Star Trek actors Then and Now

Where are your favorite Star Trek cast members today?

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Credit: (Right Photo) Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Almost 55 years after its original series debuted, Star Trek remains as strong and relevant as ever. With three ongoing CBS All Access shows (Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks), at least five series in development, and an upcoming film from Noah Hawley, the universe of the Gene Roddenberry-created franchise is expected to expand even more. While it’s always exciting to see new cast members join the beloved sci-fi property, original and older Star Trek cast actors hold a very special place in the hearts of longtime Trekkies. If you’re wondering where those actors are today, click through the Star Trek actors then and now slideshow to find out what the cast has been up to since starring in the franchise.

#1 Patrick Stewart

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Credit: (Right Photo) Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Picard

Character name: Jean-Luc Picard

Age: 80

Stewart is one of the older Star Trek actors who remain active in the franchise. After playing Picard in seven seasons of The Next Generation and its four subsequent films from 1987 to 2002, the English actor returned to the role for the CBS All Access series Picard in 2020. Filming for the show’s second season is expected to begin in February 2021.

During his Star Trek hiatus, Stewart starred as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series and Walter Blunt in the Starz sitcom Blunt Talk. He has also done a lot of voice works over the years. Apart from being the voice of Avery Bullock in the sitcom American Dad!, he has also lent his voice in the Ted film series, The Emoji Movie¸ and the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, among many others.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”