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Richard Bashir (2373)

Richard Bashir (2373)
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Status: Incarcerated (2373)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Amsha Bashir
Children: Julian Bashir
Played by: Brian George

Richard Bashir was married to Amsha Bashir, who, together were the parents of Julian Bashir. Richard was something of a dreamer with large goals that he never seemed to accomplish.

Around 2348, Richard and Amsha, concerned about their son's great difficulties in school, took Julian to Adigeon Prime to undergo genetic engineering just before his seventh birthday. The treatment was illegal, but Julian's skills were greatly improved afterwards. Julian would not learn what his father had done until 2356, and would not be on friendly terms with his father for several years afterward because of this. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

In 2351, Richard was a Federation diplomat on Invernia II. He and Julian were once trapped in a cave by a storm with an injured Invernian girl. After the storm passed, Richard left to get help while Julian stayed with the girl. Unfortunately he did not return in time and the girl died. (DS9: "Melora")

He was also once a third-class steward on a shuttle run, but he resigned from the position after a mere six months.

By 2373, Richard had become involved in landscape architecture, designing parks and public spaces. He took pride in doing such projects, because he knew they would be enjoyed by thousands of people long after he was gone. He said that it was his legacy; his gift to succeeding generations. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

That year, Richard and Amsha were invited to Deep Space 9 by Doctor Lewis Zimmerman, who was judging their son's suitability as a template for the Long-term Medical Holographic program. While there, they unwittingly revealed their son's genetic background to Zimmerman, who in turn would report his findings to Starfleet. Richard initially intended to fight the matter in court but later made a deal with Admiral Bennett. In exchange for allowing Julian to remain in Starfleet, Richard pled guilty to charges of illegal genetic engineering of his son and was sentenced to two years in a minimum security penal colony in New Zealand. He predicted he'd certainly have time to work on his architecture designs there. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

Background Information

Richard Bashir was played by actor Brian George. Richard was presumably released by mid-2375, though neither he nor his wife were ever mentioned in any subsequent episodes.

Bashir's profession of Landscape Architect was chosen because that was what one of writer Ronald D. Moore's college roomates studied to be. (AOL chat, 1997)

Jimmy Diggs compared himself to Bashir and his long resumé of jobs in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion.

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