Born on November 5, 1949 in Lakewood, New Jersey is an actor best known for his role as the bartender Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Raised in Lakewood, his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 15. To expand his supposed circle, his mother enrolled him in a drama group. He eventually attended and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was also handpicked to become apprentice at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. He decided to pursue a professional career in theater, a decision that had him move to New York eventually. However, he still ended up having to return to Los Angeles since landing roles in a couple of CBs series and a very well-known career in television.
Shimerman soon landed what would be his most recognizable role – as the Ferengi bar owner Quark in the long-running sci-fi series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. However, his involvement with the Star Trek franchise began with a different role. He also appeared as the face of Deanna Troi’s wedding box with a message in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called Haven. Of course, Shimerman’s character would turn out to be one of the most widely known character in the Trek universe – he appeared on the cover of TV Guide several times. Along with five other actors, he appeared as the same character on three different Star Trek series namely The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.
Shimerman’s role on Star Trek has spawned appearances in other shows, such as Boston Legal, The West Wing, Numb3rs, and Seinfeld. He appeared with fellow Trek actors William Shatner, Rene Auberjonois, and Ethan Philips on Boston Legal, while he was in a three-episode arc on Numb3rs as an art expert.