Make way for everyone’s favorite villain: Khan Noonien Singh. Appearing in the original Star Trek series and, of course, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” this guy was a pivotal part of Captain Kirk’s world. Khan was originally played by Mexican actor, Ricardo Montalban. The man was a fitness buff who worked out regularly, and it certainly showed!
Montalban had a long and prosperous career beyond Star Trek, spending a good seven of his decades on Earth entertaining us with performances in comedy films, crime shows, dramas, and even musicals. He was an absolute fan favorite and, while he lived a long and happy life, his passing in 2009 (at the age of 88) was mourned by many. As for his character, Khan lives on, taking the form of Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2013 movie, “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
Connor Trinneer as Commander Charles ‘Trip’ Tucker III
It may shock dedicated Star Trek fans to know that, when Connor Trinneer first auditioned for a role on the show, he had barely a clue what it was about or how big it was in the sci-fi world. At the time, Trinneer didn’t consider himself a sci-fi fan and was really just after whatever work he could get.
While this may sound sacrilegious to some, rest assured, Trinneer became an instant fan the moment he was exposed to sci-fi. By way of proof, Trinneer was nominated in the best supporting actor category at the Saturn Awards, and has since appeared in the popular series, "Stargate Atlantis."
Garret Wang as Ensign Harry Kim
From 1995 to 2001, Garrett Wang brought to our screens the adorably naive, yet undeniably gifted, Ensign Harry Kim. Wang had grown up watching and loving the films, so was excited to audition. When he finally realized how epic the series was, after landing his role, Wang was relieved at how the timeline of events had gone down.
Now a dedicated Star Trek fan as well as a cast member, Wang pops up regularly at conventions and even appeared in "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men," a fan-produced mini-series that came out in 2007. Wang was also involved in the creation of the MMORPG, "Star Trek: Online."
Tim Russ as Lieutenant Tuvok
While Robert Duncan McNeill was a massive contributor to the Star Trek franchise, it’s hard to beat the astounding contribution of Tim Russ. First up, Russ took on the character of Lt. Tuvok, from 1995 to 2001. Tuvok was a Vulcan and performed as both the chief tactical officer and the chief of security for the ship. But Russ didn’t stop there.
The talented creative also worked behind the scenes, producing, directing, and writing and, prior to his Tuvok role, had taken on a number of bit parts. That’s a whole lot of dedication to the show! Outside of Star Trek, Russ has enjoyed plenty of work in film, television, and music. The multi-talented artist shows no signs of slowing down.
Ian Abercrombie as Abbot
Ian Abercrombie was such a legend in the sci-fi world it would’ve been unthinkable if he’d never appeared in Star Trek. Thankfully, that travesty never occurred (not in our lifetime anyway) as Abercrombie appeared in a couple of episodes of "Voyager," playing the roles of the Abbot and Milo.
Abercrombie had a stellar career, appearing in an insane number of films and TV shows. He was in everything from David Lynch’s bizarre masterpiece, "Twin Peaks," to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and even "How I Met Your Mother." Abercrombie also voiced Palpatine and Darth Sidious in the animations and video games of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." In January 2012, he sadly passed away.