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Kenneth Tigar (born 24 September 1942; age 79) is the actor who played the part of Margan in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode "Symbiosis" and later portrayed Dammar in the Star Trek: Voyager third season episode "Displaced". Tigar received no screen credit for his first Trek appearance.
Outside of Star Trek, he has made several guest appearances, often playing Mr. Kopeckne, on the television series Barney Miller, starring Ron Glass and James Gregory. He also appeared in an episode of CHiPs with Michael Dorn and Robert Pine, an episode of Quantum Leap alongside Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Tim Russ, and two episodes of Hill Street Blues, one featuring Alfre Woodard and another with Marc Alaimo. James B. Sikking starred in both of those episodes, while Barbara Babcock starred in the former.
Tigar also appeared in the pilot episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993 (co-starring with Teri Hatcher, K Callan guesting with Christopher Darga and Persis Khambatta) and in the final episode of Murder, She Wrote in 1996 (with William Windom and David Ogden Stiers). He also had recurring roles on the soap opera Dallas and the sitcom Growing Pains and a regular role as Fritz Heath on Dynasty, opposite Joan Collins.
Tigar was one of several Star Trek guest stars to later appear on the 1980s series The Facts of Life, along with William Windom, Roger Perry, Paul Comi, Clyde Kusatsu, Robert DoQui, Nehemiah Persoff, Clive Revill, Eve Smith, Nicholas Coster, Robert Hooks, and Ian Wolfe. Lead Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Armin Shimerman also made a brief appearance in the show's seventh season premiere episode.
Tigar made his film debut in the comedy The Happy Hooker (1975), co-starring Richard Lynch and the late Vincent Schiavelli. Since then, he has appeared primarily in made-for-TV movies, although he has made the occasional motion picture, including Creator (1985, co-starring Virginia Madsen, David Ogden Stiers, Ian Wolfe, and Jeff Corey), Phantasm II (1988), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989, with Mark Rolston, Jenette Goldstein, and Sherman Howard), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992, with Vince Howard, Primal Fear (1996, with Terry O'Quinn, Tony Plana, Alfre Woodard, Brian Reddy, Christopher Carroll, Mike Boss, Greg Bronson, and Azalea Davila), and Conspiracy Theory (1997, with Patrick Stewart and Bert Remsen).
Tigar once guest starred in the short-lived series Live Shot. Other Star Trek stars who were cast members include David Birney, Karen Austin, Ron Canada, Jeff Yagher, Bruce McGill and Sam Anderson. Star Trek stars who also guest starred include Casey Biggs, Chase Masterson, Dion Anderson, John Schuck, Lee Arenberg, Hal Landon, Jr. and Cully Fredricksen.
More recently, Tigar had guest roles on the drama series Canterbury's Law (2008) and as Warden Johan Lennox in two episodes of J.J. Abrams' mystery series Fringe (2008, alongside Billy Burke and Philip LeStrange). In 2012, he appeared as the old German man in The Avengers (2012), starring Chris Hemsworth and also featuring Damion Poitier, and from 2013 had the recurring role of Republican Senator Paul Mower in the Amazon series Alpha House.
Other Trek connections
Additional film and TV projects in which Tigar appeared with other Star Trek performers include:
- The Babysitter (1980) with William Shatner
- Gangster Wars (1981) with Jonathan Banks
- Just One of the Guys (1985) with Clayton Rohner, Leigh J. McCloskey, Stuart Charno, and Katy Boyer
- The Runnin' Kind (1989) with Julie Cobb, James Cromwell, and Phil Rubenstein
- Snapdragon (1993) with Matt McCoy and Irene Tsu
- Jade (1995) with Donna Murphy
- Cadillac Ranch (1996) with Christopher Lloyd and Jim Metzler
- Riot (1997) with Charles Napier and Patrick Kilpatrick
- Hollywood Safari (1997) with John Savage
- A Thousand Acres (1997) with John Carroll Lynch and Bob Gunton
- A Question of Faith (2000) with Martha Hackett and Randy Oglesby
TV guest appearances
- Barney Miller episode "Werewolf" (1976) with Ron Glass, James Gregory, Jon Lormer, and Janet MacLachlan
- Barney Miller episode "The Ghost" (1978) with Ron Glass, James Gregory, and Nehemiah Persoff
- The Rockford Files episode "Local Man Eaten by Newspaper" (1978) with Dallas Mitchell and Scott Marlowe
- Barnaby Jones episode "Fatal Overture" (1979) with Lee Meriwether, Scott Marlowe, and Earl Boen
- Barney Miller episode "Possession" (1981) with Ron Glass, James Gregory, and Phil Rubinstein
- Scarecrow and Mrs. King episode "Playing Possum" (1984) with John Colicos
- Simon & Simon episodes "Simon Without Simon: Part 1" and "Part 2" (1985) with Ray Buktenica
- Cheers episode "Don Juan Is Hell" (1985) with Kelsey Grammer)
- L.A. Law episode "El Sid" (1986) with Corbin Bernsen
- Highway to Heaven episode "Normal People" (1987) with Paul Carr
- Night Court episode "Her Honor: Part 4" (1987) with John Larroquette and Alan Oppenheimer
- Knots Landing episode "Road Trip" (1990) with Richard Herd
- The Flash episode "Alpha" (1991) with Dick Miller
- Law & Order episode "God Bless the Child" (1991) with Paul Sorvino
- L.A. Law episode "Bare Witness" (1993) with Corbin Bernsen, Larry Drake, Robert Hooks, and Salome Jens
- Mad About You episode "The Tape" (1994) with Anne Elizabeth Ramsay
- Murder One episode "Chapter Six, Year Two" (1996) with Jack Kehler, Ron Canada, Gregory Itzin, Neal McDonough, and Rick Worthy
- 7th Heaven episode "Red Tape" (1998) with Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks
- Family Law episode "Family Values" (2000) with Christopher McDonald, Salli Elise Richardson, Penny Johnson, and John Rubinstein
- Touched by an Angel episode "Remembering Me: Part 1" (2002) with Paul Winfield