that black people had a place in the future, and reversed others’ racist beliefs. “I had young white men and women come to me and say, ‘Your being on Star Trek broke the binds that tied me to hatred – thinking I was superior, and knowing within I was not. I wanted to be something better.’ When that comes at you, it changes your heart.”

ON THE NEWBIE: When Abrams sneaked her onto the set, Nichols says Zoe Saldana “just lost it. We sat there for about two hours and talked and talked. She said ‘I knew I could be anything I wanted to be when I saw you.’ I said ‘No one else could have been cast but you.'”

George Takei (Sulu) RECENT WORK: Recurring role as Masi Oka’s father on Heroes ; Howard Stern’s SIRIUS Radio announcer.

NEXT UP: Narration for symphony orchestra recordings; lobbying for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Along with steady roles, Takei’s been in the public eye since announcing in 2005 that he’s gay and marrying longtime partner Brad Altman last year – just before California banned same-sex marriage. “Our marriage is [legally] solid,” he says. “But we’re concerned about others and the basic idea of equality. I’m absolutely confident that our Supreme Court will throw out Proposition 8.”

Takei, 72, says Star Trek has endured because “the core values are still pertinent and relevant. It tantalizes you to imagine what else is going to come about in the future. To be inventive, to be innovative and to boldly go where no one has gone before – that phrase really sums up the point.”

ON THE NEWBIE: “John Cho had heard many exaggerated stories about fans. I assured him ‘Yes, we have very intense and very loyal fans, but they are just as diverse as the cast of Star Trek . So enjoy it. You’re going to have a great time. I’m absolutely confident that Sulu’s in good hands.’ ”

Walter Koenig (Chekov) RECENT WORK: Recurring role as Bester on Babylon Five ; voice actor in Star Trek video games.

NEXT UP: Wrote, produced and co-stars in the indie sci-fi film InAlienable .

“I was very lucky to be awarded that role,” says Koenig, 72. “With Star Trek you could always find something to respect and feel good about in the stories that we were telling. I’m pleased that if I had to be identified so thoroughly with anything, Star Trek certainly would be one of my top choices.”

Not everyone fell under Trek ‘s sway. Koenig recalls when he and James Doohan appeared at a video store opening in North Carolina: “We had been talked into appearing in our uniforms – the ONLY time that I allowed myself to get talked into doing that. We were waiting in the hotel lobby and a woman who had just checked in came over and said, ‘Y’all mind taking my bags to the room now?’ ”

ON THE NEWBIE: “I just told Anton Yelchin to do it his way. And to invest his personal experience and the way he feels about life into the character. Make it his interpretation. These characters are not historical figures, they’re fictional concoctions.”

Deforest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) and James Doohan (Scotty) Kelley was the first of the classic cast to pass away, in 1999 at age 79, followed by Doohan, in 2005, at 85. Kelley was “the epitome of a Southern gentleman,” recalls Shatner, “a good friend upon whom you could count at any time.” Doohan, says Takei, “was a great buddy. He wore his emotions on his sleeves – plural – and was a great, embracing guy.”

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Who From The Cast Of 'Star Trek: The Original Series' Is Still Alive In 2021?

Sadly, a lot of the people that made the success of the original series possible are no longer on this Earth.

Star Trek might have come out over fifty years ago, but with the many movies and spin-offs, the franchise is still relevant, and its impact on popular culture cannot be ignored. The original series came out in 1966 and lasted for three seasons, winning several accolades and getting nominated to many important awards.

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Sadly, a lot of the people that made the success of the original series possible are no longer on this Earth. Most of them led remarkable lives, and their characters and their incredible talent will forever be in the hearts and minds of all the Star Trek fans. However, four of those outstanding actors are still with us, keeping the series' legacy alive.

7 William Shatner

William Shatner is most well-known for portraying Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series . He was one of the few members of the cast who already had been building a successful career as an actor before Star Trek blew up. He worked in a few important films in the fifties, did some theatre as a student, and even participated in a Broadway production.

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6 Shatner Continues To Be Successful

After the staggering success of the series, he continued to prove his talent with many other amazing projects, such as the 1974 movie Big Bad Mama and the series Barbary Coast . He also had a career as a writer and producer, so he's undoubtedly a man of many talents. Earlier this year, this incredible icon celebrated his 90th birthday. No matter how much time passes, fans will always remember him fondly as Captain Kirk.

5 Nichelle Nichols

Nyota Uhura was a translator and communications officer in Star Trek , portrayed by the great Nichelle Nichols, and she was quite a groundbreaking character in the 1960s since she was one of the first black women with lead roles in American TV. Nichelle was always aware of the impact her participation in Star Trek made, so she had made good use of her influence.

4 Nichols Fought To Make NASA More Inclusive Of Minorities

For many years, she volunteered at NASA to help the agency become more inclusive of minorities.

"There were no women, and there were no minorities in the space program -- and that's supposed to represent the whole country?" Nichelle said about it . "Not in this day and age. We just absolutely cannot have that. I can't be a part of that." Her strategy to change that was foolproof. "I am going to bring you so many qualified women and minority astronaut applicants for this position that if you don't choose one ... everybody in the newspapers across the country will know about it. Science is not a boy's game, it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going."

In 1994, she released her autobiography, Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories , where she shared her experiences on the show and stories about her career in general.

3 George Takei

Most people will remember George Takei for his unforgettable portrayal of Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise. He started his career in the '50s as a voiceover actor, and some of his credits include Rodan and Godzilla Raids Again , but Star Trek was what made him into the superstar that he is right now. While acting was always a passion of his, he prefers using his platform for his activism. In the early 2000s, he came out as gay, and has since become a spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ community. He wishes he could have spoken out sooner, especially having experienced the Stonewall riots.

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2 Takei Has Also Made A Huge Impact On Hollywood

"I saw these young men and women campaigning for what was called gay liberation, and giving up everything — their jobs, careers and families — to campaign for equality for us. It was very difficult for me," he shared . "Here I was campaigning for civil rights or the peace movement during the Vietnam War, but I was silent on the one issue that was organic to me, that was very personal. During that period I was weighted down by that sense of guilt and not participating."

Of course, his wishes to have done more are understandable, but it was a very different time, and coming out was a big risk for him at the time. Even so, he has managed to make a difference, and his legacy will include so much more than just his accomplishments as an actor.

1 Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig rose to fame with his role as Pavel Chekov, but he had known for a long time that he was going to be a movie star. Even though it wasn't his initial career choice. He attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in Psychology, but he soon realized that wasn't what he wanted to do.

"I did finish with a degree in psychology at UCLA and took one drama course at the school simply as a diversion,” Walter explained . “As it turned out, I had a professor who was very enthusiastic about what he thought I might be able to contribute as an actor. It was really with his support and enthusiasm that … I went back to drama school as opposed to going to grad school, and when I did that, I sort of sealed my fate. I didn’t know that would be the case, but being in a school which was exclusively devoted to the arts was the best time I’ve ever had in an academic environment. Once I started on that path it was pretty much determined, sink or swim, that’s what was going to happen in my life."

After Star Trek, he appeared in the series Babylon 5 , did some theater work, and even went back to college , but this time as a professor, to teach acting and directing.

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The Original ‘Star Trek’ Cast: Where They’ve Boldly Gone, Then and Now

Follow the cast from television to movies, conventions, the Broadway stage and into outer space!

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The cast of the original Star Trek

You may have caught the classic sci-fi series Star Trek during its original run in the mid-1960s or, if not, then you caught it in reruns throughout the 1970s or ’80s. But whenever it was that you discovered the starship Enterprise and its crew, it seems pretty impossible to believe you could have imagined it still being part of the popular conversation nearly 60 years after it made its debut. Or , even more incredibly, that one of the Star Trek cast members would actually make his way into space.

