Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatthew Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests, including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

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Erick Avari | Trek Untold Encore

While Trek Untold continues to get ready for a new season, enjoy this classic interview from way back in the early days of this show. This week, it’s an encore presentation of our chat with Erick Avari, one of Hollywood’s most recognizable character actors with some great moments in Star Trek history. Check out the original show notes below:

Today’s guest is a man whose face you’ve seen hundreds of times in movies and TV shows, but you probably never knew his name until now. Erick Avari boasts a resume of big appearances in many well-known things, three of which are Star Trek!

Erick first appeared in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode from season 5 titled “Unification Part 1” as the Klingon warrior B’ijik, and then returned to the franchise in season 3 of Deep Space Nine as Vedek Yarka in “Destiny.” He followed that up with one more Trek appearance in the season 1 episode of Enterprise titled “Terra Nova” as Jamin. We discuss how he got these roles, the makeup he had to wear for them, acting with Nana Visitor, Avery Brooks, and Scott Bakula, how different each show was, and much more.

Plus, Erick tells us the story of growing up in India and coming to America, where he first discovered his affinity for Star Trek, his family’s lineage in stage and cinema, some of Erick’s Broadway and theater career, including his time with Val Kilmer in “Tis A Pity She’s A Whore”, behind the scenes stories from “Stargate,” and memories from “Mr. Deeds,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Beast,” “Encino Man” and the obscure and bizarre film “Nothing Lasts Forever.”

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