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Top 10 Actors Who Appeared in Both Star Wars and Star Trek

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Written by Jason C. McLean Two of the largest science fiction franchises of all time, Star Wars and Star Trek, share a surprising amount in common, including a few actors! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Actors Who Appeared in Both Star Wars and Star Trek! But who will take the top spot on our list? Will it be Ron Perlman, George Takei, or Simon Pegg? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to Lionel Gilmore, hulkfan and Shawn Mark for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Actors+Who+Appeared+in+Both+Star+Wars+and+Star+Trek
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Top 10 Actors Who Appeared in Both Star Wars and Star Trek

They are arguably the two most iconic and enduring franchises in sci-fi. Their respective fandoms are as distinct as they are huge, but there is some crossover - even when it comes to performers. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we'll be counting down the top 10 actors who have appeared in both Star Wars and Star Trek.

For this list, we're looking at actors who have appeared in both of these franchises, and we're prioritizing actors who played a significant role in at least one of the properties.

#10: Ed Begley, Jr.


This well-known actor's Star Trek credit is certainly memorable. He guest starred in a Voyager two-parter playing Henry Starling, a 20th century inventor who gets his hands on 29th Century technology, including what becomes The Doctor's mobile holographic emitter, and fights the Voyager crew to keep the stolen time ship. His Star Wars credit, on the other hand, is a hidden gem only hardcore fans know about. He played Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi. No, not the movie, but the radio play adaptation that aired on NPR in 1996. Begley, Jr.'s Fett even had some lines his cinematic counterpart didn't!

#9: Greg Grunberg


This “Heroes” star has worn the uniforms of both the Federation and the Resistance on the big screen. He was Resistance pilot "Snap" Wexley in the Force Awakens and took part in the attack on Starkiller Base. Meanwhile, in Star Trek Beyond, he played Commander Finnegan, the man who had to deal with Krall's swarm ships attacking Yorktown space station. That wasn't his only Trek role however. The other was out of uniform however, and actually only involved voice-over work. He played young Jim Kirk's stepfather in the 2009 reboot. Clearly it pays to be friends with J.J. Abrams!

#8: George Coe


In both franchises, this late well-respected actor was cast as a leader speaking for his people and defending their ways to outsiders. In The Clone Wars, he voiced Tee Watt Kaa, leader of the Lurmen, a group of pacifists refusing to take sides in the galactic war, even when the Separatists threatened their way of life and the Jedi offered to protect it. In The Next Generation, he played Chancellor Avel Durken of Malcor III, a planet that had achieved warp drive but whose inhabitants weren’t ready for the societal changes contact with the Federation would bring.

#7: Deep Roy


This actor, stuntman and puppeteer entered the Star Wars Universe pretty early in the franchise's history. He played Snit, aka Droopy McCool, the flute player in Max Reebo's band in Jabba's Palace as seen in Return of the Jedi. He wore a full body suit for the role, a performance which thankfully wasn't entirely replaced by CGI in the special editions. Roy entered the Star Trek universe more recently, just over 25 years after his original Jedi performance, now playing Scotty's buddy Keenser in the 2009 reboot and its sequels.

#6: Olivia d’Abo


Her transition from Star Trek to Star Wars was one of student to master. As Amanda Rogers, an honor student interning on the Enterprise-D for an episode of TNG, she discovered that she had the ability to make things happen with her mind, things like... reversing a warp core breach. Soon enough Q shows up and reveals that Amanda is really a Q herself. On the Clone Wars series, d'Abo was the voice of Luminara Unduli, a talented, level-headed and wise Jedi Master with whom Anakin and Ahsoka shared a number of adventures before meeting her demise under Order 66.


#5: Sam Witwer


While he has just one Star Trek credit to his name, playing an unnamed Xindi-Arboreal in an episode of Enterprise, Sam Witwer's Star Wars resume is considerably larger. He voiced The Son in a Clone Wars story arc as well as The Emperor on Rebels and, most notably, performed as Darth Maul for both series. He also provided a number of background voices for both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and lent his voice and likeness to Starkiller, the protagonist of the “Force Unleashed” video games. While it's possible he may play in Trek again, his Star Wars future looks as bright as a Tatooine afternoon.


#4: Brent Spiner

He's Star Trek's most well-known android, playing the loveable, loyal and ever-evolving Commander Data throughout The Next Generation and the four TNG films. His foray into the Star Wars universe, however, was not as a hero. He voiced Gall Trayvis in Star Wars Rebels, a supposed senator in exile who is really working for the Empire to trap members of the Rebellion. Seeing as Spiner also played Data's evil twin brother Lore on TNG however, Rebels wasn't his first trip to the dark side or his first time playing a character with ulterior motives.


#3: Ron Perlman


This star’s contributions to both franchises have something in common: he plays two very notable bad guys, both of whom get what they deserve. In Star Trek Nemesis, he is Praetor Shinzon’s mind-invading Reman Viceroy. This baddie’s telepathic tactics eventually blow up in his face, or rather, the ship he is on almost blows up because Troi uses his mind to track it under cloak. In the Clone Wars, Perlman voices Gha Nacht, a salvage ship captain who steals R2-D2, hides him from Anakin and tries to sell him to General Grievous only to be killed by one of the robotic general’s lightsabers when he tries to raise his price.


#2: Simon Pegg


This instantly-recognizable star is just that when he plays Scotty in JJ Abrams' rebooted Star Trek film franchise. He's not nearly as easy to spot, however, in another Abrams film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. In fact, you'd probably have to read the credits to know that he played Jakku junk merchant Unkar Plutt. He was, of course, wearing a costume as well as quite a bit of makeup and prosthetics, and then the Lucasfilm CGI team had a go at the character's face. It takes quite a bit of effort to make Simon Pegg not look like Simon Pegg.


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honourable mentions:


Clancy Brown


Ian Abercrombie


Clive Revill


#1: George Takei


When you hear his name, chances are you think Star Trek, even before you think of his massive social media presence. This is due to him shaping the character of Hikaru Sulu throughout the original series and the first six Star Trek films. But this original Enterprise helmsman once took a trip to a galaxy far far away, voicing Separatist General Lok Durd in an episode of the Clone Wars. This ruthless weapons designer didn't care how many had to die as long as he got his promotion. Something that might make you, or Takei, say “Oh Myyyyy.”
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