PHOTO Steve Doman builds a command center in his home in Guffey, CO
Steve Doman said his love of Star Trek started when he viewed the very first Star Trek episodes with William Shatner as Captain Kirk. He set up a mini-bridge at his third command station in his Guffey, Colo. home where he lives with his dog, Puppy Dog. He said he'd like to make it a real captain's bridge seat some day.
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Actor Chris Pine plays Capt. James T. Kirk in the upcoming "Star Trek" film. The role was originally played by William Shatner, pictured left. The new film, a prequel, chronicles the early days of Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), before they unite aboard the USS Enterprise to combat Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from the future who threatens the United Federation of Planets. The film, which is the 11th "Star Trek" movie to appear on the big screen, will hit theaters May 8, 2009.
Spock the "Star Trek" character made famous by Leonard Nimoy is played by actor Zachary Quinto, who plays the half-Vulcan, half-human commander Spock in the film. Nimoy will make a cameo appearance in the new film. "People have been asking me why I'm doing this movie, and I think the answer is obvious -- we have a great director, (J.J. Abrams of "Mission Impossible III") a wonderful script, and a wonderful young actor playing Spock, so … it was logical," the 76-year-old Nimoy told E! News.
Actor Karl Urban plays Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in the new "Star Trek" film. McCoy was first portrayed by actor DeForest Kelley in the original "Star Trek" series. Urban is best-known for his role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Of his role as McCoy, Urban said, "It is a case of not doing some sort of facsimile or carbon copy, but really taking the very essence of what DeForest has done and honoring that and bringing something new to the table".
Actress Zoe Saldana portrays Nyota Uhura, the Enterprise's chief communications officer in the new "Star Trek" film. The Uhuru role was originally played by actress Nichelle Nichols on both the big and small screen.
In the new "Star Trek" movie, John Cho, known most notably from the "Harold and Kumar" films, plays the helmsman Hikaru Sulu. The role was originally portrayed by actor George Takei. Cho said while playing Sulu, "I did feel pressure. You're doing a role that another actor did, and you certainly don't want to dishonor that. And I felt pressure to honor the Star Trekkers, the fans, to do right by them. They're very passionate about this mythology, and you don't want to mess with that," Cho told Hollywood Today.
Star Trek Where Are They Now
Canadian-born actor William Shatner, 77, played Capt. Kirk on "Star Trek." Shatner played Kirk from 1966 to 1969 and also starred in seven "Star Trek" films. Since the show, Shatner has gone on to play attorney Denny Crane on "Boston Legal," a role which won him two Emmys and a Golden Globe award. Shatner is currently hosting "Shatner's Raw Nerve," a celebrity interviewing series on the Biography Channel. "I don't want to back anybody into a corner, but if I probe gently enough so that I don't get too vivid a reaction, I get what I'm looking for," he told ABC News. Shatner was reportedly not invited to "Star Trek" co-star George Takei's 2008 gay wedding, an exclusion Shatner decried in a rant on YouTube. Takei denied the accusation, saying Shatner was invited but chose not to come.
Star Trek Through The years
George Takei, 71, played Mr. Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek." Sulu served as helmsman of the USS Enterprise. Since "Star Trek," Takei has played the father of Hiro Nakamura, Kaito Nakamura, on the show "Heroes," and uses his well-known baritone voice as the announcer on "The Howard Stern Show." In October 2005, Takei revealed in an issue of Frontiers magazine that he is gay and has been in a committed relationship with his partner, Brad Altman, for the last 18 years. "It's not really coming out, which suggests opening a door and stepping through. It's more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen," he told Frontiers. The couple, at right, married Sept. 14, 2008 in Los Angeles.
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Star Trek Where are they Now
"Star Trek" cast member Majel Barrett played Nurse Christine Chapel on the show. She is also the widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, and was often referred to as the "First Lady of Star Trek." After the show, Barrett appeared on "Genesis II" and performed as a guest voice on "Family Guy." Barrett died in 2008 from leukemia.
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Star Trek Through The Years
James Doohan played Montgomery Scott, the Scottish chief engineer on the Enterprise. He is tied to the infamous Trekkie phrase "Beam me up Scotty." After the show, Doohan made a number of small appearances onscreen, including in the film "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1," and the TV comedy "Homeboys in Outer Space." In 2004, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In 2005, Doohan died of pneumonia at age 85.
The adventures of the Starship Enterprise are hitting the big screen again. The new cast that will boldly go where no man has gone before includes actor Chris Pine (Capt. James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy) Bruce Greenwood (Capt. Christopher Pike), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura), It has been seven years since the last "Star Trek" film, titled "Star Trek: Nemesis." The film centers on a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock before their days on the USS Enterprise.cast