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The original Star Trek series made … well, stars out of its cast, who must have been just as amazed as the audience to find their lives and careers intersecting repeatedly following the show’s cancellation in 1969. They first reunited for 1973 to 1974’s Saturday morning Star Trek: The Animated Series , and went on to appear in six movie adventures between 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture and 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .

What follows is a look at those beloved actors in the Star Trek cast between and beyond their journeys to the final frontier.

William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk

William Shatner Then and Now

Coming from a background that included acclaimed roles on stage ( The World of Suzie Wong, A Shot in the Dark ), screen ( The Brothers Karamazov, Judgment at Nuremberg) and television ( The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, For the People ), William Shatner was deemed the right man to captain the starship Enterprise and he did so brilliantly. But when the show ended in 1969, things weren’t so easy, and although he starred in the short-lived series The Barbary Coast , he had to pay the bills by participating on game shows, guest starring on different TV series, starring in low budget movies and appearing in TV and radio commercials.

A lifeline was thrown to him in the form of 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture , the success of which essentially relaunched his career.

The cast of Star Trek: The Motion PIcture

Not only would Shatner star in six other films in the franchise, but he was featured in the title role of the police drama T.J. Hooker (1982 to 1986), hosted Rescue 911 (1989 to 1996), produced and starred in the TekWar series (1994 to 1996) — based on his own science fiction book series under the same umbrella title — achieved critical acclaim and an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Denny Crane in Boston Legal (2004 to 2008), performed a one-man show on Broadway, narrated countless documentaries and TV specials, recorded albums, and authored a couple of dozen fiction and non-fiction books .

William Shatner and the crew of the Blue Origin NS-18.

Oh, and in 2021 he became the oldest person to go into space , doing so aboard the Blue Origin NS-18 . For fans of Star Trek it was a a thrill, but for Shatner himself the response was not one that would have expected.

“This was an immensely powerful awakening for me,” he said on stage at a convention. “It filled me with sadness. I realized that we had spent decades, if not centuries, being obsessed with looking away, with looking outside. I did my share in popularizing the idea that space was the final frontier. But I had to get to space to understand that Earth is and will stay our only home. And that we have been ravaging it, relentlessly, making it uninhabitable.”

Again, not what one would have expected.

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy then and now

Leonard Nimoy , who would have seemingly been the most typecast from Star Trek having played Mr. Spock, actually went on to the most successful career of all the cast members during the 10-year period between the end of the original series and the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture .

Leonard Nimoy

In 1969 he immediately shifted over to a co-starring role in the hit series Mission: Impossible for 49 episodes, playing make-up genius Paris. Following his departure in 1972, he played the lead in the national touring company of the musical Fiddler on the Roof , portrayed another “logical” character in the form of Sherlock Holmes, offered up his take on Vincent Van Gogh in the one-man show Vincent , and starred on Broadway in Equus . He made numerous appearances in episodic series and TV films, and narrated the syndicated show In Search of…

Catherine Hicks and Leonard Nimoy

On the big screen he reprised the role of Spock in six films featuring the original cast, and portrayed the character in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot as well as the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness , which would turn out to be his final filmed role. Earlier he segued into directing, doing so for Star Trek III (1984) and Star Trek IV (1986) before taking on Three Men and a Baby (1987), The Good Mother (1988), Funny About Love (1990) and Holy Matrimony (1994).

Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto

Between 1973 and 2002 he wrote seven books of poetry, two biographies — I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995) — and published three books of photography. Additionally, he recorded five albums between 1967’s Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space and 1970’s The New World of Leonard Nimoy .

Nimoy was married twice and had two children. He died on February 27, 2015 of complications from COPD at the age of 83.

DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy

DeForest Kelley then and now

In essence, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy served as the conscience to Captain Kirk aboard the Enterprise , and as such was perhaps the most humanistic of all the characters. There’s a bit of irony there in the sense that actor DeForest Kelley built his acting career on playing villains in Western films and TV shows. His post- Star Trek career was fairly limited, starring in the 1972 film Night of the Lepus , about a battle against giant killer bunnies, and he reprised the role of McCoy in six Star Trek features and the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation .

He married Carolyn Dowling in 1945 and was with her until his death on June 11, 1999 at age 79 of stomach cancer.

James Doohan as Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott

James Doohan then and now

Canadian born James Montgomery Doohan had, by his own estimation, appeared on 4,000 radio programs and 450 television shows before he played Scotty for the first time in the second Star Trek pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Like his co-stars, he brought the character to the big screen in six feature films, co-starring with Shatner and Walter Koenig in the seventh, Star Trek: Generations ; and also appearing in the “Relics” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation .

The Cast of Star Trek

Other film credits include Rock Hudson ‘s Pretty Maids All in a Row and Man in the Wilderness (both 1971), Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) and, in his final film role, Skinwalker: Curse of the Shaman (2005). He co-starred in the Saturday morning live action series Jason of Star Command (1978), and in seven episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful between 1996 and 1997.

Although there were other TV guest spots, he spent much of his time each year doing the convention circuit, which turned out to be fairly lucrative. He wrote his autobiography, Beam Me Up, Scotty: Star Trek’s “Scotty” in His Own Words ; and three entries in The Flight Engineer book series.

Married three times, he had a total of seven children. He died on July 20, 2005 of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 85.

Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura

Nichelle Nichols then and now

Trying to break through as a black actress in the 1960s was not an easy thing to do, but Nichelle Nichols continued to push, finding small roles in a few films between 1959’s Porgy and Bess and 1966’s Mister Buddwing .

On TV she could be seen in episodes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s The Lieutenant , Peyton Place and Tarzan before being hired to play Uhura. Although Nichols was planning on quitting the show after the first season, she was talked out of it by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , and remained with the franchise for much of her life. She played Uhura in six films as well as the fan-made production, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men .

Cast of Star Trek at the unveiling of the space shuttle Enterprise

Nichols impact as Uhura was such that NASA worked with her to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency, her recruitees including the first American female astronaut, Sally Ride; and the first black astronaut, United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford. “When I began,” the actress pointed out, “NASA had 1,500 applications. Six months later, they had 8,000. I like to think some of those were encouraged by me. The aim was to find qualified people among women and minorities, then to convince them that the opportunity was real and that it also was a duty, because this was historic. I really had this sense of purpose about it myself.”

Kyle Johnson and Nichelle Nichols Star Trek cast

In subsequent years, she provided her voice to a number of TV animated characters, including playing herself on Futurama and The Simpsons ; there was a recurring role on Heroes and the soap opera, The Young and the Restless ; and film parts in later years included The White Orchid and American Nightmares (both 2018) and Unbelievable!!!!! (2020). Additionally, she recorded three albums, penned her autobiography ( Beyond Uhura ) and wrote a pair of sci-fi novels, Saturn’s Child and Saturna’s Quest . Married twice, she has one son (Kyle Johnson). In 2015, Nichols suffered a minor stroke and, three years later, was diagnosed with dementia. She died of heart failure on July 30, 2022 at 89 .

George Takei as Sulu

George Takei then and now

George Takei — born Hosato Takei — certainly diversified following Star Trek . Not only did he make appearances on a variety of television series (including The Six Million Dollar Man, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Kung Fu ), but he co-wrote the 1979 science fiction/swashbuckler novel Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe and threw his hat into the Los Angeles political arena — and not for the last time.

George Takei  Star Trek cast

While Takei has been able to work fairly consistently in film and television — beyond the six Star Trek films he appeared in — he’s stayed busy with myriad projects, including the 2012 musical Allegiance , which explores his own experiences and research into the Japanese American internment of World War II.

George Takei

Prior to that, he co-wrote the graphic novel They Called Us Enemy , which focused on his family’s internment. In addition, he took on reality shows such as The Apprentice and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! . He wrote 1994’s To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei , and followed with two additional non-fiction tomes.

