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Carl David Burks (born 3 March 1955; age 59), also known as Carl David and Carl Banks, is an actor who appeared as a regular background performer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He also appeared in Star Trek Generations and the 1996 video game Star Trek: Klingon. In addition, he served as stand-in for Brent Spiner on The Next Generation and for Robert Duncan McNeill on the second season of Voyager. As a background performer he received no on-screen credit for any of his appearances. [1] He also worked as stand-in for guest actors such as for Richard Lynch in "Gambit, Part I" and "Gambit, Part II" and Ken Olandt in "Bloodlines".

According to the call sheets, Burks was scheduled to appear in the fourth season episodes "Identity Crisis" in corridor scenes and "The Host" in scenes in Ten Forward but was either not filmed or cut from the final episodes. He was also listed on the call sheet to portray a "dead engineer" in the fifth season episode "Disaster" in scenes in engineering but was not seen on screen. According to the call sheets Burks was up to be part of the engineering crew in the episodes "The Game" and "The Masterpiece Society" but was replaced.

Burks has appeared in several films including the 1990 action thriller Catchfire, with Dean Stockwell and stunts by Janet Brady and Tommy J. Huff, and many television commercials for labels such as McDonald's (1980).

Together with his wife he took over the aaah!Capella theater in the Noho Arts district in North Hollywood, California in 1996. When his wife left him he ran it alone. The club became famous as the "Club Dragopolis", with a special fan community of transgendered and transsexual people and several famous guests who stepped onto the stage of the club, including Jack Nicholson, Steve Guttenberg, and B.B. King. Burks took the name Debbie David and served as emcee and hostess after he found his gender identity and changed into a female. After her gender change, David continued to appear in films such as I Was a Teenage Dragqueen as well as working as a director, writer, and talent scout.

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