Nichelle Nichols began her professional singing and dancing career in her home town, Chicago, at the tender age of 14. As a teenager she was discovered by the great Duke Ellington, who hired her to choreograph and perform a ballet for one of his musical suites, and finished the tour as his lead singer. Nichelle has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including guest artist with Lionel Hampton’s band.
When Nichelle was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, fourth in command of the Starship Enterprise, in his legendary TV series Star Trek – in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King – it became “The first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.” Nichelle subsequently co-starred in six blockbuster Star Trek motion pictures.
We are happy to welcome back Wil for a second year at Rose City comic Con!
Wil Wheaton is an author, actor, producer, and award-winning audiobook narrator. Audiences have seen his work in the films Stand By Me and Flubber, the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Eureka, Leverage, and The Big Bang Theory, and in the ground-breaking award-winning online series Tabletop, which he created with Felicia Day.
He has written several books, and has written columns for Salon, The Washington Post, Playboy, and the AV Club. One of the original celebrity bloggers, Wheaton’s award-winning blog is at wilwheaton.net.
- Nichelle Nichols
- Wil Wheaton