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Armin Shimerman (born November 5, 1949) is an American actor. Shimerman is best known for playing the Ferengi bartender Quark and Principal Snyder in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Buffy the Vampire Slayer respectively.

Early life

Shimerman was born in Lakewoodmarker, New Jerseymarker, 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. He later graduated from the University of California at Los Angelesmarker, then was selected to apprentice at the Old Globe Theatermarker in San Diegomarker. 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 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 when he played another Ferengi character in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Last Outpost", which first introduced the Ferengi. 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.

Along with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie, Michael Ansara and Richard Poe, he is one of only six 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 and appeared as Stan the caddy in an episode of Seinfeld.

Shimerman has appeared as a judge in the third season of Boston Legal. He joined fellow Star Trek actors William Shatner, Rene Auberjonois, and Ethan Phillips in the same season of Boston Legal. 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.

Armin made an appearance as "The Terror" in The Tick live action series.

He appeared in a season three episode of Numb3rs as an art expert. He also appeared in the episode "Posse Comitatus" of the 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.

Voice work

He has voiced several video game villains, including Toad in X-Men Legends, Dr. Nefarious in Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Andrew Ryan in Bioshock and Razputin's father in Psychonauts.

Shimerman did the voice of General Skarr from Evil Con Carne and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.

Shimerman has also lent his voice talent to Bioware for their games Jade Empire and Mass Effect.

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.

He will also voice Raanu in the upcoming feature animation Bionicle: The Legend Reborn.He also voices Green Goblin in the video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2


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

Personal life

Shimerman is married to actress Kitty Swink.


Year Film Role Notes
1980 Stardust Memories Eulogy Audience
1986 The Hitcher Interrogation Sergeant
Stoogmania Larry II
1987 Blind Date French Waiter
The Verne Miller Story Mortician
Like Father Like Son Trigger's Father
1988 Dangerous Curves Boggs
1989 Arena Weezil
Big Man on Campus Dr. Oberlander
1990 Death Warrant Dr. Gottesman
1991 And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird Contest Judge
1994 Slaughter of the Innocents Dr. Mort Seger
1996 Eye for an Eye Judge Arthur Younger
1997 Snide and Prejudice Eckart
1998 Looking for Lola Maitre'd
1999 The Auteur Theory Detective Blank
2000 Breathing Hard Conrad
2002 Who Slew Simon Thaddeus Mulberry Pew The Whizzit
2003 Living in Walter's World Mr. Krause
2004 What the Bleep Do We Know!? Older Man in subway
The Works Gerald
Eviction The Landlord
2005 Geppetto's Secret Leonardo the paintbrush (Voice)
2006 What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole Older Man
2008 The Um Fiester
Delgo Nohrin Merchant (Voice)
Resist Evil Part One: Dropping Evil CEO / 'Boss Man' In post-production
Resist Evil Part Two: God Is Missing! Let Us Quest For God! CEO / 'Boss Man' In post-production
Resist Evil Part Three: Don't Stop Or We'll Die CEO / 'Boss Man' In post-production
2009 For Christ's Sake The Pope In post-production
2009 BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn Raanu, Villagers/Village leaders


Merchant Prince series



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