Robert Duncan McNeill

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Robert Duncan McNeill
Robert Duncan McNeill by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1964-11-09) November 9, 1964 (age 55)[1][2]
Education Juilliard School
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1981–present
Carol Seder
(m. 1988; div. 2015)
Children 3

Robert "Robbie" Duncan McNeill (born November 9, 1964)[1][2] is an American director, producer, and actor. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Lieutenant Tom Paris on the television series Star Trek: Voyager. He was also an executive producer and frequent director of the television series Chuck.

Personal life

McNeill has three children, Taylor McNeill (b. June 11, 1990), Kyle McNeill (b. April 12, 1994), and Carter Jay McNeill (b. January 21, 1998). His eldest daughter Taylor played the role of Hannah in an episode of the television show Summerland.[3]



McNeill grew up in Atlanta, and began his career acting in local and regional productions before becoming a student at Juilliard School in New York City.[4][5] He enjoyed early success as a professional actor, winning the role of Charlie Brent on All My Children[1][6] and starring in the feature film Masters of the Universe.[1][7] He also starred in an episode of the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone, "A Message From Charity".[8] He then appeared with Stockard Channing in the Broadway production of Six Degrees of Separation[9] before returning to Los Angeles to pursue roles on television. He appeared in featured guest roles on numerous TV series, including L.A. Law; Quantum Leap; and Murder, She Wrote. He was a featured cast member on the short-lived 1992 series Going to Extremes,[10][11] Another guest role that same year was in "The First Duty", an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which he played Nick Locarno, a Starfleet Academy cadet and squad leader who pressures fellow cadet Wesley Crusher into covering up their wrongdoings. He would later become a Trek regular in 1995 on Star Trek: Voyager, on which he played Tom Paris, a Starfleet officer with a backstory similar to Locarno's.[12] Other credits include Zebulon in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Judas in "Godspell" at the Lamb's Theatre.


McNeill at the 2009 Fan Expo Canada Convention

McNeill began his directing career with several episodes of Voyager.[13] He then wrote, produced, and directed two award-winning short films, The Battery and 9mm of Love,[1][14] and began to direct other episodic television shows. While he has since performed as a guest star on television shows such as The Outer Limits and Crossing Jordan, McNeill is now focusing on his directing career, helming episodes of Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Star Trek: Enterprise, Dead Like Me, The O.C., One Tree Hill, Las Vegas, Summerland, and Supernatural. His directing credits for 2006–2007 include episodes of Desperate Housewives, Medium, Standoff, The Nine, The Knights of Prosperity, In Case of Emergency, What About Brian, and My Boys. In 2007, he directed the season 5 premiere of Las Vegas, the pilot of Samantha Who? (which features his Star Trek: Voyager costar Tim Russ) and then signed on as a producer-director of the NBC show Chuck, helming numerous episodes, including the first episode of a television show to be broadcast entirely in 3D. In 2010, McNeill directed an episode of V, an ABC science fiction television series produced by Scott Rosenbaum, a former writer and executive producer on Chuck.[15][16] As of 2019 he has directed two episodes of the Fox series The Orville and The Gifted.



Year Title Credit Role Notes
2011 FedCon XX: The SciFi Experience Himself Documentary
2002 Infested Eric
2000 9mm of Love Director, Writer, and Executive Producer Short film
1998 The Battery Director and Executive Producer
1997 Trekkies Himself
1987 Masters of the Universe Kevin Corrigan
1981 Sharky's Machine Teen on bus Uncredited role


