19 Actors You Forgot Were in ‘Star Trek’ Movies

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As the Star Trek Beyond reviews continue to pour in (they’re pretty good!), Paramount has already decided to move ahead with a fourth Star Trek movie and even announced a surprising return — Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, the deceased father of Chris Pine’s James Kirk. In one of his first big screen roles, the future Avenger made a brief appearance in the 2009 Star Trek reboot as the elder Kirk, who sacrificed himself to ensure the safety of his wife and crew.

Hemsworth wasn’t the only big name with an under-the-radar appearance in a Star Trek movie. The Star Trek universe has seen 13 movies in three different franchises: the Original Series, The Next Generation films, and J.J. Abrams’ reboot. That’s a lot of chances for talented stars to slip in and help (or hurt) Captains Kirk and Picard on their journeys through deep space. Now, with the fourth reboot movie and another Trek TV series on the way, it seems like this list will only continue to grow.


Kirstie Alley, ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’

Before starring on Cheers, Kirstie Alley made her big-screen debut as Saavik, a Vulcan Starfleet cadet in training. She was replaced in the subsequent sequels by Robin Curtis. (Photo: Paramount)


James Horner, ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’

The late composer for Star Trek II and III can be spotted in the former in a brief cameo as an Enterprise crewman. (Photo: Getty/Paramount)


Christopher Lloyd, ‘Star Trek III: The Search for Spock’

Before he helped make the Back to the Future movies so successful as the lovable Doc Brown, Lloyd starred as Commander Kruge, the ruthless leader of a Klingon ship who attempts to take control of the Enterprise. (Photo: Paramount)


Christopher Plummer, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’

The Oscar winner starred as Klingon captain Chang, a terrifying villain complete with eyepatch and a wealth of Shakespeare quotes. (Photo: Paramount)


Christian Slater, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’

Although the future Mr. Robot star doesn’t have many memorable lines in his small role as an Excelsior communications officer, he does get a scene with George Takei’s Hikaru Sulu. (Photo: Paramount)


Iman, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’

The supermodel appears briefly as a flirtatious, shapeshifting alien named Martia. (Photo: Paramount)


Kim Cattrall, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’

Years before her role as Samantha on Sex and the City, we saw her as Lt. Valeris, a Starfleet officer who served at the helm on the Enterprise. (Photo: Paramount)


Malcolm McDowell, ‘Star Trek: Generations’

Years after starring as Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, McDowell had a smallTrek role as Dr. Tolian Soran, an El-Aurian scientist who is obsessed with entering the extra-dimensional realm of the Nexus. (Photo: Paramount)


Whoopi Goldberg, ‘Star Trek: Generations’

Despite being a recurring character in Star Trek: The Next Generation, The View host only appears in a couple scenes in Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis. Goldberg plays Guinan, who is rescued from the Nexus and uses her vast knowledge to aid Captain Picard and his crew. (Photo: Paramount)


Adam Scott, ‘Star Trek: First Contact’

The Parks and Recreation favorite made one of his first feature film appearances as an extra inStar Trek: First Contact. His role as a Defiant communications officer allows him about 30 seconds of screen time, although he dies offscreen not soon after. (Photo: Paramount)


James Cromwell, ‘Star Trek: First Contact’

The veteran actor plays the larger-than-life Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive, which allows spaceships to travel at warp speed, leading to deep space exploration and interplanetary communication. (Photo: Paramount)


F. Murray Abraham, ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’

The Oscar winner from Amadeus stars as Ru’afo, the leader of the Son’a, who is eventually killed in a showdown with Captain Picard. (Photo: Paramount)


Tom Hardy, ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’

Before bulking up for roles like Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Max in Mad Max: Fury Road, Hardy played Shinzon, a slim, bald clone of Picard in the final Next Generation film. While the movie didn’t do too well critically, Hardy shined as the menacing villain. (Photo: Paramount)


Ron Perlman, ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’

Perlman had a makeup-heavy role alongside Hardy in Star Trek: Nemesis as Viceroy, Shinzon’s second-in-command. It foreshadowed Perlman’s star turn in Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy two years later. (Photo: Getty/Paramount)


Winona Ryder, ‘Star Trek’

Ryder had a warm and graceful turn as Spock’s doomed mother in the 2009 reboot. (Photo: Paramount)


Jennifer Morrison, ‘Star Trek’

Although Chris Hemsworth’s role as George Kirk was more prominent in the first five minutes ofStar Trek, the Once Upon a Time star appears as his very pregnant wife Winona Kirk who happens to go into labor when Nero attacks. (Photo: Paramount)


Tyler Perry, ‘Star Trek’

Every so often, the writer/director/producer takes a break from his numerous personal projects to take on small acting roles. Look for his quick scene in Star Trek as Admiral Richard Barnett, who leads the ethics committee that charges James Kirk with cheating in the Kobayashi simulation. (Photo: Paramount)


Bill Hader, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

The Saturday Night Live alum handled numerous small voice parts in Star Trek Into Darkness. His most recognizable would be as the voice of the computer in the USS Vengeance. (Photo: Getty)


Bryan Singer, ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’

Director of The Usual Suspects and the X-Men series made a Trek cameo as Kelly, an USS Enterprise tactical officer, although his role is uncredited. (Photo: Paramount)

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