In 2005, he came out as gay and emphasized that he and partner Brad Altman had been, at that point, in a relationship for 18 years (the duo also became the first same-sex married couple in West Hollywood three years later). Since then he has been involved in quite a number of campaigns demanding equal rights for members of the LGBT community.

Walter Koenig as Chekov

Walter Koenig then and now Star Trek cast

Walter Koenig, like his costars, did his fair share of episodic television work following his two seasons as Chekov in the Star Trek cast, co-starred in the Gene Roddenberry television pilot, The Questor Tapes ; had a recurring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5 and reprised the role of Chekov in seven Star Trek films.

Additionally, he served as an acting teacher, directed plays, wrote novels and penned the scripts for such primetime television fare as Family and What Really Happened to the Class of ’65?. On top of that, there are the screenplays for I Wish I May, You’re Never Alone When You’re a Schizophenic and several one-act plays. His most recent film roles are Who is Martin Danzig? (2018) and Unbelievable!!!!! (2020).

Walter Koenig Star Trek cast

Koenig has written a trio of memoirs ( Warped Factors: A Neurotic’s Guide to the Universe , Chekov’s Enterprise and Beaming Up and Getting Off: Life Before and Beyond Star Trek ), the sci-fi novel Buck Alice and the Actor-Rabbit , and the comics Raver and Walter Koenig’s Things to Come . He was married to Judy Levitt from 1965 until her death in in 2022. They have two children.

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"Star Trek": These original cast members are still alive after Uhura’s death

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“Star Trek” These original cast members are still alive after Uhura’s death

The main cast of the original series “Starship Enterprise”.

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With Nichelle Nichols, another “Starship Enterprise” star has now died. Only three cast members from the original “Star Trek” series are still alive.

With Nichelle Nichols (1932-2022), a “Star Trek” actress of the first hour died on Saturday (07/30). Known in “Spaceship Enterprise” (in the US fan scene as “Original Series”), she embodied Lieutenant Uhura from 1966 to 1969. With Spock actor Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015), “Pille” DeForest Kelley (1920-1999) or “Scotty” James Doohan (1920-2005), several leading actors have already died. Thankfully, other cast members from the original series are still with us.

William Shatner

“Captian Kirk” mime William Shatner is still extremely active at 91. In October 2021, the “Star Trek” main actor flew into space as a space tourist – as the oldest person in orbit to date. Shatner is currently mainly on the road as a presenter on TV. Since 2019 he has been tracking inexplicable phenomena in “The UnXplained”. Until recently, Shatner presented the space show “I Don’t Understand” on RT America. In protest against the war in Ukraine, however, the Canadian quit his engagement with the American branch of the Russian state broadcaster Russia Today in February 2022.

George Takei

The American with Japanese roots played the helmsman Hikaru Sulu in “Spaceship Enterprise”. Takei (85) is still active as an actor today. In 2019 he appeared in the second season of the series “The Terror”. It is about Japanese who were interned in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Takei experienced this himself as a child. The actor only came out as homosexual in 2005. He is an active advocate for gay rights and against racism on social media.

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig (85) is the third surviving leading actor in the group. The son of a Russian family who emigrated to the United States played the navigator Pavel Andreievich Chekov. Like colleague Takei (at whose marriage he was best man to Brad Altman), Koenig is still active as an actor. In 2020 he appeared in the “Star Trek” parody “Unbelievable!!!!!” on. Koenig also writes books, comics and plays.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The cast of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' 36 years later

  • "Star Trek: The Next Generation" ("TNG") aired from 1987 to 1994.
  • It was the first live-action "Star Trek" show since the original series ended in 1969.
  • The cast will reunite for the final season of "Star Trek: Picard," which premieres February 16.

The captain of the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, was played by Sir Patrick Stewart for all seven seasons.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Stewart got his start as a theater actor and was a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 to 1982. He then had various roles on British TV series until he was cast as the newest captain of the USS Enterprise in 1987 for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," kicking off decades of debates on who the superior captain is .

Arguably, "TNG" would never have been as successful as it was without the grounding presence of Stewart and his Shakespearean sensibilities. Some of the best episodes and arcs in "Trek" history come down to Stewart's performance, such as the iconic Locutus storyline and its aftermath in "Family," or classic episodes like "The Measure of a Man" and "The Inner Light."

He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in 1995. He won a Grammy in 1996 for best spoken word album for children for his reading of "Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf."

Stewart, 82, will conclude Picard's story in 2023 after three seasons of "Star Trek: Picard" on Paramount+.

original star trek cast who is still alive

By the time "TNG" wrapped up in 1994, Stewart had already  solidified his place in the hearts of nerds everywhere. He'd go on to star in four more "Trek" movies — "Generations" in 1994, "First Contact" in 1996, "Insurrection" in 1998, and "Nemesis" in 2002 — but that wasn't his last iconic role.

In 2000, he starred as the iconic Professor Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, in "X-Men." He reprised the role in 2003's "X2," 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand," 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," 2013's "The Wolverine," 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and 2017's "Logan" — the latter of which got him some Oscar buzz . He reprised the role in 2022's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."

Stewart was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 for services to drama.

He's played various other roles throughout his decades-long career, returned to the stage many times, and secured a Tony nomination in 2008 for his performance in "Macbeth." But Picard wasn't done with him yet.

In 2018, it was announced that Stewart would be returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for a series on CBS All Access (now Paramount+) following the former captain 30 years after the events of "Nemesis." "Star Trek: Picard" premiered in 2020. The third and final season will premiere on February 16.

Commander William T. Riker, Picard's right-hand man and first officer, was played by Jonathan Frakes.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Riker was more of the classic "Trek" rogue, similar in some ways to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, namely, his penchant for getting into trouble and getting women across the galaxy to fall in love with him. But he was also a trusted colleague and friend to Picard across seven seasons and four movies. Picking up Riker from Farpoint Station is actually one of the crew's first missions in the pilot.

Before "TNG," Frakes had appeared in various episodes of '70s and '80s shows like "Charlie's Angels," "The Twilight Zone," "Hill Street Blues," and more. But he quickly became best known for "Trek."

Like Shatner and Leonard Nimoy before him, Frakes also became interested in directing, and he was behind the camera for eight episodes of "TNG," as well as episodes of spin-offs "Deep Space Nine," and "Voyager." He also directed films "First Contact" and "Insurrection."

Frakes, 70, has appeared in "Picard" and "Lower Decks." He's also a successful director.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Soon after "TNG" wrapped up, Frakes began hosting the series "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction?" from 1998 to 2002. A compilation clip of him saying things are false/fiction has since become a meme .

Frakes reprised his role as Riker in episodes of "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager" in the '90s, the series finale of "Star Trek: Enterprise" in 2005, two episodes of "Star Trek: Picard" in 2020, and three episodes of "Star Trek: Lower Decks" in 2020 and 2021.

Over the last two decades, he's directed over 70 episodes of television, including shows like "Roswell," "Castle," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The Librarians," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Seth MacFarlane's loving "Trek" homage "The Orville," and, of course, the new "Trek" shows like "Star Trek: Discovery" and "Picard."

Like the rest of the original "TNG" crew, Frakes has joined the cast of "Picard" for season three.

Marina Sirtis played Deanna Troi, the ship's counselor and an empath.

original star trek cast who is still alive

In some ways, Troi was like the exact opposite of Spock, a character from the original "Trek" who operated solely from a place of logic. Instead, Troi was a half-human, half-betazoid, which made her an empath (able to telepathically sense people's feelings and emotions). Her place on the ship was to counsel the captain and other members of the crew.

Notably, Troi and Riker were in a relationship before the events of the show, and they eventually get married during the movie "Nemesis," before moving to the USS Titan, where Riker would finally become captain.

