Even if you’ve never watched a single episode of any Star Trek show, you could still name at least two actors from the franchise and be able to spit out at least two famous quotes spawned from them. If you have seen a few of the different series or are even a diehard Trekkie, you’ve heard of Star Trek: Voyager.
While not the most famous run of the Star Trek franchise, it still played an important part during its years on the air. We break down what the cast members have been doing since they last finished their mission.
Star Trek: Voyager follows the crew through the challenge of being stuck 70,000 light-years away in the Delta Quadrant and trying to get back home to the Alpha Quadrant. Voyager also gives us the first time we see a female in the captain’s seat, with Captain Kathryn Janeway sitting at the helm.
Where does Voyager fall on the Star Trek Timeline?
If you want to know where this one lands on the chronological watching order (because that’s all that matters, right?) it depends if you want to include the movies and animated series in the lineup. The show hits anywhere from fifth to ninth in viewing order based on what you want to include.
On the fictional timeline, Star Trek: Voyager takes place during the years 2371 to 2378, so 20 years after the first journey with the crew. Though we all know there will be Star Trek movies and shows coming out for years to come, we could see this journey shift along the pecking order.
How long was the show on the air?
Filming for Star Trek: Voyager started in 1993, with the first episode airing on January 16th, 1995, on the then brand-new, now non-existent UPN (United Paramount Network). May 23rd, 2001 was the last voyage for this crew.
With a hearty seven-season run, Star Trek: Voyager beamed into our living rooms for an astounding 172 episodes over the years.
Why did Star Trek: Voyager get Cancelled?
Well, actually, Star Trek: Voyager never officially got canceled. Like most shows at that time, seven seasons was about the shelf life. Though ratings did drop over time, and fans weren’t too happy with the direction of the show, Star Trek: Voyager was able to end on the note they wanted to.
Kate Mulgrew as ‘Admiral Kathryn Janeway’
Nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe, and winner of an Obie, Critic’s Choice, and Saturn award, Kate Mulgrew has been gracing our screen for decades.
In the Star Trek universe alone Kate has reprised her role as Admiral Kathryn Janeway in 2002s Star Trek: Nemesis, 2004s Star Trek: The Experience – Borg Invasion, and most recently, in the 2021 animated return of the franchise Star Trek: Prodigy.
You may recognize her the most as Galina “Red” Reznikov in the hit Orange Is the New Black. You can keep up with Kate on her Instagram, where she is very active.
Robert Beltran as ‘Commander Chakotay’
Robert Beltran played Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager for the entire series. Before stepping on the Voyager, Robert had already been on the stage and screens big and small.
No stranger to TV, Robert has appeared on CSI: Miami, Medium, and Big Love, as well as dozens of TV movies.
Most recently Robert has used his voice to return as Commander Chakotay in Star Trek: Prodigy in 2022.
Roxann Dawson as ‘B’Elanna Torres’
Since Roxann Dawson played half-Klingon and half-human B’Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager, she hasn’t really stopped working. The list of Roxann’s accomplishments and appearances on screen are way too numerous to count.
From writing plays, acting on stage, being part of documentaries, movies, TV shows, lending her voice to video games and audiobooks, and directing tv, Roxann has been one busy bee.
If you watch TV at all, Roxann has directed at least one episode of it. The last time Roxann truly graced the screen herself was in a 2011 episode of the hit show The Closer.
Robert Duncan McNeill as ‘Tom Paris’
Robert Duncan McNeill had already been acting for decades before he brought Tom Paris to life on Star Trek: Voyager.
After Voyager he switched gears and did more directing than acting. Robert went on to direct a ton of episodes of early aughts mega-hits like Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, The O.C., and Desperate Housewives.
If you were obsessed with the show Chuck, Robert executive produced, produced, and directed the hit.
Ethan Phillips as ‘Neelix’
Ethan Phillips has steadily been on TV since the early 80s and hasn’t stopped since.
