Star Trek: The Original Series
- Rod Roddenberry
- Nichelle Nichols
- Walter Koenig
Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr.
Rod is the son of legendary science fiction producer Gene Roddenberry, whose Star Trek series changed the face of television. In 2001, Rod became chief executive officer of Roddenberry Entertainment and the company continues to develop and produce an evolving slate of smart, provocative science fiction projects. Rod established The Roddenberry Foundation in 2010 in order to provide support to organizations and individuals addressing critical global issues in the areas of science, technology, the environment, education and humanitarian advances.
A certified scuba diver for more than two decades, Rod has undertaken more than 1,000 dives in exotic locations around the world. His passion moved him to establish the Roddenberry Dive Team that recently evolved into Roddenberry Adventures. Through outdoor and underwater activities, its continuing mission is to invite people to discover the beauty and diversity of life, gain an appreciation for the planet we share, and feel motivated toward its stewardship.
Nichelle Nichols began her professional singing and dancing career in her home town, Chicago, at the tender age of 14. As a teenager she was discovered by the great Duke Ellington, who hired her to choreograph and perform a ballet for one of his musical suites, and finished the tour as his lead singer. When Nichelle was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, fourth in command of the Starship Enterprise, in his legendary TV series Star Trek – in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King – “The first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.”
Nichelle was awarded her much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 9, 1992. Just a few weeks before she became the first African-American to place her handprints and signature in the cement walk at the famous Mann’s (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre. At the behest of NASA Nichelle now travels to NASA Ames Research Center in California, Johnson Space Center in Houston TX, Cape Canaveral in Florida, NASA Headquarters in Washington DC and other youth oriented programs in support of STEM education and the space program. @RealNichelle
Walter Koenig is an actor, writer, teacher and director, best known for his role as Ensign Pavel Chekov, navigator on the USS Enterprise, in the original Star Trek television series (starting in Season 2) and in all of the movies featuring the original cast (including Star Trek Generations). Koenig also played Alfred Bester in Babylon 5. His recurring role of Bester on Babylon 5 was voted as "Best Guest Villain" in a poll of over one hundred thousand fans, and in later polls was voted both "The Man We Most Love to Hate" and "The Best Villain in a Series: Most Evil and Complicated Character". Walter's film work in the first seven Star Trek feature films earned him two Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor nominations.