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 150: Brad Zerbst Zooms In and Beams Up

Brad Zerbst Zooms In and Beams Up

Brad Zerbst had one of those “blink and miss him” roles in Star Trek TNG, appearing as a medical officer in three episodes from season one: “Justice,” “Heart of Glory,” and “Skin of Evil.” But Starfleet wasn't all it was cracked up to be for Brad, and he shifted his focus to something else – literally, by becoming an award-winning and highly sought-after camera operator.

Brad explains how his first gig in Hollywood brought him back to his hometown, his appearances on “Murder, She Wrote,” what the TNG uniforms from the first season felt like, working with Gates McFadden in Sick Bay on the Enterprise, and if he heard rumors about Denise and Gates wanting to exit the series.

Plus, we learn about his work as an Emmy Award-winning camera operator, including how Michael Landon helped him early in his off-camera career, stories behind the scenes with Mel Brooks on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” working with Jerry O'Connell on “The Talk,” the wild times working with Richard Simmons on “Dream Maker,” hilarious tales from “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” and what's really up with Ellen Degeneres, and whether or not she's as horrible as the tabloids say she is.

NOTE: This interview was conducted before the SAG-AFTRA Strike of 2023. No performers were interviewed during the strike unless they were discussing the strike itself.

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