- WEEKLY TV PICKS
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
#1 AVERY BROOKS as Benjamin Sisko (now aged 58)
In DS9: Brooks played Deep Space Nine’s commander for the entire series’ run; appearing in every episode as the authoritative leader caught between his Starfleet duties and role as a spiritual icon to the Bajoran people.
After DS9, Brooks has narrated numerous documentaries (including the US TV dub of the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs). He has kept busy by directing theatre projects, one of which took him to London’s West End. Recently, Brooks has been confirmed as appearing in a new theatre production of Tamburlaine. He has also completed work on a CD of “ballads and love songs”, in-between occasional appearances at Star Trek conventions worldwide. Brooks maintains a close relationship with Cirroc Lofton, who played his screen son Jake Sisko in DS9.
#2 NANA VISITOR as Kira Nerys (now aged 49)
In DS9: Visitor played the headstrong Bajoran Kira Nerys for all seven seasons, a brave and courageous woman with a quick temper.
After DS9, Visitor divorced her co-star Alexander Siddig (Dr Bashir) in 2001, before remarrying in 2003. For awhile she played a recurring villain in Dark Angel and starred as Roxie Hart in the touring company’s production of the musical Chicago, earning favourable reviews. She can currently be seen playing Jean Ritter in the teen drama series Wildfire.
#3 ARMIN SHIMMERMAN as Quark (now aged 57)
In DS9: Shimmerman played Quark, a Ferengi bartender who spent most of the series trying to avoid being caught for dodgy dealings…
After DS9, Shimmerman has starred in many TV shows, such as Boston Legal (alongside fellow Trek actor William Shatner), as an art expert in Numb3rs, Invasion (alongside fellow Trek actor Brent Spiner), Charmed, Nip/Tuck, ER and The West Wing. He has also written a series of books providing a sci-fi basis for the life of English mathematician Dr John Dee. He also provides voices for animated shows, such as Justice League and X-Men Legends.
#4 MICHAEL DORN as Worf (now aged 54)
In DS9: Dorn joined the show in season 4, having previously appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Worf, the gruff Klingon with a deep sense of honour.
After DS9, Dorn played Worf again in Star Trek film Nemesis (2002). Dorn is now a busy guest star in numerous TV shows, including 7th Heaven and The Outer Limits. He also played Sandman in The Santa Clause 2 and 3. His distinctive, deep voice is also used regularly in animated shows, like Superman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Justice League, Danny Phantom and Duck Dodgers. In his spare time he flies aircraft, and owns several.
#5 ALEXANDER SIDDIG as Julian Bashir (now aged 41)
In DS9: Siddig played the station’s kindly doctor, a respected and well-limed individual who often had his conscience and morality tested.
After DS9, Siddig has become the most successful of the show’s cast, appearing in numerous films and TV series, most notably Spooks (2003), Ridley Scott’s Kingdom Of Heaven (2005) and Syriana (2005). He also took the title role in the BBC drama Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare (2006), before playing a former terrorist in the sixth season of 24 (2007). After divorcing his wife (DS9 co-star Nana Visitor) in 2001, he was romantically involved for a short time with Sex & The City siren Kim Cattrall in 2005. He is currently filming sci-fi horror Doomsday, from the director of The Descent, for a 2008 release.
#6 TERRY FARRELL as Dax (now aged 43)
In DS9: Farrell played Dax for the first six seasons, but quit the show and was replaced in season 7 by Nicole DeBoer. Jadzia Dax was a Trill; a being consisting of two conjoined entities.
After DS9, Farrell quickly won the role of Regina in sitcom Becker, although she was replaced after four years due to difficulties with fellow cast members on set. It wasn’t the first time she clashed with TV execs, following her exit from DS9’s final season and fuss over the use of her image in an episode after her departure. Her last on-screen role was four years ago, with her now spending her time at home with her husband and child.
#7 COLM MEANEY as Miles O’Brien (now aged 54)
In DS9: Meaney played the no-nonsense engineer, having transferred from the U.S.S Enterprise in the opening episode.
After DS9, Meaney has continued to appear on TV in Stargate Atlantis, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Unit. His film career has dried up post-DS9, although he did appear in the movie Layer Cake (2004) alongside Daniel Craig. Meaney remarried in 2007.
#8 CIRROC LOFTON as Jake Sisko (now aged 28)
In DS9: Lofton played Jake Sisko, son of the station commander, and gave a younger perspective on life aboard an busy space station.
After DS9, Lofton has starred in The Hoop Life since 1999. Other TV appearances include 7th Heaven, Invasion (alongside fellow Trek actor Brent Spiner) and CSI: Miami. Lofton also appears in Star Trek: Of Gods And Men, an unofficial Star Trek production, directed by Tim Russ (Star Trek Voyager’s Tuvok) and starring Trek actors such as Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Garrett Wang, Chase Masterson and Ethan Phillips. The much-delayed three-part story is due for release this year as a 40th Anniversary present to Star Trek fans, from the actors. Lofton maintains a close relationship with his screen father Avery Brooks from DS9. He will next be seen in the drama Ball Don’t Lie.
#9 RENE AUBERJONOIS as Odo (now aged 67)
In DS9: Auberjonois played “shape-shifter” Odo, the grouchy head of security for the station, with a murky history…
After DS9, Auberjonois has continued to appear in numerous TV shows, such as Stargate SG1, Nash Bridges, Frasier, The Practice and guest-starred in a 2001 episode of Star Trek Enterprise. He now has a recurring role in Boston Legal, alongside fellow Trek actor William Shatner. A talented vocal artist, Auberjonois has continued to work in animations such as House Of Mouse, The Legend Of Tarzan, Justice League, Xialin Showdown and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
So there you have it. They're all still in work (well, mostly). But hopes for a DS9 "reunion", in the form of a TV Special, or even a straight-to-DVD movie sequel, grows more unlikely...