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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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I tried to tag this as "acting-for-two", but apparently I don't have enough rep to create a new tag. Would someone mind doing that for me? –  Mason Wheeler Sep 30 '12 at 19:51
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. –  Mathew Foscarini Sep 30 '12 at 20:43
Isn't this a list question? –  user209 Oct 1 '12 at 15:33
No it's not a list question. He's asking if it's been done. A list question would be to name all the ships in TNG. –  Mathew Foscarini Oct 1 '12 at 19:07
@MathewFoscarini I don't know who the character is but he is indeed in ST6 –  Liath Aug 13 '13 at 9:02

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The best I can come up with is Brent Spiner- he played Data on TNG, 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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lore_%28Star_Trek%29#Lore

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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

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 TNG, '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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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!

Edited to add: I've just stumbled on another W. Morgan Sheppard has played four minor characters.

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