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Allan G. Royal (born 17 August 1944; age 73) is the actor who originated the role of Captain Braxton in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "Future's End" and "Future's End, Part II". The role was later adopted by Bruce McGill for the episode "Relativity".
Royal may best be known for starring in the drama series Night Heat, the first Canadian-produced series to air on American television. Royal earned a Gemini Award nomination for his role as journalist Tom Kirkwood in this series, which ran from 1985 through 1989. Royal is also known for his role as R.D. Young during the 1988-89 season of Falcon Crest.
His early acting career consists of Canadian films such as 1977's Welcome to Blood City (starring Samantha Eggar) and 1979's Fish Hawk. In 1987, he co-starred with Saul Rubinek in the Canadian TV movie Prescription for Murder and had a role in the mini-series Amerika. The following year, he was seen in the American film Switching Channels, co-starring Henry Gibson.
Besides his stint on Voyager, Royal has also made guest appearances on such TV shows as Matlock (in an episode with Gregory Itzin), Life Goes On (starring Bill Smitrovich), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (starring Joe Lando, Chad Allen, and Barbara Babcock), JAG (with Steven Culp), The Practice (with Daniel Davis, Bruce Davison, Zach Grenier, and Randy Oglesby), and Doc (starring Derek McGrath). He also appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies, such as 1999's Pirates of Silicon Valley (with J.G. Hertzler) and 2003's DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (with Gregory Itzin, Penny Johnson, Stephen Macht, Lawrence Pressman, and George Takei).