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TNG Main stand-ins Season 4
The stand-ins for The Next Generation 's main actors on Season 4
DS9 stand-ins on the final day
The stand-ins on the final day of Deep Space Nine
TNG Season 3 stand-ins
The main stand-ins during TNG Season 3.
TNG Season 4 stand-ins
Richard Sarstedt and Dennis Tracy at work.

A stand-in is a person who substitutes for an actor on set while the lighting is adjusted, the action and camera moves are blocked, and other production details are taken care of prior to actual filming. Generally, stand-ins are chosen because they are of a height and coloring similar to the performer for whom they are standing in. On Star Trek, stand-ins were also used for various computer-generated characters, such as Slar or the Xindi-Insectoids. Stand-ins often work as background performers too, because they are always on set and are called the "second team".

Body doubles and photo doubles were sometimes used on-screen. They look (or are made to look) like the actor they are replacing, to avoid making it obvious to the viewing audience that it is not the same person, much like a stunt double. They stand-in for an actor and replace the person in wide shots and also in partial shots. When a scene shows a hand that pushes a button it is most likely a hand double. Photo doubles were also used in scenes which show the same person twice, one as a mirror person and the other one as the "real" person or an older version of the character, for example, when Brent Spiner played 3 separate characters in one scene (Data, Lore, and Soong) in "Brothers".

For the main cast

Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Data double
Brent Spiner and his photo double Ken Gilden
Cameron, stand-in
Cameron, ready to stand-in for Gates McFadden
Temple of Masaka sign
Guy Vardaman doubling Brent Spiner's hands

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Photo double Terry Farrell, If Wishes Were Horses
Terry Farrell's photo double in "If Wishes Were Horses"
Worf behind Bashir
James Minor as photo double for Michael Dorn
Photo double Odo
Chuck Shanks as photo double for Rene Auberjonois

Star Trek: Voyager

Amy Kate Connolly Kes Fury
Jennifer Lien and her photo double Amy Kate Connolly

Star Trek: Enterprise

David Anderson (civilian)
David Keith Anderson, stand-in for Anthony Montgomery

Star Trek films

Guy Vardaman photo doubling
Guy Vardaman as double for Brent Spiner
Insurrection, main stand-ins
The main stand-ins on Star Trek: Insurrection

For the guest cast

Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Dennis Tracy on location
Dennis Tracy and Randy James, standing-in for Patrick Stewart and Wil Wheaton

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Photo double for Randy Oglesby
Randy Oglesby's photo double in "Vortex"

Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Enterprise

Tarik Ergin, Insectoid stand-in
Tarik Ergin as stand-in for the CGI Xindi Insectoids
David Anderson, Tholian stand-in
David Keith Anderson as stand-in for the CGI Tholian
Melissa Vinicor
Melissa Vinicor, Marina Sirtis' stand-in on Enterprise

Star Trek films

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