Star Trek actors Then and Now

Where are your favorite Star Trek cast members today?

#29 Jennifer Lien

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Credit: (Right Photo) David Dumbell / Wikimedia Commons

Star Trek series: Star Trek: Voyager

Character name: Kes

Age: 46

A main cast member in the first three seasons of Voyager, Lien played the Ocampan character Kes, who served as field medic of the USS Voyager crew. Lien initially left the show in 1997 after appearing in the first two episodes of season 4 as a guest star. Three years later, the actress returned to the show for a season 6 episode to reprise her role one last time. After her contract as a main cast member was not renewed after season 3, Jeri Ryan joined the show as Seven of Nine.

Following her Star Trek stint, Lien lent her voice to Agent L in Men in Black: The Series from 1997 to 2001 and appeared as a nurse in the 2001 film Accidents Don’t Happen, which marked her last acting role. In an interview a 2010 interview, Lien said: “I still love acting, but I don’t like that life anymore. I can’t.” At the time of the interview, Lien was working on her associate’s degree and planning to pursue a career as a nutritionist.