DragonCon 2002 I met Armin. He was promoting his book The
Merchant Prince and signing autographs. I didn't get to hear him
speak as there was another panel I attended at the same time he
was speaking, but I did get to talk to him at his table. A very nice
person. He is someone I would love to get to know better as his
personality was so nice. Hope to see him again to hear him speak.
Armin Shimerman played Quark, the Ferengi bartender who ran all
the entertainment concessions on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
including the bar, restaurant, gambling house and holosuites. A
delightful blend of charm, wiliness, and entrepreneurial greed, the
character of Quark (along with Q) held the distinction of having
appeared on all three of the latter Star Trek series Â— Star Trek:
The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek:
Voyager. "Quark's passions are gold and 'hew-man' (Ferengi word for
human) women... not always in that order," says Shimerman. Born
of immigrant parents and raised in a small farming town in New
Jersey, Shimerman's family moved to Los Angeles when he was 16
years old. In an effort to help her son meet new people, his mother
enrolled him in a drama group and (as the saying goes) the rest is
history. Upon graduation from the University of California at Los
Angeles, he was chosen as one of eight apprentices out of 900 for
the prestigious Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Shimerman
appeared prominently in many regional theater productions for the
Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, the American
Shakespeare Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the
Indiana Repertory Theater. Following a move to New York, he landed
roles in the Broadway production of Richard Rodger's last musical, "I
Remember Mama," "Broadway" with Chris Sarandon and Teri Garr,
"St. Joan" with Lynn Redgrave and Joe Papp's production of "Three
Penny Opera" with Raul Julia. Shimerman then returned to his
adopted hometown of Los Angeles and his success continued as he
appeared in recurring roles in two CBS series. He portrayed Pascal
in Beauty & The Beast, and Cousin Bernard in Brooklyn Bridge. He
has also guest starred over 65 times on such television series as L.A.
Law, Married: With Children, Civil Wars and Seinfeld. Perhaps the
most memorable of Shimerman's guest appearances was in Star
Trek: The Next Generation when he made his debut as the
uncredited Wedding Box in the first season episode entitled "Haven."
Later that season, Armin returned to the set of Star Trek: The Next
Generation where he portrayed Letek, the first Ferengi in a Star Trek
series, in the episode "The Last Outpost." During the third season
hiatus of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Shimerman worked on the film
An Eye for an Eye with Sally Field and Ed Harris. He has also co-
starred with Andrew McCarthy, Patsy Kensit and Star Trek: The Next
Generation alumna Denise Crosby in the feature film Dream Man, in
which he portrays District Attorney Van Horne. Shimerman can
currently be seen in the recurring roles of Judge Moskin on ABC-TV's
The Practice and the pernicious Principal Snyder on WB's Buffy the
Vampire Slayer. Teaching his unique Shakespearean acting
approach to students throughout Los Angeles keeps Shimerman
busy in his spare time. He has taught at the High School of the
Performing Arts, the Theatricum Botanicum, the Tyrone Guthrie
Theatre, the College of Idaho and several workshop companies, as
well as his alma mater, UCLA. He has also spent time as a scribe,
writing "The Merchant Prince," as well as two Star Trek novels,
"Wheels within Wheels" and "The 34th Rule." Shimerman is active as
a National Board Member of the Screen Actors Guild.
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