Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt 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.

Trek Untold-Episode 135: Alan Altshuld

Alan Altshuld, From Advertising to Aliens

Alan Altshuld has not done many interviews before, and even fewer about his time on Star Trek, where he performed four times in two different series. This veteran has spent considerable time in the theater and in TV commercials, along with his work on shows and movies, which I'm excited to share with you now.

Alan told us about how he got discovered by Jeri Taylor to make his first Star Trek appearance in TNG, the deceptively complicated makeup job for that “Starship Mine” role, getting physical with Jonathan Frakes, and eating weird sci-fi food on “The Gambit.” After TNG, we learn about his pair of “Star Trek: Voyager” credits, including crawling on his hands and knees to please his Ferengi overlords in “False Profits” and performing as a strange Catati alien in “Day of Honor” with serious makeup constraints that caused him to alter his methods. Plus, find out which major Trek role Alan was under serious consideration for!

Beyond Star Trek, learn about Alan's connection to Walter Koenig through the theater world, the unique curriculum he learned early on about the practical side of being an actor along with the horrors of the infamous “NY Audition” class, some of his notable commercial roles including being a part of the Vegetarian society in a famous Little Caesar's pizza ad, his time on Baywatch being tied up with Pamela Anderson, and working with Tom Hanks in “The Money Pit” driving a Volkswagen Beetle that no one could see out of!

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