Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Dept: Which Middle Eastern ruler once had a walk-on role on Star Trek?
Perhaps it’s not so surprising that Abdullah was a Trekkie: He went to prep school at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, and attended Oxford and Sandhurst in England as well. He wasn’t even expected to be king: His dad, King Hussein, planned to hand the throne over to a brother, Hassan. But Hussein changed his mind and anointed Abdullah just before his own death in 1999.
(No stranger himself to pop culture, King Hussein was an avid ham radio operator.)
So it apparently wasn’t considered too strange that Abdullah managed to arrange a Trek cameo. In his five-second scene, the future king is seen (but not heard) chatting with Ensign Harry Kim (played by actor Garret Wang) before strolling out of frame.
The BBC says that after his appearance, Prince Abdullah invited a few fellow cast members to Jordan and arranged a “mini-convention” of Jordanian Trek fans.
Three years later, his father was dead and he was king.
(Originally posted in 2008. Welcome, Redditers!)