Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Q&A with 'Star Trek' actor Jeffrey Combs, emcee of upcoming Colorado Springs Philharmonic pops concerts

October 26, 2016 Updated: October 28, 2016 at 11:42 am
0
Caption +
Actor Jeffrey Combs - seen here as Commander Shran on the "Star Trek: Enterprise" TV series - will emcee the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's "Star Trek: The Final Frontier" concerts at Pikes Peak Center on Oct. 28 and 29.

Actor Jeffrey Combs has put on many different faces for the "Star Trek" franchise over the years. The 62-year-old California native has played blue-skinned, antennaed Commander Shran on "Star Trek: Enterprise," and big-eared Brunt and Weyoun on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," among other characters. He's also acted in myriad films ("Re-Animator," "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer") and TV series ("Justice League," "The 4400").

Combs has appeared on nearly 50 episodes of "Star Trek" TV series. On Friday and Saturday, however, Combs will "boldly go" where he hasn't gone before in his career as emcee for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's "Star Trek: The Final Frontier" pops concert at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts.

Combs spoke by phone to The Gazette this week about the upcoming concerts.

Gazette: Is this your first time emceeing an event like this?

Combs: It's my maiden voyage. I've never done such a thing before. I have a little bit of the jitters.

Q: What do you think makes the music of "Star Trek" so appealing?

A: It's iconic. It runs the gamut of music itself. It speaks to us. I especially like the music of "Deep Space 9" because I did most of my work on "Deep Space 9." Composer Jerry Goldsmith is one of my favorite film composers. He did five "Star Trek" movies - I didn't know that until I was reading up for this. He did the main theme for "Star Trek: Voyager." I'm looking forward to hearing that live. His music is the heart and soul of "Star Trek." I went on YouTube to listen to the pieces. Some I knew immediately, and some were "what is this?" To hear them performed live by an orchestra is really exciting.

Q: Will this be your first visit to Colorado Springs?

A: No. On two occasions I did a play at the Denver Center Theatre and took day excursions and visited beautiful Colorado Springs.

Q: Were you a "Star Trek" fan as a kid?

A: Yes. I was 12 when it debuted. Well, I turned 12 the next day. It made a deep impression on me.

Q: You are one of only five actors to play more than seven different characters in the "Star Trek" franchise. Do you have a favorite character of those you portrayed?

A: Another guy holds the record at 12 characters. But seven - I'll take seven. Some hung around longer than others. And whenever someone asks me if I have a favorite, I ask if they have children. Because how can you have a favorite? It's like they're all my babies. I love all the differences between them.

Q: Will you be in costume for the Philharmonic concerts? It is pretty close to Halloween, after all.

A: No, I'll be in a tux, which would be different unless you consider a tux a costume. To get into makeup is difficult to do. On the set I'd have to start at 3:30 or 4 in the morning, when everyone else was in REM sleep. It took usually 2½ hours.

Q: What's next for you? Any more "Star Trek" on the horizon?

A: There's nothing in the future in terms of "Star Trek" that I know of. I'm enjoying myself and traveling.

The Philharmonic's "Star Trek: The Final Frontier" is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pikes Peak Center. Tickets are $21 and up. Info: csphilharmonic.org.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

or
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 
This is your last FREE article for the month
This is your last FREE article for the month

Subscribe now and enjoy Unlimited Digital Access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
You have reached your article limit for the month
You have reached your article limit for the month

We hope that you've enjoyed your complimentary access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.