Pop up Fact #112: Marc Alaimo – Super Evil Scifi Glue

Marc Alaimo, an actor born in 1942, is arguably the secret glue that holds the scifi skein together. I don’t mean to get all weepy, but this guy might just be keeping us from that black hole Hadron Collider event. There’s just no way to know.

Most fans will know him as Gul Dukat in ST:DS9, but he has played villains and thugs as far back as the 1970s. Marc plagued the Bionic Man and the Bionic Woman, and he stole milk money from the Incredible Hulk. He betrayed the Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981), and he tangled with the Greatest American Hero. He foiled the Knight Rider himself, the Hoff and Kitt both. He bedeviled the Master by trapping Demi Moore in the Tardis. He tricked the Last Starfighter, and more recently he resisted Arnie and Michael Ironside in Total Recall.

His credits on Star Trek are too numerous to list, but he’s definitely top ten for different aliens inhabited and shows played. And his prominent neck inspired the ST make-up artists to give the Cardassians their familiar neck ridges.

Why is he so good at playing evil? My guess is that last name. How many times does a kid get called “A Lame-o” before he snaps. Lucky for us he just tortures our cinematic heroes.

Sure, his glue seethes with evil. But he’s the Elmer’s we need, not the Elmer’s we singed up for. Or something.


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