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Jeff Quinn To Appear In Star Trek Movie March 30, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: New Voyages/Phase II,ST09 Cast , trackback

James Cawley is not the only veteran of the fan film Star Trek New Voyages (now Phase II) who is headed to the big screen in JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek. Jeff Quinn, New Voyages’ first Spock, has also landed a small Trek role. At the Saturday night screening for the Phase II episode “To Serve all My Days – 1969 edition,” Quinn talked to TrekMovie about his Star Trek movie experience.

Just like with Cawley, Quinn’s is a non-speaking part, but he did say that he is “front and center” in a couple of shots. Quinn couldn’t give any details on his role, but his partially shaved eyebrows might be a clue. Quinn did his scenes this last week and was there for the last day of shooting. Even though Quinn is no stranger to the film biz, from both his time with New Voyages and with his regular job doing visual effects for Battlestar Galactica, he was still impressed with the scale of the production saying “it was a marvel to see how they do it in Hollywood.”

Landing the role actually didn’t come directly from Quinn’s involvement with New Voyages / Phase II. Quinn tells that his path to a part started last year with that casting call looking for people with ‘unique features’ who were willing to shave their eyebrows. The lanky sharp-featured actor who portrayed Spock for four episodes with New Voyages quipped “clearly I was OK with that.” Quinn sent in an email and picture and then went through the traditional audition process until he was finally was selected. The visual effects artist turned part-time Vulcan clearly felt fortunate for the experience, stating “it was an honor and a privilege to work on JJ Abrams’ Star Trek.”

Quinn at the Phase II event Saturday will have more from the Phase II "Night in 1969" coming up later.



1. James - March 30, 2008

Man, congrats to all the New Voyages guys for getting parts in the new movie!!

2. Phil123 - March 30, 2008

Does anyone know why he left New Voyages? I though he was very good, and clearly still in with the New Voyages/Phase II crowd if he still attands their events. did he just not have enough time?

great that half the new voyages cast is turnign up in real star trek. they deserve it, that show is better that Enterprise and some of voyager and even early TNG

3. Irish Terran - March 30, 2008

Ah, now here!!!
I know that some of the early Enterprise stuff was bad but towards the end it got better with the Terran Empire and those crazy crazy Andorians. And those episodes were better than this New Voyages stuff hands down!!!

Pretty much the same story with Voyager ( and they overused the Borg) but it was still cool…… Except for those stupid Ocampa!!!!!!!!!

TNG was on average, better than New Voyages but i’m willing to concede that at times, it sucked!!!……. … Not too often though!!

Oh and congrats toJeff Quinn for getting into the movie!!!!

4. CrazyPeopleWhoLikesThisTrekMovie - March 30, 2008

Yes!!! Bad Actors for a Bad Movie!! Can’t wait to see this!!!

5. Pat - March 30, 2008


6. AJ - March 30, 2008

Is this the April Fool’s post?

7. CrazyPeopleWhoLikesThisTrekMovie - March 30, 2008

GOD!!!! Let this movie be the April Fool’s joke!!!!!!!

8. DMC - March 30, 2008

APRIL FOOLS! Feel better now? You see, the joke is that he’s NOT in the movie. Meaning he really is. I’ve got to tell you guys, that I TRIED very hard to watch some of the “NEW VOYAGES” and just couldn’t stomach it. It was mostly lame acting. So lame it made me laugh. Especially this guy’s face. It’ll make me laugh if I seem him in the new movie, speaking part or not. The effects were pretty cool, too bad they couldn’t get better actors. Scotty, was REALLY bad. I could do a better Scottish accent then that actor, and I can’t even do a Scottish accent.

9. DMC - March 30, 2008

Speaking of wigs, all the “NEW VOYAGES” actors had these CRAZY looking over sized wigs on, that also made me crack up. You spend all your time looking at these weird mega wigs on their heads.

10. Captain Presley - March 30, 2008

Congrats Jeff! Love New Voyages! I give credit to you all who are (were) involved, giving so much time, work and money for something you believe in without profit .

11. Garovorkin - March 30, 2008

That is really cool that he gets to be in the movie as well.

12. maspill - March 30, 2008

whats his unique feature ?

13. James Cannon (1701-A) - March 30, 2008

Is there only me who ISNT getting a cameo or part in this movie?

