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Anthony Montgomery
Anthony Montgomery
Birth name: Anthony T. Montgomery
Date of birth: 2 June 1971
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Character(s): Travis Mayweather
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Anthony T. Montgomery (born 2 June 1971; age 42) is the actor from Indianapolis, Indiana who portrayed Ensign Travis Mayweather on Star Trek: Enterprise from 2001 through the show's cancellation in 2005. He is the grandson of legendary jazz musician Wes Montgomery.

A fan of Star Trek: The Original Series, Montgomery had previously auditioned for a principal role on Star Trek: Voyager and for the role of Sek in the episode "Repression". He was not cast but apparently left enough of an impression to be considered for the role of Mayweather on Enterprise. [1]

Early life Edit

Montgomery's first experience with acting came while he was attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he was invited to audition for a children's play entitled East of the Sun, West of the Moon. When he won a role, he opted to pursue acting as a career.

After graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Performance Theater and Drama, Montgomery moved to Chicago, where he sang in an R&B group. He ultimately returned to Indianapolis and briefly performed stand-up comedy before moving to California and beginning a career in professional acting.

Early career Edit

One of his earliest television appearances came in an episode of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Jonathan Frakes. Montgomery again worked with Frakes in the Enterprise series finale, "These Are the Voyages...", in which Frakes played his familiar role of William T. Riker.

In 1998, Montgomery served as a production assistant on the film Hard Rain, starring Christian Slater and Mark Rolston. Montgomery was also an uncredited extra in the film. That same year, Montgomery hosted a children's series called Awesome Adventures. At one point, Montgomery performed comedy sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

He went on to co-star in the direct-to-video horror film sequel Leprechaun in the Hood, released in 2000. That same year, he appeared as a waiter in a two-part episode of Frasier, starring TNG guest star Kelsey Grammer. The episodes also featured TNG guest star Saul Rubinek.

Montgomery then won a recurring role as George Austin on the TV series Popular. He played the Austin character in eleven episodes from October 2000 through May 2001, including one 2001 episode which featured his future Enterprise co-star, Linda Park.

In 2003, while Enterprise was still in production, Montgomery made a guest appearance in the episode "Wannabe" of the acclaimed but short-lived series Boomtown. Neal McDonough starred in the series, and DS9 guest actress Vanessa Williams also had a guest role in the episode.

After Enterprise Edit

Following Enterprise's cancellation in 2005, Montgomery took some time off from the entertainment industry to work with the inner-city children in his hometown of Indianapolis and to film a documentary on his famous grandfather. During this break, he also began to again focus on theater and stand-up comedy, as well as his own music career. An established rap artist, he has released an EP/Demo CD entitled "What You Know About Anthony Montgomery", featuring four Trek-related songs. His debut-album, titled A.P., was released in November 2008. [2]

Montgomery has since returned to acting. Among his recent projects are two independent films. The first was the multiple award-winning I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks), in which he makes his feature film acting debut, playing the title role. One of his co-star in this film was DS9 regular Cirroc Lofton. Montgomery's other film is called An American in China, which won the 2008 George Sidney Independent Film Competition and picked up Best Full Length Feature Film Award. [3]

He recently filmed an independent comedy with Star Trek: Voyager star Garrett Wang called Why Am I Doing This? Montgomery is also producing, directing, and appearing in an as-yet-untitled short subject. He returned to television in 2008, filming a guest spot on the CBS series NCIS. He played Marine Corporal George Linden in the sixth season episode "Collateral Damage", which aired on 11 November 2008. [4] He most recently appeared in a January 2009 episode of the FOX medical drama House, on which Jennifer Morrison is a regular.

Stage work and hobbies Edit

In addition to his film and television roles, Montgomery has also performed in a number of stage productions. Among these is a 2003 play entitled Dutchman, which he also wrote. His other stage credits include productions of Working, Oliver, Othello, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Besides singing, his other hobbies include diving, swimming, martial arts, and motorcycling. His favorite Trek movie is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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