Shimerman at the Star Trek convention, 2008
November 5, 1949|
Lakewood Township, New Jersey, United States
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, author|
Armin Shimerman (born November 5, 1949) is an American actor, voice actor and author. Shimerman is known for playing the Ferengi bartender Quark in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kramer's caddy Stan on Seinfeld, voicing Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank series, and Andrew Ryan, one of the antagonists of BioShock. He played Dr. Potter in the 2011 movie adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. He also voiced the Agori leader Raanu in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. He is known for voicing General Skarr in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne.
Shimerman was born to a Jewish family in Lakewood, New Jersey, the son of Susan, an accountant, and Herbert Shimerman, a house painter. When Shimerman was 15, his family moved to Los Angeles, where his mother enrolled him in a drama group in an effort to expand his social circle. He played trumpet in the Santa Monica High School Band. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, then was selected to apprentice at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. He pursued a dramatic career in theater, eventually moving to New York. Returning to Los Angeles he received roles in two CBS series, launching his television acting career.
Shimerman is best known for his role as the Ferengi bar owner Quark in the long-running television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, though his involvement with the Star Trek franchise began with appearances as other Ferengi characters in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "The Last Outpost" and "Peak Performance". As the character Quark, Shimerman became one of Star Trek's most widely known characters, and he appeared several times on the cover of TV Guide, either with other actors or alone as part of a collector's series. He says that his favorite episode of Deep Space Nine was "Little Green Men" as it was the only episode where he is shown captaining a ship.
Along with Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes, John de Lancie, Michael Ansara, and Richard Poe, he is one of only a few actors to play the same character on three different Star Trek series. He played Quark in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.
In addition to Star Trek, Shimerman has had roles as Pascal on Beauty and the Beast and as Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also has starred in Stargate SG-1 as one of the Nox, an evil wizard in Charmed, appeared as Stan the caddy in an episode of Seinfeld, and as Dr. Patemkin on Leverage.
Shimerman has appeared as judge Brian Hooper in the third season of Boston Legal, joining fellow Star Trek actors William Shatner, Rene Auberjonois, and Ethan Phillips; Shatner played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, Auberjonois played Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Phillips played Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager. His character even shared a scene with Auberjonois, with the strife between the two characters reminiscent of the conflict between Shimerman's Quark and Auberjonois's Odo.
Shimerman made an appearance as "The Terror" in The Tick live action series.
He appeared in the series Numb3rs episode 'Provenance' as an art expert. He also appeared in the episode "Posse Comitatus" of The West Wing as Richard III, and had a cameo role in both What the Bleep movies.
He also appeared in the episode "Buck the Stud" of Married... with Children.
He also appeared in the episode "A Little Paranoia Among Friends" as radio personality Cecil Carr in the short-lived Tremors TV series.
In 2012 he also appeared on Castle in the episode "The Final Frontier".
In 2016, appeared as Max in the Western web series RED BIRD.
He has voiced several video game villains, including Toad in X-Men Legends, Andrew Ryan in the BioShock series, Razputin's father in Psychonauts, and General Skarr from Evil Con Carne and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. He lent his voice talent to BioWare for their games Jade Empire (as Emperor Sun Hai) and Mass Effect (as the original Salarian Councillor). He also voices Emil Narud and Mohandar in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the expansion StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
In 2008, he voiced the character of Wilmer in an audio dramatization of The Maltese Falcon that also featured Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann. In addition, he also voiced the character of Mr. Phillips in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's production of Anne of Green Gables. He also voiced Raanu in the straight-to-DVD feature animation Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. He also voices Green Goblin in the video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.
In 2011, he also starred in a voice-over part for a character on the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.
His most well known voice role is that of Dr. Nefarious in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet: Deadlocked, Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, a role he received much praise for.
The Merchant Prince
Shimerman has co-written a series of books in which he provides a science fictional basis for the life of Dr. John Dee. The first novel in the series, The Merchant Prince, was co-written with Irish author Michael Scott, known for his Nicholas Flamel series. Published in 2000, it features the historical figure John Dee being placed in suspended animation in 1575 by an alien race known as the Roc and awakening in 2099. The cover features Shimerman in Elizabethan garb.
Shimerman commented: "John Dee really did exist. We're pretty sure he was a member of Queen Elizabeth's secret service, which put it in his purview to kill if he needed to. The Elizabethan period was a much more perilous time; you had to be quick with a dagger and nefarious in order to survive".
Shimerman thought there were aspects of both himself and his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character, Quark, in the novel's interpretation of John Dee. Shimerman commented: "There are aspects of Quark similar to Dr. Dee, and undoubtedly there are aspects of Dr. Dee similar to Armin Shimerman, which would make him seem like Quark as well".
