(written from a Production point of view)
Norman Gibbs (born 1938) is an actor who appeared as regular background operations officer on the first two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. He received no credit for his appearances but was identified by the call sheets of the episodes.
Gibbs had featured roles in the television drama Disaster on the Coastliner (1979, with Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Michael Pataki, and Jerry Ayres) and in episodes of The Bionic Woman (1977, with Whit Bissell), Salvage 1 (1979, with Paul Sorensen), Trapper John, M.D. (1979), and Palmerstown, U.S.A. (1980, with Don Keefer and John Schuck) before he had the memorable part of the first Jive dude in the comedy Airplane! (1980, with Lloyd Bridges, Jonathan Banks, Marcy Goldman, Gregory Itzin, Cyril O'Reilly, Kenneth Tobey, Jason Wingreen, Sandra Lee Gimpel, Leslie Hoffman, and Paula Moody).
Between 1982 and 1984, he was featured in several episodes of Hill Street Blues where he worked with James B. Sikking, Barbara Bosson, Barbara Babcock, Milt Tarver, Alexandra Johnson, and Tony Plana. Further acting work includes the fantasy romance Kiss Me Goodbye (1982, with Paul Dooley, Michael Ensign, and Robert Miano), the crime thriller Blue Thunder (1983, with Malcolm McDowell, Jack Murdock, Paul Lambert, James Read, Tony Brubaker, and Eurlyne Epper), and the action drama Runaway Train (1985, with John Bloom, Dennis Ott, Don Pugsley, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr., Loren Janes, Tony Epper, and Marshal Silverman).
Gibbs also guest starred in episodes of Lou Grant (1980, with Milt Tarver), The White Shadow (1980-1981, with Joan Pringle, James Cromwell, and Karl Bruck), Flamingo Road (1982, with John Beck), Fatal Vision (1984, with Joel Polis, Mitchell Ryan, Wendy Schaal, Alexandra Johnson, Paddi Edwards, Kenneth Tigar, Richard Lineback, Brian Thompson, Matthew Faison, and Peter Vogt), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1985, with Ray Reinhardt), and NYPD Blue (1994, with Louis Giambalvo, Gordon Clapp, and Don Stark).