Star Trek is itself an icon in science fiction but they’re known to attract others as well.
Star Trek has been a hit-maker in the world of science fiction for decades. They’ve created so many great moments, characters, and the like that there’s really no other franchise that has the ability to compete with them in or out of science fiction. Not only that but they’ve turned a group of actors who maybe wouldn’t have been known for anything into icons of the genre.
They truly are second-to-none in that regard. That’s not all though, as they’ve attracted some of the biggest names in the genre as well. We’re talking titans of science fiction that have shown up in Star Trek to lend their prowess and help establish it as the long-running brand that it is.
So who are some of the biggest science fiction names to come to Star Trek? While there are a few, we’re only focusing on three today.
Three science fiction icons who have appeared in Star Trek over the years
Peter Weller is the man who brought RoboCop to life and he did a great job with it. After RoboCop ended, Weller bounced around and did some more work in sci-fi, like with Screamers and Oddesy 5. Eventually, Weller would find his way to Star Trek by way of Enterprise, where he played John Frederick Paxton in two episodes in the final season of the series. He’d then return for Star Trek: Into Darkness as Admiral Marcus.
To many, Dean Stockwell will always be Al from Quantum Leap, but Stockwell didn’t just work on that classic sci-fi show. He, of course, was on Trek via Enterprise, as Colonel Grat in season one of the show. He was also a big name on Stargate around the same time, but maybe his best role since Quantum Leap was on the revival of Battle Star Galactica.
The number of things Christopher Lloyd was in would be an entire article in itself, but the Back to the Future star would pop up on Star Trek before he made he took his most iconic role as Dr. Emmett Brown. He played Cmdr. Kruge in Star Trek: III and was the reason for the death of James Kirk’s son.