4 weird pre-Star Trek western roles of Shatner, Nimoy & more

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

We LOVE looking back at the bizarre parts our favorite actors took to put food on the table before they hit the jackpot with the roles that made them famous. (For example—those 15 weird roles Lost's actors had before they became stars.) The cast of Star Trek was no exception.

Remember how Star Trek was originally pitched by Gene Roddenberry as "Wagon Train in space"? That's because the show was born during a time when TV westerns were king, and in the '50s and '60s most of the original Trek cast made appearances in them.

A new two-DVD set, Trek Stars Go West, collects some of the best (maybe we should make that "best") of those performances by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan in shows like The Lone Ranger and Bonanza.

Check out four examples below.

William Shatner in White Comanche

Leonard Nimoy in Tate

James Doohan in Last of the Mohicans

DeForest Kelley in The Lone Ranger

(via trekmovie)