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There have been several times in the various Star Trek series when one actor interacted with himself/herself as a clone, Mirror Universe double, or other "alternate" version of the same basic character. But has the same actor ever played two completely distinct characters in the same scene?

For example, Jeffrey Combs once said that he always wanted to do this with Brunt and Weyoun, but he never had the chance to. And in the Deep Space Nine episode "Chimera," the alien guest star was played by J. G. Hertzler, and Martok is mentioned several times in the episode, but he never appears on screen.

Has it ever been done?

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off topic, but isn't Michael Dorn the actor who played Worf the only actor from TNG who appeared in an original cast StarTrek film (playing his grandfather). I forget which film, but he was a lawyer or something. – ThinkingMedia Sep 30 '12 at 20:43
@MathewFoscarini I don't know who the character is but he is indeed in ST6 – Liath Aug 13 '13 at 9:02
James Doohan, who played Scotty, also did several voices for the series. I'm not sure if there ever was a single scene where he was both acting as Scotty and providing the voice of an alien or announcer. Similarly, Majel Barrett (Number One, Christine Chapel, Luxwana Troi) often provided the computer voice after the original series. Again, I'm not sure if this ever happened within a single scene. – Adrian McCarthy Jul 22 at 15:19
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The best I can come up with is Brent Spiner - he played Data on The Next Generation, and appeared onscreen in three episodes as Lore, Data's brother. I'm not sure that this is far enough from the instances of clones or mirrors that you mention, but the characters exist simultaneously and have distinct personalities.

This is the Wikipedia article featuring Lore, and explains some of the filming techniques.

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Why didn't I think of that? Data and Lore are essentially "alternates"--and in fact Lore impersonated Data at least once--but Data did appear together with Dr. Soong, also played by Brent Spiner. – Mason Wheeler Sep 30 '12 at 21:01
@masonwheeler Then Thomas William Riker might count, too – oers Sep 30 '12 at 22:49
As another answer already stated, there is an episode where Brent Spiner plays three characters in the same scene. – Trollwut May 20 '15 at 9:58
Don't forget Data and B-4 in the movie – cde Jun 19 at 16:54

There is the TNG episode "The Defector":

In addition to his regular role of Captain Picard, Patrick Stewart also played the role of the holodeck character of "Michael Williams" from Shakespeare's Henry V, Act 4, Scene I, in the opening scenes of the episode.

Stewart requested this out of his love for Shakespeare, himself a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Henry V

Henry V

Henry V

[Watch clip on YouTube]

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The very best I can come up with is Brent Spiner.

He played not two but THREE characters in the same scene, in the 77th episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, 'Brothers', where he appears simultaneously as Data, as Data's evil android brother Lore, and as their creator Dr Noonien Soong.

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This, and the episode where he dreamed of meeting his father were what first came to mind when I read this question. – Kalamane Nov 13 '12 at 4:33

Majel Barrett played Nurse Christine Chapel throughout the original series and "Number One" in its first pilot called The Cage, which was subsequently repackaged into The Menagerie. She also was the voice of the computer on Next Generation—a triple role. Simultaneously, she was the computer voice and Deanna Troi's mother Lwaxana Troi on TNG.

George Takei played Lt. Sulu the ship's physicist in the second original series pilot Where No Man Has Gone Before, whose character became helmsman in subsequent episodes. Arguably, this is only one character.

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but did Lwaxana ever talk to the computer, or appear in a scene during which someone else interacted with the computer? – Kate Gregory May 20 '15 at 13:05
@KateGregory: I don't remember. It seems a good enough <s>reason</s> excuse to review the episodes. – wallyk May 20 '15 at 16:31
Wasn't Majel Barrett also the computer voice in the original series? So maybe also search for a scene with both Nurse Chapel and the computer. – Gerald Edgar May 20 '15 at 16:35
@KateGregory Yes she did. TNG episodes Cost of Living and Manhunt – Adeptus Nov 11 '15 at 6:13
Unless you can demonstrate these characters in the same scene then this is not answering the question. – OrangeDog Jun 19 at 9:25

In A Fist Full of Datas, Brent Spiner plays Data, and multiple holodeck replicas of himself.

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In addition to the answers above Robert Picardo played several different EMH characters (ST First Contact, ST Voyager). He also played the maintenance hologram for the EMH and Lewis Zimmerman on occasion.

While you could argue the EMH programs are the same character Zimmerman is very different!

W. Morgan Sheppard also played four minor characters.

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In the same scene? – OrangeDog Jun 19 at 9:25

In the old series. James Kirk played many roles. He played a surgically modified human made to look romulan to steal the cloaking device. A drill thrall in the gamesters of triskellion. He played the character called Baroner in the Organian -Klingon conflict. He played a Native American named Kurok after his memory was erased in the control room of asteroid deflector.

He was transposed into the body of a woman named Janice Lester. He was duplicated the body of an android on a ice planet controlled by Dr Roger Kirby.

He played a gangster in the "A piece of the Action".

I figure that ain't bad for close to 40 years with memory alone.

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We're looking for out of universe actors playing different in universe characters in the same scene. – OrangeDog Jun 19 at 9:26
@OrangeDog :In all those scenes he is playing dual roles. – resident_heretic Jun 19 at 17:03
James Kirk is a fictional character, not an actor. – OrangeDog Jun 19 at 18:17
@OrangeDog: No kidding...they are all fictional characters. The actor was William Shatner. – resident_heretic Jun 19 at 21:07

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