Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:52:35 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Star Trek actors: where are they now?

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes (© SNAP/Rex Features | Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
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Then: Frakes played William Riker, first officer of the Enterprise, on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in subsequent films. Initially, he didn't have a beard; as his character developed, however, he gained a beard.

Where is he now? Frakes took the step up from acting to directing while working on Star Trek - he began directing episodes of The Next Generation during the show's third season, before going on to helm two Star Trek films, First Contact (even-numbered, good) and Insurrection (odd-numbered, bad). He also directed the live-action film version of sixties puppet show Thunderbirds in 2004; since then, he has had a successful career directing for US television, including shows such as Leverage and Burn Notice.