Please include all who were approached and maybe those who auditioned and later became famous.

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A 1987 memo between Paramount execs gives the following names:

  • Mark Lindsay Chapman
  • Eric Menyuk
  • Kevin Peter Hall (also for Geordi)
  • Kelvin Han Yee

Note the obvious absence of any actors that actually were cast as regulars on the series and, of course, Brent Spiner!

UPDATE: Memo was uncovered by Letters of Note a year or so ago.

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    Damn! I never thought that would be answered!
    – MPelletier
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 17:14
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    Wow! Wesley Snipes for Geordi haha... and Tim Russ too. Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 18:11
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    He was a pilot in the first season. He took over as security when Tasha Yar was killed toward the end of that season.
    – Slick23
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 19:08
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    Wow, Yaphet Kotto as Picard, that would've been something.
    – Kev
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 23:10
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    Cheryl McFadden is usually called Gates McFadden. Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 0:41

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