08-07 Happy Birthday to Cirroc Lofton, born August 7, 1978.
Actor Cirroc Lofton played the regular role of Jake Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, beginning in 1993. While Lofton was a regular cast member throughout all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine, he only appeared in 71 of its 173 episodes.
Lofton is the youngest person ever to appear as a regular on a Star Trek series. He was only 14 years and a few weeks old when he filmed his first scenes for the DS9 pilot, “Emissary”.
He made his first acting appearance in the 1992 hit film Beethoven. He was cast as Jake Sisko later that year. Filming DS9 kept him busy, but he made his first guest appearance in an 1996 episode of Moesha. He later made two guest appearances in Smart Guy as two different characters. Soon after DS9 ended, he was a main cast member on The Hoop Life.
Two years after DS9 ended, he guest-starred as Anthony Carter in the Soul Food episodes “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “Come Back for the Comeback”. The former episode was directed by LeVar Burton and starred James Avery as a relation of Lofton’s character. Vanessa Williams was a regular on this series.
In 2003 he guest-starred in 7th Heaven, starring Star Trek film actors Catherine Hicks and Stephen Collins. In 2006, he appeared in the TV series Invasion, alongside fellow DS9 star Armin Shimerman and Voyager guest star Ivar Brogger. The following year, he made an appearance on CSI: Miami.
In 2004, he appeared in Trekkies 2 and in the motion picture Fronterz. He recently completed work on the independent feature The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks, starring Star Trek: Enterprise’s Anthony Montgomery in the title role.
Lofton appeared in the web-based fan film mini-series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Directed by Tim Russ (who also appears in the series as Tuvok), the series also stars fellow Trek veterans Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney, Garrett Wang, Alan Ruck, Gary Graham, Lawrence Montaigne, Arlene Martel, Celeste Yarnall, Jack Donner, Crystal Allen, and Lofton’s DS9 co-stars J.G. Hertzler and Chase Masterson.
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