Whoopi Goldberg

Series: TNG

Movies: Star Trek Generations, Star Trek Nemesis

Character(s): Guinan

Whoopi Goldberg portrayed Guinan on occasion from Season 2 through Season 6 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also appeared uncredited as Guinan in the films Star Trek Generations and Star Trek Nemesis.

As a young girl, she saw Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek: The Original Series and ran to her mother, shouting, “There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!” She was eager to appear in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and there was some discussion about her possibly portraying a Klingon princess, though the idea was declined by Leonard Nimoy. Goldberg is a “huge fan” of The Next Generation and was eager to star in the show. She was later responsible for getting Dwight Schultz his role as Reginald Barclay on The Next Generation, having co-starred with Schultz in the 1990 film The Long Walk Home.

Goldberg has been invited to appear in the second season of Star Trek Picard, which she accepted.


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