Shimerman at the 2008 Star Trek convention
November 5, 1949|
Lakewood Township, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, author|
Kitty Swink (m. 1981)
Armin Shimerman (born November 5, 1949) is an American actor, voice actor and author. He is best known for playing the Ferengi bartender Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kramer's caddie Stan on Seinfeld, voicing Doctor Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank series and Andrew Ryan in BioShock.
Shimerman was born to a Jewish family in Lakewood, New Jersey, the son of Susan, an accountant, and Herbert Shimerman, a house painter. When Shimerman was 15, his family moved to Los Angeles, where his mother enrolled him in a drama group in an effort to expand his social circle. Shimerman attended Santa Monica High School and was active in drama. As a senior, he played leading roles in school productions of Hamlet, The Crucible and The Skin of Our Teeth before graduating in 1967. After graduating from UCLA, Shimerman was selected to apprentice at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Shimerman began pursuing a dramatic career in theater, eventually moving to New York, where he was a member of the Impossible Ragtime Theater. Returning to Los Angeles, Shimerman received roles in two CBS series, launching his television acting career.
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Shimerman is best known for his role as the Ferengi bar owner Quark in the long-running television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, though his involvement with the Star Trek franchise began with appearances as other Ferengi characters in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "The Last Outpost" and "Peak Performance". As the character Quark, Shimerman became one of Star Trek's most widely known characters, and he appeared several times on the cover of TV Guide, either with other actors or alone as part of a collector's series. He says that his favorite episode of Deep Space Nine is "Little Green Men" as it was the only episode where he is shown captaining a ship.
Along with Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes, John de Lancie, Michael Ansara, and Richard Poe, he is one of only a few actors to play the same character on three different Star Trek series. He played Quark in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
In addition to Star Trek, Shimerman has had roles as Pascal on Beauty and the Beast and as Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also has starred in Stargate SG-1 as one of the Nox, an evil wizard in Charmed, appeared as Stan the caddy in an episode of Seinfeld and as Dr. Patemkin on Leverage.
Shimerman has appeared as judge Brian Hooper in the third season of Boston Legal, joining fellow Star Trek actors William Shatner, René Auberjonois, and Ethan Phillips. His character even shared a scene with Auberjonois, with the strife between the two characters reminiscent of the conflict between Shimerman's Quark and Auberjonois's Odo.
He made an appearance as "The Terror" in The Tick live-action series.
He appeared in the series Numb3rs episode "Provenance" as an art expert. He also appeared in the episode "Posse Comitatus" of The West Wing as Richard III and had a cameo role in the film What the Bleep Do We Know!?.
He has voiced several video game villains, including Toad in X-Men Legends, Andrew Ryan in the BioShock series, Razputin's father in Psychonauts, and General Skarr from Evil Con Carne and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. He lent his voice talent to BioWare for their games Jade Empire (as Emperor Sun Hai) and Mass Effect (as the original Salarian Councilor). He also voices Emil Narud and Mohandar in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the expansion StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
In 2008, he voiced the character of Wilmer in an audio dramatization of The Maltese Falcon that also featured Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann. In addition, he also voiced the character of Mr. Phillips in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's production of Anne of Green Gables. He also voiced Raanu in the straight-to-DVD animated film Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. He also voices Green Goblin in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.
In 2011, he provided additional voices for the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.
In 2012, he also provided additional voice talent for the MMORPG The Secret World.
He reprised his roles as Doctor Nefarious and Andrew Ryan in the crossover fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Deep Space Nine
Shimerman co-authored a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, The 34th Rule, with David R. George III, published January 1, 1999. It focuses on his character Quark, who loses his bar and is imprisoned as a result of a diplomatic crisis between the Bajoran and Ferengi governments. The novel is an allegory for the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.
The Merchant Prince series
Shimerman has co-written a series of books in which he provides a science fictional basis for the life of Dr. John Dee. The first novel in the series, The Merchant Prince, was co-written with Irish author Michael Scott, known for his Nicholas Flamel series. Published in 2000, it features the historical figure John Dee being placed in suspended animation in 1575 by an alien race known as the Roc and awakening in 2099. The cover features Shimerman in Elizabethan garb. Shimerman commented: "John Dee really did exist. We're pretty sure he was a member of Queen Elizabeth's secret service, which put it in his purview to kill if he needed to. The Elizabethan period was a much more perilous time; you had to be quick with a dagger and nefarious in order to survive". Shimerman thought there were aspects of both himself and his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character, Quark, in the novel's interpretation of John Dee. Shimerman commented: "There are aspects of Quark similar to Dr. Dee, and undoubtedly there are aspects of Dr. Dee similar to Armin Shimerman, which would make him seem like Quark as well".