Her mother, Lwaxana Troi, was a beloved "Trek" side character played by Majel Barrett, "Trek" creator Gene Rodenberry's wife and "Original Series" cast member. Barrett also played Christine Chapel.

Before "TNG," Sirtis had appeared in bit parts in films and was mainly doing theater in her native UK.

Sirtis, 67, reprised the role for one episode of "Picard" with her on-screen husband, Riker.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Sirtis appeared in all four "TNG" films," and she also reprised her role as Troi in "Voyager," "Enterprise," "Picard," and "Lower Decks." She also appeared in an episode of "The Orville."

She's steadily worked in TV over the last two decades, appearing in shows like "Without a Trace," "Make It or Break It," "Grey's Anatomy," "NCIS," and "Scandal."

Sirtis has also had a steady voice-acting career, lending her voice to "Gargoyles," "Adventure Time," and perhaps most famously, as Queen Bee in "Young Justice."

Sirtis will don her Starfleet uniform yet again in 2023 for the final season of "Picard."

LeVar Burton played the engineering genius Geordi La Forge.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Besides Stewart, Burton was easily the most well-known member of the cast. Ten years prior, he had played Kunta Kinte in the 1977 ABC miniseries "Roots," which was nominated for 37 Emmy Awards, winning nine, including a nomination for Burton . The series finale is still the second most-watched series finale of all time, garnering at least 110 million viewers. He reprised the role in the 1988 TV film "Roots: The Gift."

When he was cast as La Forge, the chief engineering officer who happened to be blind — a big step forward in disability representation at the time — Burton had already been hosting "Reading Rainbow" on PBS since 1983. "Reading Rainbow," which Burton produced, won a Peabody Award and 12 Daytime Emmys.

From 1990 to 1996, Burton also voiced Kwame on "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" for over 100 episodes. In 1999, he directed the Disney Channel Original Movie classic "Smart House."

Burton, 66, was recently at the center of a campaign to take over as the new host of "Jeopardy!"

original star trek cast who is still alive

Like the rest of the main cast, Burton appeared in "TNG's" four feature films . He also appeared as La Forge in an episode of "Voyager."

He will reprise his role for the first time on TV since 1998 during the third and final season of "Picard" — and he'll be joined by his daughter, Mica Burton, who will play La Forge's daughter Alandra, an ensign in Starfleet.

Burton has had a successful career in Hollywood since, appearing as Martin Luther King Jr. in 2001's "Ali," playing himself in iconic appearances on both "Community" and "The Big Bang Theory," and hosting "Reading Rainbow" until its end in 2006.

Like Frakes, Burton is also a successful TV director. He's directed numerous episodes of "Star Trek" and its spin-offs, as well as episodes of "Charmed," "JAG," and "NCIS: New Orleans." He made his movie directorial debut in 2008 with "Reach for Me," starring Seymour Cassel.

After the death of Alex Trebek in 2020 , fans began campaigning for Burton to take over as the new host of "Jeopardy!" Almost 300,000 fans have signed a petition to that effect. However, after a brief stint as guest host, Burton said he wouldn't be interested in taking over as the permanent host.

In October 2021, he was named next year's grand marshal of the Rose Bowl Parade.

Gates McFadden played the chief medical officer Dr. Beverly Crusher for six seasons — she was replaced briefly in season two.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Dr. Crusher was introduced as the chief medical officer of the Enterprise with a long relationship with Picard — her late husband, Jack, and Picard were close friends, and Picard even brought back Jack's body after death.

However, as the show progressed, Dr. Crusher and Picard's relationship evolved into love and they even got married (and divorced) in an alternate timeline. We want to see Beverly in "Picard," please — and it seems like we're finally getting our wish.

After the first season, McFadden was written out of the show due to issues with head writer Maurice Hurley and replaced with Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Katherine Pulaski. Muldaur's character did not gel with the rest of the cast, and McFadden was subsequently brought back for season three (and Hurley was ultimately replaced with Michael Piller).

Before "TNG," McFadden was a choreographer and a puppeteer involved with the Jim Henson Company, in addition to her career as an actress . She appeared in and choreographed 1984's "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and choreographed "Labyrinth" in 1986 . McFadden directed an episode of "TNG" in 1994.

McFadden, 73, has appeared in episodes of shows like "Franklin & Bash," "NCIS," and "The Practice."

original star trek cast who is still alive

McFadden appeared in all four "TNG" films , though she didn't have a huge role in them, considering how her relationship with Picard was left in the series finale. She even joked during a screening of the season three premiere of "Picard" that she didn't remember being in the films.

Hopefully, their bond will be addressed in season three of "Picard," which McFadden will return for, especially since season two of "Picard" seems very concerned with the lack of love in his life.

Since the end of the films in 2002, McFadden has mainly appeared on TV. She was in four episodes of "Franklin & Bash," an episode of "NCIS," and a TV movie called "A Neighbor's Deception." She was also in a 2009 holiday rom-com called "Make the Yuletide Gay."

Michael Dorn played Worf, the first Klingon in "Trek" history to be a main character.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Worf was the first Klingon to be a main character in "Star Trek" — in three of the original films, Klingons were, if not the main antagonists, one of the secondary foes.

By the events of "TNG," Dorn's character Worf had enlisted in Star Fleet and slowly became one of the series' best and most beloved characters, as well as the chief security officer. He went on to star on "Deep Space Nine" for four seasons, from 1995 to 1999.

Before the show, Dorn had appeared in shows such as "CHiPS," "Knots Landing," and "Days of Our Lives."

Dorn, 70, has been in more episodes of "Star Trek" than any other actor. He'll add to his lead by appearing in "Picard."

original star trek cast who is still alive

Overall, Dorn played Worf for 277 episodes and four films, making more appearances than any other actor in "Trek" history. The character was so popular that there were even talks to continue his story in his own show, called "Star Trek: Captain Worf" in 2012, though they never came to fruition.

He'll continue his reign, as Dorn was announced with the rest of the cast of "TNG" to be returning to "Trek" in season three of "Picard."

Besides acting in "Star Trek," Dorn also directed three episodes of "Deep Space Nine," as well as an episode of "Enterprise."

Like many of his co-stars, Dorn has had a successful voice-acting career . He used his voice in "Dinosaurs," "Superman: The Animated Series," "I Am Weasel," "Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time," "Regular Show," and "Arrow," among others. Most recently, he voiced Battle Beast in "Invincible."

Dorn appeared in two of the "Santa Clause" movies as the Sandman, and he was also in "Ted 2." In real life, he's also an accomplished pilot.

Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher, Dr. Crusher's son and a controversial character.

original star trek cast who is still alive

Poor Wesley. It couldn't have been easy losing your dad at such an early age, only to be dragged onto a spaceship with the man who survived instead ... a man who pointedly hated kids to boot. But that was Wesley's plight, and it didn't make for a very enjoyable character. He was written off as a regular after season four, at which point he went to Starfleet Academy. Wesley reappeared in the final season for a send-off.

The year before Wheaton began appearing in "TNG," he starred in the classic '80s film "Stand by Me" alongside River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, and John Cusack, all future stars in the making.

Wheaton, 50, made a surprise cameo at the end of season two of "Picard."

original star trek cast who is still alive

As Wesley wasn't a  hugely  beloved character, he only appeared in one scene of one film , "Nemesis." He didn't even speak.

But Wheaton hasn't let the haters stop him from having a successful career. He's appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, and he hilariously played himself across 17 episodes of "The Big Bang Theory." He also had a recurring role on "Eureka," another recurring role on "Leverage," and a talk show on SyFy called "The Wil Wheaton Project."

Wheaton has also acted in many web series, including "Welcome to Night Vale." He's also had great success in voice acting, most recently voicing the Flash in "Teen Titans Go to the Movies."

He also hosted the web series "TableTop," in which he and guests play a game (like Settlers of Catan or Pandemic) each episode, which aired from 2012 to 2017.