The other novels in the series are Outrageous Fortune (2002), co-written with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, known for her historical horror novels, and Capital Offense (2003).
Shimerman is married to actress Kitty Swink.
|1980||Stardust Memories||Eulogy Audience|
|1986||The Hitcher||Interrogation Sergeant|
|It's Garry Shandling's Show||The Doctor||Season 1, episode 8, "Garry Throws a Surprise party"|
|1987||Blind Date||French Waiter|
|The Verne Miller Story||Mortician|
|Like Father Like Son||Trigger's Father|
|1987, 1989, 1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Letek, Bractor, Quark||Season 1 The Last Outpost, Season 2 Peak Performance, Season 7 Firstborn|
|1987–1990||Beauty and the Beast||Pascal||Seasons 1–3|
|Big Man on Campus||Dr. Oberlander|
|1990||Death Warrant||Dr. Gottesman|
|1991||And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird||Contest Judge|
|1993–1999||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Quark||Seasons 1–7|
|1994||Slaughter of the Innocents||Dr. Mort Seger|
|1995||Star Trek: Voyager||Quark|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Judge Arthur Younger|
|Seinfeld||Stan The Caddy||"The Caddy"|
|1997||Snide and Prejudice||Eckart|
|Stargate: SG-1||Anteaus||Season 1, episode 8, "The Nox"|
|1997–2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Principal Snyder||Seasons 1–4, 20 episodes|
|1998||Looking for Lola||Maitre'd|
|1999||The Auteur Theory||Detective Blank|
|Star Trek: Insurrection||Quark||Scenes cut|
|2002||Who Slew Simon Thaddeus Mulberry Pew||The Whizzit|
|2002||Charmed||The Wizzard||Season 4, episode 18|
|2003||Living in Walter's World||Mr. Krause|
|2004||What the Bleep Do We Know!?||Older Man in subway|
|2005||Geppetto's Secret||Leonardo the paintbrush (Voice)|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Professor Milo (Voice)||Episode: The Doomsday Sanction|
|2006||What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole||Older Man|
|2006||Numb3rs||The Art-Authentication board member||Episode: "Provenance"|
|2006||Dead and Deader||Coroner Flutie|
|Delgo||Nohrin Merchant (Voice)|
|2009||For Christ's Sake||The Pope||In post-production|
|2009||BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn||Raanu, Villagers/Village leaders|
|2009||Warehouse 13||Charlie Martin (1961's Artie)||1 episode "Where and When"|
|2009–2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Calculator, Psycho-Pirate, Prof. Mark Haley, Second Guardian||Episodes: "Night of the Huntress!"|
"Inside the Outsiders!"
"Revenge of the Reach!"
|2011||Atlas Shrugged – Part 1||Dr. Potter||In the cast credits, his name is spelled "Shimmerman".|
|2011||Dropping Evil||The Boss Man|
|2012||Castle||Benjamin Donnely||Episode: "The Final Frontier"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Oscar||Season 14, episode 9, "Check in and Check Out"|
|2016||Ratchet & Clank||Doctor Nefarious|
Merchant Prince series
- The Merchant Prince (2000) (with Michael Scott)
- Outrageous Fortune (2002) (with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro)
- Capital Offense (2003)
- Jewish Journal: "Top 5 Jewish moments in ‘Trek’" by Adam Wills May 7, 2009
- "Armin Shimerman Biography (1949–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- Dilmore, Kevin (2001). "Star Trek Communicator issue 130". Fantastic Media. Denver Colorado: 59.
- Ratchet and Clank [RatchetMovie] (September 17, 2013). "We are excited that @ShimermanArmin has joined the cast for #ratchetandclankmovie! @insomniacgames @Blockade @RainmakerEnt @PlayStation" (Tweet). Retrieved May 13, 2015 – via Twitter.
Paul Robinson [Topottsel] (September 17, 2013). "@RatchetMovie I assume this means Dr Nefarious is making is making an appearance? ;)" (Tweet). Retrieved May 13, 2015 – via Twitter.
Ratchet and Clank [RatchetMovie] (September 17, 2013). "@Topottsel Yep!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 13, 2015 – via Twitter.
- Vejvoda, Jim (May 13, 2015). "Ratchet & Clank Animated Movie Lines Up Star-Studded Voice Cast". IGN. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Armin Shimerman.|
- Armin Shimerman at the Internet Movie Database
- Armin Shimerman at the Internet Broadway Database
- Bio @ Starfleetlibrary.com
- QUARK'S RENAISSANCE: Armin Shimerman Pens Novel About Philosopher John Dee