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Can You Name These Star Trek Guest Stars?
By: John Miller
6 Min Quiz
About This Quiz
Gene Roddenberry never could have guessed that the concepts behind “Star Trek” would have such, well, “universal” appeal. The franchise that he helped to popularize in the late in 1960s quickly bloomed from a quirky sci-fi sideshow into a TV and film extravaganza that continues to this day. Along the way, many, many celebrities wanted to be a part of the fun by guest-starring in these productions. Do you think you know who they are in our guest star quiz?
Sure, everyone knows who plays the parts of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock. They are Hollywood icons that will stand the test of time. But how about the admiral who scolded Kirk in the 2009 reboot film? Do you know the actor who played that part?
Dozens of famous people have found their way into deep space with the Enterprise. Did you know that actress Gabrielle Union once dressed up as a Klingon for an episode of “Deep Space Nine”? Did you know that Ricardo Montalbán once bared his toned chest muscles for an episode of the original series?
There were a lot of other big names that appeared during the first series, too. That included the likes of Teri Garr, Frank Gorshin, Nancy Kovack, Kim Darby, Ted Cassidy, Gary Lockwood, James Gregory and a whole lot more.
Sometimes, guest stars are disguised as alien creatures. Other times, they are fully recognizable in all of their celebrity glory. Grab your tri-corder now and see if you can identify these “Star Trek” guest stars!
In 2000, which pro wrestling star appeared in an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager"?
In a "Voyager" episode titled "Tsukatse," Dwayne Johson -- The Rock -- appeared as a heavily-muscled Pendari. He winds up in a ring fighting Seven of Nine … and she obviously loses the match.
He was Trelane, the guy with sideburns and condescending attitude in "The Squire of Gothos," an episode in the original series. Who was he?
William Campbell was the sneering, pirate-like character Trelane in "The Squire of Gothos." In another episode, he was a Klingon captain named Koloth.
Which psychotherapist takes a turn as a Starfleet captain in a 1992 episode of "The Next Generation"?
In a "Next Generation" episode called "Cause and Effect," we see Kelsey Grammer, of "Cheers" fame, taking the role of Captain Morgan Bateson. Fortunately, the "Frasier" star didn't become a regular character on the show.
Before she became famous in "Interview with the Vampire" and "Spider-Man," she was in "The Next Generation." She is _____.
In 1993, Kirsten Dunst was in a "Next Generation" episode titled "Dark Page," looking much, much younger and with Cairn ear parts stuck to the side of her head.
Which comedian played the role of a West Coast scientist in "Star Trek: Voyager"?
In 1996, Sarah Silverman -- yes, that Sarah Silverman -- appeared in "Future's End: Parts 1-2." And she was so convincing in her part that she almost got a regular gig out of the deal.
Which Judd woman wound on in a 1991 episode of "The Next Generation," and got to kiss Wesley Crusher?
In 1991, Ashley Judd was a fresh-faced actress from a famous family. Little did she know, her kiss with Crusher would be the highlight of her acting career.
She was the star of "Tank Girl," and appeared in a "Star Trek: Voyager" episode named "Gravity." Who is she?
After the success of "Tank Girl," Lori Petty appeared poised for real stardom. But she didn't land many subsequent roles, coming almost out of nowhere for this "Voyager" episode.
Which huge star made an appearance in 1991's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"?
Slater, with his trademark slicked hair, was already a big celebrity when he was cast in "The Undiscovered Country." His appearance was jarring for many people who knew him from other major roles.
In "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Descent: Part 1," which famous scientist makes an appearance?
It was an obvious fit -- physicist Stephen Hawking's appearance in "The Next Generation" just made sense. After all, if anyone understands the space-time continuum, it's Hawking.
Which "Seinfeld" star made a guest appearance on "Star Trek: Voyager"?
In a 1999 episode of "Voyager," called "Think Tank," "Seinfeld" funnyman Jason Alexander became an alien named Kurros. With his alien makeup, Alexander is barely even recognizable.
In "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "The Magnificent Ferengi," which rock star plays a Ferengi?
In 1998, Iggy Pop (no, we're not kidding) dressed up as a Ferengi who is handling a potential prisoner swap. It was a strange turn of events for the former Stooges star.
In "The Original Series," actor _____ played JoJo Krako, who was meant to be a nicely dressed mobster from the golden age of gangs.