I know a guy called Bill who should be in this movie. Maybe you know him? He was big in a SCI FI Series in the 60s…

14. New Horizon - March 30, 2008


Hey man…if you can’t see past the limitations of the acting and extend your imagination around it, that’s your problem. The writing has been very good in the last two episodes, and even the acting has improved. If you can’t stomach it, fine…but I don’t think there is any need for you to trash on it just because you can’t see beyond the surface details. It’s a great show. Heck, even Scott Bakula had some pretty cringe worthy acting on Enterprise from time to time…and I really like Scott Bakula…he’s a genuinely nice guy, but he couldn’t seem to deliver anger without it feeling forced.

15. nickgunboat - March 30, 2008

I am totally off topic here, but just came across these strange pics on someones flicker site. It looks to me to be a pretty close match to the bridge photo of JJ Abrams during his online chat. Who knows what this is, anyone? Early mock up? Toy Prototype? Could this be it?

16. Sebastian - March 30, 2008

To all those who continually bash the creative energy of Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II, remember this; these are FAN films, not Paramount issue. These folks do it “for love of the game,” not profit. Personally, I can overlook the lapses in acting because the passion on display permeates every pore of these productions. Even the donated VFX and other input are all pro bono. So, if you can’t just relax and enjoy them (I, personally, like them a hell of a lot more than televised pablum such as “Voyager” ANY day of the week), then go out there and do BETTER yourselves! Because that’s what they do, and I (as a fan) applaud them for it!

17. Scott - March 30, 2008

Re: #16 – Oh, surely not. Those crowded panels look like a design step backwards from TOS sets. More Irwin Allen than Matt Jeffries.

As for Jeff Quinn, good for him! Fortunate fellow!

Scott B. out.

18. Ladon - March 30, 2008

Re: #16 – That’s nothing to do with the new film.

“Found on the G4 set!”

From October 2006

In that photo you can see the official Paramount packaging for the toy.

19. Kapitaen Stephan - March 30, 2008

Congratulations to Jeff Quinn.

I´m guessing he`s a Romulan! Or a Vulcan?

We`ll see (if they don`t cut the scene).

20. PaulFitz - March 30, 2008

I like new voyages. But I prefer Hidden Frontier. And yes these guys are not brilliant actors, but they are dedicated to trek. I for one am glad they produce their own shows. And as thanks I want to wish them all the best of luck in everything they do.
Special congrats to Jeff Quinn.

21. Ripper - March 30, 2008


If you look closely that ‘packaging’ is just a bunch of old TNG figure packages surrounding it.

I’d recognize that packaging anywhere.

22. maspill - March 30, 2008

16 looks like a cross between enterprise and TOS
panelles look a bit cluttered for my taste but like it what ever it is

23. Jackson Roykirk - March 30, 2008

#4,7,9 —

He’s only an extra — he doesn’t need to know how to act (and I do agree he is not a good actor).

My crazy great aunt used to work as an extra in films back in the 1960s and 1970s (she can be seen in ‘Network’, a film which was nominated for a best picture oscar) — And I KNOW FOR A FACT she can’t act.

Quinn said he was hired because of his angular facial features. If that was the criteria for this “extra’s” role, then I think they did a good job in casting Quinn.

24. Dr. Image - March 30, 2008

What, then, is it?
And why would someone design something like that? Look at the shapes of some of the displays. Hmmm….
Anyway, CONGRATS Jeff!
Hope to see you back as Spock again in the future!

25. Kirk's Girdle - March 30, 2008

His performance in World Enough and Time was actually very good.

For this film, his role will probably be something like “Romulan #6″

26. CmdrR - March 30, 2008

I have a huge brass Enterprise belt buckle. Can I be in the movie, too?

Damn, I live on the wrong coast.

27. Pragmaticus - March 30, 2008

I really hope he’s not a Vulcan. I never thought he pulled it off.

28. Anthony Thompson - March 30, 2008

10. But Cawley’s wig isn’t a wig.

14. You.

29. Anthony Thompson - March 30, 2008

That bridge design looks exceedingly small (smaller than the TOS set)and impractical to shoot in a widescreen format because it’s vertical dimensions appear to be almost equal to it’s circumfrence. And I see a place for the navigator and helmsman to sit, but not a place for the captain!

30. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - March 30, 2008


31. Ensign Ro- (Short for Roland) - March 30, 2008

Congrats to Mr. Quinn…what I wouldn’t have given to just be a piece of set dressing on this movie. And I also applaud all those involved in the fan productions. Yes, there are many limitations, but they are fun nonetheless.

As for those pics of the bridge model…I am intrigued. The do appear to be a mid-stage representation between the “Enterprise” and “TOS” designs…I wonder. Although, everything we’ve seen in interviews to date suggests that the bridge is on a grand scale for the movie. If this model is to scale, it appears to be somewhat cramped quarters. Ah well, let the debates and speculations go on…that’s what keeps the interest alive during our 400-plus day wait.

