|Known for||Ratchet & Clank|
|Is||Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Writer Science fiction writer Voice actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature|
|Birth||5 November 1949, Lakewood Township, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA|
Armin Shimerman (born November 5, 1949) is an American actor and voice actor. He is known for his roles as the Ferengi bartender Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, voicing Doctor Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank series and Andrew Ryan from BioShock.
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. Shimerman attended Santa Monica High School and was active in drama. As a senior, he played leading roles in school productions of Hamlet, The Crucible and The Skin of Our Teeth before graduating in 1967. After graduating from UCLA, Shimerman was selected to apprentice at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Shimerman began pursuing a dramatic career in theater, eventually moving to New York, where he was a member of the Impossible Ragtime Theater. Returning to Los Angeles, Shimerman received roles in two CBS series, launching his television acting career.
Shimerman is known for his work 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 is "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 19 episodes of 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, René Auberjonois, and Ethan Phillips. 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.
He made an appearance as "The Terror" in the first The Tick live-action series.
He appeared in the series Numb3rs episode "Provenance" as an art expert. He had a cameo in the episode "Posse Comitatus" of The West Wing as Richard III and another in the film What the Bleep Do We Know!?.
He has made appearances in television series such as Married... with Children, Warehouse 13, Tremors, Castle and 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 Councilor). 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 animated film Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. He also voices Green Goblin in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.
In 2011, he provided additional voices for the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.
In 2012, he also provided additional voice talent for the MMORPG The Secret World.
His most well known voice work is that of Doctor Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank franchise, a role he received much praise for.
He reprised his roles as Dr. Nefarious and Andrew Ryan in the crossover fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Deep Space Nine
Shimerman co-authored a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, The 34th Rule, with David R. George III, published January 1, 1999. It focuses on his character Quark, who loses his bar and is imprisoned as a result of a diplomatic crisis between the Bajoran and Ferengi governments. The novel is an allegory for the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.
The Merchant Prince series
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.