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Dakin Matthews (born 7 November 1940; age 83) is a highly-prolific actor who played Admiral Patterson in the Star Trek: Voyager fifth season episode "Relativity".

A theater scholar, playwright, and former drama teacher, Matthews has had a lengthy career on the stage, but only broke into television in the 1980s. His first television role was a guest appearance in Remington Steele. Also guest starring in this episode were fellow Trek guest performers Daniel Davis and Deborah May. Matthews followed this with a 1986 appearance on St. Elsewhere, starring William Daniels,Jeff Allin, Ed Begley, Jr., Norman Lloyd, Deborah May, France Nuyen, Alfre Woodard, and Jane Wyatt. That same year, Matthews had a small role in the mini-series Fresno, which also featured the likes of Henry Darrow, Terri Garr, Jack Kehler, and George D. Wallace.

Matthews went on to guest star in many other TV shows, including Dallas (starring Glenn Corbett, Leigh J. McCloskey, Derek McGrath, William Smithers, Leigh Taylor-Young, and Morgan Woodward), Picket Fences (starring Roy Brocksmith, Leigh Taylor-Young, and Ray Walston), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (starring Scott Bakula), The West Wing, NYPD Blue (starring Gordon Clapp), House, Carnivàle (starring Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, and John Savage and guest-starring John Fleck and Scott MacDonald), and Stargate SG-1. He also guest-starred in an episode of Touched by an Angel with Voyager star Connor Trinneer and an episode of The Lyon's Den with Voyager stars Roxann Dawson and Robert Picardo (as well as Scott MacDonald, Steven Weber, and Rick Worthy). More recently, he was seen on Boston Legal, starring René Auberjonois and William Shatner (in an episode also featuring Ann Cusack).

Matthews has also had recurring roles on a number of series, including L.A. Law (starring Corbin Bernsen and Larry Drake), The Practice (along with Daniel Davis, Bruce Davison, Randy Oglesby, and Tracy Middendorf), Jack & Bobby (along with Ron Canada, Cliff DeYoung, Lawrence Pressman, and Paul Sorvino), Desperate Housewives (starring Steven Culp, Teri Hatcher, Mark Moses, and Alfre Woodard and also guest-starring Bob Gunton), and Gilmore Girls (along with John Billingsley, Larry Cedar, and Biff Yeager). In addition, Matthews was one of the many Trek performers to appear in the 1998 mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. His co-stars on this series include David Andrews, David Clennon, Ronny Cox, Ann Cusack, Clint Howard, John Carroll Lynch, Deborah May, Andy Milder, Holmes R. Osborne, Ethan Phillips, Harve Presnell, Mark Rolston, Stephen Root, and Alan Ruck.

In 1987, Matthews made his film debut in Like Father Like Son, starring Catherine Hicks, Armin Shimerman and Kitty Swink. Since then, he has appeared in such films as Sunset (1988, with Malcolm McDowell and Andreas Katsulas), Eve of Destruction (1991, with Tim Russ), Flubber (1997, with Clancy Brown, Christopher McDonald, and Wil Wheaton), and Thirteen Days (2000, with Steven Culp, Kevin Conway, Bill Smitrovich, Tim Kelleher, Len Cariou, Ed Lauter, Boris Krutonog, and Charles Esten).

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Additional projects in which Matthews appeared with other Trek performers include:

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