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Herschel Sparber (born 18 October 1943; age 76) is the actor who portrayed Federation President Jaresh-Inyo in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fourth season episodes "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost". Sparber originates from Nashville and moved to Los Gatos in 1977. Sparber is 6 feet, 9 inches (2.06 m) tall. 
Prior to his appearance on Deep Space Nine, Sparber was seen in multiple episodes of the popular television series NYPD Blue (featuring Gordon Clapp and Sharon Lawrence as regulars) and Boy Meets World (including one episode with fellow DS9 guest-star Jason Marsden). He later appeared on such programs as NewsRadio (with Andy Dick and Stephen Root), That's Life (starring Paul Sorvino), and Titus.
In 1986, Sparber and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Leon Rippy appeared together as hunters in the film King Kong Lives, which also featured fellow Star Trek alumni Michael Forest and Mike Starr. Sparber and Rippy later appeared in the 1998 action-comedy Traxx. The following year, he was among the several Trek performers to appear in the independent film Bloodhounds of Broadway. Among his co-stars were Star Trek: Voyager actor Ethan Phillips, fellow Deep Space Nine guest actor Stephen McHattie, Star Trek Generations actor Alan Ruck, and Voyager guest actor Googy Gress. Sparber can also be seen in such films as The Birdcage (1996, with Lee Delano and Tim Kelleher), Brother (2000), and the TV movies Columbo: Murder with Too Many Nates (2000, with Randy Oglesby and Richard Riehle) and Mystery Woman: Snapshot (2005, with Clarence Williams III and Brad Greenquist).
He also lent his voice to the 1995 animated film A Goofy Movie, along with Jason Marsden, Wallace Shawn, and Frank Welker. In 2001, he was a voice in the film Osmosis Jones, as were Steve Susskind and Star Trek: The Original Series star William Shatner.
- "The Keeper of Paradise", Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Official Poster Magazine, issue 10