ABOUT THE CAST
PATRICK STEWART (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) originated the role of Picard in the beloved television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and has continued to command the starship Enterprise in the motion pictures "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact" and "Star Trek: Insurrection. " Stewart received Best Actor nominations from both the American TV Awards and the Screen Actors Guild for his portrayal of the Captain. Stewart has also stepped into the shoes of comic book icon Professor Charles Xavier in the hit movie "X-Men," a role he will reprise in the upcoming sequel. His other feature film credits include "Conspiracy Theory," "Jeffrey," "Safe House," "L. A. Story," "Lady Jane" and "Excalibur. " Stewart was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Captain Ahab in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "Moby Dick. " Most recently on television Stewart returned to his Shakespearean roots by starring in the television film "King of Texas," a modern retelling of "King Lear. "
Stewart has been an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1967 and is much lauded for his stage work. Recently, he appeared on Broadway as the star of Arthur Miller's "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," and in Minneapolis at the Guthrie Theatre in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Last Christmas in New York, Stewart also performed his award-winning one-man show, "A Christmas Carol. " The ticket sales from the eight sold-out benefit performances were the highest single-week sales for any play in the history of Broadway. Stewart will next begin production on the Showtime remake of "The Lion in Winter. " In addition to starring opposite Glen Close, Stewart will also executive produce along with Wendy Neuss Stewart, Robert Halmi Sr. , and Martin Poll, who produced the orginal film. Prior to stewarding the Enterprise once more in "Star Trek Nemesis," Stewart lent his voice to the character of King Goobot in the Academy Award-nominated, Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount Pictures production of "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. "
JONATHAN FRAKES (Commander William Riker) directed two of the previous "Star Trek" features, "First Contact" and "Insurrection," while continuing to portray the Enterprise's second-in-command, a role he donned from 1987 to 1994 in the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation. " No stranger to the small screen, Frakes also played recurring roles in several series, including "The Doctors," "Falcon Crest," "Paper Dolls" and "Bare Essence," before joining the crew of the U. S. S. Enterprise. Frakes made his directorial debut with episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and has since been at the helm of many episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Diagnosis: Murder" and "Roswell," on which he also served as executive producer. Most recently, Frakes went back behind the cameras as the director of "Clockstoppers," an action/adventure for Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures.
Currently, Frakes is in London, directing "Thunderbirds," a live action feature for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films.
BRENT SPINER (Lieutenant Commander Data/Story) has portrayed the android Data for all seven seasons of the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," as well as in the subsequent "Star Trek" feature films. For his work in "Star Trek: First Contact," Spiner earned a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Science Fiction or Fantasy Film. His additional film credits include "Independence Day," "Phenomenon" and "Out to Sea" opposite Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. He most recently starred with Dana Carvey in "Master of Disguise" and made a brief cameo in the critically acclaimed "I Am Sam," starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer.
On television, Spiner starred opposite Halle Berry in the award-winning HBO biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," and he played the villainous Stromboli in the television musical "Geppetto," starring Drew Carey. He has guest-starred on "Mad About You," "Outer Limits," "Dream On" and "Cheers," and has appeared in the telefilms "Huey Long" and "Crazy from the Heart. "
On stage, Spiner has appeared both on- and off-Broadway and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance as John Adams in the Tony-nominated revival of the musical "1776. " He also starred in a touring production of "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," directed by Patrick Stewart. Spiner, who sings in "Star Trek Nemesis" as well as in "Star Trek: Insurrection," also released an album of popular standards, which he called "Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back. " The background vocals on the track "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" were provided by "The Sunspots," a group comprised of Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn.