Currently, he hosts "The Ready Room," the official "Star Trek" aftershow that features interviews with the cast and crew. He also made a brief, surprise appearance at the end of season two of "Picard."

Brent Spiner played Data, an android who was on a quest to become more human.

original star trek cast who is still alive

While most of the characters on "TNG" were almost entirely original, Data was clearly conceived as this show's version of Spock , another character who struggled with the concept of humanity.

However, as the show went on, Data solidified himself as his own character with his own fascinating backstory (Lore and Dr. Noonien Soong, anyone?) and a heartwarming desire to become human.

Before the series, Spiner enjoyed a successful career in theater , originating the role of Franz/Dennis in "Sunday in the Park with George" and starring as Aramis in "The Three Musketeers." He also appeared in six episodes of "Night Court."

In 1996, he appeared in the huge sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day."

They keep finding ways for Spiner, 74, to stay in the "Trek" universe, even 21 years after Data's death in "Star Trek: Nemesis."

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Spiner appeared in all four "TNG" movies . In fact, his character might have had the most complete arc, when you take in his sacrifice at the end of "Nemesis." He also played an ancestor of his character's creator, Dr. Arik Soong, in four episodes of "Enterprise's" fourth season.

In 2016, Spiner reprised his role as Dr. Brackish Okun in the sequel "Independence Day: Resurgence." Over the years he's appeared in dozens of TV shows, including "Friends," "Star Wars Rebels," "Ray Donovan," "The Goldbergs," and "Warehouse 13."

Spiner has also voiced two iconic Batman villains. He played the Joker in an episode of "Young Justice," and he voiced the Riddler in "Justice League Action."

In 2020, Spiner reprised his role as Data in "Picard," appearing as the character in dream sequences and as a virtual consciousness throughout the first season.

He also appeared as a descendant of his creator, Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, and as a similar android named B-4 who was originally introduced in "Nemesis." In season two, he played another one of Noonien Soong's ancestors, Adam Soong.

Spiner was announced, like the rest of the cast , to be part of "Picard's" third season, this time playing Data's evil "brother," Lore.

Denise Crosby only starred in one season of "TNG" as Natasha Yar.

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Yar's death was one of the biggest shocks of "TNG" and proved this wasn't going to be like the original show — deaths weren't just reserved for "red shirts" here. No one was safe.

In actuality, Crosby asked to be written off the show , as she "was miserable. I couldn't wait to get off that show. I was dying." And so, her character was killed in the season one episode "Skin of Evil" by a malevolent tar-like creature. Yar would reappear two more times, in a season three episode called "Yesterday's Enterprise" (an all-timer), and the series finale.

Crosby also appeared in three episodes as a character called Sela, a future half-Romulan daughter of Yar's from an alternate timeline.

Before the show, Crosby, the granddaughter of Bing Crosby, had appeared in films like "48 Hrs.," "Pet Sematary," two "Pink Panther" films, and multiple episodes of "Days of Our Lives."

Crosby, 65, recently appeared in a few episodes of "General Hospital."

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Crosby didn't appear as Yar in any of the "TNG" films, but that doesn't mean she's totally stayed away from "Trek." She produced and presented a 1997 documentary about "Trek" fandom called "Trekkies," and its 2004 sequel "Trekkies 2." As of 2017, there were plans for a third installment.

She's also appeared in multiple direct-to-video movies , in addition to her roles in "Southland," "Ray Donovan," "The Walking Dead," "Suits," "Creepshow," and most recently "NCIS" and "General Hospital."

Colm Meaney had a recurring role as the transporter chief Miles O'Brien.

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Meaney appeared in over 50 episodes of "TNG" as O'Brien before he switched over to "Deep Space Nine," which he starred on from 1993 to 1999. His character got much more to do on the spin-off, though he did get married in a season four episode called "Data's Day," and he eventually had a child in the season five episode "Disaster."

During his run on "TNG," Meaney also appeared in a 1993 film called "The Snapper." He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. 

Meaney, 69, continued to play O'Brien in "Deep Space Nine" through 1999.

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After wrapping up his role in "Deep Space Nine," Meaney went on to be nominated for a Gemini Award in 2002 for his role in Canadian series "Random Passage." He also appeared in three episodes of "Stargate Atlantis," the miniseries "Alice," two episodes of "Men in Trees," and more.

Meaney was also nominated for a Saturn Award in 2013 for his role in "Hell on Wheels," appeared in 10 episodes of "Will" and in British series "Gangs of London" and "The Singapore Grip."

In 2021, he appeared in the 15th season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as the father of Charlie Day's character.

He's had success on the big screen, as well. He was nominated for the Irish Film and Television Award for best actor in 2007 for "Kings," and he has been in other films like "Law Abiding Citizen," "Get Him to the Greek," "Tolkien," "Seberg," and "Pixie."

He recently starred in "The Serpent Queen" as King Francis I on Starz.

Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for "Ghost" as she was recurring on "TNG" as Guinan, an alien bartender who was hundreds of years old.

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Goldberg had already been nominated for an Oscar (for "The Color Purple" in 1985) and had won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 1985 (Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording), and had been nominated for an Emmy  for her performance on "Moonlighting" in 1986, when she was asked if she wanted to appear in "TNG" as Guinan, an alien bartender in the ship's lounge who acted as a sounding board for many characters.

She actually asked to be on the show due to her "Trek" fandom, which stemmed from seeing Uhura, a Black woman, in a position of power in the first "Star Trek" series. Goldberg appeared in 28 episodes across seven seasons.

At the same time, Goldberg was becoming a true A-lister. In 1990, she starred in "Ghost," which eventually won her an Oscar. In 1992, she starred in the classic "Sister Act" and its sequel the following year.

Goldberg, 67, accepted a personal invitation from Stewart during "The View" to return as Guinan in season two of "Picard."

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Goldberg appeared in two of the "Next Generation" films, "Generations" and "Nemesis." During that time, she also appeared in films like "The Lion King," "Girl, Interrupted," "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella," and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

In 2002, Goldberg secured her Tony Award win for producing "Thoroughly Modern Millie." That same year, she completed her EGOT by winning an Emmy for outstanding special class series. She's also hosted multiple award shows, including the Tonys and the Oscars. 

Goldberg has consistently acted in both TV and movies in the 2000s, appearing in "Glee," "The Middle," "Toy Story 3," "Nobody's Fool," and more.

Since 2007, Goldberg has hosted "The View," which won her her second Emmy — she won outstanding entertainment talk show host at the 2009 Daytime Emmys.

During an appearance on "The View," none other than Patrick Stewart extended an invitation to Goldberg to reprise her role as Guinan during season two of "Picard," which she emotionally accepted.

Both Goldberg's version  and  a younger version played by Ito Aghayere of Guinan appeared during the show.

John de Lancie played Q, a mischievous, omnipotent being throughout all seven seasons of "TNG."

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In many ways, it would've been impossible to bring back Picard without bringing back Q. The Enterprise's captain meets Q in the very first episode of "TNG," and for almost every season after he pops back in to check in on the crew (and usually antagonize them a little bit). "TNG's" highly lauded series finale is also a Q episode, with Q attempting to conclude the trial of humanity he began in the first episode.

John de Lancie played Q in eight episodes of "TNG," along with one episode of "Deep Space Nine" and three episodes of "Voyager."

Throughout the '80s and '90s, de Lancie also appeared in "Days of Our Lives," "Trial and Error," and had small roles in films like "The Fisher King" and "Multiplicity."

De Lancie, 74, returned for season two of "Picard."

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De Lancie has continued to work frequently on TV, with arcs in shows like "Breaking Bad," "Charmed," "The Librarians," "The Secret Circle," and more.

