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Louis Ortiz (born 2 March 1962; age 56) is an actor who appeared throughout the run of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise in many different background roles, with an additional part as a Borg drone in the film portion of the 2004 Borg Invasion 4D-ride at the Star Trek: The Experience attraction. For eleven years, Ortiz worked as a background performer and stand-in but received no credit for his appearances, except for his role in "Bounty". According to John Billingsley, on set, Ortiz was teaching actors how to move like an alien and behave like a specific species. ("Regeneration" audio commentary, ENT Season 2 Blu-ray)

Ortiz was featured in background material of the specials "O Captain! My Captain! A Profile of Scott Bakula" and "Cast Impressions: Season One" of the ENT Season 1 DVD. Several costumes worn by Ortiz were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, including the costumes from the episodes "Distant Origin" [2], "Bounty" [3], "Vox Sola" [4], "The Shipment" [5], "Stigma" [6], "The Xindi" [7], "Flashback" [8], "Resistance" [9] [10] (which was later worn by Holmes Osborne in "Canamar", "Awakening", and "Kir'Shara" [11]), and "Blood Fever". [12] Other costumes of his which were sold at the It's A Wrap! sale and auction included his Culhane uniform [13], a Starfleet undershirt [14], Klingon uniforms [15] [16], a Xindi-Reptilian costume [17], an alien Enterprise costume [18], and a Suliban costume. [19]

Outside Star Trek Edit

Ortiz appeared in the films Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1991, with Rick Gianasi), Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991, stunt coordinated by Phil O'Dell), The Mask (1994, with Reg E. Cathey, Christopher Darga, Kevin Grevioux, Scott McElroy, Robert O'Reilly, Jeremy Roberts, and stunts by Joni Avery, Tony Brubaker, John Cade, Chris Durand, Andy Epper, Gary Epper, Lane Leavitt, Eddie Matthews, Peewee Piemonte, Rick Sawaya, and Melodee Spevack), Beyond Desire (1996, with William Bastiani), Fight Club (1999, with Zach Grenier, David Andrews, Eugenie Bondurant, Tim de Zarn, David Lee Smith, Matt Winston, Baron Jay, and stunts by Jeff Imada, Jimmy Nickerson, Lane Leavitt, and Denney Pierce), and Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection (2000).

He played Jorge in the ER episode "Luck of the Draw" (1995, with Sam Anderson and Marco Rodriguez), and the mouthless man in the Sliders episode "California Reich" (1998, with Jeremy Roberts). A pictorial of him was shown in the US Playboy (November 1991, Vol. 38, Issue 11), and he served as a craft service man for the film Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991).

More recently, Ortiz appeared in the Are We There Yet? episode "The She Got Game Night Episode" (2011), and played the lead role in the mystery drama The Shadow Sea (2014). On this film, he also worked as producer and first assistant director. Ortiz has been married since 2013 and is the father of a daughter. Together with his family, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand.

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