List of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine cast members

A photo of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season five characters in costume
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".[18] There were several Dominion characters who appeared from the third season onwards including Salome Jens as the Female Shapeshifter,[19] and Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun.[20] 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".[21]

The fourth season saw a change in direction for the series with the producers asked to "shake up the show" by Paramount,[22] 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.[23] The changes also brought in J. G. Hertzler as General Martok, although this was initially not expected to be a recurring character.[24] Hertzler had previously appeared in the pilot of the series as a Vulcan Captain on board the USS Saratoga,[25] and Martok would end the series as the Klingon Chancellor.[26] 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".[27] She was replaced by Nicole de Boer, who was cast as Ezri Dax.[28]


Main cast

Recurring cast


Actor Character Season
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7
Main Cast
Avery Brooks
Benjamin Sisko Main
René Auberjonois
Odo Main
Terry Farrell
Jadzia Dax Main
Cirroc Lofton
Jake Sisko Main
Colm Meaney
Miles O'Brien Main
Armin Shimerman
Quark Main
Alexander Siddig
Julian Bashir Main
Nana Visitor
Kira Nerys Main
Michael Dorn
Worf Main
Nicole de Boer
Ezri Dax Main
Recurring Cast
Marc Alaimo
Dukat Recurring
Rosalind Chao
Keiko O'Brien Recurring
Aron Eisenberg
Nog Recurring
Max Grodénchik
Rom Recurring
Hana Hatae
Molly O'Brien Recurring
Andrew Robinson
Elim Garak Recurring
Mark Allen Shepherd
Morn Recurring
Philip Anglim
Bareil Antos Guest Recurring Guest
Majel Barrett
Lwaxana Troi Guest Guest
Felecia M. Bell
Jennifer Sisko Guest Guest
Louise Fletcher
Winn Adami Guest Recurring Recurring
Camille Saviola
Opaka Sulan Recurring Guest Guest
Wallace Shawn
Zek Guest Guest Recurring
Tiny Ron Taylor
Maihar'du Guest Guest Recurring
John Colicos
Kor Guest Guest Guest
Paul Dooley
Enabran Tain Guest Recurring Guest
Julianna McCarthy
Mila Guest Recurring
Natalia Nogulich
Alynna Nechayev Guest
James Sloyan
Mora Pol Guest Guest
Salome Jens
Female Changeling Recurring Guest Recurring
Penny Johnson Jerald
Kasidy Yates Recurring
Chase Masterson
Leeta Recurring
Kenneth Marshall
Michael Eddington Recurring
Robert O'Reilly
Gowron Recurring Recurring
Duncan Regehr
Shakaar Edon Guest
Jeffrey Combs
Brunt Recurring
Weyoun Guest Recurring
Casey Biggs
Damar Guest Recurring
J. G. Hertzler
Martok Recurring
Brock Peters
Joseph Sisko Recurring Recurring
Melanie Smith
Tora Ziyal Recurring
Cecily Adams
Ishkaf Recurring
James Darren
Vic Fontaine Recurring
Barry Jenner
William Ross Recurring
William Sadler
Luther Sloan Recurring
Marc Worden
Alexander Rozhenko Recurring
Adrienne Barbeau
Kimara Cretak Recurring
Deborah Lacey
Sarah Sisko Recurring

See also



  1. ^ "Emissary, Part I". Star Trek.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "What You Leave Behind, Part II". Star Trek.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Encounter at Farpoint". Star Trek.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Berman & Piller (1992): p. 19
  5. ^ "Stage 17". The Studios at Paramount. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Berman & Piller (1992): p. 15
  7. ^ Yesilbas, Amanda; Anders, Charlie Jane (August 24, 2012). "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". io9. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Reeves-Stevens (1994): p. 105
  9. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 7
  10. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 14
  11. ^ "First Person: Andrew Robinson". Star Trek.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2004. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  12. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 19
  13. ^ "Meaney, Colm". Star Trek.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  14. ^ Keller, Joel (August 26, 2010). "'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Casting Memo: Reggie Jackson as Geordi La Forge and More Goofiness". AOL TV. Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  15. ^ a b c "Barrett, Majel". Star Trek.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  16. ^ Berman & Piller (1992): p. 17
  17. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 9
  18. ^ Berman & Piller (1992): p. 18
  19. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 160
  20. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 346
  21. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 681
  22. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 255
  23. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 256
  24. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 262
  25. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 16
  26. ^ Erdmann & Block (2000): p. 705
  27. ^ "The Trill of It All – Terry Farrell Interview, Part 1". Star Trek.com. August 2, 2011. Archived from the original on March 18, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  28. ^ Green, Michelle Erica (August 12, 2002). "Nicole de Boer". TrekNation. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  29. ^ "Family Business". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Season 3. Episode 23. Paramount Television. May 15, 1995. syndicated.


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