The actor returned to the "Trek" universe to play Q once again on the first season of the animated series "Lower Decks" in 2020. Two years later, it was revealed that Q would play a major part in season two of "Picard" since, as Q would later say in the season, " even gods have favorites ."

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Original Star Trek Actors Still Alive – Learn Stuff

The original Star Trek television series was on the air from 1966-1969, which was a long time ago. No one knew it back then, but those first 80 episodes would spawn TV shows and movies for the next 55 years and beyond. Believe it or not, there are still some famous actors that appeared in TOS that are alive today. Let’s see who is still around.

Fred Williamson

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Fred Williamson is famous for all kinds of reasons. Back in the day, he played in the NFL for the Steelers before switching to the Raiders and Chiefs in the AFL. Among many television and film roles, he played Anka in the 1969 episode “The Cloud Miners”.

Fred was born in Gary, Indiana in 1938 and is 83 years old today.

Phil Morris

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He may be the least-famous actor on this list, but Phil Morris was on Star Trek a lot over the decades. Originally in the first series as an uncredited child, he played “boy in army helmet” in the 1966 episode “Miri”. Morris would later appear in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , as a Klingon and Jem’Hadar on Deep Space Nine , and as Lieutenant John Kelly on Voyager.

Since he was only a child in the 60’s, Phil Morris easily makes this list. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1959 and is currently 62 years old.

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Lee Merriwether, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway have all portrayed Catwoman, and Julie Newmar played the role in 13 episodes of the Batman TV series in the 60’s. Newmar was also in the original Star Trek as Eleen in “Friday’s Child” back in 1967.

Born Julia Chalene Newmeyer in Los Angeles in either 1932 or 1933, today she would be either 88 or 89 years of age.

I just learned that she is 5’11’…wow.

Clint Howard

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It’s no wonder Clint Howard makes this list (he’s also the youngest here) as he was only 7 years old when he appeared as Balok in “The Corbomite Maneuver”. His brother, and later famous director, Ron Howard was shooting The Andy Griffith Show at the same time.

Clint would continue his Star Trek credits as Grady in DS9’s “Past Tense, Part II” in 1995, and the Ferengi Muk in “Acquisition” on Enterprise in 2002. Fast-forward to 2018, and he would appear as an Orion in the Discovery episode “Will You Take My Hand?”.

To my knowledge, Clint Howard is the only actor to play roles in both The Original Series and Discovery . He was born in Burbank, California in 1959 and is 62 years old now.

Joan Collins

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Joan Collins just won’t quit. I’ve seen her acting as recently as the 8th season of American Horror Story . Collins played Captain Kirk’s ill-fated love interest Edith Keeler in 1967’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”.

She was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Born in London in 1933, Joan Collins is 88 years old today.

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig portrayed Pavel Chekov in 36 episodes from 1967-1969 as well as seven feature films (including the crossover Generations ) and several video games.

Born in Chicago (no, he is not Russian) in 1936, Koenig is 85 years old today. It may be hard to believe, but Chekov wasn’t the youngest of the original cast.

George Takei

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The title of “Youngest Original Cast Member” goes to George Takei. He played Hikaru Sulu on 52 episodes from 1966-1969, six feature films, many video games, 22 episodes of The Animated Series in the 70’s, and Voyager ‘s 1996 episode “Flashback”.

Born Hosato Takei in Los Angeles in 1937, he lived in interment camps during WWII – which sucks. 84 years old today, George Takei is a proponent of LGBT rights and Japanese-American relations.

Nichelle Nichols

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Nichelle Nichols has been credited as Nyota Uhura as recently as Star Trek First Frontier in 2020. She’s played that role in 69 episodes from 1966-1969, 22 episodes of The Animated Series , six feature films and several video games.

Back in the 60’s, it was almost unheard of for a black woman to have a prominent role on a television series. She is also credited with the first interracial television kiss with Captain Kirk in the 1968 episode “Plato’s Stepchildren”.

Born in Robbins, Illinois as Grace Dell Nichols in 1932, she is now 89.

UPDATE: Nichelle Nichols passed away on July 30th, 2022.

William Shatner

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Yes, Captain Kirk is still around. In fact he recently got back from a trip on Blue Origin in October 2021, becoming the oldest human to go to space.

William Shatner boldly went were no man one had gone before as Captain James Tiberius Kirk in 79 episodes from 1966-1969, replacing Jeffrey Hunter’s Captain Christopher Pike in the pilot. He was also Captain Kirk in 22 episodes of The Animated Series , seven feature films and numerous video games.

Like Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols, Shatner never made a cameo appearance in any of the later ‘Trek series or movies. His career was very prolific after Star Trek, with major roles in T.J. Hooker, The Practice and Boston Legal, as well as countless television and film roles.

William Shatner was born in 1931 in Montreal (yeah, he’s Canadian) and is 90 years old today.

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The Only Actors Still Alive From The Main Cast Of A Clockwork Orange

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Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"  is one of the best sci-fi movies of all time and a chilling look at violence and sociopolitical issues in a dystopian, crime-addled Britain. The film tells its story through a ruthless youngster called Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell), a lover of ultraviolence and classical music and a leader of a small band of delinquent Droogs. After his flippant attitude and criminal ways catch up with him, Alex becomes a test subject in a psychological conditioning system known as the Ludovico Technique and ends up a pawn in a political game while constantly bumping into his past sins. 

Being a Kubrick film, "A Clockwork Orange" is an elaborately constructed movie that can withstand the test of time ... but it also premiered in 1971, which means that much of the film's cast has passed away. Here's a look at the only actors still alive from the main cast.

Malcolm McDowell (Alex DeLarge)

Just like in the movie, Alex DeLarge persists. The central character of "A Clockwork Orange" wasn't the magnetic Malcolm McDowell's first movie role, but it definitely put him on the map. McDowell has been acting steadily for decades, and he tends to take multiple roles per year. Some of his best-known roles since "A Clockwork Orange" include the titular role in Tinto Brass' controversial historical drama "Caligula," Soran in "Star Trek: Generations," and Dr. Samuel Loomis in Rob Zombie's "Halloween" movies. 

McDowell has stayed busy for quite a long time, but he personally finds it hard to remember the majority of his impressive résumé. "People stop me and say: 'Oh, we loved you in blah-blah' and I say: 'Sorry, that wasn't me,'" he told The Guardian . "And then they'll show me on their phone or show me the DVD cover and sure enough, there I am. And I have no memory of doing it at all."

Clive Francis (Joe the Lodger)

In "A Clockwork Orange," Clive Francis plays Joe, a man with impressive sideburns and an impeccable taste in knitwear. Alex's parents (Sheila Raynor and Philip Stone) take him in as a lodger during their son's much-publicized absence. When Alex returns and becomes incensed by his presence, the two have a brief face-off, and Joe quickly backs off when Alex unsuccessfully attempts to resort to violence.

Like Malcolm McDowell, Francis has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows and has remained active into the 2020s. In recent years, viewers may have spotted him on Netflix as Lord Salisbury on "The Crown," Pope Abel on "Cursed," and Rear-Admiral Wilkinson in "Official Secrets." He's also a highly prolific stage actor who has been getting theater roles since 1965. 

In other words, Francis is an actor with plenty of experience in the industry's ebb and flow, and in an interview with BroadwayWorld , he shared a few tips for people eager to enter the acting game. "Have faith," he said. "Never stop listening to those with experience. Be prepared to pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start all over again. But more important than anything, be nice!"

James Marcus (Georgie)

Apart from Alex, the most clever and ruthless Droog is James Marcus' Georgie, who challenges the protagonist's authority and ultimately betrays Alex with the other Droog underlings. Georgie and Dim (Warren Clarke) later return as police officers who brutalize their former gang leader after a chance encounter. 

