It’s been over 50 years since Star Trek first aired, but it still remains a cultural juggernaut. The original series, created by Gene Roddenberry ran from 1966 to 1969 before finding a second life in syndication as ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ (1987-94).
It was adapted into a big-screen movie by J.J. Abrams in 2009 and most recently in ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ set roughly a decade before the events of the original series. Star Trek brought some of the most memorable characters of TV, including the brash Captain Kirk, the logical Commander Spock, and Lieutenanj’ original series up to in 2019?
Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner)
Has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and a series of sci-fi novels called TekWar that were adapted for television
Starred in T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Practice, Boston Legal, and NBC real-life travelogue, Better Late Than Never
Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
Directed several Star Trek movies, starred in Mission: Impossible, and later starred in a series of TV movies and stage productions, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Passed away from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on February 27, at the age of 83 at his home in Bel Air.
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley)
Had his final live-action film appearance in ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991) and last work was the voice of Viking 1 in ‘The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars’
Died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1999, at the age of 79, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan)
Died at his home in Redmond, Washington due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis on July 20, 2005, at the age of 85.
Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols)
Volunteered her time in a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency after the show’s cancelation
Currently suffering from "severe" short-term memory loss as a complication of advanced dementia
Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig)
Had a role as Psi Cop Alfred Bester on the TV series Babylon 5, wrote the script for sci-fi legal thriller InAlienable (2008) and recently appeared in Diminuendo (2018)
Helmsman Hikaru Sulu (George Takei)
Works on human rights, LGBT rights and the Japan-United States relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum
Has more than 10 million followers on Facebook, where he shares photos and videos with original humorous commentary
Nurse Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett)
Married Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry in 1969 and welcomed a son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr., in 1974
Roddenberry died of cardiopulmonary arrest, on October 24, 1991, at the age of 70, and she died of Leukemia on December 18, 2008, at the age of 76.
Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney)
Died of natural causes at her home in Coarsegold on May 1, 2015, at the age of 85
Lieutenant Kyle (John Winston)
Retired from acting after his final appearance in ‘Star Trek: New Voyages’ in 2004 and currently resides in North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Lieutenant Leslie (Eddie Paskey)
Retired from acting and owned & operated an auto-detailing service called The Air Shop with his wife Judy until selling the business in 2004
Remains a popular guest at Star Trek conventions around the globe
Who was your favorite in ‘Star Trek’ original series?