You're already a fan of Jeffrey Combs. Maybe you've seen him play a slew of all-too-human aliens on Star Trek, maybe you've watched him go too far in Re-Animator. But we bet you haven't seen all his great genre roles.
Welcome to "actors we love," an irregular series where we pay tribute to the performers who've brought not just one moment of awesomeness, but multiple great roles, to the genre. These are the actors whose versatility and agility make the Great Repertory Company of Science Fiction such a compulsively watchable group of people. Feel free to suggest future subjects for this feature in the comments!
So, let's start with the obvious one first: Weyoun. Combs played several versions of the cloned alien lackey to the Founders, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and in the episode "Treachery, Faith and the Great River," he managed to play two Weyouns at once and make them remarkably different. Weyoun was crafty, fawning, and capable of immense melancholy. Witness the virtuosity:
But Combs played a bunch of other incredible aliens on Star Trek, including a Ferengi, Brunt, and an Andorian, Shran. (There is a surprisingly high number of Archer/Shran slash videos on YouTube.) Not to mention his role as PsyCorps member Harriman Gray on Babylon 5. Here's an intense scene where Shran tortures the Vulcan official, Soval:
But then there's Combs' other iconic role, that of Herbert West in Re-Animator and its sequels. (We're still holding out hope that one day we'll get to see House Of Re-Animator, in which the Vice President of the United States dies, and Herbert has to bring him back from the dead.) The whole film is on YouTube (although I don't know if they include the bizarre NSFW moments) — just check out this incredible sequence with Herbert West and a bone saw: