Star Trek: The Original Series Actors Still Going Strong 46 Years Later
Star Trek: The Original Series turns 46 today and was honored with a Google Doodle for its anniversary, but though the show debuted close to a half century ago, a few of its stars are still active today.
The show that spawned the term Trekkies and the obsessed fans that adopt that name, Star Trek: The Original Series was a groundbreaking science fiction show, ABC News noted. Since its first episode aired on September 8, 1966, the show has spawned countless spin-offs and changed the space genre of television and film entirely.
It also spawned a character that would come to define the series, and the actor who played it, forever. Captain James Tiberius Kirk was the ship’s leader, and the breakout role for William Shatner. The 81-year-old actor is still working today, though he mostly sticks to commercials while touring for his one-man show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It.”
Shatner isn’t the only Star Trek: The Original Series alum still working today. Leonard Nimoy, also 81, has a recurring role on the hit television show Fringe as a universe-hopping doctor. He’s also been active as a voice actor, lending his famous deep voice to The Big Bang Theory and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
George Takei may not be doing as much acting, but he’s still active as a spokesman for gay rights. Also a prolific Tweeter, Takei still does some work after Star Trek: The Original Series. He has a role in Allegiance: A New American Musical, premiering this month in San Diego and depicting the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.