Spanning twelve feature films and 726 episodes across 30 seasons of television, Star Trek has seen its fair share of actors come and go: some in leading roles and many in tiny un-named parts.
In case you didn’t know, here are some of the most famous people to ever take a guest spot on Star Trek…
1. Teri Hatcher, The Next Generation Season 2: The Outrageous Okona
When the Enterprise happens upon a ship in distress piloted by the handsome Han Solo-like Okona (The Killing and The Rocketeer’s Billy Campbell), Captain Picard invites him aboard to effect repair. Being a good-looking space rogue, it doesn’t take more than 30 seconds before he’s putting the moves on an un-named transporter officer played by… Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher!
2. Seth Macfarlane, Enterprise Season 4: Affliction
The Family Guy creator and star of A Million Ways to Die in the West actually appeared in two episode of Enterprise. But it wasn’t until this episode when his character gained the name ‘Ensign Rivers’.
Not to get all Heat Magazine on you but hasn’t he lost a lot of weight since then?
3. Kirsten Dunst, The Next Generation, Season 7: Dark Page
In 1993, an 11-year old Kirsten Dunst appeared in this episode of The Next Generation as Hedril, the prized pupil of Deanna Troi’s mother, Lwaxana. She appears in a few key scenes and is terribly cute throughout.
4. Kirstie Alley, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
Making a splash with her feature debut as Vulcan officer Lt Saavik, the future Look Who’s Talking star joins the crew of the Enterprise for their second film. Fearing typecast, Alley did not reprise the character and Saavik was played by actress Robin Curtis in The Search for Spock.
5. Iggy Pop, Deep Space Nine Season 6: The Magnificent Ferengi
You wouldn’t normally expect a rock legend of Pop’s significance to turn up on Star Trek, let alone as a Dominion commander in this Quark-heavy episode from 1998. Iggy’s acting is actually pretty good, virtually unrecognisable thanks to prosthetic make-up and the fact that he’s wearing a shirt the whole time.
6. Dwayne Johnson, Voyager Season 6: Tsunkatse
When the crew of Voyager take shore leave on a civilised planet, a few of them decide to take in a Tsunkatse match, which is basically MMA for monsters. So who better to play a Champion fighter than WWE superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson! Watch out for a cameo from The People’s Eyebrow! Who could have known that little over ten years later, he would become the undisputed Box Office Champion of the World?
7. Christian Slater, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
A fan of Star Trek from a very early age, Slater’s boyhood dream of being in Starfleet came true with this tiny cameo as a communications officer on the USS Excelsior under the command of Captain Sulu. Remember, this came out in 1991 when Slater was a pretty big deal by any standard: it was three years after Heathers and the same year he played Will Scarlett in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
8. Tom Morello, Voyager Season 6: Good Shepherd
In this Season 6 episode of Voyager, Rage Against the Machine guitarist plays a crewman who gives Captain Janeway directions aboard her own ship. A massive Trek fan, Morello had previously appeared in a crowd scene in Star Trek: Insurrection before he was gifted this small speaking role.
9. Kim Cattrall, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Making her first (and to date only) Trek appearance, the future Sex and the City star played Valeris, a Vulcan helmsman who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to assassinate a Klingon dignitary!
10. Kelsey Grammer, The Next Generation Season 5: Cause and Effect
Best known at the time for playing Dr Frasier Crane in the long-running sitcom Cheers, Kelsey Grammer found the time to make a Next Generation cameo. He pops up in a single scene as the captain of the USS Bozeman, a Starfleet vessel lost in time for more than 80 years.
11. Jason Alexander, Voyager Season 5: Think Tank
Having finished his work on Seinfeld just the year before, Alexander played a key role in the 1999 episode of Voyager. As Kurros, the leader of a highly intelligent group of aliens who offer their brainy services to Captain Janeway, he exudes the kind of calm and poise that George Costanza could only dream of.
12. King Abdullah of Jordan, Voyager Season 2: Investigations
Back when he was the Crown Prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, King Abdullah appeared in this episode as a non-speaking character taking orders from Harry Kim.
For those of you unfamiliar with Voyager, Harry Kim is the wettest of all Starfleet officers. If it wasn’t for His Majesty’s famed sense of humour, this would have been a diplomatic catastrophe.
13. Famke Janssen, The Next Generation Season 5: The Perfect Mate
Can you believe that the ever-stunning Famke Janssen retired from modelling over 20 years ago? Having packed in the catwalks and photo shoots, the Dutch beauty made a move into the acting racket around 1992, starting with this appearance in The Next Generation.
13. Sarah Silverman, Voyager Season 3: Future’s End
It’s another one of those Star Trek episodes where they get transported back to the late 20th Century. This time, the crew of Voyager find themselves in 1996 Los Angeles, where they enlist the help of a spunky, attractive astronomer (Silverman) to retrieve some stolen future tech.
14. Stephen Hawking, The Next Generation Season 6: Descent
In the cold open of a two-part episode, Data is seen playing poker in the holodeck with a few of history’s greatest minds: physicists Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Naturally, being the only one of those scientists who bothered coming in to play themselves, Hawking took the pot.
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