Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:22:35 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Star Trek actors: where are they now?

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes (© SNAP/Rex Features | Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
  • Jonathan Frakes (© SNAP/Rex Features | Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
  • William Shatner (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features | Jim Spellman/WireImage)
  • Leonard Nimoy (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Sir Patrick Stewart (© SNAP/Rex Features | REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski)
  • Wil Wheaton (© SNAP/Rex Features | CBS/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Avery Brooks (© Paramount/Everett/Rex Features | Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • George Takei (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features | REUTERS/Sheri Lowen)
  • Kate Mulgrew (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features | Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
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Star Trek actor Jonathan Frakes turned sixty on Sunday. To celebrate his birthday, we look back to see what became of him and other stars who boldly went where no actors had gone before...

Then: Frakes played William Riker, first officer of the Enterprise, on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in subsequent films. Initially, he didn't have a beard; as his character developed, however, he gained a beard.

Where is he now? Frakes took the step up from acting to directing while working on Star Trek - he began directing episodes of The Next Generation during the show's third season, before going on to helm two Star Trek films, First Contact (even-numbered, good) and Insurrection (odd-numbered, bad). He also directed the live-action film version of sixties puppet show Thunderbirds in 2004; since then, he has had a successful career directing for US television, including shows such as Leverage and Burn Notice.


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