What Ever Happened To… the cast of Star Trek Voyager?

Ok so the may not have the iconic status of the original series or ‘The Next Generation’, but when it comes to Star Trek series, ‘Voyager’ is probably the best of the rest.

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The show followed Captain Janeway and her cobbled-together crew as they try to return  home from the wrong end of the Milky Way.

You would imagine the opportunity for brand new alien species combined with a lone crew trapped together like feral Big Brother contestants would make for a fascinating series full of chaos, tension and adventure. You’d be mistaken.

It was actually all quite polite and civilised with nicely quiffed hair, neatly pressed uniforms and forgettable new aliens.  Here’s the opening intro.

What ever happened the cast?  Find out after the jump!

Kate Mulgrew – Kathryn Janeway

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Back in 1979 Kate played the previously unseen (and unlikely) role of Detective Columbo’s wife in a spin-off series called ‘Mrs Columbo’.  It only last 13 episodes.

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Before ‘Voyager’, she also had guest roles in ‘Cheers’ and ‘Murphy Brown’.  Geneviéve Bujold first played Janeway but she quit the role after two days and Kate stepped in.

Here’s how Janeway could have been –

Since the show ended Kate returned to theatre, including a run of starring in ‘Equus’ on Broadway, and is now best known for playing Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov in the Netflix series ‘Orange is the New Black’.

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Kate has two sons from her first marriage and is now married to Ohio politician Tim Hagan.

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Robert Beltran – Chakotay

robert beltran star trek voyager Robert got his break in a cult dark comedy called ‘Eating Raoul’ in 1982.

Since the show he has set up the East LA Classic Theatre Group, appeared in a few plays and had a supporting role on ‘Big Love’.

He is married and has a daughter.

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Tim Russ – Tuvok

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Tim originally screen-tested for the role of Geordi LaForge on ‘The Next Generation’ but lost out to LeVar Burton.

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Nevertheless Tim had small roles in ‘The Next Generation’, ‘Deep Space Nine’ and the movie ‘Star Trek: Generations’.

Tim went on to the play the principal in ‘iCarly’, a doorman in ‘Samantha Who?’ and a surgeon in ‘Hannah Montana’.

He also plays in a band.

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Robert Duncan McNeill – Tom Paris

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Robert starred opposite a young Courteney Cox in the live-action He-Man movie ‘Masters of the Universe’.

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He also popped up in an episode of ‘The Next Generation’ as Wesley Crusher’s college classmate.

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He has since directed episodes of ‘One Tree Hill’, ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Las Vegas’, ‘Smash’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘The Mentalist’.

He has three children with his wife Carol Seder.

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Roxann Dawson – B’Elanna Torres

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Roxann has gone on to direct episodes of ‘Lost’, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘The Mentalist’.  She has also written two plays and co-written a series of sci-fi novels.

She has two children with her second husband Eric Dawson.

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Garrett Wang – Harry Kim

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Garrett has since appeared at a few fan conventions and is due to star in ‘Star Trek: Renegades’ – a Kickstarter-funded pilot reuniting several former Star Trek stars including Walter Koenig (Chekov) from the original series.

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Robert Picardo – The Doctor

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Robert previously starred in ‘China Beach’ and he played the coach on ‘The Wonder Years’ (more on that cast here).

He also had small roles in ‘innerspace’, ‘The ‘Burbs’, ‘Small Soldiers’ and ‘Gremlins 2′. 

Robert went on to appear in ‘Stargate SG-1′ and ‘Stargate Atlantis’ and has had guest roles in episodes of ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘CSI: NY’.

He has two daughters with his ex-wife Linda Pawlik.

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Ethan Phillips – Neelix

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Ethan previously appeared in the sitcom ‘Benson’ and has since gone on to appear in loads of theatre productions on Broadway and has had guest roles in ‘Pushing Daisies’, ‘Bones’, ‘Day of Our Lives’, ‘Arrested Development’, ‘The Middle’ and ‘The Mentalist’. 

He’ll next be seen in the Coen brothers film ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ alongside Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and Carey Mulligan.

Ethan plays the saxophone and has been married Patricia Cresswell since 1990.

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Jennifer Lien – Kes

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Jennifer was dropped from the cast in 1997 as Jeri Ryan was introduced as ‘Seven of Nine’ – she went on to have voice a character in ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’ and appeared in ‘American History X’. 

She was arrested in 2012 for domestic assault.

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She quit acting in 2002 after giving birth to her son Jonah

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Jeri Ryan – Seven of Nine

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Jeri got her break in the sci-fi series ‘Dark Skies’.  She has since played a lawyer in ‘Boston Public‘ and ‘Shark’, was in ‘Down With Love‘ with Ewan McGregor and had guest roles in ‘Desperate Houseives’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘The O.C’.

