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When Star Trek, Soap Operas Collide

Tony Todd is on Y&R — who else from Trek have stopped by?

Popular Star Trek guest star Tony Todd — you know, Kurn from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” among other characters — is currently doing a stint on CBS’ popular soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”

Todd, who also played an adult Jake Sisko in the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episode “The Visitor” as well as a Hirogen commander in the “Star Trek: Voyager” episode “Prey” — is taking on the character of Gus Rogan, a man wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder, who just happens to be the estranged father of two new characters on the 40-year-old series.

But Todd isn’t the only popular Star Trek face that has showed up on soap operas over the years. Take a look at some of the others who have shared their presence on daytime television’s favorite pastime.

Roxann Dawson – ‘Star Trek: Voyager’
Before she was the feisty half-Klingon B’Elanna Torres, Dawson was able to find one of her first television screen roles on “Another World” in 1985 as Adrienne Morrow. That didn’t last long, but in a real-life soap opera that many fans are not aware of — Dawson was once married to Casey Biggs, who played Damar in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” And no, she’s not related to Rosario Dawson.

James Doohan – ‘Star Trek’
The late great actor best known as Scotty in the original “Star Trek” appeared in a pair of episodes of the CBS series “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 1996 as Damon Warwick, the estranged father of Dr. James Warwick, played by Ian Buchanan. That’s not the first time Doohan has been involved in a soap opera — he also had an uncredited role as Thomas in 28 episodes of the 1960s primetime soap “Peyton Place.”

Michael Dorn – ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’
It’s hard not to imagine the tall and handsome Michael Dorn not as a leading man (or some kind of leading man) on a soap opera. Before he was Lt. Worf, Dorn played the small role of Jimmy on “One Life to Live.” He also appeared in a primetime soap very early in his career, as a paramedic in a 1981 episode of “Knots Landing.”

Jonathan Frakes – ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’
Before he was Cmdr. William Riker (and Mr. Genie Francis, a popular actress from “General Hospital” fame), Frakes played the character of Jared McAllister on “Days of our Lives” in 1986. He also appeared as Tom Carroll in the one-time NBC half-hour soap “The Doctors” in the late 1970s.

Bruce Greenwood – ‘Star Trek’ (2009)
He never showed up in daytime soap operas, but Greenwood was a popular face in primetime, especially “Knots Landing” where he played Pierce Lawton for 22 episodes in the early 1990s. He also played Dana Harrington in “Peyton Place: The Next Generation” in 1985.

Jennifer Lien – ‘Star Trek: Voyager’
Her time on USS Voyager was short-lived, but like the ship’s captain, Lien had a life on soaps before she was Kes. Lien was the first actress to play Hannah Moore in “Another World” beginning in 1991, stepping aside a year later. Blakeley Braniff would take on the role again in 1998, but the soap would be cancelled a year later.

Gates McFadden – ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’
During her brief hiatus as the chief medical officer on the USS Enterprise-D, redhead bombshell McFadden played Dr. Lisa Mallory in “All My Children” in 1988. That role was short-lived, as she was back on the Enterprise in 1989 for the show’s third season.

Robert Duncan McNeill – ‘Star Trek: Voyager’
The first time many people saw McNeill, he was trying to convince Wil Wheaton to cover up a flight accident in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” But this USS Voyager pilot actually spent a little time on the soap “All My Children” in 1986. Not a lot of time, but long enough to earn a full name – Charlie Brent.

Colm Meaney – ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’
Whether he worked in the transporter room, engine room or was the one guy who kept Deep Space Nine together, Colm Meaney was a man who did many things on both “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” But he also has a soap opera resume himself, playing Patrick London on “One Life to Live” in the late 1980s when he was working a day job from his evenings on the USS Enterprise.

Kate Mulgrew – ‘Star Trek: Voyager’
People who know the history of Capt. Janeway’s career on the small screen know she got her big break on the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope,” and would play Mary Ryan Fenelli on the show for more than 400 episodes over a period of 14 years. Mulgrew also got some face time on “Dallas” in 1978, when she wasn’t on her short-term run as “Mrs. Columbo.”

Ethan Phillips – ‘Star Trek: Voyager’
One can’t play a fun chef-like alien forever, and Ethan Phillips certainly knows how to land on his feet. The one-time Mr. Neelix has spent some interesting time in the world of soap operas, beginning with a stop on “Days of our Lives” as Mr. Satterfield in 2010 and later as Nelson McGinnis in a pair of episodes of “The Young and the Restless” in 2011.

Tim Russ – ‘Star Trek: Voyager’
USS Voyager’s resident Vulcan is a man of many faces, even showing up as an Enterprise-B crew member in “Star Trek Generations” in 1994. But Russ is also a judgeful person, playing a judge on “The Young and the Restless” in 2011. He also popped into “General Hospital” for a short stint in 2006 and 2007 as Dr. Trent.

George Takei – ‘Star Trek’
The original “Star Trek’s” Mr. Sulu appeared on “The Young and the Restless” in 2003 as the Rev. Daniel Tanaka, presiding over the wedding of Neil and Drucilla, played by Kristoff St. John and Victoria Rowell. He also appeared in a 1985 episode of “General Hospital” as Diem, the honorary mayor of Port Charles’ Asian Quarter.

Connor Trinneer – ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’
Of the entire regular cast of “Star Trek: Enterprise,” believe it or not, the only actor with a soap opera background is the chief engineer himself. Trinneer played Zeus Zelenko for a short time on “One Life to Live” in 1996 before joining “Enterprise” a few years later.

Nana Visitor – ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’
The actress who would later play Major Kira Nerys on a rundown space station on the edge of a wormhole pretty much got her start in soap operas. She appeared as Nancy Feldman in nearly 80 episodes of :”Ryan’s Hope” (back when she was still known as Nana Tucker) beginning in 1978. After that, she moved on to “The Doctors” as Darcy Collins for a handful of episodes before taking on the role of Georgina Whitman on “One Life to Live” in 1982.

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