Star Trek has seen four of its biggest names appear in Star Wars.
Fans of Star Trek and Star Wars like to joke about our fictitious rivalry. It’s all in good fun, and none of it really matters much in the grand scheme of things. They like to point out that our shows and movies are mostly morality conversations and we like pointing out that they haven’t had a good movie since the Regan administration.
You know, zingers like that.
Sardonic quips aside, most Trek fans love Star Wars and vice versa. They’re two vastly different forms of science fiction. So when you’re done with steak, you can get a great, top-of-the-line pizza.
Fans aren’t the only people who crossover, however, as several Trek actors have gone from the Alpha Quadrant to Tatooine. Now, this isn’t the entire list of actors who have crossed from one franchise to another. These are just the four names who are some of the main players in their respective series or films.
Who are the four Star Trek actors who appeared in Star Wars?
In Star Trek, George Takei is known for his ground-breaking role as Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman on the USS Enterprise. He was an icon in the role, which can’t be said about his time with Star Wars. Takei played Lok Durd in the Star Wars: Clone Wars series.
Brent Spiner brought the android Data to life on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role that is beyond legendary. For Star Wars, he Spiner played Gall Trayvis on Star Wars Rebels. A sizeable reduction in the importance of the roll.
Unlike the first two on this list, Ethan Phillips didn’t portray a television character, instead, the man who brought Neelix to life on Star Trek: Voyager, did voice-over work for three different video games. Phillips’ talents can be heard on Star Wars: Force Commander,” several parts in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, and others in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Simon Pegg is the only Star Trek actor in history to have a live-action role in the film franchise. Kinda. Does CGI count? Pegg of course played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek films, but in Star Wars, he had a minor cameo in A New Hope. In a brief cameo, Pegg plays Unkar Plutt, the junk trader who sells out Rey.