In the more than two decades since Star Trek: The Next Generation’s 1994 finale, the series’ cast members have been involved in a multitude of projects.
While some continued to battle aliens, others ventured into horror, comedy or drama—or found work on the other side of the camera.
Even now, in the futuristic year 2016, many of the series’ principal players are still going strong. Who’s been keeping busy? Let’s take a look at what Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members have been up to lately.
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Sir Patrick Stewart
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The intrepid captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise is currently engaged in a comedic role with Blunt Talk. The Seth MacFarlane–produced Starz series features Stewart as Walter Blunt (pictured), a British newscaster who finds conquering nightly cable news in Los Angeles a frustrating venture. Stewart also is working on an untitled Wolverine sequel slated for release in 2017 from 20th Century Fox in which he will reprise his role as Charles Xavier. Oh, yeah, he also played the leader of a violent white supremacist group in recent horror film Green Room.
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Commander William T. Riker
Number One has recently lent his commanding voice to Marvel’s animated television series Guardians of the Galaxy for the Disney XD channel. Frakes portrays J’Son, the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire (pictured). And since the early ‘90s, Frakes has done a considerable amount of directing (including Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection). The latest entries on his lengthy directing resume include two episodes of VH1’s NBA cheerleading drama Hit the Floor (2014) and three episodes of TNT’s The Librarians (2014 and 2015).
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Lt. Commander Data
Everyone’s favorite android has reprised his role as Dr. Brackish Okun (pictured) from 1996 blockbuster Independence Day for 2016’s Independence Day: Resurgence. The long-haired mad scientist in charge of Area 51 will again be joined by Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox. Spiner and fellow Next Generation star Michael Dorn also will be lending their voices to the upcoming animated series Justice League Action, which will debut on Cartoon Network in fall 2016.
Counselor Deanna Troi
The gentle counselor has recently ventured into horror territory with 2016’s Little Red Rotting Hood, in which she plays a grandmotherly figure who warns townsfolk of something sinister lurking in the backwoods.
Miles “Chief” O’Brien
The big wheel in the transporter room now plays Thomas “Doc” Durant on AMC’s Hell on Wheels (pictured). Meaney’s florid and nefarious carpetbagger has been overseeing and/or meddling with Wild West railroad construction since 2011. The actor also is currently involved in the filming of Felt, a spy thriller based on true events surrounding FBI agent Mark Felt, who became known as “Deep Throat” during the Watergate scandal.
Security Chief Tasha Yar
The blonde and bold security chief popped up in a small yet memorable role in AMC’s The Walking Dead as Mary, a member of the cannibalistic Terminus tribe (pictured). Crosby appeared in three episodes of the gruesome zombie series in 2014 and met her bloody fate at the hands of Carol in a tense and brutal moment. In 2015, Crosby appeared in an episode of ABC’s Scandal and in 2016 she appeared in episodes of Syfy’s The Magicians and ABC’s Castle.
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The fearless Klingon has been lending his voice to Nickelodeon’s animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Dorn voices Captain Mozar, a leading soldier and senior officer of the Triceraton Republic who’s often at odds with the heroes in a half-shell. The actor also made an appearance in 2015’s raunchy comedy Ted 2. Pictured is Mozar in action figure form.
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