The central figure in any Star Trek media is, and always has been, the Captain. There’s been men and women, Caucasian and African, and depending on your point of view, good and bad.

Yet presenting even more of a variety than the Captains are the actors and actresses portraying them. William Shatner and Patrick Stewart both got their start in Shakespearean plays, Avery Brooks’ earliest role was on a police procedural, Kate Mulgrew appeared on soap operas, Scott Bakula on Broadway, and the latest (Chris Pine) appeared in many romantic comedies.

Clearly, the Captain on Star Trek can come from anywhere, from any role. So, let’s take a look at 10 awesome actors who could make equally awesome captains on Star Trek, either in future series or films.



10. Alan Tudyk

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Well known to fans of science fiction, Alan Tudyk is possibly best remembered for his collaborations with Joss Whedon (Firefly, Serenity, and Dollhouse). In addition to those roles, he’s been in many comedies and even a few horror films.

What kind of Captain could he play in Star Trek? I think he’d be best suited in a series that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still features very real dangers and threats in their travels. Somewhat of a comedy-suspense series, something that admittedly, Star Trek isn’t known for, but which I think could make for an interesting addition to the canon.

So, would the pilot for the Serenity be good sitting in the Captain’s chair instead? I think so.

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This article was first posted on March 11, 2013