Jeffrey Alan Combs (born 9 September, 1954 in Oxnard, California) is a character actor best known for his horror film roles and his appearances playing a number of characters in the Star Trek franchise.
Combs was raised in Lompoc, California, attended Santa Maria's Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and later developed his acting talent in the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington.
After spending several years performing in playhouses all along the West Coast, Combs moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and got his first role in the 1981 film, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, playing an intern. His first horror film role came the next year in Frightmare, which set the path for the much of his career in the genre.
Combs' best known film role is Dr. Herbert West, a character in Re-Animator which he has reprised in the film's two sequels. His most recent film credits include FeardotCom (2002), House on Haunted Hill (1999), and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).
On television, Combs has enjoyed critical and popular success with his alien characters on the various modern Star Trek incarnations, beginning in 1994 with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in 2000 with Star Trek: Voyager, and in 2001 with Star Trek: Enterprise. Combs originally auditioned for the role of Commander William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but lost out to Jonathan Frakes, though producers kept him in mind for casting in the later series. His favorite and largest role to date has been the multi-episode, multi-season Vorta clone Weyoun on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. On the same series he had a recurring role as the Ferengi Brunt. On Star Trek: Enterprise Combs had a very popular recurring role as Shran, an Andorian military officer (Enterprise producer Manny Coto once mentioned in an interview that he hoped to make Shran and Combs a regular on the show, had the series been renewed for a fifth season). In addition Combs made some non-recurring appearances, including Mulcahey and Tiron on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Penk on Star Trek: Voyager, and the Ferengi Krem in Star Trek: Enterprise.
His most recent television appearance was on science fiction series The 4400 in August 2005, in what may become a recurring role. Even Trek fans unfamiliar with Combs' human face immediately recognized him due to his distinctive voice.
On September 11, 2001, a man named Jeffrey Coombs (note the extra 'o' in the last name) was aboard hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, which was later crashed into the World Trade Center. Having been confused with the passenger on the jet, Combs the actor was pronounced dead by news media outlets and had to announce publicly that he was still alive.
- Re-Animator (1985} - Dr. Herbert West
- The Frighteners
- Bride of Re-Animator (1989} - Dr. Herbert West
- Beyond Re-Animator (2003} - Dr. Herbert West