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CAST > General Martok
BY: J.G. Hertzler
FULL NAME: Martok
POSITION/OCCUPATION: Military commander in the Klingon Defense
RANK/TITLE: General (became Chancellor at the end)
BIRTHPLACE: Ketha lowlands on Qo'Nos
PARENTS: father died before Martok became an officer
SPOUSE: Lady Sirella
CHILDREN: son Drex; at least one other child
A Klingon officer who had come from a humble house of soldiers, in the
Ketha province, but rose to become a general, a top aide to Gowron, and
eventually Chancellor himself.
As a youth, he applied to the Klingon officers' academy, but his
admission was denied by the council because Kor, a council member,
believed his house was not noble enough. Martok was unable to join the
military even as a common soldier. For five years, he was a civilian
laborer on General Shivang's flagship, until earning a battlefield
commission during a Romulan attack. His father did not live to see this,
and Martok hated Kor for years as a result.
In 2371, Martok was hunting saberbear on Kang's Summit when he was taken
prisoner by the Dominion and replaced by a Changeling. He was found in a
Dominion prison by Worf and Garak (in "In Purgatory's Shadow"/"By
Inferno's Light"), having lost his left eye in a fight with Ikat'ika.
After he escaped with the other prisoners, Sisko appointed him to
command the Klingon military attachment to DS9.
Not long afterwards, in "Soldiers of the Empire", Martok commanded the
Rotarran on a mission to locate the B'Moth, but his excessive caution
nearly caused a mutiny until Worf challenged him. Martok won, but was
reminded of his duty and rescued the crew of the B'Moth, after which he
adopted Worf into his house as his brother. He also later adopted Worf's
son Alexander ("Sons and Daughters").
During the Federation/Dominion war, Martok proved invaluable to the
Alpha Quadrant forces, and after the retaking of DS9, was made Supreme
Commander of the 9th Fleet, on Sisko's recommendation ("You Are
Cordially Invited"). Finally, though, when Gowron came to the station to
give him the Order of Kahless, the Chancellor also assumed direct
command of the Klingon forces ("When It Rains..."). He began ordering Martok on one impossible mission after another. This was because Gowron
felt politically threatened by Martok, and wanted to undermine him. In
the end, when Martok would not challenge Gowron, Worf did so instead,
and killed him. He then placed the Chancellor's robe of office on
Martok's shoulders, and Martok accepted ("Tacking Into the Wind").
After Chancellor Martok participated in the final victorious offensive
against the Dominion, he got Worf assigned as Federation ambassador to
Qo'Nos ("What You Leave Behind").
native Georgian, J.G. Hertzler was born on an Air Force base in
Savannah. He is best-known to Star Trek fans as General Martok, the new
Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. Other television credits include
Seinfeld, Dr. Quinn, Diagnosis Murder, Quantum Leap, The Highlander,
Fortune Hunter, Lois and Clark, General Hospital and One Life to Live,
Movin' On, Partners in Crime, Ultraman, and over fifty episodes on the
Zorro series as Alcalde Ignacio DeSoto. In the Fall of 1997, he was
featured with Jennifer Beals and Christopher Walken in the film Prophecy
2. A co-star on many movies-of-the-week, J.G. can be seen swordfighting
his way through Treasure Island and most recently appeared as Ridley
Scott in The Pirates of Silicon Valley. He has appeared with Al Pacino
in the classic Barry Levinson/Norman Jewison film ...And Justice For
In theatre, Mr. Hertzler has played opposite Irene Pappas in the
controversial Broadway production of the classic Greek play, The Bacchae,
directed by Michael Coccyannis. Other theatre credits include leading
roles with the finest Regional Theatres in the country, including the
title roles in Richard II and The Admirable Crichton for ACT in San
Francisco, appearances at The Guthrie, the Folger Theatre, Arena Stage,
the Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre,
St. Louis Rep., and many others.
As a stage director, Mr. Hertzler has staged works for The Guthrie, ACT,
Off-Broadway in New York City, The New Playwrights Theatre of
Washington, the Camden Shakespeare Festival, and several productions in
the LA area including the much acclaimed American premiere of Kenneth
Ross's award-winning play, Breaker Morant. Mr. Hertzler staged Cyrano De
Bergerac for the Vita Shakespeare Festival in Northern California in
1982, where he became Artistic Director in 1986 through 1989 when he
moved permanently to the Los Angeles area.
Having completed post-graduate work at UCLA in Screenwriting, Mr.
Hertzler is currently in negotiations with several producers regarding
his script Prometheus and writing a two-part novel based on his
character Martok for Simon and Schuster Publishing. Mr. Hertzler has
also formed an entertainment production company called Dreamcatcher, and
is focusing on the acquisition of properties, self-generated and
otherwise, for development as screenplays and teleplays.
Having said all that, J.G. feels his most extraordinary achievement by
far, together with his wife, actress Jenna Cole, is the birth of their
beautiful baby daughter, Hanna.