LEVAR BURTON (Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge) earned an Emmy for his starring role as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed mini-series "Roots," and he recently hosted the television special "Roots: Celebrating 25 Years" in honor of the anniversary of the landmark production. During his seven seasons portraying La Forge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Burton also found the time to direct several episodes of the series. He went on to direct episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager," as well as the newest series in the "Star Trek" universe, "Enterprise. " In addition, Burton was at the helm of the acclaimed telefilm "The Tiger Woods Story," and of the popular Disney telefilm "Smart House. "
As an actor, Burton has appeared in such features as "The Hunter," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact" and "Star Trek: Insurrection. " On the small screen, his credits include "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story," "Grambling's White Tiger," "The Guyana Tragedy," "A Roots Christmas: Kunta Kinte's Gift" and "Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid. " Additionally, Burton is enjoying his 19th season as the host and executive producer of the prestigious PBS children's series "Reading Rainbow," which has received 18 Emmy Awards to date.
Immediately following his work on "Nemesis," Burton returned to the director's chair for the feature film "Blizzard," starring Christopher Plummer, Brenda Blethyn, Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Pollack, to be released in 2003.
MICHAEL DORN (Lieutenant Commander Worf) was the first member of the "Next Generation" cast to appear in a "Star Trek" motion picture. Dorn portrayed the character of Worf's grandfather in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. " He is also the only actor to appear as a regular in more than one "Trek" series, joining the cast of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" in 1995. As the Klingon Worf, Dorn has delighted audiences in the feature films "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact" and "Star Trek: Insurrection. " His other film credits include "Timemaster," "Jagged Edge" and "Rocky. " Prior to creating the surly, stoic role of Worf on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Dorn was a regular for three seasons on the popular series "ChiPs. " He also starred in the cable television films "Amanda and the Alien" and "Menno's Mind" and guest-starred on "No Man's Gun," "Outer Limits," "Silk Stalkings," "Knot's Landing" and "Falcon Crest. " Dorn wrote, produced, directed and starred in a sitcom pilot entitled "Through the Fire. " Immediately after the completion of "Star Trek Nemesis," he returned to familiar territory as the director of an episode of "Enterprise. "
GATES McFADDEN (Dr. Beverly Crusher) created the role of Dr. Crusher on the series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and tended the needs of the Enterprise crew in the three previous "Next Generation" feature films. Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, McFadden attended Brandeis University and studied drama in Paris for two years. She served for five years as a teacher and director on the theatre arts faculty at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, as an assistant professor at Brandeis and a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. Her film credits include "Taking Care of Business," "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan. "
In addition to her years aboard the Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," McFadden enjoyed a recurring role on "Mad About You," and she was a series regular on the cable show "Marker. " She has guest-starred on "The Practice," "The Division," "Party of Five," HBO's "Dream On," "The Cosby Show" and "The Wizard. " She has also appeared in the telefilm "Crowned and Dangerous. "
McFadden directed the highly rated episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" entitled "Genesis. " A woman of many talents, she also choreographed an episode of the series, as well as the films "Labyrinth" and "Dream Child. " She has spent the last several years developing a theatre in Southern France where she plans to workshop American and French productions.
MARINA SIRTIS (Commander Deanna Troi) has portrayed the half-human, half-Betazoid Troi for seven seasons of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," as well as in the films "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact" and "Star Trek: Insurrection. "
Sirtis' dramatic and comedic range has also created opportunities beyond "Star Trek. " On the small screen, Marina was a series regular on "Gargolyes. " She has also guest-starred on "Stargate SG-1," "The Outer Limits," "Hunter," "Diagnosis Murder" and many others. Her feature films include "Peace Virus" opposite Michael Nouri, "Paradise Lost" with William Forsythe, "Blind Date" with Kirstie Alley, "The Wicked Lady" with Sir John Gielgud and Faye Dunaway and "Death Wish 3" opposite Charles Bronson. Most recently, Sirtis wrapped the film "Net Games" with C. Thomas Howell and Ed Begley, Jr.
