List of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine cast members

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The season five cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, including Michael Dorn as Worf after he joined in season four and prior to the departure of Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax at the end of season six.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is an American science fiction television series that debuted in broadcast syndication on January 3, 1993.[1] The series ran for seven seasons until 1999.[2] The show was spun-off from Star Trek: The Next Generation which debuted in 1987,[3] with characters inhabiting a shared fictional universe. Deep Space Nine was developed by executive producers Rick Berman and Michael Piller, who together wrote the series bible.[4] The show was filmed primarily on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles, California.[5]

Siddig El Fadil, later known as Alexander Siddig was an early front runner for the part of Captain Benjamin Sisko. Ultimately the producers thought he was too young for the role and instead offered him the part of Dr. Julian Amoros, who was subsequently renamed to Julian Bashir.[6][7] It was originally intended to have Ro Laren, a character from The Next Generation as a main character. However, after actress Michelle Forbes declined to sign on for a five- to six-year commitment for the series, the part was re-written to become Major Kira Nerys, with Nana Visitor cast in that role.[8] For similar reasons, Famke Janssen turned down the role of Jadzia Dax when offered, with Terry Farrell becoming the last main cast member to cast with filming already underway on "Emissary".[9][10] Two actors who considered for main roles went on to be cast as recurring characters: Andrew Robinson was beaten to the role of Odo by René Auberjonois, but was cast as the Cardassian tailor/spy Elim Garak;[11] similarly, Max Grodénchik lost the role of Quark to Armin Shimerman, but was subsequently cast as that character's brother, Rom.[12]

There were several actors who appeared in Deep Space Nine in roles they had previously played in other Star Trek series. The most prominent of these was Colm Meaney, who played Chief Miles O'Brien. Meaney had first appeared as an unnamed crewman in the pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", and went on to appear in a total of 52 episodes of The Next Generation.[13] O'Brien's wife, Keiko O'Brien, was a recurring character, as played by Rosalind Chao. At one point before the start of The Next Generation, Chao had been considered by producers to be the favourite for the part of Tasha Yar.[14] Majel Barrett appeared as Lwaxana Troi, having also originally appeared in The Next Generation.[15] She was intended to be one of the six major recurring characters in the new show,[16] and also continued to voice the Starfleet computers as seen in the earlier series.[15] Before appearing as Troi, Barrett had appeared in The Original Series and two Star Trek films as Christine Chapel as well as Number One in the original pilot "The Cage".[15]

The series had several long-running antagonists. Marc Alaimo portrayed Gul Dukat,[17] the Cardassian former commander of Deep Space Nine who later led his people into joining the Dominion. Dukat had been included in the series bible as a recurring character described as someone who "represents the continuing threat to our people".[16] There were several Dominion characters who appeared from the third season onwards including Salome Jens as the Female Shapeshifter,[18] and Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun.[19] Combs was unique in Deep Space Nine for simultaneously playing two recurring characters, both Weyoun and the Ferengi Brunt in the same episode, "The Dogs of War".[20]

The fourth season saw a change in direction for the series with the producers asked to "shake up the show" by Paramount,[21] and the addition of a main cast member. Rick Berman suggested adding a Klingon contingent to the show, which including the return of Michael Dorn to play Lt Cmdr. Worf. Dorn previously portrayed Worf across seven seasons of The Next Generation and the feature films.[22] The changes also brought in J. G. Hertzler as General Martok, although this was initially not expected to be a recurring character.[23] Hertzler had previously appeared in the pilot of the series as a Vulcan Captain on board the USS Saratoga,[24] and Martok would end the series as the Klingon Chancellor.[25] One further change to the main cast occurred between the sixth and seventh seasons. Terry Farrell elected not to renew her contract, and so her character was killed off in the final episode of season six, "Tears of the Prophets".[26] She was replaced by Nicole de Boer, who was cast as Ezri Dax.[27]


Main Cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine[edit]

Actor Character S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7
Brooks, AveryAvery Brooks
Sisko, BenjaminBenjamin Sisko Main
Visitor, NanaNana Visitor
Nerys, KiraKira Nerys Main
Auberjonois, RenéRené Auberjonois
Odo Main
Siddig, AlexanderAlexander Siddig
Bashir, JulianJulian Bashir Main
Farrell, TerryTerry Farrell
Dax, JadziaJadzia Dax Main
Meaney, ColmColm Meaney
Miles O'Brien Main
Shimerman, ArminArmin Shimerman
Quark Main
Lofton, CirrocCirroc Lofton
Sisko, JakeJake Sisko Main
Dorn, MichaelMichael Dorn
Worf Main
de Boer, NicoleNicole de Boer
Dax, EzriEzri Dax Main

Recurring Cast[edit]

