Aron Eisenberg

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Aron Eisenberg
A portrait photograph of a man; he's wearing a checkered shirt while looking into the camera and smiling.
Eisenberg in 1998
Born(1969-01-06)January 6, 1969
DiedSeptember 21, 2019(2019-09-21) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materMoorpark College
  • Actor
  • photographer
Years active1988–2019
Malíssa Longo
(m. 2018)

Aron Eisenberg (January 6, 1969 – September 21, 2019)[1] was an American actor and podcaster known for his role as Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Early life[edit]

Eisenberg was adopted into a Jewish family.[1][2] He was born with only one partially functioning kidney, limiting his height, and received a kidney transplant at the age of 14.[3] Eisenberg studied theatre at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California.[1]


Eisenberg appeared on TV shows including Tales from the Crypt, Amityville: The Evil Escapes, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, The Wonder Years, and General Hospital. He guest-starred in "Motherly Love", an episode of Brotherly Love. Eisenberg was a recurring guest star on the '90s TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack, in which he played the character Jerry. He appeared in films such as The Liars' Club, Puppet Master III, Streets, and The Horror Show.

Eisenberg is most recognized for his recurring role as Nog, a Ferengi, through all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. While this part called for him to appear under heavy makeup, he also appeared without makeup as a news vendor in the episode "Far Beyond the Stars". He also guest-starred as a Kazon called Kar in "Initiations", an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, and was a host and producer of the Star Trek themed podcast The 7th Rule. Stephanie Marceau of Screen Rant listed her 10 best Nog episodes of DS9: "Empok Nor", "Valiant", "Progress", "The Visitor", "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang", "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River", "The Jem'Hadar", "The Magnificent Ferengi", "Heart of Stone", and "It's Only a Paper Moon".[4]

Eisenberg also performed on stage in such productions as The Indian Wants the Bronx, On Borrowed Time and Minor Demons. He occasionally directed for the theater, as in the 1997 production of On Borrowed Time and the 1998 production of The Business of Murder at the Conejo Players Theater.[5] His final performance was in 7 Days to Vegas (2019).[6][7]

Personal life and death[edit]

Eisenberg worked as a professional photographer, opening his own gallery sometime before 2013.[8] In August 2015, Eisenberg was once again diagnosed with kidney failure.[9] On December 29, 2015, he received a successful kidney transplant.[10] On December 28, 2018, Eisenberg eloped with Malíssa Longo.[11] He was also a father to two sons.[12]

Eisenberg died[13] on September 21, 2019, at the age of 50.[11][14][15]


In the Star Trek: Discovery episode "Die Trying" that aired November 12, 2020, Eisenberg was honored by a flyby of an Eisenberg-class ship named the USS Nog with the registry number of NCC-325070.[16][17]




Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Horror Show Scott McCarthy Slasher film directed by James Isaac
Beverly Hills Brats Simon Comedy film directed by Jim Sotos
1990 Streets 'Roach' Drama film directed by Katt Shea
Playroom Daniel Horror film directed by Manny Coto
Prayer of the Rollerboys Teen Boy Science fiction film directed by Rick King
1991 Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge Peter Hertz
1993 The Liars' Club 'Buzz' Thriller film directed by Jeffrey Porter
1996 Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills Tommy Chandler Horror film written and directed by Philippe Mora
2017 Star Trek: Renegades Fnaxnor Fan film based upon the Star Trek franchise directed by Tim Russ
2019 7 Days to Vegas 'Peanut'


