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Max Grodénchik (born 12 November 1952; age 71) also credited as Michael Grodénchik, is an actor best known for his portrayal of Rom on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Grodénchik was born in Queens, New York. Before getting the role of Rom, he auditioned for the role of Rom's brother, Quark. He was at one time romantically involved with production staff associate Lolita Fatjo.

He wrote and performed Rom's Song and performed the song "The Lady is a Tramp" in the Deep Space Nine seventh season episode "The Siege of AR-558". He also appeared in Star Trek: Insurrection as a Trill ensign who made a joke with Jonathan Frakes' character; that scene was deleted from the released version but included in the Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Edition) DVD "deleted scenes" feature, where it can be found as scene #40 "Flirting". His name, however, remained in the end credits of the film and the scene was retained in the novelization of Star Trek: Insurrection. Grodénchik filmed his scenes for the Star Trek: The Next Generation fifth season episode "The Perfect Mate" between Tuesday 18 February 1992 and Thursday 20 February 1992 on Paramount Stage 8 and 9.

Grodénchik made his first on-screen appearances as Michael Grodénchik in the '80s. He played a small role in the 1981 comedy Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, alongside the late Vincent Schiavelli, as well as in the drama Out (1982) and in the Night Court episode "The Cop and the Lady" (1989, with cast member John Larroquette).

In the '90s, he made guest appearances in the television series Civil Wars (1992, episode "His Honor's Offer", with John Cothran, Jr., Ronny Cox, Juliana Donald, Robin Gammell, Anne Haney, and John Vickery), Tales from the Crypt (1994, episode "The Bribe", written by Scott Nimerfro and alongside Terry O'Quinn, Wayne Grace, and John Kassir), Sliders (1996, directed by David Livingston, starring Jerry O'Connell and John Rhys-Davies, with Francis Guinan and Saxon Trainor), and The Drew Carey Show (1996, with Diedrich Bader).

Max Grodénchik in make up

Grodénchik getting his Rom makeup

Grodénchik appeared in Barton Fink (1991), The Rocketeer (1991, with Paul Sorvino, William O. Campbell, Clint Howard, Ed Lauter, Tiny Ron, and Terry O'Quinn), Sister Act (1992, starring Whoopi Goldberg, with Jenifer Lewis and Ellen Albertini Dow), Apollo 13 (1995, with Brett Cullen and Clint Howard), and Rumpelstiltskin (1996, alongside Sherman Augustus, Valerie Wildman, Mark Holton, Ousaun Elam, and Patrick Massett).

In 2000, he acted again with Whoopi Goldberg in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (also with Jason Alexander and Doug Jones) and played small parts in Bruce Almighty (2003, with Mark Kiely), and King of California (2007). Among the television series he guest-starred in are ER (2003, with Jamie McShane, Jennifer Tung, and Michelle C. Bonilla), Crossing Jordan (2004, starring Miguel Ferrer and Jerry O'Connell), Six Feet Under (2004, alongside James Cromwell, James Black, Erica Mer, and Mark L. Taylor), and Hustle (2007, with William Lucking).

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