Born on November 9, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Robert Duncan McNeill is an American actor, producer and director of TV shows and movies. He grew up in Atlanta, pursuing his early interests in acting by performing in local and regional productions. He eventually became a student at The Juilliard School in New York City, enjoying success as a professional actor by winning the role of Charlie Brent on the soap opera All My Children.
Robert Duncan McNeill has also been seen on an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1985, and played Kevin Corrigan on Masters of the Universe in 1987. In 1990, he got cast in series like Quantum Leap and Lucky Chances, and the next year in LA Law. In 1992, he starred in four episodes of Homefront, and played Cadet First Class Nicholas Locarno on Star Trek: The Next Generation. After a role on Second Chances, he was chosen to portray Tom Paris on the series Star Trek: Voyager, from 1995 to 2001. During that time, he was also seen on Wild Oats, Sisters, Murder She Wrote, and Early Edition. He also had a role in the film Air Force One, though he was uncredited for it. After his tenure on Star Trek: Voyager, McNeill appeared on The Outer Limits, Crossing Jordan, and the 2002 film Infested.
McNeill’s directorial debut came when he was slated to work on several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. Since then, he began writing, directing and producing short films. These included the two award-winning creations, namely The Battery and 9 mm of Love. Since then, he has helmed episodes of Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, Star Trek: Enterprise, Dead Like Me, The O.C., Las Vegas, Summerland and Supernatural. He has also worked on episodes of Desperate Housewives, Medium, The Nine, Samantha Who?, The Knights of Prosperity and My Boys.
- Some people still recognize me, obviously, from Voyager, but if I'm introduced to people now I say that I'm a director.
- I'm in a place right now where, after seven years of Star Trek, it's really exciting to be out of Star Trek. I don't have any bad feelings towards Star Trek. I really appreciate what I was able to do on Voyager and what I was able to learn. It was great.
- Things change dramatically once you actually get into prepping a show. You realise you can't afford things or you realise something is just impossible to shoot.
- I'm not sure when I'll do any more acting. We'll see.