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Robert "Bob" Towers (born 19 August 1936; age 81) is the actor who portrayed the Ferengi Rata in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode "The Battle". He was born in New York City, New York.
Towers' career has been focused mainly in comedy and family films with some action roles mixed in. Towers co-starred in the 1986 comedy Stewardess School which included Earl Boen, Brett Cullen, Paddi Edwards, Paul Eiding, Bill Erwin, Richard Lineback and Don Most. Next was 1987's Masters of the Universe where Towers shared the fantasy adventure with Anthony De Longis, Meg Foster, Frank Langella as the villain Skeletor and VOY lead Robert Duncan McNeill. Transitioning from fantasy adventure to goofy comedy, Towers was seen in 1988's Hot to Trot with Virginia Madsen, Jim Metzler and Vyto Ruginis. Towers continued in the comedy way appearing in 1989's Let it Ride with Terri Garr and Michelle Phillips. Towers kept going into the 90s first with 1991's gender-bending film Switch sharing the screen with James Harper and Lily Mariye. Towers then kept a low-film profile but did appear in the 2005 special Sarah Silverman:Jesus is Magic. Robert had the unique experience of portraying the teenage Benjamin in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in 2007. In 2009, Towers acted in Table for Three with Jennifer Morrison. He appeared as Lou in the 2015 zany comedy "The Wedding Ringer".
On television Towers kept active. He appeared on Baretta guest-starring with Jerry Hardin in "The Appointment", however Towers' television resume only expanded as time went on. Towers worked with Bonita Friedericy on Angel in the apocalyptic "Peace Out". He got "Caught in the Act" on Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer, an episode also including Larry Cedar and Don McManus. Up next for Towers was Hannah Montana in "Cheat It" with Michael Kagan. In 2008 he appeared as the crazed jockey in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the iconic episode, "The Gang Gets Whacked".