Vaughn Armstrong Talks 30-Year Long ‘Star Trek’ Career

Vaughn Armstrong has been working within the Trekverse for over three a long time. Though he hasn’t had a job in one of many exhibits because the 2000s, he is nonetheless a serious fixture at “Star Trek” conventions and cruises all around the world.

In an unique interview with Heavy, Armstrong talked about what it is prefer to spend greater than 30 years with the Trek household.

Becoming a Trek Regular

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When he landed his first “Star Trek” function as Commander Korris in 1988, Armstrong did not assume he’d make a whole profession out of showing within the Trekverse.

Of course, you assume that first function goes to be the final one. But then in my head went off a light-weight that stated ‘You know, all they gotta do is offer you one other brow and make you one other man.’ So, I sort of inspired that, on the time. I’d ship them opinions and stuff. And then I bought that second name.

That second name got here nearly 5 years later, for the primary season of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Armstrong gained one other function on DS9 a number of years later, this time showing twice. After that, he landed on the common name record for visitor stars.

“After in regards to the fourth time, they’d simply name me. Rarely, if the director had not met me, they’d name me in. But for essentially the most half after in regards to the fourth time they’d simply say ‘Vaughn, you wish to do that?’ My reply was all the time ‘Yes!'”

Armstrong performed 5 totally different roles in “Star Trek: Voyager,” the report for the variety of named roles in a single sequence. Though Trek veteran Jeffrey Combs additionally performed 5 totally different characters in DS9, one among them was a background further.

When the casting for “Star Trek: Enterprise” started, Armstrong made certain that he was on the decision record.

“They had been saying to me, ‘Vaughn you are going to play a human in the future!’ So, I did ship them a packet of images of the characters I had completed, once I heard the brand new show was approaching. And I despatched them a factor with a notice that stated, ‘Don’t overlook me.’ And inside the subsequent day or two, they referred to as.

The “Enterprise” group did make him audition for the function of Admiral Maxwell Forrest, however in keeping with Armstrong, they already knew they wished him.

“Apparently, I walked into the room they usually knew it already. And I had fun being there. I informed them I’d completed seven or so characters at that time… They stated ‘Wow, that is bought to be some sort of report!’ And it was. A radio character had simply referred to as me the day earlier than and informed me that. I did not know that. I assumed all people did a bunch of characters. Still have the report. Proud of it!”

Armstrong portrayed Forrest in 15 episodes of “Enterprise.” He additionally performed three extra roles on the show.

Though his onscreen “Star Trek” profession ended after “Enterprise,” Armstrong has remained deeply embedded within the tradition of “Star Trek” by showing at “Star Trek” conventions and on “Star Trek: The Crusie.”

Becoming Part of the Family

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Over the years, Armstrong has gotten very shut with a few of the actors he labored with within the Trekverse, principally from working the conference circuit collectively.

“We get to hang around collectively. Dominic Keating and Connor Trineer we have develop into good buddies by means of journey. We hang around on the airports collectively, go on these outings collectively on the cruises and issues. We’ve develop into good buddies.

Armstrong can also be excellent buddies with Trek regulars Casey Biggs, Steve Rankin, and Richard Herd. They typically run into one another at conventions and frolicked in the course of the downtime between panels. The actors began a “Star Trek” themed band collectively referred to as the Enterprise Blues Band, which regularly performs at Trek conventions.

Armstrong continues to be a serious a part of the “Star Trek” household to at the present time. He’s wanting ahead to returning to conventions. He revealed that he and Combs can be doing a Shakespeare efficiency at Star Trek Las Vegas this yr.

He’s additionally engaged on a brand new horror movie, during which he will get to play “the horror.”

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