The other novels in the series are Outrageous Fortune (2002), co-written with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, known for her historical horror novels, and Capital Offense (2003).
Shimerman is married to actress Kitty Swink.
|1980||Stardust Memories||Eulogy Audience Member|
|1986||The Hitcher||Interrogation Sergeant|
|1987||Blind Date||French Waiter|
|1987||Like Father Like Son||Trigger's Dad|
|1989||Big Man on Campus||Dr. Oberlander|
|1990||Miracle Landing||Rick||Television film|
|1990||Death Warrant||Dr. Gottesman|
|1991||And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird||Contest Judge|
|1993||Slaughter of the Innocents||Dr. Mort Seger|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Judge Arthur Younger|
|1997||Snide and Prejudice||Eckart|
|1997||Looking for Lola||Maitre'd|
|1998||The Lost World||Professor George Edward Challenger||Television film|
|1998||Star Trek: Insurrection||Quark||Deleted scenes|
|2004||What the Bleep Do We Know!?||Man||Cameo|
|2004||Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus||Ernest||Television film|
|2005||Meet the Santas||Ernest||Television film|
|2006||Dead and Deader||Coroner Flutie||Television film|
|2007||Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure||General Skarr, Pirate #7 (voices)||Television film|
|2008||Delgo||Nohrin Merchant (voice)|
|2008||Underfist: Halloween Bash||General Skarr, Candy Skeleton, Rat, Creepy Gnome (voices)||Television film|
|2009||Bionicle: The Legend Reborn||Raanu (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2009||For Christ's Sake||The Pope|
|2011||Atlas Shrugged: Part I||Dr. Potter|
|2016||Ratchet & Clank||Doctor Nefarious (voice)|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Phone Man||Episode: "Heat Rash"|
|1983||Oh Madeline||Norman||Episode: "Chances Are"|
|1984||Cagney & Lacey||Officer Green||Episode: "Matinee"|
|1984||The Paper Chase||Asphalt Expert Witness||Episode: "Tempest in a Pothole"|
|1984||Remington Steele||Nestor Bartholomew||Episode: "Lofty Steele"|
|1985||Alice||Man at Auction||Episode: "Kiss the Grill Goodbye"|
|1985||I Had Three Wives||Herb||Episode: "You and I Know"|
|1985||The Facts of Life||Mr. Smith||Episode: "Out of the Fire"|
|1986||It's Garry Shandling's Show||The Doctor||Episode: "Garry Throws a Surprise Party"|
|1986||You Again?||Jim||Episode: "The Grad"|
|1987||What's Happening Now!!||Frank||Episode: "Mad Money"|
|1987||Easy Street||Mr. Klinestabber||Episode: "Frames and Dames"|
|1987||Crime Story||Treasurer||Episode: "The Pinnacle"|
|1987||Sledge Hammer!||Malcolm Dench||Episode: "Hammeroid"|
|1987–90||Beauty and the Beast||Pascal||16 episodes|
|1987–94||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Quark, DaiMon Bractor, Gift-Box Face, Letek||4 episodes|
|1989||Hooperman||Dr. Wexler||Episode: "Nightmare in Apartment One"|
|1989||Duet||Dr. Jordan||Episode: "The New and Improved Linda"|
|1989, 1994||L.A. Law||Timothy Wiseboro, Ernie Frye||2 episodes|
|1990||Grand||Dr. Kasmurski, Man at Funeral||2 episodes|
|1990||Who's the Boss?||Mr. Warner||Episode: "Road Scholar"|
|1990||Alien Nation||Cyril Roman||Episode: "Gimme, Gimme"|
|1990||Cop Rock||Mersky||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1990||Good Grief||Stinky||Episode: "Cub Scouts and Horses & Whiskers on Kittens"|
|1991||Married... with Children||Mr. Lovejoy||Episode: "Buck the Stud"|
|1991||Pros and Cons||Harvey||Episode: "Fire and Ice"|
|1991–92||Brooklyn Bridge||Bernard||4 episodes|
|1992||Civil Wars||Victor Sofransky||Episode: "Mob Psychology"|
|1993–99||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Quark, Herbert Rossoff, Audrid Dax||172 episodes|
|1995||Star Trek: Voyager||Quark||Episode: "Caretaker|
|1996||Seinfeld||Stan||Episode: "The Caddy"|
|1996||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Quark||1 episode|
|1996||The Lazarus Man||Henry Munroe||Episode: "Jehovah and Son, Inc."|
|1997||Stargate SG-1||Anteaus||Episode: "The Nox"|
|1997||Ally McBeal||Judge Walworth||Episode: "Boy to the World"|
