Armin has taught classes at Will Grier's Theatricum Botanicum, an acting school focusing on Shakespeare, on text analysis.
Armin Shimerman had no intention of becoming an actor. He wanted to pursue a career as a lawyer.
Armin is 5'6" (1.68 m) tall.
Armin is one of only four actors (the other three being Patrick Stewart, Colm Meaney, and Mark Allen Shepherd) to appear in the pilot episodes of two different Star Trek series, with his appearances in Star Trek: Deep Space Nineand Star Trek: Voyageras his character Quark.
In addition to The 34th Rule, Armin has also co-written The Merchant Prince, Outrageous Fortune, and A Capital Offense for Pocket Books.
Armin was a National Officer of the Screen Actors Guild for 6 years, in which he negotiated the current TV/Film contract, the Talent Agency contract, and the current consolidation and merger document.
Armin's appearances in plays include "Threepenny Opera" in 1976-77, "Saint Joan" in 1977-78, and "I Remember Mama" in 1979.
Armin has done voice-over work for several video games, including "X-Men: Legends" as the Toad and "Ratchet And Clank #3 - Up Your Arsenal" as Dr. Nefarious. He also did the voice work for the character Andrew Ryan in the video game Bioshock.
Armin was on the set of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine during the 1993 Los Angeles earthquake and rushed home to see if his family was ok, still wearing his Ferengi make-up. He says he got a lot of frightened reactions from other motorists seeing him.
Armin has played over sixty different guest starring characters on various television shows.
Armin has written a series of books in which he provides a science fictional basis for the life of Dr. John Dee.
Armin graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Armin was born and raised in Lakewood, New Jersey.
When the first wave of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine action figures were released, Armin did a commercial for the figures dressed as Quark, his character on the series. It showed him in his bar, picking up each character figure and quickly talking about it.
Armin was the first actor ever to play a Ferengi on Star Trek, as Letek on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Last Outpost. Five years later, he was offered the role of Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the first Ferengi character in the main cast of any Star Trek series and a role that he would play for seven years.
Armin originally auditioned for the role of Principal Flutie in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Armin: I've acted all my life. I had the good fortune to spend my youth on Broadway doing four different shows. Three Penny Opera, St. Joan, Broadway, and the Richard Rodgers musical version of I Remember Mama. This followed by many years of what we call Regional Theatre and then I was seduced by the dark side of the force and left (well actually returned to) for Hollywood to start a television career. Its been a wonderfully satisfying and creative life of acting, writing, directing, and teaching.
Armin: I'm five foot six. I brought the experience of being a short person in a tall society, and that is something that only somebody who is my height understands.
Armin: (on his Star Trek work) Well I certainly had a good time. I was a big Star Trek fan before I was on Star Trek, I watched the original like any good fan and was very happy to be a part of it. So I'm very honoured to be a part of the Star Trek franchise and it introduced me to a lot of wonderful people who I wouldn't have met if I had not been on Star Trek.
Armin: (on working with younger actors on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Well, I just learned about different cultural things. It took me a year to figure out why Joss wrote the way he wrote, and now I'm a major fan of his. He's an incredible writer. But he was just tuned on to young people's patois. He wrote it brilliantly. But I didn't – being older and not having any children, this was sort of slightly different language to me. But, when I saw it on the screen, I went, "Oh god. Yeah, it works perfectly. Look at that." So that was part of it. Working with young people, just their energy made me feel better. They were always up, they were always excited about being at work. They were always exploring and laughing and that was just different than most of the sets I'd ever been on. I loved that.
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