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, 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