Surprising Stars of "Star Trek" TV

by urbanemovies | created - 23 Jan 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

So many different actors and celebrities have appeared on one of the seven different TV incarnations of 'Star Trek", it is probably harder to find someone who didn't work on the show. Yet, it is still surprising to see the unexpected famous face: some were guest stars, some a first role and even others were not actors, but simply fans.

Which person are you most surprised appears on one of the seven major "Star Trek" television series?

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1. Kirsten Dunst

Actress | Spider-Man

Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, ...

2. Dwayne Johnson

Actor | Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California. He is the son of Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father, from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, is black (of Black ...

3. John Rhys-Davies

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to Mary Margaretta Phyllis (nee Jones), a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles in the...

4. Ashley Judd

Actress | Double Jeopardy

American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known ...

5. Famke Janssen

Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand

Famke was born in the Netherlands, where she began her professional career as a model. She later moved to the United States, where she has made her home since 1984. Initially settling in New York, she majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied acting with Harold Guskin. ...

6. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

7. Virginia Madsen

Actress | Sideways

One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen has since played a variety of roles that have cemented her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any part.

Virginia was born in Chicago, Illinois, and belongs to an acting family -- with her brother, Michael Madsen, also an ...

8. Sarah Silverman

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

Sarah Silverman was most recently the host of the two-time Emmy-nominated weekly topical series, I Love You America, which streamed on Hulu and also received a Writers Guild Awards nomination.

Silverman is currently working on a musical adaptation of her 2010 memoir and New York Times Bestseller ...

9. Teri Hatcher

Actress | Tomorrow Never Dies

Teri Hatcher is an American actress, writer, presenter, and former NFL cheerleader. She is known for her television roles, portraying Lois Lane on the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997), and as Susan Mayer on the television series Desperate Housewives (2004-2012), ...

10. Bebe Neuwirth

Actress | Cheers

Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, she started out as a dancer. Her New York career started out in "A Chorus Line". She won a Tony Award for her part in "Sweet Charity" and two Emmy ...

11. Kelsey Grammer

Actor | Cheers

A six-time Emmy Award winner, Kelsey Grammer was born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to Sally (Cranmer), a singer, and Frank Allen Grammer, Jr., a musician and restaurateur. He was raised in New Jersey and Florida. Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare and spent two years at ...

12. Jonathan Banks

Actor | Mudbound

Versatile veteran character actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington D.C in 1947. While growing up he always had an interest in acting and stage work, so decided to pursue a career in entertainment. To this day he is a very accomplished stage actor. While acting in film, he usually plays ...

13. James Cromwell

Actor | The Green Mile

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell is the son of film director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson. He studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon, and went into the theatre (like his parents) doing everything from ...

14. Jason Alexander

Actor | Seinfeld

Jason Greenspan adopted the stage name Jason Alexander while still in high school in New Jersey. He was soon appearing in Broadway plays and movies, then in the hit TV series, Seinfeld (1989), from 1990 to 1998. Alexander also directs and produces films.

15. Peter Weller

Actor | RoboCop

Peter Frederick Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Jean (Davidson) and Frederick Bradford Weller, a federal judge and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army. He traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he ...

John Fredrick Paxton in Enterprise (2001): Demons (2005) and Terra Prime (2005) episodes

16. Kurtwood Smith

Actor | RoboCop

Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for RoboCop (1987), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Deep Impact (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to ...

17. Vanessa Williams

Actress | Ugly Betty

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with...

18. Terry O'Quinn

Actor | Lost

Terrance Quinn (born July 15, 1952), known professionally as Terry O'Quinn, is an American actor. He played John Locke on the TV series Lost, the title role in The Stepfather and Stepfather II, and Peter Watts in Millennium, which ran for three seasons (1996-1999). He has also hosted Mysteries of ...

19. Abdullah II King Of Jordan

Self | 20 heures le journal

Abdullah II King Of Jordan was born on January 30, 1962 in Amman, Jordan as Abdullah bin al Hussein. He is an actor, known for 20 heures le journal (1981), Menschen und Mächte (1963) and The Situation Room (2005). He has been married to Queen Rania since June 10, 1993. They have four children.

Science Division Officer in Star Trek: Voyager (1995): Investigations (1996) episode

*King of Jordan

20. Dean Stockwell

Actor | Quantum Leap

Photogenic American child actor of the 1940s, popular due in no small measure to his air of innocence and his beautiful, cherubic face with its dimples and his sparkling eyes, topped with a crown of curls. Still an actor in demand while well into his middle years, he is one of the few juvenile ...