Marcus continued acting after "A Clockwork Orange" and has appeared in over 60 movies and TV shows — usually as a guest star, but occasionally in a larger role. His longest tenures in a single role have been as Bert Bamford on the children's show "Grandad" and as Station Officer Tate on the firefighter drama "London's Burning." He also wrote and directed the 1989 crime thriller "Tank Malling," starring Ray Winstone. 

Apart from Marcus and McDowell, a third Droog actor is also still with us. Michael Tarn, who plays the comparatively minor role of background Droog Pete, was only 16 when the movie was filmed. He kept acting throughout the 1970s but has made only a small handful of screen appearances since then. His last role was in the 2002 crime film "Shooters." 


Star Trek: Prodigy Cast and Character Guide

Quick links, kate mulgrew is vice admiral kathryn janeway and hologram janeway, brett gray is dal r'el, cadet captain of the uss protostar, ella purnell is gwyndala, an impossible girl with a destiny, rylee alazraqui is rok-tahk, a child science whiz, jason mantzoukas is jankom pog, engineer with a unique way of speaking, angus imrie is zero, a non-corporeal being in a robot suit, jimmi simpson is the villainous dreadnok, jameela jamil is ascencia, the vindicator out of time, robert picardo is the doctor, a holographic starfleet veteran, robert beltran is captain chakotay, lost among the stars, john noble was the diviner, a once and future villain.

After being pulled from Paramount+, the brilliant animated series, Star Trek: Prodigy is now streaming on Netflix. The series follows a group of new alien characters from the Delta Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy after they find a lost Starfleet ship: the USS Protostar. The crew makes their way to the Alpha Quadrant -- in much less time than the USS Voyager did -- and Season 2 takes them on new adventures, boldly going where none of their species have ever gone before.

Because Star Trek is a nearly 60-year-old franchise, Prodigy is one of Paramount's most important shows. Not only is it a spiritual sequel to Star Trek: Voyager , but it is the only series in the third wave of shows specifically designed to appeal to new, younger fans of space, starships and weird aliens. With a collection of new and legacy characters, Star Trek: Prodigy makes this massive universe that much bigger.

Kathryn Janeway is the famous Starfleet captain who brought the USS Voyager home after seven years stranded in the Delta Quadrant. She also all-but defeated the Borg collective, with the help of a little time travel and self-sacrifice. Now an Admiral, Janeway searched for the USS Protostar, which was commanded by her former first officer, Chakotay, a man she may love. She was also the model for the holographic training program who led the rag-tag Protostar crew back to the Alpha Quadrant. A mother figure to the crew, she sacrificed herself to save them and Starfleet. Now the crew travels with the real Janeway to explore the galaxy and find Chakotay.

Kate Mulgrew was the second choice to play Janeway on Voyager , after Canadian actor Genvieve Bujold left the series on its second day of filming. As a Starfleet captain, her performance is the spiritual successor to James T. Kirk . Mulgrew played the character with equal parts compassion, curiosity and fierce loyalty to her crew. Mulgrew has a storied television and stage career, having most recently played Red on Orange is the New Black.

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Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Release Date 1995-01-16

Rating TV-PG

Number of Episodes 168

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Dal R'El is the leader of the rag-tag crew of outcasts who steal the USS Protostar to escape from a life of slavery under the Diviner. He wanted to be captain but didn't realize what that entailed. Over the course of Season 1, he learned the importance of command and realized his crew was the family he never had. As a genetically augmented being, with human DNA and many others, he is "crime" in the eyes of Starfleet. Yet, after Janeway argued for him, he was accepted into Starfleet Academy.

Brett Gray is a young actor who's appeared on a number of series in guest spots, like When They See Us , Chicago P.D. and Law & Order SVU . He's perhaps best known as Jamal Turner from all four seasons of On My Block . His role as Dal is one of his first voice acting credits.

Gwyndala is the daughter of the Diviner, a time traveler meant to save the Vau N'Akat species. He was not supposed to have a progeny, making Gwyndala a temporal anomaly. She was aware of his cruel and oppressive nature, and finally abandoned her father when he chose the USS Protostar over her on a planet that was trying to eat them both. As part of the crew, she wanted to join Starfleet, but after her father died at the hands of another of their species, she left Starfleet to try to save her people from extinction.

Ella Purnell is an English actor who began her career in a stage production of Oliver! when she was 10 years old. She's since gone on to appear in 25 films and television series. She appeared in Kick-Ass 2, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the Army of the Dead franchise and many others. She was most recently seen in Yellowjackets as Jackie. While Gwyn left the crew, she's almost certainly going to appear in Season 2 of Prodigy .

Rok-Tahk is a large, spiky creature that speaks in roars and growls. However, once the universal translator is active, she has a soft, child's voice. Originally picked to be security, Rok-Tahk's intelligence and curiosity made her perfect as a science officer. She is deeply caring, adopting Murf -- an unknown, indestructible lifeform -- as something between a pet and little brother. She is the heart and soul of the Protostar crew.

Daughter of actor Carlos Alazraqui (best known for Reno 911 ), Rylee is one of the youngest members of the Star Trek: Prodigy cast. In her burgeoning career, she has done mostly voice work, but has appeared in live-action roles in Stillwater , The Villains of Valley View and other small roles.

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Jankom Pog is the only member of an Alpha Quadrant species on the USS Protostar crew. He was on a Tellarite "sleeper ship," but was awakened during the flight to make a number of repairs on the ship. The unusual robotic assistant changed the way he spoke, making it so that he only referred to himself in the third person. He eventually had to leave the ship, ending up on the Diviner's planet until Dal recruited him to fix up the Protostar so that they could escape.

Jason Mantzoukas started his career as comedian with the Upright Citizens Brigade in the late 1990s, working under Amy Poehler. Since then, he's had a massive career appearing on film and television. He played a prominent role in John Wick 3 -- Parabellum . He's appeared on many television series, most notably FX's The League. He is also a part of the cast of Percy Jackson and the Olympians , playing Dionysus.

Originally introduced in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Is There No Truth In Beauty?", the Medusans are a non-corporeal species whose true form breaks the minds of those who see it. Zero was a fugitive prisoner on the Diviner's planet, living in a ramshackle robotic suit after being captured by the Kazon for the villainous Vau N'Akat leader. Zero helped Dal, Rok-Tahk and Jankom Pog escape the planet.

Angus Imrie is a British actor best known for another non-corporeal character, Josh Archer on the BBC Radio drama series The Archers . He's appeared in a number of stage, television and film productions, but Zero is arguably his most prominent role yet. He did act opposite Captain Picard himself, Patrick Stewart, in The Kid Who Would Be King . Imrie played young Merlin while Stewart played the older, wiser wizard.

Dreadnok is a sentient artificial lifeform in service to the Vau N'Akat time travelers. He is a war machine, sent to pursue the USS Protostar crew after they escaped with the ship in the series premiere. That Dreadnok was destroyed, but the Vindicator had her own version of the evil robot. The second Dreadnok escaped with Ascensia in the Season 1 finale of Star Trek: Prodigy , sure to strike at them again in Season 2.

Jimmi Simpson has been acting since 2000, mostly known for comedy. His breakout role came as Lyle the Intern on The Late Show With David Letterman , followed by Liam McPoyle on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia . His most prominent role was the younger version of the Man in Black from Westworld . He's a prolific voice actor as well. He's one of the few actors to be in both Star Trek and Star Wars , with his role in Star Wars: The Bad Batch as the sinister Dr. Royce Hemlock.

Posing as a Trill Starfleet officer, Ascencia was another Vau N'Akat sent back through time to destroy the Federation to save her people. She was responsible for restoring the Diviner, and she ultimately killed him in order to complete their mission. When it was clear the USS Protostar crew, specifically Gwyndala, were more than a match for her, she and Dreadnok escaped. She is still out there in space looking for a way to destroy Starfleet, which she blames for the extinction of her people.

