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Harrison Ford and Garrett Wang: Star Wars vs Star Trek

Star Trek vs Star Wars

Garrett Wang, who is best known for playing the eternally low-ranking Ensign Kim in Star Trek: Voyager, disclosed in the Delta Flyer Podcast that he creates with fellow Voyager alum Robert Duncan McNeill, that back when Voyager was in production in the 1990s, he almost ran over the legendary actor, Harrison Ford.  

In recounting this near-disaster, Wang described  driving through the Paramount Studios’ parking lot, he recalled speeding around a bend and Harrison Ford appeared out of nowhere, right in front of Wang’s car ‘I’m actually speeding around the parking lot, and I come around this one bend and this guy in a suit walks between two cars, right in front of my car, so I slam on my breaks,’ Wang said.

Garrett Wang as Ensign Harry Kim

When he realized who the gentleman in the suit actually was, Wang’s first thought was “Oh my god, I almost killed Han Solo!" I would have been hated by nerds everywhere."

Thankfully, no one was hurt in this parking lot episode, but think about this for a minute in a geeky nerdy way…had Star Trek’s Ensign Kim actually hit and harmed or killed Star Wars’ Han Solo, the eternal debate between fans of the two franchises could be decidedly more belligerent.  As it is, many fans debate on social media which fictional universe is better, Star Trek or Star Wars.  That debate is, and should be, ongoing and be both passionate and logical. 

Harrison Ford as Han Solo

Harrison Ford, of course, survived his encounter with the lowly ensign of a lost starship to go on to play Han Solo in the latest Star Wars movies, as well as to revisit his role as Indiana Jones.  Ford is also very well known to sci-fi aficionados for his role as Rick Deckard in the two Blade Runner films.  He is married to an actress with serious geek props as well: Calista Flockhart has starred in the popular Supergirl television show as Cat Grant.

Aaron Eisenberg, Played Nog of Star Trek, Dies

Nog the Ferengi
Aaron Eisenberg as Nog

Aaron Eisenberg, the actor who played the young Ferengi named Nog, has passed away on September 21, 2019. He was born in 1969 and died at the age of 50. He played Nog, son of Rom and nephew to Quark. His character, while showing typical Ferengi traits (greed, deception, etc.) was friend to Jake Sisko and eventually entered Starfleet Academy.

Eisenberg portrayed Nog in over 40 episodes of Deep Space Nine, and later also played a young Kazon warrior in Star Trek: Voyager. Eisenberg was married to Malissa Longo, who posted about his life and death in social media following his passing.

Aaron Eisenberg dealt with health issues, including kidney disease. Many Star Trek alumni remembered him as a great actor, and a great man. Star Trek fans the world over are saddened at his to-early passing.

Star Trek Actress Arlene Martel-T’Pring-Dies


Arlene Martel (April 14, 1936- August 12, 2014): Biography, Filmography, and images of the Star Trek and Hogan’s Heroes actress.

Arlene Martel, the beautiful actress best known for playing Spock’s Vulcan bride-to-be T’Pring, passed away on August 12, 2014, was born in 1936 in the Bronx. While she had many roles in television and movies in the 1960s and 1970s, she is best known for two iconic roles. In Star Trek‘s “Amok Time” episode, Martel played T’Pring, the logically cunning bride of Enterprise First Officer Spock. One Star Trek’s enduring scenes where Spock and Kirk battle (seemingly to the death), was prompted by the machinations of T’Pring. Her other significant role came as French spy Tiger in the prisoner-of-war comedy Hogan’s Heroes. Martel portrayed the beautiful red-haired underground agent code-named Tiger in four episodes of Hogan’s. She also appeared as other characters in two more episodes.

Arlene Martel as T'Pring on Star Trek
Arlene Martel as T’Pring on Star Trek

Her ethnic ambiguity, and her ability to look different for different roles, made her believable as alien Vulcans, French red-heads, Native Americans, and other ethnicities as the roles called for.

Uniquely, she also touched Hollywood history as the real-life girlfriend of actor and icon James Dean, and by dating Cary Grant.

