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George Coe (born 1929) is the actor who played the role of Chancellor Avel Durken in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fourth season episode "First Contact" in 1991. Coe filmed his scenes for "First Contact" between Friday 30 November 1990 and Thursday 6 December 1990 on Paramount Stage 8 and 9.
Coe was one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live, appearing in the series' first three episodes in 1975. One of his more recognizable roles was as ad agency boss Jim O'Connor in the 1979 film Kramer Vs. Kramer. He starred in The Doctors with future DS9 and TNG cast members Nana Visitor (1980-1981) and Jonathan Frakes (1977-1978). He also starred in the television series Sommerset (1971-1972).
Coe appeared with Marc Alaimo and Chris Sarandon in Broken Promise in 1981. The same year he starred with Christopher Plummer in The Amateur. In 1983 he could be seen with John Glover in Rage of Angels. A year later he starred with James Cromwell, Patricia McNulty and Joe Piscopo in The House of God. The same year he acted with John Glover once again, this time in A Flash of Green, and with Wallace Shawn in Micki + Maude.
In 1985 Coe appeared with Denise Crosby and Duncan Regehr in the television movie My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn. The same year he starred in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins with Kate Mulgrew, and acted with Scott Thompson, Wallace Shawn and Merritt Butrick in Head Office. In 1987 Coe had supporting parts in Blind Date with Armin Shimerman and John Larroquette, Uncle Tom's Cabin with Avery Brooks, and as the network president in the science fiction television series Max Headroom, along with Matt Frewer, Rosalind Chao, Robert O'Reilly, Concetta Tomei, W. Morgan Sheppard and the late Andreas Katsulas and Charles Rocket.
In 1988 he acted in Shootdown with Robin Curtis and Molly Hagan. His voice was used in 1989 for Camp Candy along with Andrea Martin. The same year he acted in Columbo: Murder, A Self Portrait with Fionnula Flanagan.
In 1990 he starred with Randy Oglesby in Fine Things, and acted in To my Daughter with James Avery. Two years later he appeared in Mighty Ducks with Jacqueline Kim. In 2000 he starred with Louise Fletcher in Big Eden. In 2002, he guest starred on the Superman television series Smallville, playing Clark Kent's grandfather.
On 28 June 2009, Coe received the SAG's Ralph Morgan Award at the Annual Hollywood Division Annual Membership Meeting. He served on the Screen Actors Guild National Board between 1967 and 1973 and between 2000 and 2009 and has been a member of SAG's National Agents Relations Committee and the National Executive Committee and received this award for outstanding service to the guild. (Screen Actors Guild Magazine, Vol. 50, No.3, page 10)