Star Trek is more than just a show to many people, it is an obsession and when we think of Trekkies, we automatically picture grown men living in their mother’s basement, watching Star Trek while wearing Vulcan ears. However, there are many Star Trek fans out there, and while they may not be the ultra-trekkies that some are, they are still big Trek fans. So, who are some of the most famous Star Trek fans in the world? Let’s find out!
One of the biggest fans of Star Trek is easily Ben Stiller. In the movies he directs, you can always find a Star Trek reference, and he has often cited his love for Star Trek. Stiller has named his production company ‘Red Hour Films’ which is the name of an alien riot from the original series episode The Return of the Archons. In Tropic Thunder, a clip of an episode of Star Trek is seen and in Zoolander he named the villain of the movie Mugatu, which is the name of a villain in the Original Series episode A Private Little War. One of the more famous Star Trek references comes from The Cable Guy, which featured a scene between Jim Carrey and Mathew Broderick battling at Medieval Times to the tune of the battle music from the episode Amok Time. Star Trek is also quoted multiple times in that episode.
However, it does not stop there for Ben Stiller and Star Trek. When he was 11 years old, he attended a Star Trek convention, and his good friend Janeane Garofalo has stated that he can recite nearly any line from Star Trek. In addition, he cast William Shatner in a small role in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, while he even took time to visit the set of the most recent Star Trek movie.
One of the most famous actors in the world is also a very big Star Trek fan. Murphy has often cited his love for Star Trek and what many fans do not know, is that the was nearly cast in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in the role that was eventually changed be Kirk’s love interest in the movie. He chose to make Coming to America instead, but later on admitted that he made the wrong choice in not doing the Trek movie.
There is also the story of how Eddie Murphy delayed signing a million-dollar contract with Paramount Pictures for nearly one hour because he was busy watching an episode of the Original Series.
When we think of the actors of the Star Trek series, we may not always think of them as fans of the show themselves. However, Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton have both stated they were fans of the series before they were ever cast in Star Trek. Same goes for Karl Urban who plays Dr. Leonard McCoy in the latest Star Trek movie.
Another example of this is Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg played the role of Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation, something she specifically asked to do. The reason for this was the fact that Uhura inspired her to become an actress. She also made appearances in Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis.
Since he was a child, Tom Hanks has been a fan of Star Trek. According to some reports, Hanks knows the name of every single Next Generation episode, and is such a fan that he was supposed to be cast in Star Trek: First Contact, in the role of Zefram Cochrane, the man who creates warp drive and the future we know of in Star Trek. Unfortunately, he had to turn down the role, despite wanting it, because of a scheduling conflict.
When the latest Star Trek movie was being put together, he even lobbied for a cameo in it because of his love for the franchise.