She now played medical examiner Kate Murphy in the legal drama ‘Body of Proof’.

Jeri has a son with her first husband politician Jack Ryan and a daughter with her second husband, French chef Christophe Émé.

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The cast of ‘Star Trek Voyager’, we salute you!

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46 thoughts on “What Ever Happened To… the cast of Star Trek Voyager?

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  2. Jennifer Lien did an outstanding bit of acting on Voyager. While I was not shocked to hear of her troubles with domestic problems because who doesn’t have them and it could very well have been her partner who was the violent deviant and had her arrested when she had just reached her breaking point; I am sad she has quit the field I thought she was brilliant. I’m sure she still is; even moreso now that the cruelty of mother nature and life has had it’s way with her. Viva Jen Lien! You are truly an inspiration.

        • She was my fave as well,I thought the character had class, seven had blobs and her acting stunk. Don’t judge people for having trouble,depression does that to people. I love all the characters but seven was my least fave. Loved les, I’m glad one person agrees. Hugglez to all. :)
          That was seven for me, kess is my fave.

      • I can hardly remember any of her acting, but I do remember that of all of the other castmembers. At the time I found her role insignificant (and apparently the writers thought so too), my brother thought she was cute. Nobody in the fangroups missed her when she finally was gone.

        At the moment of this writing, Jennifer Lien was arrested for harassing kids in the neighborhood in the nude, and has been charged with obscene behaviour…

    • …or she could genuinely have been abusive to her partner and you’re just pulling a double-standard to excuse her behaviour because she’s a woman.

      If she was charged with domestic assault then there’s probably a good reason for it. When men hit it’s abuse, but when women hit it’s “reaching her breaking point and defending herself.” Bollocks. Your assumption actually takes a step back in equality and patronises women even more. The door should swing both ways or not at all.

      Incidentally, I agree with the others here; her character was horrible. Annoying, boring, untalented (just like Neelix). Getting rid of her was one of the best decisions made for the show.

      • Not a bad article but did they sell Kate M short, She’s done so much more acting in theatre, tv and movies than one would gather from the articles. I would say she’s been the most prolific at her craft of anyone else on the show except maybe Bob Picardo. As to Jennifer Lien why the writer felt a need to mention a one time domestic violence arrest is beyond me. such cheap journalistic tactics. Nowadays if a couple get into a shoving match they could both land in jail. i will not judge her behavior as little details were provided. I liked her as Kes and would have liked to have seen more of that storyline instead the producers went for the sexy fem fatale. Not that I didn’t like Seven but comparing to two roles is like comparing apples and oranges. Overall most of the actors on the show are continuing to practice their craft and that’s good. I still watch the show and consider one of the better of the Trek series.

        • I found Kate’s acting one dimensional and over done, like she was trying to emulate Shatner and doing a bad job. I just started re-watching it on Netflix and already she annoys me. Watched the cheers episode and she acted the same way. Not a fan of her work, although on Warehouse 13 she toned it down and was tolerable.

    • I loved the character ” Kes ” and felt bad she was cut out of the show. I thought she was great !

      and very suprised to see how she let her self go …gotten heavey :-(

      • She was my fave as well,I thought the character had class, seven had blobs and her acting stunk. Don’t judge people for having trouble,depression does that to people. I love all the characters but seven was my least fave. Loved les, I’m glad one person agrees. Hugglez to all. :)

  3. I miss this series the most as I was dating my wife to be at this time. It’s amazing how life is real and how it makes us all the same. Thank you Voyager cast for all the good memories.

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  5. Voyager was my favorite after the original and Next Generation. I could hardly stand to watch DS9. had hope for Enterprise but it was too gimmicky after the 1st season rather than taking us ” Where no man had gone before”

  6. I know I’m in the minority, but Voyager was my favorite ST series. And in my opinion, Janeway was by far the best Captain. When it came to battle, you didn’t want to be on her bad side. I found her to be a much fiercer commander than any of the other captains. And nobody could have played the part better than Kate Mulgrew.

    • THANK YOU ROADGLIDER!!! yes we are a minority but we’re the best!! I love love love voyager and janeway is the most amazing captain ever! I just discovered voyager thru netflix and I am not ashamed to say I went thru all 7 seasons in less than 2 weeks…yes I did loose sleep. Im adicted and Im going in for round 2. long live janeway!!

    • Hard to take you seriously when comparing her to Patrick Stewart, who was by far the best actor of all the captains. Janeway was attractive-looking, but her acting was a bit wooden. When she tried to be tough and fierce, she seemed to be overacting a bit. I’m not saying she was terrible, but she wasn’t particularly good either. And I never got used to the way she talked…

      And by the way, when I look at the portraits of the actors, it seems that Wang and McNeill are the only one who’ve aged well.

