As the first Star Trek movie without the major members of the original series’ cast, First Contact may leave traditionalist Trekkers suffering from lack of contact with Kirk, Spock, and company. But the stars of the old crew have hardly beamed away. Here’s what they’ve been up to since leaving the bridge:
WILLIAM SHATNER Working in two worlds like the dual Kirks in episode 39, ”Mirror, Mirror,” he runs a thriving literary operation (his byline appears on nine TekWar books) while continuing to act in comedies such as 1993’s National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon and Showtime’s recent baseball fantasy Double Play. At 66, he’s doing the funniest Shatner impersonation in the business.
LEONARD NIMOY Although his big-screen career (as actor and director) appears to be on stun, Nimoy lent his voice to 1994’s animated The Pagemaster and narrated the IMAX documentary Destiny in Space. On the tube, the 66-year-old actor hosted A&E’s Ancient Mysteries With Leonard Nimoy and costarred in TNT’s David.
JAMES DOOHAN The most active actor of all the Trek vets, Doohan, 77, stretched as a shrink in the 1993 film Amore! and as an alcoholic detective in 1994’s direct-to-video Through Dead Eyes. On TV, Doohan played evil Damon Warwick in The Bold and the Beautiful off and on from 1993 to 1996 and has a recurring role on UPN’s Homeboys From Outerspace as a grumpy engineer.
GEORGE TAKEI The 60-year-old actor turned up in 1994’s Oblivion as an alcoholic doctor in a futuristic frontier town, and voices a role in Disney’s animated Chinese folktale Mulan, due in the summer of 1998.
WALTER KOENIG Currently appearing in the recurring role of Bester on Babylon V, Koenig, 60, will soon return to the big screen as Dr. Leo Breitenheim, a child psychiatrist, in the independent action-adventure/martial arts flick Sworn to Justice.
NICHELLE NICHOLS Though the 60-year-old actress has not been making feature films, she played the wise woman Sagan in the 1995 made-for-TV movie The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space and hosted the Sci-Fi Channel’s Inside Space in 1992.
DEFOREST KELLEY Retired and living in L.A., 77-year-old Kelley is living long and prospering.