June 13 2024


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For some Star Trek actors, the directors chair was the next logical career move; with some actors only directing Star Trek episodes, while others branched out to other shows and movies.

In a new article at Geek Speak Magazine, the directing careers of Star Trek alumni are explored. Each actor began his or her directing career by directing Star Trek episodes.

Some of the actors only directed Trek episodes. These directors include Patrick Stewart, Gates McFadden, Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig and Robert Picardo.

Both Brooks and Auberjonois directed nine episodes each, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rejoined, known for the kiss between Jadzia Dax and Lenara Kahn, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ferengi Love Songs.

Other actors went beyond Star Trek. LeVar Burton, who began his directing career with The Next Generation: Second Chances, went on to direct for other Trek series as well, including nine Deep Space Nine episodes, eight Voyager episodes and nine Enterprise episodes. Burton then directed two episodes of Showtime’s Soul Food, episodes of JAG and Charmed, and several movies, including The Tiger Woods Story.

Roxann Biggs-Dawson started her directorial career with Star Trek: Voyager: Riddles and Workforce Part 2. She went on to direct ten episodes of Enterprise. After Star Trek, Biggs-Dawson directed Crossing Jordan, Close to Home and Cold Case, plus more.

Robert Duncan McNeill started out directing Voyager‘s Sacred Ground, and his non-Trek work includes shows such as Everwood, One Tree Hill, The O.C., Summerland and Dawson’s Creek. McNeill also directed an episode of the new V: Red Sky, and thirteen episodes of Chuck.

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