John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Ten random things: September 8

Ten people considered for leading roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation but ultimately were not cast in those roles:

  1. Yaphet Kotto (Picard)
  2. Michael O'Gorman ("Ryker")
  3. Denise Crosby (Troi)
  4. Bunty Bailey (Tasha)
  5. Wesley Snipes (Geordi)
  6. Eric Menyuk (Data)
  7. Jenny Agutter (Beverly)
  8. J.D. Roth (Wesley)
  9. Roy Thinnes (Picard)
  10. Reggie Jackson (Geordi)

Happy Star Trek Day! On this date in 1966, the original Star Trek series premiered on NBC. The names above are drawn from a casting memo recently posted at the blog Letters of Note. It's interesting to see who isn't mentioned in the memo; Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner are not mentioned in conjunction with the roles they were ultimately cast in, and Worf isn't even mentioned as a character. Some people mentioned for one role eventually showed up in others or on other shows. Denise Crosby was, of course, eventually cast as Tasha Yar, and Eric Menyuk had a recurring role as The Traveler. Tim Russ, later cast as Tuvok on Voyager is mentioned as being considered to play Geordi, and Rosalind Chao, later recurring as Keiko O'Brien on TNG and Deep Space Nine, was among those considered for Tasha.

The two names that interested me most were Bunty Bailey, under consideration for Tasha, and Cheryl McFadden, being considered for Beverly. I had never heard of Bailey, but by reading the comments I discovered she played the woman in the video for a-ha's Take on Me. Sounds dumb to say, but it never really occurred to me she was an actress. As for McFadden, she got the part, but was ultimately credited under her middle name, Gates. I'm told that they had already started working on the title sequence when she made the decision.

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