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 28: Max Grodénchik, Rom from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

It's time for me to turn into a fanboy on the show, and I hope the same happens to you when you listen to this interview with Max Grodénchik. You may remember Max best as Rom from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” the brother of Quark who rose up from being a bumbling buffoon into being married to the lovely Leeta, was the father of the first Ferengi in Starfleet, and ultimately became the Grand Nagus of Ferenginar!

Max is one of my favorite character actors of all time, and Rom is one of my favorite characters in all of Star Trek, so we talk in-depth about his experiences on DS9, including wearing the makeup, stories about Armin Shimerman & Aron Eisenberg, how he developed the voice and mannerisms of Rom, and Max even critiques my Rom voice!

Before DS9, Max played two other Ferengi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the episodes “Captain's Holiday” and “The Perfect Mate,” and shares memories of working with Patrick Stewart and Famke Janssen, as well as his reaction to the first time he wore the Ferengi makeup.

Plus, working with Tiny Ron in “The Rocketeer” & Whoopi Goldberg in “Sister Act,” thoughts on the Rom action figure from Playmates, baseball stories from “Take Me Out to the Holosuite,” his deleted scene from “Star Trek: Insurrection,” Max's singing career with “The Rat Pack” of Star Trek, and much more!

The views expressed on air during Trek Untold do not represent the views of the RAGE Works staff, partners, or affiliates.

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