One thing that is obvious when you do a deep dive in all things Star Trek, is that the producers love to bring back actors that “get it.” That is why actors like Diana Muldaur, Jeffrey Combs, and Joseph Ruskin appeared as more than three characters over the various incarnations of the franchise. One thing that stands out about many “regular” cast members is the fact that they appeared in Trek prior to the role they are best known for.
This time we take a look at three regular cast members of Voyager that had made previous appearances on Trek before landing the role they would spend the rest of their lives signing autographs for.
When Star Trek: The Next Generation first went into production the plan was to make sure that it stood apart from the original series. Not only would the characters be different, but the adventures of Kirk and company would barely be mentioned. Despite 76 years passing between the days of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and those of Data, Worf, and Picard, they still played it safe by having an irascible Admiral who resembled a well-known country doctor named McCoy on the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint” to show the connection to fans.
Over the years, the other members of the original cast would interact with this new crew. Spock, Scotty, Checkov, and Kirk would all be on some part of the Next Generation adventures on TV and film. Even Sulu would appear on Star Trek: Voyager in a very clever episode that tied into the last film for the original cast. In fact, the only member of the original series main cast that didn’t appear on modern Trek was actress Nichelle Nichols.
But a good number of guest stars from the original series crossed over to be part of the Berman era of Star Trek. Here are the highlights from those that made the jump.