May 26 2024


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Trek Stars Take On Ice Bucket Challenge

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Several Star Trek actors have taken on the “ice bucket challenge” to raise money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

William Shatner was the first Trek actor to do so, as seen in a video posted here.

Now several The Next Generation actors have taken on the challenge. Brent Spiner was challenged by his friend. “I have accepted the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge from my friend Ramon de Ocampo,” he said. “I’d also like to take the opportunity before I get dunked to challenge my friends: Armin Shimerman, Kitty Swink. I’d also like to challenge my friend Gates McFadden; who I’d just like to see her hair wet.”

McFadden answered Spiner via Twitter. “I am accepting the ice bucket challenge from my soon-to-be ex-friend @Brent Spiner.”

Before challenging more people, McFadden explained that “my own dad did die of ALS and I support ALS and I’m going to financially support them with a check.”

She then went on to challenge three people, including Sir Patrick Stewart.

George Takei joined in on the fun, too, with a clever video of the event. “I thought we’d demonstrate how we do it in sci-fi land,” he said.

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20 thoughts on “Trek Stars Take On Ice Bucket Challenge

  1. Glad Bill’s 83-year-old heart was up to that! These older stars might want to be a little bit careful… Nobody challenge Mr. Nimoy, okay?

  2. A friend challenged me. Now do I get to choose? John Billingsley, John DeLancie and/or Jeffery Combs please!

  3. I’m sorry I dont understand how pouring ice cold water on ones self will cure ALS, much like I dont understand how walking cures cancer. Just donate the money and feel good about yourself. I think its totally silly.

  4. As someone who’s worked in charitable fundraising, I can attest to the fact that things like this do raise the public profile of a cause. And with so many causes competing for such limited donor money, you do whatever you can to make your organization or coalition stand out. It is what is.

  5. We’re all still waiting for Patrick Stewart to step up to the plate. You can do it! πŸ˜€

  6. Stewart probably won’t do it because he has coronary artery disease. A shock to his system could cause a heart attack or stroke.

  7. What if we just get one small ice cube put on Leonard’s head, and watch the water dribble down his face as the ice slowly melts? I think that would count. ;o)

  8. Patrick would probably only do it at the same at Sir Ian, while the two of them are holding each other in a faux bromance embrace. That and $10 million will also help.

  9. I can understand that. Although I would hope he’d at least respond and say he’s donating the money instead. After all, the great Jean-Luc Picard letting a challenge go unanswered? That would have no honor! (Oh wait, those are Klingons who behave like that. πŸ˜‰ )

    Meanwhile, I guess that shows just how good William Shatner’s health is that he can participate in a stunt like this and come through unscathed. πŸ™‚

  10. Let’s see here – William Shatner’s done it, Patrick Stewart’s been challenged to do it (at least twice!), maybe the other captains should get in on the action – Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, and Chris Pine. πŸ˜€

  11. Always been crazy to me how *goofy* the actors are in real life. Strange to see them not as their characters on the show. I’ve been to many Trek conventions and most of the Trek celebrities I’ve gone to see are just oddballs LOL.

  12. I feel that Sir Patrick missed the boat when he finally did his version of the challenge. I had no issue with how he did it (and if you have not seen his video, look up, it’s funny), but I wish he had called out Brooks, Mulgrew and Bakula after!

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