32. Anthony Thompson - March 30, 2008

And the photo of the model was uploaded on November 1st, 2006, a full 4 months before Abrams was designated as the director and pre-production began.

33. TrekOfficial - March 30, 2008

they will end up on the cutting room floor. Maybe on the dvd cut tho?

34. eric - March 30, 2008

Anyone remember those old G4 ads for Star Trek with the action figures? Could that be where that bridge is from?

35. Mr. Bob Dobalina - March 30, 2008

Never cared for New Voyages but this guy always turned in a pretty good job. His acting was easily the best of the bunch. I never liked his “look”, the makeup was fairly hideous and gave him a very feminine look. But his delivery was always well done and his deep voice helped sell the character. I’m glad he got to be in the movie, he’s clearly a big Trek fan, so good for him.

36. Viking - March 30, 2008

Congrats to Jeff Quinn. Even if they did end up on the cutting room floor, someone at Paramount has put enough stock in what Cawley & Co. are doing to green-light a nine figure budget for the movie and let them play in the big boys’ sandbox a little………

37. OneBuckFilms - March 30, 2008

The layout reminds me of the Star Trek VI bridge.

I don’t think this was for Trek XI.

38. Jorg Sacul - March 30, 2008

Yay Jeff! You’re now a “Canon” Trek character! Hopefully they are paying you for this decently, and you’re going to frame a copy of your first “Star Trek” check!

39. Gary Evans - March 30, 2008

Jeff Quinn!

Congratluations Jeff, on becoming a part of Star Trek Eleven!!! It is wonderful to know that you had this distinct opportunity come your way.

You will have to send a detailed description later. You have my email addy.

I am also glad you were at the TSAMD-69 Premiere. I hope it was a fun evening.

Good luck, Jeff.

40. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - March 30, 2008

Congrats to Quinn.

And as to the bridge. It’s funny how so many jump to the conclusion that if it is for Star Trek 0, that its the Enterprise bridge from Kirk’s command. When I saw it I immediately thought that it would work very well for an older ship’s bridge. In fact I think it would be perfect for an old Daedalus class ship bridge.

That said I am sure it has nothing to do with J.J.’s Star Trek. A pity. I like it.

41. Xai - March 30, 2008

7. CrazyPeopleWhoLikesThisTrekMovie – March 30, 2008
“GOD!!!! Let this movie be the April Fool’s joke!!!!!!!”

Ladies and Gents please meet our latest gnome for the Troll Hall of Infamy

42. Hat Rick - March 30, 2008

Jeff Quinn could play a very young Mr. Homm. (Remember? The assistant to Lwaxana Troi.) He looks a lot like Carel Struycken at an early age in that photo.

43. AJ - March 30, 2008

I think it’s great that Jeff is in the film, but how many more casting announcements can they make now that it’s a wrap?

Quinn’s Spock was fine in my book. His performances were sincere, and he made a good No. 1 to James Cawley as Kirk. It’s great to know that Jeff and James are fans, and were there on set keeping an eye on things for us ;-)

44. scifib5st - March 30, 2008

Way to go “Sticky Ears” !!! You get a chance to act in the big film, play Spock for New Voyages… now working on Battlestar!! From video store to special effects.
Godness, greatest, great balls of fire!
I’m happy for you man!

45. diabolk - March 30, 2008

I hope he’s a Vulcan… I’m betting he is.

46. Jackson Roykirk - March 30, 2008

#27 —

You might have been in this if you applied…There were about 125 extras on set just last week for the Cal State Northridge location shot. You probably would have had a chance to be it it then.

…and to all those complaining about this innocuous news bout Jeff Quinn being in this, I say : SO WHAT!… The guy has a non speaking part. Don’t get yourselves in an uproar over this…it makes you look petty.

I personally have no idea if this will be a great film or not, so I will reserve judgement — however, it seems that the detractors are getting desparate and are looking to put a negative spin on every bit of news that comes out of this production, even harmless information such as this story.

47. GO - March 30, 2008

So is this guy related to Senior CNET Editor Kent German?

The two could be twins!

48. Ian B - March 30, 2008

Contratulations to Jeff Quinn, and FWIW I actually rather liked him as Spock, it’ll be weird seeing this new guy (who I found off-putting in the trailer for the next episode again FWIW).

49. CaptainLordBat - March 30, 2008

Congrtas my friend! Wish I could have been there as well!

