#8 Gates McFadden
Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Character name: Beverly Crusher
McFadden’s Crusher ― the chief medical officer aboard the USS Enterprise-D and the USS Enterprise-E both under the command of Jean-Luc Picard ― appeared in six out of seven seasons of The Next Generation. The character was also part of the four TNG movies. McFadden didn’t appear in the entire second season of The Next Generation, as she was fired for being too vocal about some of the writing on the series being sexist. But thanks to a letter-writing campaign, support from Patrick Stewart, and a personal invitation from executive producer Rick Berman, McFadden was brought back to the show for its third and subsequent seasons.
Though McFadden appeared in a number TV series and movies after her Star Trek stint, none of those was major roles. Aside from being an actress, McFadden is also a teacher. She has taught at several universities and academic institutions, including American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Brandeis, Harvard, Purdue, Temple, the Stella Academy in Hamburg, and the University of Pittsburgh.