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Brent Spiner

Originally from Houston, Texas, Star Trek: The Next Generation star Brent Spiner got his start in the biz in New York City in the early 1970s in plays such as The Three Musketeers, A History of the American Film, and Sunday in the Park with George. He appeared in Stardust Memories and an episode of The Paper Chase before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-80s and landing a recurring role in Night Court as well as appearances in various television shows.

Brent started his 15-year stint as Lieutenant Commander Data in 1987’s debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as appearing in the four Next Gen motion pictures. It was Brent’s idea that Data not survive the final picture, Star Trek: Nemesis, as he felt he should no longer play the character who wasn’t supposed to age alongside the other characters (Brent helped co-develop the story of the film and received a “Story by” credit). However, he reprised the role nevertheless 18 years later in a dream sequence on Star Trek: Picard. He also appeared in three Star Trek: Enterprise episodes in 2004 as an ancestor of Data’s creator, Dr. Soong.

Brent went on to play the popular scientist character Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day (released the same year as the highly successful Star Trek: First Contact) and its sequel and remained quite busy post-TNG in other productions. He has appeared as himself in The Big Bang Theory, in the Friends spin-off Joey, and voicing himself in Family Guy, and says of these experiences, “I’ve never been very good at playing myself…. It’s one of the most difficult characters to play…. It’s just a person who happens to be named Brent Spiner, who was on Star Trek.” How that for modesty! – and Brent will be playing himself again in 2022’s edition of Trekonderoga – here’s a rare chance to meet the actor who gave life to Data, appearing on board the original Enterprise!

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John de Lancie

One of, if not the, most popular “non-regular” member of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast is surely none other than John de Lancie, playing the villainous (or was he?) omnipotent (most times) Q!

John began acting in a Shakespearian play at the young age of 14 and continued studying his craft through to Kent State University and then won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Julliard School.

His first appearances in the genre of science fiction began with five episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, including the popular two-parter “Death Probe” episodes, where a Russian space probe meant for Venus lands in the U.S. – you’ve all seen it! He also appeared in 1979’s Battlestar Galactica, Emergency!, a popular stint as a regular star in Days of Our Lives, The Thorn Birds mini-series, an episode in 1986’s version of The Twilight Zone, MacGyver, Murder, She Wrote, 1988’s Mission: Impossible, and L.A Law, amongst so many others.

He appeared in eight episodes as Q in Star Trek: TNG, bookending the series by appearing as one of the driving forces of the plots in both the pilot and the final series-ending two-parter, involving the long arc of the “humanity on trial” theme. He once quoted Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry telling him after his audition for the part of Q, “You make my writing sound better than it is.” High praise from The Great Bird of the Galaxy!

John and his character would continue appearing in various Star Trek series incarnations, including most recently appearing in the recent second season of Star Trek: Picard – we won’t spoil John’s wonderful performance and perhaps final Picard-Q storyline here, so stream it if you missed it – that’s an order – – and then join the Q Continuum as an honorary guest as Q himself bends spacetime again with another snap of his fingers and we all find ourselves back on Earth, during the mid-1960s, entering Desilu Studios – but in this case, not in Hollywood but in Ticonderoga – and strolling down the corridors of the original Starship Enterprise with John de Lancie!

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Gates McFadden

Not many Enterprise-D characters could call their Captain by his first name, but Doctor Beverly Crusher, memorably played by Gates McFadden, certainly could – and did. Representing one of the most popular incarnations of Star Trek, Gates McFadden will once again be roaming the corridors – and we expect her predecessor’s Sickbay – of the original starship Enterprise at this year’s edition of Trekonderoga!

Gates started in the movie business for Jim Henson’s organization, working on such films as Labyrinth and Dreamchild as the director of choreography and puppet movement, and as choreographer in The Muppets Take Manhattan. As an actress, she also cameoed in Muppets and played Jack Ryan’s wife in The Hunt For Red October.

But her next role as a widowed mother balancing a dangerous career with the raising of a son exploded her into the realm of Star Trek as 1987 saw her cast as Dr. Beverly Crusher on board a new Enterprise.  The long-lived newest incarnation of Star Trek gave its writers many opportunities to showcase Gates’ acting talents in such memorable Dr. Crusher episodes as “Remember Me,” “The Host,” “Descent,” and “Attached.” Her other talents were showcased behind the scenes as well, where Gates choreographed the dance sequence in “Data’s Day” and later directed her fellow castmates in “Genesis.”

Take this opportunity to personally meet the talented and radiant Gates McFadden as she makes her second appearance on board the original Starship Enterprise!

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Tracee Lee Cocco

If you’ve watched Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and the feature films Generations, First Contact, and Insurrection, you are already very well acquainted with Tracee Cocco’s work as Lieutenant Jae across many episodes, and also as various background characters and even as a psychologically damaged Borg drone. She’s also appeared as various aliens in Quark’s bar on board Deep Space Nine.

Tracee first started working as a model for Revlon, Pool & Spa magazine, 7-Up, amongst many jobs. She has appeared in other television shows such as General Hospital and Baywatch, and in the films Gross Anatomy, Demolition Man, Barb Wire (in which Clint “Balok” Howard also appeared), Virtuosity, and Bulletproof.

Recently, Tracee worked on Star Trek: Renegades alongside original series stars Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig and various other Star Trek actors and continues working in film today!

Don’t miss a chance to hear Tracee’s stories about filming various Star Trek series both in and out of alien make-up, at this year’s edition of Trekonderoga!