In "A Piece of the Action," the show takes on a mafia theme, with Captain Kirk doing his take on Lucky Luciano. Vic Tayback played the part of another gangster.
In a season one episode of the original series, who played the role of Captain Kirk's defense attorney in the case of a crew member who disappeared?
With Kirk in trouble over a missing crew member, Elisah Cook Jr. steps in to save the day as Kirk's attorney. Cook appeared in movies like "The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon."
Which supermodel plays the role of Martia in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"?
In 1991's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," Iman puts on the freaky yellow contact lenses and becomes Martia, a shape-shifting alien.
In 2009, which "Stranger Things" star made an appearance in the rebooted "Star Trek" film?
In 2009, Winona Ryder did make an appearance as Spock's mom. But most of her work wound up on the editing room floor thanks to director J.J. Abrams.
For one episode of "The Next Generation" called "The Pegasus," he plays the role of Riker's old supervisor. Who is he?
In the 1994 episode "The Pegasus," journeyman celebrity Terry O'Quinn appears as Riker's former boss. We'd see O'Quinn again, most famously in "Lost."
Who plays the part of Captain Kirk's father in the 2009 reboot of "Star Trek"?
In the 2009 reboot, for a few short scenes we see Chris Hemsworth as the elder Kirk. But he's shortly blasted into oblivion.
Which "Family Ties" character became Worf's son for a few episodes of "The Next Generation" in the early '90s?
Brian Bonsall was the younger brother, Andy Keaton, in "Family Ties." For a few episodes, he became Worf's inquisitive son.
Which basketball star makes an appearance in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Gambit: Part 2"?
In this 1993 episode of "The Next Generation," Lakers star James Worthy is a Klingon warrior named Koral. He didn't have any lines, but he did set up some assists for other stars in the show.
In 2009's "Star Trek," who plays the part of Kirk's mom?
In "Star Trek," Jennifer Morrison is the star of scene in which she gives birth to the little Kirk, who would eventually go on to make alien-human hybrid offspring all over the galaxy.
Who makes a surprise appearance in "Star Trek: Nemesis"?
In 2002's "Star Trek: Nemesis," Bryan Singer appears on the bridge of the Enterprise. He'd later be known as an "X-Men" director.
The CEO of which huge company briefly appeared in "Star Trek Beyond"?
In the 2016 film, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, is so disguised in his costume that you'd never know it was him. He performs a brief task, pinning a universal translator to another alien.
Which star plays the role of Admiral Richard Barnett in 2009's "Star Trek," berating Captain Kirk for his boneheaded behavior?
In "Star Trek," Tyler Perry takes up the role of Admiral Richard Barnett. Perry was reportedly floored that he was cast in the part.
A star from the TV show "Community" appeared in "Star Trek Beyond." Which actor was it?
In "Star Trek Beyond," you would never guess that Abed (Danny Pudi) from "Community," is an alien named Fi'Ja. He is so covered in makeup that he isn't recognizable.
She made an appearance in "Star Trek Into Darkness," and before that she was known as Nancy Thompson from "A Nightmare on Elm Street." Who is she?
In the '80s, Heather Langenkamp gained fame as Nancy, the heroine who did battle with Freddy in the "Nightmare" movies. She's also renowned for her makeup work, which is appropriate, because in her "Star Trek" appearance she is totally unrecognizable in her alien form.
Which "Family Guy" star appeared in two episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise"?
Seth MacFarlane might be best known as the animated Peter from "Family Guy." But he takes a turn in live action in two episodes of "Enterprise."
Which "Night Court" star appeared in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"?
In the 1984 film "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," John Larroquette plays the part of Kruge. You will never recognize him -- he's disguised as a Klingon.
Who is the empath named Kamala in "The Perfect Mate," an episode of "The Next Generation"?
In 1992, Famke Janssen played the role of Kamala in "The Next Generation." She'd eventually make a bigger impact in the "X-Men" and James Bond movies.
Which comedian is the voice of the U.S.S. Vengeance computer system in "Star Trek Into Darkness"?
In "Star Trek Into Darkness," the U.S.S. Vengeance's computer goes haywire … and it's probably because it is voiced by wildman Bill Hader, of "Saturday Night Live" fame.
This action star once appeared in the 1996 movie "Star Trek: First Contact." Who is he?
In "First Contact," Neal McDonough is a helmsman named Lt. Hawk. Now, he's better known as the star of "Arrow" and "Justified."
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