Year Title Credit Role Notes
2019 A Million Little Things Director 1 episode
2019 The Resident Director 1 episode
2018-2019 The Gifted Director 3 episodes
2017-2019 The Orville Director 2 episodes
2017 Salvation Director 1 episode
2016 Heartbeat Director 1 episode-Pilot
2015 Red Band Society Director 1 episode
2014 Mind Games Director 1 episode
2014 Warehouse 13 Director 1 episode
2014 Suburgatory Director 1 episode
2014-18 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Director 14 episodes
2013-18 Blue Bloods Director 2 episodes
2013 The Mentalist Director 3 episodes
2012-13 666 Park Avenue Director and Co-Executive Producer 3 episodes
2012 Smash Director Season 1, Episode 14
Breaking In Season 2, Episode 6
White Collar Season 4, Episode 4
2010 V Season 1, Episode 12
2007-12 Chuck Executive Producer (2010-2012)
Co-Executive Producer (2010)
Supervising Producer (2008-2009)
Producer (2007-2008)
Director (2007-2012)
Operative (#5.13) 73 episodes
2007 Samantha Who? Director Season 1, Episode 1
The Knights of Prosperity 2 episodes
The Nine Season 1, Episode 12
What About Brian 7 episodes
In Case of Emergency Season 1, Episode 2
2006 Standoff Season 1, Episode 9
My Boys Season 1, Episode 5
The Danny Comden Project TV Movie
2005 Eyes Season 1, Episode 5
Medium Season 2, Episode 9
2005-13 Supernatural 2 episodes
2005-2006 The O.C. 2 episodes
Desperate Housewives 2 episodes
2004-07 Las Vegas 4 episodes
2004-05 Summerland 4 episodes
2004 The Days 2 episodes
2003-04 One Tree Hill 2 episodes
Dead Like Me 2 episodes
2002 Crossing Jordan Matt Season 2, Episode 1
The Outer Limits Commander Ellis Ward "The Human Factor"
Everwood Director Season 1, Episode 10
2001-04 Star Trek: Enterprise 4 episodes
2001-03 Dawson's Creek 7 episodes
2000 The Journey of Allen Strange Season 3, Episode 13
1999 Monster! Co-Producer TV Movie
Early Edition Police Chief Joe Frawley Season 3, Episode 21
1995-2001 Star Trek: Voyager Tom Paris 172 episodes
1994 Murder, She Wrote Danny Kinkaid Season 11, Episode 4
Sisters Andrew Simms Season 5, Episode 4
Wild Oats Actor Season 1, Episode 1
One More Mountain Milt Eliot TV Movie
Second Chances Pete Dyson 3 episodes
1993 Spies Sam the coast guard TV Movie
1992-93 Going to Extremes Colin Midford 17 episodes
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Cadet First Class Nicholas Locarno "The First Duty"
Homefront Bill Caswell 4 episodes
1991 L.A. Law Michael Riley Season 6, Episode 2
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Richard Season 7, Episode 2
Quantum Leap Greg Truesdale Season 2, Episode 17
1989 Mothers, Daughters and Lovers Actor TV Movie
1987 All My Children Charlie Brent 2 episodes
1985 Ein Fenster in Manhattan Eric TV Movie
The Twilight Zone Peter Wood "A Message from Charity"
ABC Weekend Specials Erik Mason Season 9, Episode 2

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Tom Paris Voice role
2015 Star Trek Online Tom Paris Voice role


  1. ^ a b c d e "Filmography". Official Homepage of Robert Duncan McNeill. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  2. ^ a b "Robert Duncan McNeill biography". Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  3. ^ "IMDb Biography".
  4. ^ Henderson, Kathy (June 14, 1988). "Soap Opera Digest". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  5. ^ "Biography, Official Homepage of Robert Duncan McNeill". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  6. ^ ""All My Children," Official Homepage of Robert Duncan McNeill". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  7. ^ ""Masters of the Universe," Official Homepage of Robert Duncan McNeill". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  8. ^ ""A Message From Charity" Official Homepage of Robert Duncan McNeill". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  9. ^ ""Six Degrees of Separation" Official Homepage of Robert Duncan McNeill". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  10. ^ Sloan, Allison (January 1993). "Easy Rider". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  11. ^ ""Going to Extremes" Official Homepage of Robert Duncan McNeill". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  12. ^ ""Star Trek: Voyager Cast Robert Duncan McNeill"". Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  13. ^ Kaplan, Anna L (November 1997). "Paris at the Helm: Robert Duncan McNeill on His Shift From Actor to Director". Cinefantastique. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  14. ^ Perenson, Melissa (June 2000). "The Final Season Looms, but Robert Duncan McNeill will Always Have Paris". Star Trek Communicator. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  15. ^ "Filmography as Director, Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  16. ^ "Scott Rosenbaum, Filmography as Producer, Writer, Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 2007-08-23.

External links

  • Official website
  • Robert Duncan McNeill on IMDb
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