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Martel married three times, with her first marriage to Robert Palmer, her second marriage to actor Jerry Douglas, and her third to Boyd Holister. All three marriages ended in divorce. Arlene Martel had three children: Adam Palmer, Avra Douglas, and Los Angeles Times editor Jod Kaftan.



Arlene Martel as Tiger in Hogan's Heroes
Arlene Martel as Tiger in Hogan’s Heroes

Arlene Martel Filmography
Eleanor, First Lady of the World “Madam Jennah” (MOW)(1981)
Dracula’s Dog (1978) “Maj. Hessel”
Chatterbox (1977) “Marlene”
Conspiracy of Terror (1975) (TV) “Leslie Horowitz”
Adventures of Nick Carter (1972) (MOW) (TV) “Flo”
Angels from Hell (1968) “Ginger”
The Glass Cage (1964) “The Girl/Her Twin Sister”

Notable TV guest appearances of Arlene Martel
The Day the Loving Stopped (1981)
Battlestar Galactica (1978) “Adulteress” “Long Patrol”
Gunsmoke (1955) “The Squaw” “Quanah”
The Rockford Files (1974)
Indict and Convict (1973) (TV) “Mrs. Ann Lansing”
Columbo: A Friend in Deed (1974) (TV) “Sales Girl”
Columbo: Double Exposure (1973) (TV) “Tanya Baker”
Columbo: Greenhouse Jungle (1972) (TV) “Gloria West”
Banacek (1972)”Diana Maitland” “The Three Million Dollar Piracy”
Bewitched (1964) “Malvina” “How Not To Lose Your Head To Henry VIII”
Mission: Impossible (1966) “Atheda” “Terror”
It Takes a Thief (1968) “Guess Who’s Coming to Rio?”
Wild, Wild West (1965) in episode: “The Night of .the Circus of Death”
Star Trek (1966) “T’Pring” “Amok Time”
The Iron Horse (1966) “Hellcat” (directed by Samual Fuller)
Fugitive (1963)”Magda Karac” “Blessings of Liberty”
The Monkees (1966) “Loreli” “Monstrous Monkee Mash”
The Monkees (1966) “Madame Olinsky” “The Spy Who Came in From the Cool”
Perry Mason (1957) “Sandra Dunkel” “The Case of the Dead Ringer
I Dream of Jeannie (1965) “Sonia” “Russian Roulette”
The Flying Nun “Tonio’s Mother”
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) “Gemma Lusso” “The King of Knaves Affair”
Outer Limits” (1963) “Consuelo” “Demon With a.Glass Hand”
Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Olga” “Never Play Cards with Strangers”
Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Tiger” “Hold the Tiger”
Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Tiger” “A Tiger Hunt in Paris”
Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Tiger” “Heil Klink”
Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Gretchen” “The Defector”
Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Tiger” “Operation Tiger”
Route 66 (1961) “The Newborn”
Route 66 (1961) “Lucia” “A Legacy For Lucia”
The Untouchables (1959) “Genna …..Brothers”
The Untouchables (1959) “Carla Patrone” “A Seat on …..the Fence”
The Rebel (1959) (as Arline Sax)
Hong Kong “The Hunted” with Rod Taylor
Hong Kong “The Hunted” with Leonard Nimoy
Here Come The Brides
Playhouse 90 with Robert Redford (1959)
The Twilight Zone (1959) “Girl” “What You Need”
The Twilight Zone (1959) “Stewardess” “Twenty-Two”

Walter Koenig and George Takei and the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Walter Koenig and George Takei at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Walter Koenig and George Takei at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Star Trek actors Walter Koenig and George Takei stand together as science-fiction television pioneers at the September 10, 2012 ceremony where Koenig received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Koenig played the navigator, Pavel Chekov, who usually sat the the right of Enterprise pilot Hikaru Sulu, played by George Takei. Koenig served as the best man at George Takei’s wedding. Walter Koenig is scheduled to appear at the Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle in March.

Sulu and Chekov on Star Trek
Sulu and Chekov on Star Trek



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