(written from a Production point of view)
|Birth name:||Michael Grodenchik|
|Date of birth:||12 November 1952|
|Place of birth:||Queens, New York, USA|
Grodénchik was born in Queens, New York. Before getting the role of Rom, he auditioned for the role of Rom's brother, Quark. He was at one time romantically involved with production staff associate Lolita Fatjo.
He wrote and performed Rom's Song and performed the song The Lady is a Tramp in the Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558". His appearance as a Trill ensign in Star Trek: Insurrection, who made a joke with Jonathan Frakes' character was deleted from the final aired version but included in the Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Edition) DVD "deleted scenes" feature, where it can be found as scene #40 "Flirting". His name, however, remained in the end credits of the film. Grodénchik filmed his scenes for the TNG fifth season episode "The Perfect Mate" between Tuesday 18 February 1992 and Thursday 20 February 1992 on Paramount Stage 8 and 9.
Grodénchik made his first on-screen appearances as Michael Grodénchik in the '80s. He played a small role in the 1981 comedy Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, alongside the late Vincent Schiavelli, as well as in the drama Out (1982) and in the Night Court episode "The Cop and the Lady" (1989).
In the '90s, he made guest appearances in the television series Civil Wars (1992, episode His Honor's Offer, with John Cothran, Jr., Ronny Cox, Juliana Donald, Robin Gammell, Anne Haney, and John Vickery), Tales from the Crypt (1994, episode "The Bribe", written by Scott Nimerfro and alongside Terry O'Quinn, Wayne Grace, and John Kassir), Sliders (1996, episode "Dragonslide", directed by David Livingston, with series regular John Rhys-Davies, and with Francis Guinan and Saxon Trainor), and The Drew Carey Show (1996, episode "What the Zoning Inspector Saw", with Diedrich Bader).
Grodénchik appeared in the three time Academy Award nominated Barton Fink (1991), the comic adaptation The Rocketeer (1991), with Paul Sorvino, William O. Campbell, Clint Howard, Ed Lauter, and DS9 co-star Tiny Ron (at whose hands Max's character meets an unfortunate end) - and once more of course Terry O'Quinn, the comedy Sister Act (1992), starring Whoopi Goldberg and with Ellen Albertini Dow (playing an unfortunate mob whose murder Goldberg's character witnesses), Ron Howard's two-time Academy Award winning Apollo 13 (1995), with Brett Cullen and Clint Howard, and in the leading role in the horror film Rumpelstiltskin (1996), alongside Sherman Augustus, Valerie Wildman, Mark Holton, Ousaun Elam, and Patrick Massett.
In 2000, he acted again with Whoopi Goldberg in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (also with Jason Alexander) and played small parts in the comedy Bruce Almighty (2003), with Mark Kiely, and King of California (2007). Among the television series he guest starred in are ER (2003, episode "Finders Keepers", with Jamie McShane, Jennifer Tung, and Michelle Bonilla), Crossing Jordan (2004, episode "He Said, She Said", with Miguel Ferrer), Six Feet Under (2004, episode "Parallel Play", alongside James Cromwell, James Black, Erica Mer, and Mark L. Taylor), and Hustle (2007, with William Lucking).
Star Trek appearances
Appearances as Rom
- "Emissary" (credited as "Ferengi Pit Boss")
- "A Man Alone"
- "The Nagus"
- "The Homecoming"
- "Rules of Acquisition"
- "Necessary Evil"
- "The House of Quark"
- "Heart of Stone"
- "Prophet Motive"
- "Little Green Men"
- "Our Man Bashir"
- "Bar Association"
- "Body Parts"
- "The Assignment"
- "The Ascent"
- "Doctor Bashir, I Presume"
- "Ferengi Love Songs"
- "Call to Arms"
- "Behind the Lines"
- "Favor the Bold"
- "Sacrifice of Angels"
- "You Are Cordially Invited"
- "The Magnificent Ferengi"
- "Profit and Lace"
- "Take Me Out to the Holosuite"
- "Treachery, Faith and the Great River"
- "The Siege of AR-558"
- "It's Only a Paper Moon"
- "The Emperor's New Cloak"
- "The Dogs of War"
- "What You Leave Behind" (only archive footage)
Related voice acting credits
- Star Trek: Starfleet Command III as additional voices
- Star Trek: Bridge Commander as Daimon Praag / Captain Benjamin Dawson / Neb-lus
- Star Trek: Armada II as additional voices