Then: Frakes played William Riker, first officer of the Enterprise,Â 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-actionÂ 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.