Today is the birthday of Robert Picardo, Star Trek Voyager’s holographic Doctor. Today the actor is turning 57, and all of us at TrekMovie want to wish Bob a big happy birthday. Below we have a couple of favorite doctor moments, plus we check in to see what Mr. Picardo is up to these days.
Picardo’s Doctor – standout on Voyager
Robert Picardo’s Doctor provided both the dramatic non-human "outsider reflection" role on Voyager, seen before by Spock (TOS) and Data (TNG), while at the same time he also provided much of the show’s humor. This scene of the Doctor daydreaming from "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy" epitomizes why Picardo’s holographic character became a breakout star on Voyager.
Of all the characters on Star Trek Voyager, the Doctor probably went through the most changes over the seven seasons, and much of this character development was the result of Picardo himself working with the show’s writers. This scene from the fourth season episode "Message in a Bottle" shows some of that development, and Picardo’s trademark deadpan humor.
Robert Picardo keeping busy
Since Voyager wrapped up at the beginning of the decade, Robert Picardo has consistently been working as an actor. Picardo also returned to space with a recurring role in the Stargate franchise which wrapped up as a regular on Stargate Atlantis. Since that show went off the air he has appeared in Smallville, Chuck, Justified, Persons Unknown, Castle and other shows. He will also be returning to the Stargate universe in a guest spot on Stargate Universe in 2011, and potentially in the Stargate Atlantis TV movie Stargate: Extinction (if it gets made). Here is a clip of Picardo thanking the Stargate fans for embracing his character.
Picardo has also been doing a number of films, mostly genre films (and some might say b-movies). He recently appeared in the Syfy movie Monstorwolf (which aired October 9th), and he is in the upcoming Megashark versus Crocasaurus, due on DVD in December. There are a number of other Picardo projects coming up, including the Joe Dante film Trailer of Blood (see official site). Picardo’s most ambitious film project recently is starring in the 2009 indie psychotically thriller Sensored, check out the trailer.
Keep up the good work Bob, and happy birthday from TrekMovie.com
To keep in touch with Mr. Picardo and his upcoming appearances, visit his site at www.robertpicardo.com.