Born and raised in London, Sirtis attended the Guild Hall of Music and Drama School, affiliated with the Royal Shakespeare Company. After her graduation, she appeared in a variety of European theatrical productions, including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show. " Prior to her casting in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Sirtis appeared on such popular British television series as "Minder" and "Hazell," and in the critically acclaimed telefilm "Last Chance. " She made her American theatre debut in the Hartford Stage's production of "Loot. "
RON PERLMAN (Viceroy), a New York native, began his film career in the early 1980s with two films for director Jean-Jacques Annaud: "Quest for Fire," for which he received a Canadian® nomination, and "The Name of the Rose. " Perlman then collaborated with another famous French director, Jean Pierre Jeunet, in "City of Lost Children" and "Alien: Resurrection. " His other film work includes "Enemy at the Gates" (opposite Joseph Fiennes and Jude Law), "The Island of Dr. Moreau," "Romeo Is Bleeding," "Sleepwalkers," "The Last Supper," "Happy, Texas," "Tinseltown," "Price of Glory" and "Blade II" (opposite Wesley Snipes).
Well-known to television audiences for his work in the critically acclaimed television series "Beauty and the Beast," Perlman received a Golden Globe for Best Actor, two Emmy nominations and three Viewers for Quality Television Awards during his three years on the show. His other television work includes HBO's "The Second Civil War," "Mr. Stitch," "The Adventures of Captain Zoom," "The Magnificent Seven," the Sci-Fi Channel's adaptation of the Rod Serling classic "A Town Has Turned to Dust" and the two telefilms "Primal Force" and "Operation Sandman. "
DINA MEYER (Commander Donatra) recently starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the action thriller "D-Tox," and she has been featured in films such as "Nowhere Land," "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Starship Troopers. " On television, Meyer appeared as a regular in the series "Secret Agent Man" and "Beverly Hills 90210," and she has guest-starred in episodes of "Ally McBeal," "Friends" and "The Outer Limits," among others. After the completion of filming her role in "Star Trek Nemesis," Meyer donned the outfit of a familiar superhero, that of Batgirl, for the television pilot "Birds of Prey. "
KATE MULGREW (Captain Kathryn Janeway) is the first female lead to captain a "Star Trek" vessel in the franchise's history. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she studied acting at Stella Adler's Conservatory in New York, after which she was almost immediately cast as Mary Ryan on the daytime drama "Ryan's Hope," as well as Emily in the production of "Our Town" at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT.
At 23, Mulgrew was offered the a starring role in a series created with her in mind "Kate Columbo," in which she played the wife of one of TV's most beloved detectives. She went on to star in several feature films, including "Lovespell," with Richard Burton, "A Stranger is Watching," with Rip Torn, "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins," with Fred Ward and "Throw Mama from the Train" with Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal, as well as the miniseries "The Manions of America" with Pierce Brosnan.
In 1988, Mulgrew returned to television to star in "Heartbeat," as Doctor Joanne Springstein. This series aired for two seasons and won a People's Choice Award for Best Drama. Following this, she co-starred in the comedy series "Man of the People," alongside James Garner. Most recently, she starred in "Riddler's Moon," shot entirely on location in Luxemborg.
A veteran of numerous theatrical productions, Mulgrew made her Broadway debut in "Black Comedy," written by Peter Schaeffer and co-starring Nancy Marchand and Peter MacNichol. Her other stage credits include starring roles in "Titus Andronicus" at New York's Shakespeare Theater and "Hedda Gabler" and "Measure for Measure" at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. Most recently, Mulgrew took her one-woman show "Tea At Five," based on the life of Katharine Hepburn, on tour. She hopes to recreate this role on Broadway in the spring.
Mulgrew's episodic television series credits include a recurring role as a Boston councilwoman, and Sam Malone's love interest, in "Cheers," and her portrayal of an alcoholic anchorwoman on an episode of "Murphy Brown," for which she won the Tracey Humanitarian Award.
The recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of letters for Artistic Contribution from Seton Hill University, Mulgrew currently resides in Los Angeles, where in 1998 she was the Honorary Mayor of Brentwood.