Alaimo, MarcMarc Alaimo
Dukat Recurring
Barrett, MajelMajel Barrett
Starfleet computerb
Lwaxana Troi
Chao, RosalindRosalind Chao
Keiko O'Brien Recurring Guest
Durand, JudiJudi Durand
Cardassian computer voiceb
PADD computer voice
Eisenberg, AronAron Eisenberg
Nog Recurring
Grodénchik, MaxMax Grodénchik
Rom Recurring
Shepherd, Mark AllenMark Allen Shepherd
Mornc Recurring
Hatae, HanaHana Hatae
Molly O'Brien Recurring Guest Recurring Guest
Saviola, CamilleCamille Saviola
Opaka Sulan Recurring Guest Recurring
Christopher, RobinRobin Christopher
Neela Recurring
Lashly, JamesJames Lashly
George Primmin Recurring
Robinson, AndrewAndrew Robinson
Garak, ElimElim Garak Guest Recurring
Fletcher, LouiseLouise Fletcher
Adami, WinnWinn Adami Guest Recurring Recurring Guest Recurring
Anglim, PhilipPhilip Anglim
Antos, BareilBareil Antos Guest Recurring Guest
Hertzler, J. G.J. G. Hertzler
Vulcan Captaind
Roy Ritterhouse
Guest Guest Recurring
Armstrong, VaughnVaughn Armstrong
Guest Recurring
Shawn, WallaceWallace Shawn
Zek Guest Guest Recurring
Taylor, Tiny RonTiny Ron Taylor
Maihar'du Guest Guest Recurring
Bell, Felecia M.Felecia M. Bell
Sisko, JenniferJennifer Sisko Guest Guest
Bay, SusanSusan Bay
Admiral Rollman Guest
Beymer, RichardRichard Beymer
Li Nalas Recurring
Langalla, FrankFrank Langalla
Minister Jaro Recurring
Macht, StephenStephen Macht
General Krim Recurring
Poe, RichardRichard Poe
Evek, GulGul Evek Recurring
Taylor, RonRon Taylor
Klingon Chef Recurring
Dooley, PaulPaul Dooley
Tain, EnabranEnabran Tain Guest Recurring Guest
Nogulich, NataliaNatalia Nogulich
Nechayev, AlynnaAlynna Nechayev Guest
Colicos, JohnJohn Colicos
Kor Guest Guest Guest
McCarthy, JuliannaJulianna McCarthy
Mila Guest Recurring
Adams, Mary KayMary Kay Adams
Grillka Guest Guest
Salinger, DianeDiane Salinger
Lupaza Guest Guest
Sloyan, JamesJames Sloyan
Mora Pol Guest Guest
Jens, SalomeSalome Jens
Female Shapeshifter Recurring Guest Recurring
Marshall, KennethKenneth Marshall
Eddington, MichaelMichael Eddington Recurring
Masterson, ChaseChase Masterson
Leeta Recurring Guest Recurring
Combs, JeffreyJeffrey Combs
Guest Recurring
O'Reilly, RobertRobert O'Reilly
Gowron Guest Recurring Recurring
Johnson Jerald, PennyPenny Johnson Jerald
Kasidy Yates
Guest Recurring Guest Recurring
Lucking, WilliamWilliam Lucking
Furel Guest Recurring
Regehr, DuncanDuncan Regehr
Shakaar Edon Guest
Peters, BrockBrock Peters
Joseph Sisko
Recurring Recurring
Batten, CyiaCyia Batten
Tora Ziyal Recurring
Biggs, CaseyCasey Biggs
Dr. Wykoff
Guest Recurring
Adams, CecilyCecily Adams
Ishkaf Guest Recurring
Smith, MelanieMelanie Smith
Tora Ziyal Guest Recurring
Darren, JamesJames Darren
Fontaine, VicVic Fontaine Recurring
Jenner, BarryBarry Jenner
Adm. William J. Ross Recurring
Worden, MarcMarc Worden
Rozhenko, AlexanderAlexander Rozhenko Recurring
Sadler, WilliamWilliam Sadler
Sloan, LutherLuther Sloan Guest Recurring
Ransom, TimTim Ransom
Jack Guest
Keenan, MichaelMichael Keenan
Patrick Guest
Saile, Faith C.Faith C. Saile
Douglas, SarinaSarina Douglas Guest
Shepherd, HilaryHilary Shepherd
Lauren Guest
Cole, MeganMegan Cole
Cretak, KimaraKimara Cretak Recurring
Johnson, Jr., MelMel Johnson, Jr.
Broca Recurring
Lacey, DeborahDeborah Lacey
Sarah Sisko Recurring
Otis, JamesJames Otis
Solbor Recurring
Vickery, JohnJohn Vickery
Rusot Recurring

See also[edit]


  • A:^ An actor being listed as recurring indicates appearances in more than one episode in a season, while being listed as a guest star indicates that the actor appeared in a single episode of that season. Actors who appeared on multiple occasions but in a different role each time are not included. For these purposes, a two-part episode within a single season is considered to be a single episode.
  • B:^ ^ Majel Barrett and Judi Durand voiced the Starfleet and Cardassian computers in the show respectively, mostly on an uncredited basis.[28]
  • C:^ Uncredited in all appearances.[29]
  • D:^ Credited as John Noah Hertzler.[24]
  • E:^ Credited as Garman Hertzler.[24]
  • F:^ This character was previously portrayed in a single season three appearance by Andrea Martin.[30]


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