This Nigerian American actor joined the “Strange New World” series in 2022. Babs Olusanmokun got his start in New York. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt champion. He has a long list of television credits including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Roots.”
Talking to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Olusanmokun shares the complexity and the beauty of playing Dr. M’Benga. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph M’Benga was first played by Booker Bradshaw in The Original Series. He said the character’s relationship with his granddaughter was touching. He also starred in “Dune.”
David Warner as Gul Madred
Picard’s sadistic torturer Gul Madred is played by actor David Warner in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Jean-Luc Picard memorably confronts Madred, saying he finds him a “pitiable man.” Madred was a Cardassian officer, and he was put in charge of Picard’s interrogation.
He nearly broke the will of the starship captain. Besides TNG, Warner has starred in Star Trek productions, “Star Trek: V: The Final Frontier” and “Star Trek: VI: The Undiscovered Country.” In the latter, he played Chancellor Gorkon, and in the former, St. John Talbot. Sadly, in 2022, Warner passed away from a cancer-related illness. He was just five days shy of turning 81.
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
In 1992, Cirroc Lofton was cast for “Deep Space Nine.” He was the youngest cast member at age 14 when he first played Jake Sisko and he stayed on for the show’s entire run. He also appeared on “7th Heaven.” In 2004, Lofton joined other Star Trek actors in “Trekkies 2,” a documentary about the show.
He also took part in a fan film called “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” which was directed by Tim Russ who plays Tuvok. After Star Trek, Lofton got a starring role on “The Hoop Life.” His last acting credit was in the movie "The Wedding Pact 2: The Baby Pact."
Rebecca Romijn as Una Chin-Riley
The character Una Chin-Riley, who was nicknamed “Number One” on The Original Series, was originally played by Majel Barrett. In fact, Gene Roddenberry created Number One for Barrett to play in the first pilot. Yet it was in vain as NBC execs axed her character and Barrett played Nurse Chapel instead.
Rebecca Romijn first played Una Chin-Riley on “Discovery.” That was 2018. Now, she is reprising her role in “Strange New Worlds.” Romijn is a model and an actress. She appeared on the cover of many major fashion magazines before landing the role of Mystique in “X-Men,” thus launching her acting career.
Bruce Horak as Hemmer
Bruce Horak took the role of Hemmer, even though he knew the character would not make it through the first season of the Paramount+ series “Strange New Worlds.” But when he went out, he went out heroically, sacrificing himself in order to save the life of Nyota Uhura.
The chief engineer who has unmistakable snail-like antennae was attacked by a Gorn. The creature spit venom at Nyota and Hemmer rushed to her protection, taking the venom hit. When he learns the venom makes his body a host for countless Gorn spawns, he kills himself.