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David Cronenberg (born 15 March 1943; age 78) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, producer and occasional actor, who appeared as Kovich in the Star Trek: Discovery third season episodes "Die Trying", "Terra Firma, Part 1", and "That Hope Is You, Part 2".
Cronenberg was approached for the role by showrunner Alex Kurtzman, who's a fan of his work. He said he was also "cheap and (as a Toronto native) available". As a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series, Cronenberg was delighted to be offered a part on the franchise. 
Considered to be an auteur of the horror genre, and pioneer of the "body horror" subgenre, Cronenberg's body of work includes films such as The Brood (1979, starring Samantha Eggar and featuring Felix Silla), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983, with Anthony Zerbe and Helene Udy), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988, starring Geneviève Bujold), Naked Lunch (1991, starring Peter Weller), Crash (1996), eXistenZ (1999), and A History of Violence (2005, with Stephen McHattie).
As an actor he has also had cameo roles in a number of his own films, as well as appearing in Jason X, and TV series such as Alias (with Greg Grunberg, Melissa George, and Merrin Dungey, created by J.J. Abrams, executive produced by Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman).
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