DEEP SPACE NINE
CAST > Weyoun
BY: Jeffrey Combs
POSITION: Jem'Hadar field supervisor (4th); became advisor to
Cardassia's leaders under the Dominion (5th through 8th)
A Vorta, who became the Dominion's chief representative in the Alpha
Quadrant, as well as heading up the war effort against the Federation
and its allies, and acting as liaison to the Female Changeling. (Five
out of eight cloned incarnations of Weyoun were seen; for convenience,
they are all included in this entry.)
Weyoun was first seen as his fourth clone, in "To the Death", when he
was field supervisor of the group of Jem'Hadar led by Omet'iklan, who
allied with the Defiant crew to destroy an Iconian gateway on Vandros
IV. This Weyoun was killed after the raid, by Omet'iklan, for having
questioned his loyalty to the Dominion.
The fifth Weyoun came to DS9 as Dukat's Dominion advisor in "Ties of
Blood and Water". He returned to meet with Kai Winn regarding a
non-aggression pact between Bajor and the Dominion in "In the Cards";
while there, Weyoun became suspicious of the activities of Jake and Nog,
and detained them for a while until convinced they were innocent of
plotting against the Dominion. Weyoun even showed some interest in Dr.
Giger's cellular entertainment chamber.
Weyoun led the takeover of DS9, together with Dukat, in "Call to Arms",
and stayed there until "Favor the Bold"/"Sacrifice of Angels", when,
with Dukat, he supervised the Dominion/Cardassian forces during the
battle with Starfleet. When the Dominion reinforcements failed to arrive
through the wormhole, Weyoun evacuated to Cardassia along with the
Female Changeling and the rest of their troops. After that, he was
mainly concerned with directing the war effort from Cardassia, and
keeping Damar in line.
Early in 2375, Weyoun 5 was killed in a suspicious transporter accident
(probably arranged by Damar). Weyoun 6 replaced him, but was later
deemed "defective" due to his unusual pacifist tendencies, and Weyoun 7
was then activated. However, Weyoun 6 refused to terminate himself as
ordered, and in "Treachery, Faith and the Great River", he met with Odo,
offering to give Dominion secrets to the Federation. On the way back to
DS9, the two were pursued by Jem'Hadar, sent by Damar and Weyoun 7. When
escape proved impossible, Weyoun 6 signaled his successor and finally
triggered his termination implant. He died in Odo's arms, asking for and
receiving his "god"'s blessing.
Weyoun 7 continued his predecessors' work, overseeing the effort to cure
the Founders' disease ("Penumbra") and going with the Female Changeling
and Damar to a rendezvous with the Dominion's new allies, the Breen ("'Til
Death Do Us Part"). Then he was killed by Worf, who broke his neck when
Weyoun incautiously taunted Ezri in their cell, in "Strange Bedfellows";
he was quickly replaced by Weyoun 8.
Weyoun 8 also served the Dominion, in the face of Damar's rebellion,
until finally, in "What You Leave Behind", he was shot and killed by Garak when the Cardassian resistance captured Dominion headquarters.
Since the Dominion Vorta cloning facility had been destroyed, he was the
last of the Weyouns.
in Oxnard, CA, in 1954, Combs was raised in nearby Lompoc. After
graduating from high school in 1972, he entered the world of acting by
attending numerous theatrical schools and performing in repertory
theater. Frequently appearing in such venues as the Mark Taper Forum and
South Coast Repertory, Combs made his film debut in Whose Life Is It
Anyway? (1981), which was followed by supporting roles in Honky Tonk
Freeway (1981), Frightmare (1983), and The Man With Two Brains (1983).
Still performing frequently on-stage during this period, Combs was
approached by a young director named Stuart Gordon and asked if he would
be interested in appearing in an adaptation of a Lovecraft story.
Attracted by the strong script, the actor agreed. Released in 1985,
Re-Animator shocked and nauseated audiences into uncontrolled laughter
with its outrageous violence and imaginative set pieces. Combs' manic
portrayal of a mad doctor who claims to have discovered the key to
immortality immediately earned him a place in the lexicon of horror
history as one of the great screen psychos.
Subsequently re-teaming with Gordon for yet another Lovecraft
adaptation, From Beyond (1986) proved to be a disappointment when it was
released in a truncated form. Knowing that the excess of Re-Animator
would be difficult, if not impossible, to top, Combs and Gordon remained
undaunted, collaborating on such efforts as Robot Jox and The Pit and
the Pendulum (both 1990). Released that same year and directed by
Gordon-cohort Brian Yuzna, Bride of Re-Animator didn't quite live up to
fan expectations, although ultimately proved to be an entertaining
sequel by remaining loyal to the tone and content to its predecessor.
Subsequently working with such horror stylists as Fred Olen Ray (The
Phantom Empire  and Cyclone ) and Full Moon's Charles Band (Trancers
II: The Return of Jack Deth  and the Dr. Strange-influenced Doctor
Mordrid ), Combs continued to build a dedicated cult following who
remained eager to see what the quirky actor would attempt next.
Continuing to appear in Lovecraft-based films, he also branched out with
a role as a hitman in Love and a .45 (1994) and as actor Montgomery
Clift in the made-for-TV Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996). A seemingly
natural teaming with New Zealand splatter-king Peter Jackson also
resulted in a hilarious turn as an unstable FBI agent in The Frighteners
(1996). Combs' career took an unexpected turn later that year. Having
previously lost the role of Commander William Riker in
Star Trek: The
Next Generation to Jonathan Frakes, he returned to the Star Trek fold
when Frakes (as director) cast him as Weyoun in an episode of Deep Space
Nine. Returning in various capacities later, Combs would become the
first actor to play three different characters in a single season of any
Star Trek series. His popularity in the franchise growing, he was later
cast in a recurring role in the subsequent
Simultaneously continuing to appear in such features as I Know What You
Did Last Summer (1998), House on Haunted Hill (1999), and Yuzna's long
awaited Faust: Love of the Damned (2001, channeling Bruce Campbell),
Combs fans were thrilled to hear that he would be returning to the role
of Herbert West in Beyond Re-Animator (again helmed by Yuzna) in late