Armin Shimerman

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Armin Shimerman
Armin Shimerman by Beth Madison, 1.jpg
Shimerman in 2008
Born(1949-11-05) November 5, 1949 (age 65)
Lakewood Township, New Jersey, United States
OccupationActor, Voice Actor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Kitty Swink
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Armin Shimerman
Armin Shimerman by Beth Madison, 1.jpg
Shimerman in 2008
Born(1949-11-05) November 5, 1949 (age 65)
Lakewood Township, New Jersey, United States
OccupationActor, Voice Actor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Kitty Swink

Armin Shimerman (born November 5, 1949) is an American actor and voice actor. 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 also played Dr. Potter in the 2011 movie adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

Early life[edit]

Shimerman was born in Lakewood, New Jersey, the son of Susan, an accountant, and Herbert Shimerman, a house painter.[1] 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 later 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. He later returned to Los Angeles where he received roles in two CBS series, launching a career in television acting.



Shimerman (center) with Deep Space 9 co-stars Marc Alaimo (left) and Colm Meaney (right)

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.

Shimerman (left) and Max Grodénchik (right) played the characters of two Ferengi brothers, Quark and Rom, on Deep Space 9

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.

Shimerman also appeared in the episode "Where and When" of the TV series Warehouse 13. He played the character Charlie Martin, that episode's version of Artie Nielsen.

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".

Voice work[edit]

He has voiced several video game villains, including Toad in X-Men Legends, Dr. Nefarious in Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet: Deadlocked, Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Andrew Ryan in BioShock, a role he received much praise for, and Razputin's father in Psychonauts. He voiced 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.

In 2012, he starred in a voice-over part for a character on the MMORPG The Secret World. He also voiced both Dr. Nefarious and Andrew Ryan in the crossover, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.


He has written a series of books in which he provides a science fictional basis for the life of Dr. John Dee.

Personal life[edit]

Shimerman is married to actress Kitty Swink.


1980Stardust MemoriesEulogy Audience
1986The HitcherInterrogation Sergeant
StoogemaniaLarry II
1987Blind DateFrench Waiter
The Verne Miller StoryMortician
Like Father Like SonTrigger's Father
1987, 1989, 1994Star Trek: The Next GenerationLetek, Bractor, QuarkSeason 1 The Last Outpost, Season 2 Peak Performance, Season 7 Firstborn
1987-1990Beauty and the BeastPascalSeasons 1-3
1988Dangerous CurvesBoggs
Big Man on CampusDr. Oberlander
1990Death WarrantDr. Gottesman
1991And You Thought Your Parents Were WeirdContest Judge
1993-1999Star Trek: Deep Space NineQuarkSeasons 1-7
1994Slaughter of the InnocentsDr. Mort Seger
1995Star Trek: VoyagerQuark
1996Eye for an EyeJudge Arthur Younger
SeinfeldStan The Caddy
1997Snide and PrejudiceEckart
Stargate: SG-1AnteausSeason 1, episode 8, "The Nox"
1997-1999Buffy the Vampire SlayerPrincipal SnyderSeasons 1-3
1998Looking for LolaMaitre'd
1999The Auteur TheoryDetective Blank
Star Trek: InsurrectionQuarkScenes cut
2000Breathing HardConrad
2002Who Slew Simon Thaddeus Mulberry PewThe Whizzit
2002Charmed "We're Off to See the Wizard"The WizzardSeason 4, episode 19
2003Living in Walter's WorldMr. Krause
2004What the Bleep Do We Know!?Older Man in subway
The WorksGerald
EvictionThe Landlord
2005Geppetto's SecretLeonardo the paintbrush (Voice)
2006What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit HoleOlder Man
2006Numb3rsThe Art-Authentication Board MemberEpisode: "Provenance"
2006Dead and DeaderCoroner Flutie
2008The UmFiester
DelgoNohrin Merchant (Voice)
2009For Christ's SakeThe PopeIn post-production
2009BIONICLE: The Legend RebornRaanu, Villagers/Village leaders
2009Warehouse 13Charlie Martin (1961's Artie)1 episode "Where and When"
2009-2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldCalculator, Psycho-Pirate, Prof. Mark Haley, Second GuardianEpisodes: "Night of the Huntress!"
"Inside the Outsiders!"

"Revenge of the Reach!"

2011Atlas Shrugged - Part 1Dr. PotterIn the cast credits, his name is spelled "Shimmerman".
2011Dropping EvilThe Boss Man
2012CastleBenjamin DonnelyEpisode: "The Final Frontier"
2013CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationOscarSeason 14, episode 9, "Check In and Check Out"


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  1. ^ "Armin Shimerman Biography (1949-)". Retrieved 2012-08-02. 

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