50. Sid - March 30, 2008

I think the writing on New Voyages has gotten world-class, especially the episodes To Serve All My Days & World Enough And Time. Cawley can still cause a wince now and then with his Elvis-does-Shatner James Kirk, but his acting has improved by leaps and bounds lately.

And the Sulu vignette (Center Seat) was just a blast. Anyone who hasn’t seen it should run to YouTube and watch it NOW!

51. Michael Hall - March 30, 2008

What is it about threads like this, that they tend to bring the most mean-spirited dweeboids out of the woodwork?

52. Ryan T. Riddle - March 30, 2008

Congrats to Jeff. His performance as Spock, as well as John Kelly’s McCoy, kept me watching NV in the early days.

53. Cool Daddy - March 30, 2008

The so called version of Spock that Jeff Quinn attempted
to portray always seemed forever perplexed like he was
caught too far out in space and reality. How he managed
to ever land this role is far beyond me.
Well….like they say: Its not what you know but who and
obviously this was the situation for him. I could see him
as the the space hippie with the big ears or even as those
hippies riding their space bikes in LIS but thats it.

54. Hat Rick - March 30, 2008

I think that the role in this new movie is a tip of the hat on the part of JJ to the great efforts, faith, and — yes — enterprise that Jeff and others have put into keeping the flame of visually produced Trek alive. Fan productions are more a labor of love than anything else, and it’s fitting that Jeff is rewarded with a role, no matter how minor, in the megamovie that (one hopes) is the blazing beacon of Trekdom that fandom has helped to light.

So, congratulations, Jeff! You’re luckier than most fans, but then, you’ve put in quite the effort, and you deserve it.

55. The Vulcanista - March 30, 2008


Some folks out there simply have nothing better to do with their time than to troll newsgroups. Craving attention they can’t get anywhere else in their sad little lives and operating under the delusion that they are clever, intelligent, and vastly superior to those they are trolling, in reality trolls are pathetic, pimple-faced, mouth-breathing, basement-dwelling lower lifeforms and are simply not worthy of our attention.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

56. Lizard - March 30, 2008

I thought Jeff Quinn was marvelous as Spock. I met him at DragonCon 2006 and he was a really nice guy to all the fans of New Voyages.

57. Phil123 - March 30, 2008

I have to conceed to DMC that despite my previos New Voyages praise, their Scotty does have an appaling accent. I am Scotish myself (Though i have lost my accent) so an accent that bad really thows me off. i don’t demand perfection, even the minghty James Doohan never acheived that, but with all the recasting going on over at Phase Two, they keep loosing good people (Spock and Sulu) and keeping the bad ones!

58. Ensign Ro- (Short for Roland) - March 30, 2008

#56 – The Vulcanista


59. James - March 30, 2008

#56 – The Vulcanista

To quote Ensign Ro above, AMEN. These people made those fan films from the bottom of their hearts AND wallets because of their love of Trek. Hey, so what, so the acting wasn’t stellar for the first few episodes, give them the credit they deserve! They’ve been getting better and better with every outing and I salute their efforts. I look forward to every installment those guys and New Voyages/Phase II come out with!

=/\= James

60. Ian Watson - March 30, 2008

Congratulations, Jeff! Every couple of months something like this comes up and makes me look forward to the movie even more.

61. Captain Otter - March 30, 2008

#s 4 and 7, jealous much?

Look, I’m not a New Voyages fan by any stretch. But this is a non-speaking cameo, not the lead in McBeth. In the finished product, you can’t tell which extras are actors and which ones are lucks suns of guns who knew a guy who knew a guy. So it doesn’t matter if Quinn can act or not or if you THINK he can act or not.

The bottom line is this guy gets to live the dream. Good on him.

And shame on anyone for ripping him or JJ or anyone else for it.

62. Cool Daddy - March 30, 2008

#61: You’re 100% right. The guy may not have looked the part but Lord love him and Mr. Cawley along with the rest of the crew of this entire production.
They don’t have to do what their doing but its obvious a act of pure love and true dedication on their behalf. I would be extremely honored to meet Mr. Cawley to get his personal insight on it all. He’ll be known as one of the pioneers of Star Trek who carried into the 21st Century and beyond and isn’t
that what Star Trek is all about after all? Of course it is!

63. Jami ! - March 30, 2008

Congrats Jeff,Looks like i owe you a beer mate !!

64. JustBob - March 30, 2008

Way to go, Jeff!

