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Poking fun: Robert Picardo spoofs Star Trek character in ‘Spent My Life as an Actor’

Star Trek: Voyager alum Robert Picardo in a scene from his video “Spent My Life as an Actor,” which was filmed during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Robert Picardo)

Robert Picardo has built a decadeslong career with hard work and drive.

But sometimes projects fall through the cracks.

One is the 2010 series “The Odds,” with Picardo and Donald Faison.

The series pilot was shot in Albuquerque, though it was never picked up by CBS.

“Donald played a detective, and I was the bad guy,” Picardo recalls. “It was, like, a two-day shoot for me. We were on Central near Lindy’s (Diner). That’s the only time I worked in Albuquerque, and it didn’t get picked up. That’s the business.”

Picardo also was a guest in the early 2000s for the anniversary of the XPrize Foundation.

“I really got what people say about New Mexico,” he says. “There’s something magical in the air there. For the anniversary, I was in Las Cruces, and it impressed me. The quality of light, and there’s this electricity running through the area. It’s special.”

Picardo is back in the spotlight with a song and music video called “Spent My Life as an Actor” that spoofs Picardo as the second-favorite A.I. character in the Star Trek franchise, after “Star Trek: The Next Generation’s” Data, a role that was played by Brent Spiner.

Picardo is best-known as The Doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager,” who just happens to be a hologram.

He says the idea came after a video of Spiner went viral after an interview.

“A few weeks ago, my friend and colleague Brent Spiner tweeted a hilarious musical spoof of himself that inspired me to do something in my characteristically more sophisticated manner, as an homage. My good friend James Marlowe directed a crack minicrew. Legendary event planner and TV personality Edward Perotti does a great cameo,” Picardo says. “I thought how wonderful this was for his fans. This was a perfect time for me to do something frivolous and fun all while bringing joy into people’s lives.”

Picardo worked with James Marlowe on the video.

Public locations were tough to come by, as the health orders to stay at home were still in effect in California.

Picardo was able to use a friend’s house with a big back yard and enough space inside the house.

“I got a free crew and a spectacular location,” Picardo says with a laugh. “I wanted to go with a black-and-white look for the film as well. It’s the total opposite of Brent’s video. Actors have a long tradition of poking fun at their careers. This is my version.”

Aside from his “Star Trek” fame, Picardo has also appeared as the Cowboy in “Innerspace,” Coach Cutlip on “The Wonder Years,” Ben Wheeler in “Wagons East” and as Richard Woolsey in the “Stargate” television franchise.

 

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