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Star Trek debuted in 1966, and since The Original Series hit airwaves, culture has never been the same. Spanning seven seasons (including 2017’s Discovery), a slew of films, and tie-in comics, books, and games, Star Trek boldly went where no other show had gone before. With shows spanning five decades, there’s a massive roster guest stars. Here are 20 actors you totally forgot were on Star Trek:
Professional basketball player and UNC Chapel Hill great James Worthy starred in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Gambit: Part II.” The Hall of Famer and three-time NBA champion was a number one pick in the 1982 NBA draft. He’s led a successful television career as an analyst and commentator, but also delved into guest roles, such as portraying Klingon smuggler Koral on TNG.
Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking plays himself in the The Next Generation episode “Descent Part 1.” In a clever scene, Hawking enjoys a poker game with Data (Brent Spiner), Sir Isaac Newton (John Neville), and Albert EInstein (Jim Norton). Hawking remains the only person to play himself on Star Trek, a feat crazy enough to tear a hole in the space time continuum.
Christian Slater has headlined in such films and shows as Heathers, Pump Up the Volume, and Mr. Robot. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Slater has a welcome cameo as a communications officer. While his character does receive the command to wake up Captain Sulu (George Takei), Slater’s character goes unnamed. Slater’s mother, Mary Jo Slater, was casting director for Undiscovered Country, and she likely knew all about her son’s passion for all things Trek.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane appeared in not one but two Star Trek: Enterprise episodes. MacFarlane plays Engineer in “The Forgotten,” and Ensign Rivers in “Affliction.” Family Guy frequently references Star Trek among a slew of other pop culture icons. Notably the episode “Not All Dogs Go to Heaven” centers on a Star Trek convention, featuring guest stars from The Next Generation including Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Denise Crosby, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Wil Wheaton, and Marina Sirtis.