(written from a Production point of view)
Tiny Ron (born 21 November 1947; age 70) is the actor known for his role as Maihar'du in seven episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also played the Alpha-Hirogen Idrin in the Star Trek: Voyager fourth season episodes "Message in a Bottle" and "Hunters".
Ron was not part of the primary filming of "Message in a Bottle" but filmed his scenes on 2nd unit on Friday 24 October 1997 on Paramount Stage 9. He previously had a "Show & Tell" meeting in full makeup and wardrobe on Wednesday 15 October 1997 during the production of the episode "Waking Moments". For the episode "Hunters", Ron filmed his scenes on Tuesday 28 October 1997 on Paramount Stage 16.
Born as Ronald Taylor, he changed his artistic name when applying for the Screen Actors Guild because it was already taken by another Star Trek actor. The name is intended to be ironic, considering he is 7 feet (2.13 meters) tall and a former professional basketball player.
With his large size, Ron has been cast as hulking henchmen in a number of movies. Perhaps his best known film role is the hulking Nazi assassin Lothar in the comic adaptation The Rocketeer (1991), which co-starred William O. Campbell, Paul Sorvino, Terry O'Quinn, Ed Lauter, Clint Howard, and Max Grodénchik. Ron also appeared briefly out of prosthetics as a different character in the same movie.
Ron also played one of the kidnappers in the fantasy comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994, which also starred Noble Willingham and Mark Margolis), Jacko the Giant in the thriller Last Man Standing (1996, with Patrick Kilpatrick, Ken Jenkins, Christopher Doyle, and Allan Graf), and appeared in the action film Road House (1989, with Marshall Teague, Kevin Tighe, Anthony De Longis, and Patricia Tallman) and the comedy The Naked Gun (1988, with Ricardo Montalban, Lawrence Tierney, and Raye Birk).