Avery Brooks

While he’s been critically lauded for his work both on stage and on screen, Avery Brooks will be forever remembered by pop culture fans everywhere for his portrayal of Commander Benjamin Sisko on television’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Although he’s a noted director and has performed the classics — from Shakespeare to Arthur Miller — Brooks is best known for leading a spaceship into a wormhole and jumping into the blazing void of the Bajoran Fire Cave. Ain’t life funny?