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Actor Cirroc Lofton (born 7 August 1978; age 40) played the regular role of Jake Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, beginning in 1993. While Lofton was a regular cast member throughout all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine, he only appeared in 71 of its 173 episodes.

Lofton is the youngest person ever to appear as a regular on a Star Trek series. He was only 14 years and a few weeks old when he filmed his first scenes for the DS9 pilot, "Emissary".

Lofton reflected about being African-American and the negative aspect of working in Hollywood: "I've been patted down. It's almost like a way of life – it's nothing new for me or my friends. The worst thing is you can get used to it. Sometimes they won't let me on the Paramount lot. One time I lost my employee card, and they were harassing me: 'Well, do you work here?' – and this is the fifth season now. I've been working there since I was 14! It really irritates and annoys me that I'm being harassed only because I'm a kid of color. And there's no doubt about that". (Vibe Magazine 1997)

Although he watched the original Star Trek series and was a fan, Lofton prefers The Twilight Zone. [1](X)

He made his first acting appearance in the 1992 hit film Beethoven. He was cast as Jake Sisko later that year. Filming DS9 kept him busy, but he made his first guest appearance in an 1996 episode of Moesha. He later made two guest appearances in Smart Guy as two different characters. Soon after DS9 ended, he was a main cast member on The Hoop Life.

Two years after DS9 ended, he guest-starred as Anthony Carter in the Soul Food episodes "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and "Come Back for the Comeback". The former episode was directed by LeVar Burton and starred James Avery as a relation of Lofton's character. Vanessa Williams was a regular on this series.

In 2003 he guest-starred in 7th Heaven, starring Star Trek film actors Catherine Hicks and Stephen Collins. In 2006, he appeared in the TV series Invasion, alongside fellow DS9 star Armin Shimerman and Voyager guest star Ivar Brogger. The following year, he made an appearance on CSI: Miami.

In 2004, he appeared in Trekkies 2 and in the motion picture Fronterz. He recently completed work on the independent feature The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks, starring Star Trek: Enterprise's Anthony Montgomery in the title role.

Lofton appeared in the web-based fan film mini-series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Directed by Tim Russ (who also appears in the series as Tuvok), the series also stars fellow Trek veterans Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney, Garrett Wang, Alan Ruck, Gary Graham, Lawrence Montaigne, Arlene Martel, Celeste Yarnall, Jack Donner, Crystal Allen, and Lofton's DS9 co-stars J.G. Hertzler and Chase Masterson.

Cirroc lives in Culver City, California with his wife, Sara, where they own a wine bar called Sara the Wine Bar and where he used to run a cafe called Cafe Cirroc. [2]

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