Quark in Deep Space Nine
He played Pascal in Beauty And The Beast and Principal Snyder in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but actor Armin Shimerman will forever be best known to legions of Star Trek fans as Quark, the morally flexible Ferengi in DS9.
Would you like to play the role again?
If the opportunity comes up I will snatch it and do it at a moment’s notice.
What’s the strangest request you’ve had from a fan?
I was doing a convention in Phoenix, Arizona, and a little boy, about eight years old, raised his hand and asked, “What’s it like to be an action figure doll and do you ever play with yourself?” It just brought the house down. I of course made no answer whatsoever and just smiled. That is, without doubt, my favourite question.
Would any of your character’s skills have been useful in real life?
Quark, unlike Armin Shimerman, is a very gregarious people person. He likes to talk to people. He likes to hobnob. He likes the conviviality of social intercourse. Armin is a rather shy person, and Quark sort of bought Armin out from underneath his shell.
Did you get any souvenirs from the set?
Luckily one of the set designers very kindly gave me a present of just a little square of Quark’s Bar. I can’t even tell you where it came from, but it’s certainly part of the bar.
What would it say on his tombstone?
He gave the best he could.