Star Trek actor turns Eastern monk

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The actor Bruce Mars is known today for his appearance on Star Trek as Finnegan, the Starfleet Academy cadet who terrorized young James Kirk.

Finnegan appears in the episode “Shore Leave,” where the crew of the Enterprise beams down to a new planet for some R&R, not realizing the planet was created by advanced aliens as a playground where all the mind’s fantasies would instantly materialize.

As of 2013, Mars was a senior monk in the Self-Realization Fellowship, going by the name “Brother Paramananda.”

Brother Paramananda discusses his conversion briefly in a 2004 LA Times article about Eastern religion in LA, by Anne-Marie O’Connor.

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