Colonel Grat in Enterprise (2001): Detained (2002) episode

21. Michael McKean

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

Michael McKean was born on October 17, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael John McKean. He is an actor, known for This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Better Call Saul (2015) and Clue (1985). He has been married to Annette O'Toole since March 20, 1999. He was previously married to Susan Russell.

22. Stephen Hawking

Actor | Star Trek: The Next Generation

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of ...

23. Iggy Pop

Soundtrack | Coffee and Cigarettes

Legendary Rock 'n' Roll wildman and substance abuser. Recorded a series of classic rock albums with The Stooges and later as a solo artist. Worked extensively with David Bowie.

24. Nikki Cox

Actress | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Born in Los Angeles on June 2, 1978, Cox expressed an interest in show business at age four. She was discovered by a prominent dance agent while taking dance classes, which led to her professional debut in the comedy film Mac and Me (1988). Dancing temporarily held center stage with appearances in ...

25. Frank Langella

Actor | Frost/Nixon

Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Angelina and Frank A. Langella, a business executive. He is of Italian descent.

A stage and screen actor of extreme versatility, Frank Langella won acclaim on the New York stage in "Seascape" and followed it up with the title role in the Edward Gorey...

26. Joan Collins

Actress | Dynasty

Joan Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England as Joan Henrietta Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Dynasty (1981), Empire of the Ants (1977) and Land of the Pharaohs (1955). She has been married to Percy Gibson since February 17, 2002. She was previously ...

Sister Edith Keeler in Star Trek (1966): The Original Series: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)

27. Andy Dick

Actor | Road Trip

Andy Dick was born on December 21, 1965 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA as Andrew Roane Dick. He is an actor and producer, known for Road Trip (2000), Reality Bites (1994) and Employee of the Month (2006). He was previously married to Ivone Kowalczyk.

28. Ed Begley Jr.

Actor | Pineapple Express

Ed Begley Jr. was born on September 16, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward James Begley Jr. He is an actor, known for Pineapple Express (2008), Whatever Works (2009) and A Mighty Wind (2003). He has been married to Rachelle Carson since August 23, 2000. They have one child. He was ...

29. Joe Piscopo

Actor | Johnny Dangerously

Joe Piscopo was cast on Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1980 as part of an overall replacement of the original cast. However his team of players was not up to par in comedy and was quickly replaced except for him and Eddie Murphy. Together they dominated the show for the next three years. Since then ...

30. Ronny Cox

Actor | Total Recall

Ronny Cox is a superbly talented actor, singer-songwriter and musician who has been consistently active in Hollywood for over 40 years portraying a diverse range of characters. Born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Cox received positive reviews in his first film role for his portrayal of ill-fated ...

31. John Tesh

Actor | Shocker

John Tesh was born on July 9, 1952 in Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA as John Frank Tesh. He is known for his work on Shocker (1989), Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002) and The Smurfs 2 (2013). He has been married to Connie Sellecca since April 4, 1992. They have one child. He was ...

Klingon Warrior in Star Trek: Voyager (1995): Future's End (1996)

* Composer

32. Mick Fleetwood

Actor | The Running Man

Mick Fleetwood was born on June 24, 1947 in Redruth, Cornwall, England as Michael John Kells Fleetwood. He was previously married to Lynn Frankel, Sara Recor and Jenny Boyd.

Antedian Dignitary in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987): Manhunt (1989)

* Rock Star

33. Gene Roddenberry

Writer | Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Eugene Wesley Roddenberry. He was a writer and producer, known for Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He was married to Majel Barrett and Eileen Anita Rexroat. He ...

Enterprise Chef in Star Trek (1966): The Original Series: Charlie X (1966) (voice only)

* Series creator and only Star Trek appearance

34. James Worthy

Actor | Star Trek: The Next Generation

James Worthy was born on February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina, USA as James Ager Worthy. He is an actor and producer, known for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), The Opera Game and Arli$$ (1996). He was previously married to Angela Wilder.

35. Mae C. Jemison

Actress | Star Trek: The Next Generation

Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama, USA as Mae Carol Jemison. She is known for her work on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Mars (2016) and No Gravity (2011).

Lieutenant Palmer in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987): Second Chances (1993)

*U.S. Astronaut (only person on Star Trek to have been in space)



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