Eric Menyuk is an actor perhaps best known for his brief appearances in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation as the character The Traveler. Menyuk was originally considered for the role of the android Data which was eventually given to Brent Spiner. After retiring from his acting career, he retrained to become an attorney and works in the field of children's education rights.
Menyuk was in the running to play the android character Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation. A memo from John Pike to John Ferrard dated April 13, 1987, listed Menyuk as one of several actors who were in contention for the role, also including Mark Lindsay Chapman, Kevin Peter Hall and Kelvin Han Yee. Brent Spiner was eventually chosen for the role over Menyuk.
He was subsequently cast in the role of the Traveler, first appearing in the first season in the episode "Where No One Has Gone Before" and returning in the fourth season episode "Remember Me" and season seven's "Journey's End". In order to portray the character, he had to undergo a three hour make-up process on each day of shooting, including prosthetics applied to both hands in order to reduce the number of fingers shown and to his face. He later remarked that although he respected the work of Michael Westmore, he disliked the prosthetics on his hands and would go out of his way during shooting to hide them. Following his appearances on Star Trek, he has appeared on the convention circuit, including Star Trek themed cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines.
He is an attorney, having graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, after he retired from film and television. He is married to his wife Laurie and has a son and a daughter. Due to his son's special needs he has moved into the field of law involving children's education rights. He was admitted to the State Bar of California on July 12, 1998.
- Ghost Dad (1990) as Clinic Doctor
- Fearless (1993) as Sears Salesman
- The Air Up There (1994) as Mark Collins
- The Babysitter (1995) as Joe
TV guest appearances
- Hill Street Blues as Carney (1 episode, 1987)
- The Betty Ford Story (1987) (TV movie) as Jake
- L.A. Law as Roland Burnet (2 episodes, 1987–1989)
- Matlock as Al White (3 episodes, 1987–1994)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation as The Traveler (3 episodes, 1987–1994)
- Cheers as Larry the Mailman (1 episode, 1988)
- Falcon Crest as Dr. Peters (1 episode, 1989)
- thirtysomething as Man #4 (1 episode, 1990)
- Jake and the Fatman (2 episodes, 1990)
- Married... with Children as Black Bob (2 episodes, 1990–1993)
- Fourth Story (1991) (TV movie) as Det. Rabbitt
- Night Court as Pizza Guy (1 episode, 1991)
- In My Daughter's Name (1992) (TV movie) as Roman Kosner
- Melrose Place as Physician (1 episode, 1993)
- University Hospital as Max Whistler (1 episode, 1995)
- Ellen as Jim Hogan (1 episode, 1996)
- Voice from the Grave (1996) (TV movie) as Nate Bradshaw
- Diagnosis: Murder as Peter (1 episode, 1996)
- L.A. Doctors as Dr. Daniel Dalsky (1 episode, 1998)
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- "Star Trek: Las Vegas, Day 3 Recap". StarTrek.com. August 12, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
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- Nemecek (2003): p. 289
- "Creation San Francisco Convention Recap - Day 1". StarTrek.com. March 12, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
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