  7. Just going through my fourth re run from start to finish of Voyager. The best of the lot by far in my opinion.
    The look back at the cast and the now photos are wow…. I agree with a fellow poster that Kate was the best choice and how can you quit after just 2 days in the job regards her former actress for the captain.
    Very surprised to see Harry Kim putting on the pounds since finishing Voyager, but I salute the casting director who brought these together and can no way see anybody else playing there roles. Gutted it finished, but 7 series and a perfect ending, what more could you hope for.

    For the record, I’m upto the episode ‘ year of hell ‘ one of my favs


    • i agree very well done, interesting and talented cast, best of tall, i watch it once a year in spite of fears teeing from my family. Such imagination, amazing.

  8. I am a very good Fan of star trek voyager series.I dont know how to express…this is a wonderful and conceptual serial..I have seen atleast three times all the episodes from 1 to 7.

    I am not good at expressing my feelings towards this play in writitng..but i would like to say that…its a stepping stone for the future…These fictional ideas might come into reality very soon in future…i might not see it..but its the truth.

    Its a very good learning with respect to team spiirilt and leadership qualities as well.
    hope i could be a part of this play in future.

    Hope..we might see more star trek series in future..


  10. I saw this site and I just wanted to say…..I never saw this show when it was new and on going..never claimed to be a “Trecky kind of guy”….for many years I worked in radio and television coast to coast as host or executive producer. Then I had a very bad airplane mishap that put me on the shelf for not weeks or months but years……and in the beginning as I lay and try to recover….here comes reruns of Voyager….not only did I choose to get into it…I tell my family Star Trek Voyager saved my life!….it was the only thing I looked forward to every day…really liked the cast and stories and watch them grow through the years….hated it when Jennifer left …did not want to accept Jeri…but I did. must have been that crush on Kes. Although my favorite is Belana Torres! I told people about this show and how much I really loved it and how it helped me to make the best of a not pleasant situation…..they think I’m nuts anyway……so here is to you Voyager….thank you,
    Kent Overlin Smith

  11. I used to really look forward to the weekly episodes of Voyager and also thought it was the best of all the Star Trek series, I wish they could get together and make a movie the way the original cast did that would be fantastic but I know it will never happen. So many happy times watching the show, thank you to all the team who made Voyager possible.

  12. It would be surprising to see everyone back in their star fleet uniforms, seems the men have really gone to seed! All if not most are now over weight, a little greyer and hair grown in places to compensate what and where they’ve lost it! As for Jennifer Lien, so what how many more famous actors have criminal work sheets and much less flattering mug shots!

  13. My favourite of all the Star Trek series, STNG got so boring, stopped watching it after a few seasons. Was very disappointed when Jennifer Lien got the boot, adding Jeri Ryan to the show was not great, looked more like the Borg Chick Show! Miss Jennifer Lien’s sexy voice, the long hair look, made her a heck of a lot more sexier than the Borg castaway. Watching episode 1again on the Space channel in Canada, where it runs from the first to last show, then starts over again. Love B’Ellana’s spunky attitude, and Chakotay as the captains number one.

  14. Thank you so much for the updates. Came here after Jennifer Lien was arrested for indecent exposure! My god what happened to her??? She seemed so straight laced but I think it’s an ominous sign when someone just disappears and “voluntarily” leaves Hollywood. Like the girl from can’t buy me love. It’s a shame they had to fire her for more “sex” appeal. Don’t get me wrong, loved the 7 character but I think Kes could have stayed. Didn’t like how they created a ridiculous story line of her becoming this powerful being to get her off the show. She could have stayed as the doctor’s assistant and provided great story line support.

    Anyway, Voyager is my all time favorite of the series with next generation as a close second. I have very fond memories of the show. My hope is Jennifer finds some sort of stability in her life. She is a talented actor.

  15. Robert Beltran is HOTTER than ever. What a handsome guy. He should be on Game of Thrones, looks like royalty. Jeri Ryan has held up well also.

  16. Just found this site. Love all the updstes on everyone (with the exception of Jennifer Lien, very sad). Voyager was probably my favorite series of all time. My husband and I are binge watching again on Netflix now, 2 or 3 episodes per night. Long live Voyager!!

  17. A lot has been said about the fine actors who kept so many involved in the their quest to return to the home.But I want to point out that it seems that there is one other star that has been forgotten. USS Voyager. I have been a fan of Star Trek for many years and this ship with its sleek lines is the perfect stage for the story to be told. I know there will be alot of people who will think differently but to me it is the best sci fi vehicle ever (apart for a certain Blue Box). To all the people who put this fantastic show together ” Yous were Brilliant “. By the way I watched the very first episode of the original series when it first came on tv. I also think Kate was the best.

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