What would the Enterprise-D be without her ship's doctor? Not the same at all. That's why we have Gates McFadden on board for FedCon 26 in Bonn.
From early on, Gates McFadden discovered her passion for the theatre and graduated from Brandeis University in that field with Summa Cum Laude. She was even able to go to Paris and studied with Jacques Lecoq.
The early works of McFadden include working for Jim Henson productions, mostly as choreographer, including The Muppets take Manhattan. To distinguish those works from her acting performances, she is often credited as Cheryl McFadden when doing choreography. Her acting career was also successful, she played in The Cosby Show and The Hunt for Red October. Playing a role in a Star Trek series is something that certainly helps actors in becoming well-known all over the world.
In 1987, Gates McFadden was cast as Dr. Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Despite her efforts, Gates had to leave the series during the second season and returned for the third season and stayed until the end of the series. As this year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we are happy to welcome Gates McFadden as a guest at FedCon 26.