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Straight Up Kevin Episode: "Jam"
1989 Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes Brian Evans Made-for-TV movie directed and co-written by Sandor Stern
Caddie Woodlawn Olaf Made-for-TV movie directed by Giles Walker, based on the children's historical fiction novel of the same name by Carol Ryrie Brink[18]
1990 The Wonder Years Elf Episode "A Very Cutlip Christmas"
1991 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Steven Episode "Jerry: Portrait of a Video Junkie"
Tales from the Crypt Aaron Episode "Undertaking Palor"
1993–1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Nog Recurring
1994 The Secret World of Alex Mack Jerry Episodes "School Dance" and "The Feud"
1995 Star Trek: Voyager Kar Episode "Initiations"
1996 Brotherly Love Ricky 'Little Ricky' Episode "Motherly Love"
1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Newspaper Vendor Episode "Far Beyond the Stars"
Brave New World Male Panelist Made-for-TV movie directed by Leslie Libman and Larry Williams, loosely based on Aldous Huxley's novel of the same name[19]
2001 The Division Franklin Episode "Partners in Crime"
2014 Sidewalks Entertainment Himself Episode: "Star Trek's Rom & Nog"
2016 Cozmo's 'Curly' Made-for-TV movie directed by A.B. Stone
2017 Blade of Honor Raejin Tektonopolis Recurring
2019 The 7th Rule Himself Co-host
Sidewalks Entertainment Himself (Archival footage) Episode: "Remembering Aron Eisenberg"

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010–2019 Star Trek Online Nog (voice)


Year Title Notes
2019 The 7th Rule Eisenberg, Ryan T. Husk, & Cirroc Lofton were hosts of the series


Year Title Role Notes
2014–2016 From the Mouths of Babes Himself 4 episodes
2018 What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine Himself Retrospective of the series and possibly episode 1 of season 8, had it been made[21][22]


  1. ^ a b c Fennimore, Jack (September 22, 2019). "Aron Eisenberg Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Gershom, Yonassan (2010). Jewish Themes in Star Trek. Morrisville, North Carolina: Lulu Press, Inc. ISBN 9781458397683.
  3. ^ Slaughter, Adele; Shoop, M.D., Stephen A. (January 23, 2002). "Aron 'Nog' Eisenberg beams aboard a kidney". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Archived from the original on February 17, 2002. Retrieved February 17, 2002.
  4. ^ Marceau, Stephanie (September 29, 2019). "Star Trek: 10 Best Nog Episodes, Ranked". Screen Rant. Ogden, Utah: Valnet, Inc. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "History | Conejo Players Theatre".
  6. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (September 22, 2019). "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Aron Eisenberg dies at 50". Entertainment Weekly. United States: Meredith Corporation. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Roeper, Richard (September 19, 2019). "'7 Days to Vegas': In both poker and comedy, gambling romp knows its stuff". Chicago Sun Times. Chicago: Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Aron Scott". Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  9. ^ Staff. "Aron Eisenberg Discusses Upcoming Kidney Transplant". Star Trek. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Longo, Malissa. "A New Kidney for Aron". GoFundMe. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Moshtaghian, Artemis (September 22, 2019). "'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' actor Aron Eisenberg dies at age 50". CNN. Atlanta: WarnerMedia. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Variety Staff (September 22, 2019). "'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' actor Aron Eisenberg dies at 50". Variety. United States: Variety Media, LLC. (Penske Media Corporation). Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  13. ^ The 7th Rule. "Malissa Longo (Aron's Wife) | Celebrating Aron Eisenberg | CNF #6". YouTube. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  14. ^ Calicchio, Dom (September 22, 2019). "Aron Eisenberg, played 'Nog' on 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' spinoff series, dies at 50". Fox News. New York City: Fox Corporation. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Remembering Aron Eisenberg, 1969–2019". September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  16. ^ "Episode Die Trying". Startrek Discovery. Season 3 (Episode 5). November 12, 2020.
  17. ^ "Star Trek: Discovery Pays Tribute to Late Deep Space Nine Star Aron Eisenberg". Season 3 (Episode 5). November 12, 2020.
  18. ^ Brink, Carol Ryrie (1973). Caddie Woodlawn. New York City: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0027136708.
  19. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1962) [1932]. Brave New World. New York City (original London): Bantam Books (original Chatto & Windus). ASIN B000GG6OGM.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  20. ^ "Star Trek Online: FAQ – When does the game take place?". Cryptic Studios. Los Angeles: Perfect World Entertainment. April 27, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  21. ^ What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine. Shout! Studios (DVD). Los Angeles: Shout! Factory. August 6, 2019. ASIN B07RSLJSG5. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  22. ^ What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine. Shout! Studios (Blu-ray). Los Angeles: Shout! Factory. ASIN B07RR73J7Y.

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