|1997–98||The Practice||Judge Garth Moskin||2 episodes|
|1997–2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Principal Snyder||19 episodes|
|1999||Martial Law||Daniel Darius||Episode: "Slammo Blammo"|
|1999–2000||Rocket Power||Ben Robbins, Shopkeeper (voices)||2 episodes|
|2001||Judging Amy||Anthony Cara||Episode: "The Undertow"|
|2001||The Invisible Man||Dr. Thomas Walker / Augustin Gaither||3 episodes|
|2001||The Guardian||Judge Smitrovich||Episode: "The Men from the Boys"|
|2001||Citizen Baines||Robert Udelwitz||Episode: "The Appraisal"|
|2001||The Agency||Dr. Oliver||Episode: "Nocturne"|
|2001–07||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||General Skarr, Stomach, Mann, Skarr's Mom, Janitor (voices)||23 episodes|
|2002||The Tick||The Terror||Episode: "The Terror"|
|2002||Charmed||The Wizard||Episode: "We're Off to See the Wizard"|
|2002||Boston Public||Judge Semel||Episode: "Chapter Forty-Four"|
|2002||The West Wing||Richard III||Episode: "Posse Comitatus"|
|2002||For the People||Dr. O'Neill||2 episodes|
|2002||Thieves||Professor Conrad Haglar||Episode: "Home Is Where the Heist Is"|
|2002||Girls Club||Edmund Graves||3 episodes|
|2003||Tremors||Cecil Carr||Episode: "A Little Paranoia Among Friends"|
|2003||The Handler||Maxwell Rosenheim||2 episodes|
|2003–04||Evil Con Carne||General Skarr, Stomach, Skarrbot, Dude #1 (voices)||9 episodes|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Dr. McCain||Episode: "Slam Dunk"|
|2004||ER||Levine||Episode: "Where There's Smoke"|
|2004||Nip/Tuck||Ocularist||Episode: "Natasha Charles"|
|2005||Committed||Super||Episode: "The Snow Episode"|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Dr. Achilles Milo (voice)||Episode: "The Doomsday Sanction"|
|2005||Joan of Arcadia||Ronald Harbison||Episode: "Trial and Error"|
|2005||Invasion||Josh Breims||2 episodes|
|2006||Ben 10||Slix Vigma (voice)||Episode: "Grudge Match"|
|2006||Dr. Vegas||Clown||Episode: "Heal thyself"|
|2006||Numbers||The Art-Authentication Board Member||Episode: "Provenance"|
|2006||Boston Legal||Judge Brian Hopper||7 episodes|
|2006||South of Nowhere||Dr. Crawford||Episode: "That's the Way the World Crumbles"|
|2007||The Young and the Restless||Judge Graham Roberts||1 episode|
|2009||Leverage||Dr. Patemkin||Episode: "The Juror #6 Job"|
|2009–10||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Calculator, Psycho-Pirate, Walter Mark "Prof" Haley,
Guardian #2, Cop (voices)
|2010||Warehouse 13||Charlie Martin||Episode: "Where and When"|
|2012||Perception||Dr. Cutler||Episode: "86'd"|
|2012||Castle||Benjamin Donnelly||Episode: "The Final Frontier"|
|2012–16||Regular Show||Dr. Henry, Buttonwillow McButtonwillow, Mr. Murphy,
Nightmare Alien, Gopher Person, Zingo #3, Waiter (voices)
|2013||Bad Samaritans||Judge||2 episodes|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Oscar||Episode: "Check In and Check Out"|
|2014||Franklin & Bash||Stu Weston||Episode: "Falcon's Nest"|
|2016||Red Bird||Max||2 episodes|
|2016||Timeless||David Rittenhouse||Episode: "The Capture of Benedict Arnold"|
|2016||Uncle Grandpa||Additional Voices||Episode: "The Phone Call"|
|2017||Justice League Action||Zilius Zox (voice)||Episode: "Rage of the Red Lanterns"|
Deep Space Nine
Merchant Prince series
- The Merchant Prince (2000) (with Michael Scott)
- Outrageous Fortune (2002) (with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro)
- Capital Offense (2003)
- Jewish Journal: "Top 5 Jewish moments in ‘Trek’" by Adam Wills May 7, 2009
- Jewish Journal: "Jews Get Geek on at Comic-Con" by Adam Wills July 22, 2009
- "Armin Shimerman Biography (1949–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- "Recalling "Yesterday's Enterprise" with Eric Stillwell - Part 2". Star Trek.com. February 18, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
- Dilmore, Kevin (2001). "Star Trek Communicator issue 130". Fantastic Media. Denver Colorado: 59.
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