Jameela Jamil has been in many high-profile roles after her breakout role on The Good Place . She played Titania in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law for Marvel, along with the voice of Wonder Woman in DC's League of Super-Pets . She has also done a lot of other voice acting, including recurring roles in Crossing Swords , Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and Mira, Royal Detective . While not confirmed for a return in Prodigy Season 2, she will almost certainly be back.

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Originally meant to be a recurring character, the holographic Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager became one of the show's most iconic characters. Originally designed for emergencies his program ran almost nonstop for seven years. Once he gained control of his own programming, he became sentient, even authoring a holo-novel. While he was supposed to eventually adopt the name "Zimmerman," the character was only known as the Doctor (like another 60-year-old sci-fi figure). He will return for Star Trek: Prodigy in Season 2 .

Robert Picardo is a venerated actor whose sheer charisma and humor helped the Doctor become a vital part of the USS Voyager Crew. He has played hundreds of roles over the years, and he maintains an active YouTube channel. Along with the Doctor, he is best known as the cheekily named Dr. Dick Richard in the 1980s series China Beach . He also played Ithamar Conkey in Dickinson , and Richard Woolsey on Stargate: Atlantis .

Chakotay was a Maquis captain -- Federation guerillas fighting an unsanctioned war against the Cardassians -- when he was sent to the Delta Quadrant in Star Trek: Voyager . Despite an ill-advised romance with Seven of Nine , Chakotay was long thought to be the man Captain Janeway was in love with. Star Trek: Prodigy does very little to debunk this idea. The captain of the Protostar, Chakotay was lost in time after encountering the Vau N'Akat.

Robert Beltran is a journeyman actor working on film and television since his first role in 1981's Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez and starring another famous sci-fi commander, Edward James Olmos. Beltran is best known for playing Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager , however. Often appearing in guest roles, he played recurring characters on 1994's Models Inc. and in Seasons 3 and 4 of HBO's Big Love .

The Diviner was sent back in time to destroy Starfleet because his people destroyed themselves after making first contact with Captain Chakotay and the Protostar. A cruel, heartless being, he was almost successful. It was only after he looked on Zero's true form that he began to change. He died protecting Gwyndala, but because of time travel, he's still alive out there somewhere, possibly one day returning.

John Noble is a legendary actor known for his roles in Fringe , The Lord of the Rings and many others. He appeared as himself and the voice of the Demon Mallus on one of the funniest seasons of Legends of Tomorrow . Despite his long and storied stage and film career, his role in genre shows and movies has made him beloved to many generations of geeks, nerds and other outcasts.

Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix, with Season 2 expected in early 2024.

Star Trek: Prodigy

A group of enslaved teenagers steal a derelict Starfleet vessel to escape and explore the galaxy.

Release Date 2021-10-28

Creator Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman

Cast Kate Mulgrew, John Noble, Jason Mantzoukas, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jimmi Simpson, Ella Purnell, Dee Bradley Baker

Main Genre Science Fiction

Genres Animation, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Rating TV-Y7

Franchise(s) Star Trek

Main Cast Kate Mulgrew, Rylee Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Ella Purnell, Jason Mantzoukas and John Noble

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Star trek: picard showrunner confirms no legacy spinoff despite "rich 25th century".

Despite myriad story possibilities for Star Trek's 25th century, Picard season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas confirms a Legacy spinoff is still in limbo.

  • There is no Star Trek: Legacy spinoff of Picard in development at Paramount+. The potential series remains stalled with no movement from Paramount.
  • Star Trek: Picard season 3 was a huge success, earning a 98% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and charting in the Nielsen Streaming Top 10.
  • The end-credits scene of Picard season 3 set up the voyages of the USS Enterprise-G crew, with Captain Seven of Nine leading the way as a full-fledged Star Trek lead character.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas confirms there is no Star Trek: Legacy spinoff of Picard in development at Paramount+ despite the richness and potential of Star Trek 's 25th century. The critically acclaimed Picard season 3 was a smashing success for the streamer, earning a 98% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes with episodes charting in the Nielsen Streaming Top 10. By reuniting the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and introducing new characters who became instant fan favorites, Star Trek: Picard season 3 perfectly honored the past while charting an exciting potential future.

The end of Star Trek: Picard season 3 set up the voyages of the next Next Generation in Star Trek 's 25th century. The USS Enterprise-G launched under the command of Captain Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), promoting the beloved former Borg heroine to full-fledged Star Trek lead character. In addition, the return of the omnipotent Q (John de Lancie) to torment Ensign Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers) passed the torch from Jack's father, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). The possibilities fo r Picard 's proposed spinoff, dubbed Star Trek: Legacy , are endless , but everything is stalled at the starting gate with no movement from Paramount toward making the series.

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Picard season 3 showrunner terry matalas confirms no star trek: legacy in development, paramount hasn't held talks about making star trek: legacy.

Prior to Star Trek: Picard sweeping the Saturn Awards, TrekMovie interviewed Picard season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas on the red carpet and asked about the status of Star Trek: Legacy . Matalas reiterated that there is no movement or discussions with Paramount about making a Star Trek: Legacy spinoff. Read his quote below:

First, there’s nothing to say [about Legacy ], I wish there was – but yeah, there’s a there’s quite a few storylines that we talked about from the beginning about where that would go. And it’s just such a rich opportunity... There’s not [been discussions with Paramount about making Star Trek: Legacy]. They have Star Trek that they are making and they only have so much money and streaming space. There’s currently not, but we’re looking forward to whatever the Star Trek universe brings… and never say never.

Star Trek on Paramount+ has two projects currently shooting and one in development. Lensing now in Toronto are Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 and Star Trek: Section 3 1, the first made-for-streaming on Paramount+ movie starring Academy Award-winner Michelle Yeoh. Meanwhile, a new young adult-themed TV series, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy , is in development with Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau as co-showrunners. Unfortunately, the common belief seems to be there won't be new Star Trek developed until these shows and movie are completed.

Star Trek fans online continue to advocate for Star Trek: Legacy, which is supported by Picard cast members like Todd Stashwick, Michelle Hurd, and Jeri Ryan.

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Ended With Lots Of Legacy Story Opportunities

Terry matalas is open to a star trek movie, but a legacy series is ideal.

Especially frustrating for Terry Matalas and Star Trek: Picard season 3's fans is the myriad story and character possibilities currently left on the table with no Star Trek: Legacy being made . Picard season 3 ended with the potential to continue the stories of the USS Enterprise-G crew, have Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members appear, and bring back fan favorites like Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick), who died during Picard season 3. Matalas explained what "Legacy" means to TrekMovie :

I call it “ Legacy” mostly because it was in the 25th century. Like the idea of people from Deep Space Nine coming in, and Raffi and Worf, and Raffi and Worf’s son Alexander. I could sit and – let’s get a dry-erase board and break it right now. There are just so many stories from that era.

Terry Matalas also addressed the possibility of Star Trek: Legacy becoming a movie like Star Trek: Section 31 , which was also originally planned to be a TV series before it was shifted into a feature film. But Matalas believes that a series suits the potential of Star Trek: Legacy best :

Look, anything is possible. We certainly wouldn’t be “Oh no, we aren’t going to do a movie.” For me, I would just need this crew, I would need this cast, and as long as that was a possibility, we would figure something out, yeah. A series is obviously ideal because there’s so many stories to tell. And the 25th century in general in Star Trek is such a rich thing.

As time passes, the possibility that Star Trek: Legacy can happen is jeopardized by the cast and crew, including Terry Matalas, potentially be moving on to new film and TV work. Thankfully, Star Trek: Picard season 3's cast and crew have continually reaffirmed their desire to make Star Trek: Legacy. Hopefully, everyone's timing and circumstances will still work out if Star Trek: Legacy does one day get a green light from Paramount.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 is available to stream on Paramount+.

Source: TrekMovie.com

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