AR­MIN SHIMERMAN

Quark in Deep Space Nine

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

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.

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