Re: Why Did Gene drop Christopher Pike?
The only non-Trek role I've ever seen Jeffrey Hunter play is Jesus. I've seen numerous movie portrayals of Jesus, and Hunter is the best that I've seen. I loved the whole part of the Sermon on the Mount, and I'm atheist!
He's perfectly adequate in The Searchers
and The Longest Day
, if you're interested in seeing more of him.
I also enjoyed him in Sergeant Rutledge
. It's worth a look.
Also, I realize this is off point, but looking back: Jeffrey Hunter had a stroke and died in 1969 at the age of 42. In retrospect it was probably a good thing that we got Captain Kirk instead of Captain Pike in long run.
What would the Star Trek movies have been like if the actor who played the captain of the Enterprise had died between the series and the movies?
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