Before playing Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager, Ethan was in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1990 playing Dr. Farek, and after, in 2002, he was in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2002.
He also appeared in the miniseries Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Outside of that franchise, Ethan can be seen in episodes of Bones, Mental, Veep, and Girls. Most recently he was in 2020s Avenue 5.
Robert Picardo as ‘The Doctor’
Possibly one of the most recognizable faces from the Voyager cast, Robert Picardo has been in just about every movie and TV show since the late 70s.
Playing The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager wasn’t his first hit show, as he was nominated for an Emmy for his role on the late 80s hit The Wonder Years.
Robert popped up in another sci-fi-star show, appearing on Stargate SG-1 from 2004 to 2007, and from 2006-2009 on Stargate Atlantis. In 2022 Roberts will lend his voice to the animated film MEAD.
He is very active on his Instagram and regularly post photos and videos of his life.
Jeri Ryan as ‘Seven of Nine’
Though portraying Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager was Jeri Ryan’s first long-time TV role, she had been in episodes of shows like Who’s the Boss?, Matlock: The Fatal Seduction, and Melrose Place by then.
Immediately following her run on Star Trek Jeri landed a leading role on the early 2000s drama Boston Public and then the drama Shark from 2006 to 2008.
Fans loved that Jeri picked back up her Seven of Nine role and is back in space on Star Trek: Picard with Sir Patrick Stewart.
Tim Russ as ‘Lieutenant Commander Tuvok’
Not only has Tim Russ played Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, but he was in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Other notable runs for Tim were on shows like Samantha Who? and iCarly. You can see Tim more recently in the 2020 George Clooney directed sci-fi movie The Midnight Sky.
Tim is also a musician and has started the band ‘Tim Russ Crew’. They play a mix of pop rock, blues, old school and roots music. You can check out a sample of their music here.
Garrett Wang as ‘Harry Kim’
Playing Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager was Garrett Wang’s big break on television.
Since his Trek days, Garrett mostly sticks with the convention crowds, making appearances, being a celebrity moderator, and since 2010, being the Trek Track director for Dragon Con.
He currently co-hosts a podcast with fellow Voyager star Robert Duncan McNeill. You can follow him on Instagram, where he posts regularly.
Jennifer Lien as ‘Kes’
With a handful of shows under her belt by the time she landed the role of Kes on Star Trek: Voyager, Jennifer Lien was all over the TV in the 90s.
After the birth of her son, Jennifer decided to step away from acting in 2002 to be a mother, and hasn’t been on screen since.
Unfortunately, from 2015 to 2018 Lien had some trouble with the law and decided to keep away from the camera, opting to try to start a new life as a nutritionist.
Tarik Ergin as ‘Lieutenant Junior Grade Ayala’
Not everyone that makes it on screen wants to stay on, and that was the case for Tarik Ergin. After playing Lieutenant Junior Grade Ayala on Star Trek: Voyager, he pretty much stayed out of the spotlight.
He instead got back to his lacrosse roots. Having been a professional player in 2010, since 2011 he has been the Head Coach of the lacrosse Varsity team at Oak Park High School in California.
Scarlett Pomers as ‘Naomi Wildman’
Before Scarlett Pomers played Naomi Wildman on Star Trek: Voyager she started her career appearing in Michael Jackson’s 1992 hit “Heal the World” music video.
But since her days in space Kate has popped in shows like Providence, Judging Amy, and That’s Life. From 2001 to 2007 Kate snagged a main role on the hit show, Reba.
Majel Barrett (Voyager ship voice)
Once a Trekkie, always a Trekkie, and that was always true of Majel Barrett. It didn’t hurt that Majel’s husband was the creator of Star Trek, making her the official First Lady of the franchise.
Not only was she the voice of the ship’s computer in Star Trek: Voyager, but Majel was in the original Star Trek pilot in 1965.
She played multiple characters throughout the decades, appearing in every Star Trek journey until we sadly lost Barrett in 2008 to leukemia.