65. Viking - March 30, 2008

Hey, let’s also give credit to J.J. & Co. for being stand-up guys and utilizing Cawley, Quinn, Chris Doohan, etc. It’s also a shrewd marketing move, especially given the stakes involved in trying to reinvent the wheel: they’re not just taking a big paycheck, throwing something up on the screen, and saying, ‘Here’s your fuggin’ Star Trek – deal with it'; by letting others on the periphery play in the sandbox, they’re also tapping into a grassroots fan base that might otherwise be ambivalent about ‘cold-starting the warp engines’, so to speak, even with Nimoy’s participation. It’s a way of saying, OK, we’re treading on sacred ground here, but we want all comers to be a part of it. Everybody gets a place at the table. And I’m cool with that.

66. VOODOO - March 30, 2008


I agree.

Everyone BUT William Shatner will be included in this film.

Best of luck to the New Voyages (I love their work and enthusiasm for Star Trek)guys, but it seems like they are going out of their way to work everyone in who is not named William Shatner.

67. VTMoondog - March 30, 2008

Ahhh Quinn!! Wish I was out there in LA with you this weekend, I see you let the cat out of the bag finally;)
See you soon, brother!!


STNV/P2 producer/geekoid/camera op

68. Vifx Twokay - March 30, 2008

Gaahhh- enough already. Why is this starting to sound like the kitchen sink approach? Let’s just put everyone who ever acted in, wrote about or saw Trek into the movie. Then it’s a guaranteed hit, right?

69. Ryan - March 30, 2008

#68 – At most they may be glorified extras and may or may not actually make it into the final cut. They may not even be speaking parts. Though I do not recall if anyone may has any such.

Heck, if I was offered a part in the movie knowing that it wouldn’t make the cut I would still do it.

70. Ken - March 31, 2008

I thought Jeff Quinn was great as Spock against James Cawley’s Kirk. He certainly looks like what I picture when you say “Vulcan” so I’m not surprised he got the part. He had the advantage of being able to show pictures of himself in Vulcan makeup.

Congrats and good luck with future auditions…!

71. Benjamin Sisko - March 31, 2008

Mr. Abrams, can I be in your movie? :D :P

72. Mr. Brass Bonanza - March 31, 2008

“Star Trek: Enterprise” is the best Trek ever produced.


73. King Tutt - March 31, 2008

I’ve met Jeff Quinn and he happens to be a really nice guy. He also happens to be a pretty good actor as well. I still don’t understand why on this site people can bash away at Shatner, George with the homophobic jokes, and now Jeff but the minute anyone mentions Cawley’s very obvious toupee certain people here get all offended & try to claim it’s not true – yeah, right! What has that dude got over this site?

74. SYBOCK! - March 31, 2008

Perhapes he’s Sybock?

75. British Naval Dude - March 31, 2008

I wuz out the same try-out a year ago, the same casting call Quinn mentions…
I misundertsood and had shaven me butt…

: )

But good for Quinn to be a part of Paramount’s Trek history. Grand for a fan.

I’d shave me butt again just ta be seen a split second as tha engineer pickin’ his nose while the warp core is about ta breach…


76. Chucko - March 31, 2008

Alot of the people who enjoy criticizing New Voyages are probably ignorant to just how hard it is to make a movie, let alone a good one. In my opinions, the episode “World Enough and Time” is as good as any of the best episodes from the original series, and far better than most episodes done by Paramount since…That says alot considering these people worked for free, while the Paramount productions include the usual union wages, which are usually wasted on drugs and partying. At least the Phase II people work for nothing, making the production from their heart.

77. space - April 2, 2008

Let’s make sure that Mr. Quinn is not easly recognized otherwise it could disrupt the scene all together.

78. Nakira - April 3, 2008

Jeff ,you have my best wishes on this role, you’ve made history more than once now. For those of you who don’t know Jeff, he sacrificed quite a few jobs to keep himself open to be able to be in New Voyages, he went without food and electricity quite often to be able to do so. That is dedication folks, plain and simple. As for James his hair IS NOT a toupee, wig or anything but real hair. I’ve been close enough to it to know. There is only one person who wears a wig on our show and it isn’t James. So I don’t know who’s going on about big wigs because there aren’t any big wigs, just one regular wig designed specifically for this person. Everybody else is using their own hair here folks. Jeff Quinns’ makeup in TSAMD was done by none other than Academy Award winner Kevin Haney, so if you want to dog the man’s makeup you gotta have some really big you know what’s to do so. We have kept almost all of Kevin’s advice and makeup to help Jeff realize his image of Mr. Spock. Due to his current employment that is the reason he was unable to do Blood and Fire. Good Luck Jeff. Best wishes, Linda

79. Jeff Quinn - November 3, 2009

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