A New Twist on Old Time Comic Book Conventions!
Saturday, September 23, 10am – 9pm
Sunday, September 24, 11am – 5pm
In the theater wing of The Mall at Greece Ridge
Special Guest J. G. Hertzler!
J.G. Hertzler is best-known for playing the Chancellor Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. J.G.’s “Star Trek” links go back to 1990, when he appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap opposite Scott Bakula, the man who became Captain Jonathan Archer. J.G. Hertzler is one of only five actors to play seven or more characters in the Star Trek franchise. He has appeared as a record-setting ten different characters which is an honor only he can claim.
J.G.’s first appearance in the Star Trek universe was as the (1) Vulcan Captain of the U.S.S. Saratoga in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “The Emissary”, which first aired on 3 Jan 1993. He next appeared as (2) a changeling impersonating Martok, the character for which he is best known. J.G.’s first appearance as (3) Martok, his primary role, was in season 5 (1997). J.G.’s other Deep Space Nine characters were (4) Roy Rittenhouse (“Far Beyond the Stars”), (5) a Prophet (Tears of the Prophets”), and (6) Laas (“Chimera”) He appeared in the series finale, “What You Leave Behind”, uncredited, (7) as himself J.G. appeared as a guest in the farewell party at Vic’s in a holosuite. J.G.’s other franchise appearances were as (8) a Hirogen hunter named Hajur in Star Trek: Voyager (1995), and (9) Kolos and (10) a Klingon captain in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Outside of the Star Trek world, Hertzler has appeared in television films such as “Pirates of Silicon Valley” (1999) where he portrayed director Ridley Scott. Hertzler’s silver screen credits include “The Redeemer: Son of Satan” (1978), and the 1979 Oscar nominated film “…and justice for all” which starred Al Pacino. He has made guest appearances in various television shows such as HBO’s Six Feet Under, Roswell, Charmed, Quantum Leap, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Highlander: The Series. He appeared in the series Zorro (1991–1993) as Alcalde Ignacio De Soto alongside Duncan Regehr and Henry Darrow.
Noted for his distinctively raspy, growling voice, Hertzler also did the voice-over for the intro sequence of 3DO’s Might and Magic IX, and was the voice of the “Dr. Grossman” splicer model in BioShock and Deathstroke and Ares in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Hertzler has also provided character voicing in The Golden Compass video game (2007), and voiced characters in several Star Trek themed games. Hertzler narrated the audio book entitled Barsk: The Elephant Graveyard, written by Star Trek linguist Dr. Lawrence Schoen, and has co-authored his own Star Trek novels, Left Hand of Destiny book 1 & 2, which are available on Amazon. In June of 2016, the announcement was made that Hertzler’s original screenplay, “Dancing With Sancho Panza”, will be directed by Luis Mandoki (Message in a Bottle 1999) with an anticipated release date of November 2017.
JG Hertzler portrayed Admiral Samuel Travis in the fan-funded film short “Prelude to Axanar” (2014). In 2015, Hertzler joined the cast on the fan-funded follow-up film Star Trek: Axanar as Captain Samuel Travis of the Federation, however, production was halted due to a lawsuit filed by Paramount. The suit was dropped, and production is resuming.
In 2007, Hertzler moved to Ulysses, New York, and became a Resident Professional Teaching Associate (RPTA) in the Cornell University Department of Theatre, Film & Dance, where he has directed or performed in a number of productions through the 2010 season. In 2009, Hertzler directed an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Ithaca Shakespeare Company at the F.R. Newman Arboretum, Cornell Plantations, Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY.
In 2013, Hertzler ran for a position on the Ulysses town council. His involvement in politics was partly because of the issue of hydraulic fracturing and concerns that the method of drilling for natural gas would destroy the Finger Lakes region. He also wanted the region’s schools to get more state aid. He was elected and served on the board for a two-year term. In 2016, he was elected to the town council board but for a four-year term extending to 2020. Hertzler and fellow actor James Cromwell were among 19 people arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest outside a Crestwood Midstream compressor station in Watkins Glen, New York on June 6, 2016. They were involved in the “We Are Seneca Lake” civil disobedience campaign against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission green-lighting underground gas storage in Seneca Lake’s salt caverns, despite public opposition.
On June 8, 2017, John formally announced that he is running for the House Seat in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.