Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation tried to create a Harcourt Fenton Mudd-slash-Han Solo for the Star Trek crowd in the episode "The Outrageous Okona". They cast the wonderfully handsome Billy Campbell (then only known for his work on Dynasty and Crime Story) as the rapscallion Okona.
The episode was pretty bland, and today it's known primarily for the uncredited appearance of Joe Piscopo -- a holodeck creation who tries to teach Data about humor.
BUT WAIT! Who is this fantasy transporter operator??? Yes, that's 24-year-old Teri Hatcher of Lois & Clark and James Bond fame. She was best known for her irregular appearances on Macgyver between 1986 and 1991, and this was only her seventh acting job. When most of her scene ended up on the editing room floor, she asked that her name be removed from the credits.