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 144: Clint Howard: Past Tense, Present, and Future

Clint Howard: Past Tense, Present, and Future

Clint Howard is the only actor to appear in every era of Star Trek on TV and is one of the most recognizable character actors in all of Hollywood! He's accomplished plenty and been through some tough times, but today, his perspective on his life and career has never been more positive.

Besides Clint's 250+ roles in TV shows and films, Clint's appeared five times in the Star Trek franchise. He debuted as a six-year-old in the first season episode of the original Star Trek, “The Corbomite Maneuver,” as Commander Balok. Three decades later, he returned to the franchise as an adult for the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episode “Past Tense” as a vagrant named Grady.

A little later, Clint donned his heaviest Trek prosthetics to play Muk the Ferengi in “Star Trek: Enterprise” in “Acquisition,” alongside other Trek alumni guest stars like Jeffrey Combs and Ethan Phillips. Almost 15 years passed until Clint rejoined Trek for this modern era, showing up as the Creepy Orion for the season one finale of “Star Trek: Discovery,” titled “Take My Hand,” and most recently, Clint was Buck Martinez in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” from the episode “Under the Cloak of War. Whew, that's a lot!

In addition to Clint's prolific acting career, he and his brother Ron penned a dual autobiography titled “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family,” all about growing up as a child actor and the stories that made him and Ron the luminaries they are along the way. We're talking Trek, the secrets of Tranya, what didn't make the cut in his Discovery appearance, his unfortunate Star Wars audition, and a whole lot more in this deep dive (including action figures) with the one and only Clint Howard!

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* This interview was conducted before the SAG-AFTRA strike of 2023, and due to that, we don't discuss his SNW appearance since it aired during the strike and after this interview. *

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