List of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine cast members
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is an American science fiction television series that debuted in broadcast syndication on January 3, 1993. The series ran for seven seasons until 1999. The show was spun off from Star Trek: The Next Generation which debuted in 1987, 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. The show was filmed primarily on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles, California.
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. 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. 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". 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; similarly, Max Grodénchik lost the role of Quark to Armin Shimerman, but was subsequently cast as that character's brother, Rom.
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. 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. Majel Barrett appeared as Lwaxana Troi, having also originally appeared in The Next Generation. She was intended to be one of the six major recurring characters in the new show, and also continued to voice the Starfleet computers as seen in the earlier series. 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".
The series had several long-running antagonists. Marc Alaimo portrayed Gul Dukat, 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". There were several Dominion characters who appeared from the third season onwards including Salome Jens as the Female Shapeshifter, and Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun. 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".
The fourth season saw a change in direction for the series with the producers asked to "shake up the show" by Paramount, 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. The changes also brought in J. G. Hertzler as General Martok, although this was initially not expected to be a recurring character. Hertzler had previously appeared in the pilot of the series as a Vulcan Captain on board the USS Saratoga, and Martok would end the series as the Klingon Chancellor. 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". She was replaced by Nicole de Boer, who was cast as Ezri Dax.
- Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko, commanding officer of space station Deep Space Nine until his disappearance in 2375.
- René Auberjonois as Odo, chief of security until 2375.
- Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax, station's counselor.
- Michael Dorn as Worf, strategic operations officer and later Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire.
- Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax, chief science officer until her death in 2374.
- Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko, son of Benjamin Sisko.
- Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien, chief operations officer and later Starfleet Academy professor.
- Armin Shimerman as Quark, bar owner.
- Alexander Siddig as Julian Bashir, chief medical officer.
- Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys, first officer and later commanding officer of Deep Space Nine.
- Cecily Adams as Ishka, mother to Quark & Rom and a Ferengi entrepreneur.
- Marc Alaimo as Dukat, Cardassian officer, leader of the Cardassian Union, a leader of the Dominion, and later a Bajoran religious leader.
- Philip Anglim as Bareil Antos, Bajoran religious leader until his death in 2371.
- Adrienne Barbeau as Kimara Cretak, Romulan liaison to Deep Space Nine.
- Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi, Federation Ambassador.
- Felecia M. Bell as Jennifer Sisko, Benjamin Sisko's deceased wife and mother of Jake Sisko.
- Casey Biggs as Damar, Cardassian officer, a leader of the Dominion, and later the leader of the Cardassian resistance until his death in 2375.
- Rosalind Chao as Keiko O'Brien, botanist, teacher, and wife of Miles O'Brien.
- Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun, a Dominion leader, and Brunt, liquidator with the Ferengi Commerce Authority.
- John Colicos as Kor, Klingon warrior and friend of Jadzia Dax.
- James Darren as Vic Fontaine, a holographic entertainer.
- Paul Dooley as Enabran Tain, former head of the Obsidian Order.
- Aron Eisenberg as Nog, Quark's nephew, student, Starfleet cadet, and later operations officer.
- Louise Fletcher as Winn Adami, Bajoran religious leader and later Kai of Bajor.
- Max Grodénchik as Rom, Quark's brother, bar employee, and later a maintenance engineer until he was appointed Grand Nagus in 2375.
- Hana Hatae as Molly O'Brien, daughter of Miles O'Brien and Keiko O'Brien.
- J. G. Hertzler as Martok, Klingon liaison to Deep Space Nine, and later leader of the Klingon Empire.
- Barry Jenner as William Ross, Field Commander of Starfleet forces during the Dominion War.
- Salome Jens as the Female Changeling, leader of the Dominion until her incarceration in 2375.
- Penny Johnson Jerald as Kasidy Yates, freighter captain and wife of Benjamin Sisko.
- Deborah Lacey as Sarah Sisko, mother of Benjamin Sisko.
- Kenneth Marshall as Michael Eddington, security officer and later Maquis rebel until his death in 2373.
- Chase Masterson as Leeta, a Dabo girl and Rom's wife.
- Julianna McCarthy as Mila, housekeeper to Enabran Tain.
- Natalia Nogulich as Alynna Nechayev, flag officer in charge of Cardassian affairs.
- Robert O'Reilly as Gowron, leader of the Klingon Empire until his death in 2375.
- Brock Peters as Joseph Sisko, restaurant owner and father of Benjamin Sisko.
- Duncan Regehr as Shakaar Edon, resistance leader, farmer, and later First Minister of Bajor.
- Andrew Robinson as Elim Garak, tailor and former member of the Obsidian Order.
- William Sadler as Luther Sloan, an operative of Section 31.
- Camille Saviola as Opaka Sulan, Kai of Bajor until her death, resurrection and marooning on a penal colony.
- Wallace Shawn as Zek, Grand Nagus until his retirement in 2375.
- Mark Allen Shepherd as Morn, freighter captain and bar patron.
- James Sloyan as Mora Pol, a Bajoran scientist who studied Odo.
- Melanie Smith as Tora Ziyal, daughter of Dukat, and an artist until her death in 2374.
- Tiny Ron Taylor as Maihar'du, attendant to Grand Nagus Zek.
- Marc Worden as Alexander Rozhenko, a Klingon officer and Worf's son.
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