Who plays the mobster at the beginning of this Prince video?
January 4, 2017 10:11 AM   Subscribe

The guy disparaging Minnesota at the start of "Cream" looks so familiar, was he on Star Trek: The Next Generation?
posted by johngoren to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
He looks a lot like Marlon Brando.

(Didn't see the "disparaging Minnesota" part, assume you mean the guy with the tall blonde at the beginning.)
posted by JimN2TAW at 10:32 AM on January 4, 2017

I think the OP is referring to asking if Minneapolis is a Greek restaurant as "disparaging". He looks like Mr. Belvedere to me, a little.
posted by freezer cake at 10:40 AM on January 4, 2017

It's worth noting that the start of the video was originally part of the interstitials between the songs on the Diamonds and Pearls VHS release.
posted by dilaudid at 10:48 AM on January 4, 2017

It kind of looks like a young Michael Rooker (who wasn't on ST: TNG but was once on Stargate SG-1)?
posted by Merinda at 10:55 AM on January 4, 2017

If this were a SAG actor I would think that they would have been credited on the video, but there's only Robia LaMorte, Lori Werner and Prince himself. This suggests to me it was someone unaffiliated with the industry and unlikely to be recognized from other media.
posted by dilaudid at 11:03 AM on January 4, 2017

For whatever it's worth, the director of that music video was Rebecca Blake. Here's a short interview with her that includes some anecdotes about shooting that and other videos for Prince. If all else fails, maybe you could find a way to contact her?

Meanwhile, I think the Godfather-esque music that plays whenever that guy is onscreen might be an indication that his character was meant to evoke Marlon Brando's Don Corleone (as suggested above) but I'm pretty sure it's not him.
posted by mhum at 12:57 PM on January 4, 2017

To me he looks, sounds, and carries himself like Robert Beltran (from Voyager).
posted by mama casserole at 2:39 PM on January 4, 2017

It looks like Tom Berenger to me, but I couldn't confirm that with a cursory internet search.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 7:03 PM on January 4, 2017

Does he remind you of John De Lancie who was Q on Next Generation? The guy kind of reminded me of Q for a second. My memories of Star Trek are pretty hazy though.
posted by artychoke at 7:18 PM on January 4, 2017

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