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Old March 2 2013, 06:58 PM   #29
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Re: Who were the main characters?

DalekJim wrote: View Post
Or the guy sitting at the helm, only chiming in with "Aye sir!" occasionally.
Billy Blackburn, who often sat at the navigation or helm station, was an extra. He never had any lines. (Most extras on TOS never had any lines because then they would have been owed more money). The guy saying "Aye, sir" was either a semi-regular (Takei, Koenig) or a day player -- not an extra.

Agreed, he's terrific as Bester. Because unlike his role as Chekov, he has a proper part.
Walter Koenig would agree with you. But, self-deprecating as he is, he wouldn't call the role of Chekov that of an "extra." He'd call it what it was: a mostly expository role in which he was paid as a day player, and later as a semi-regular.

Being considered extras is only wrong if people look down on extras.
Being considered extras is wrong when the person is not an extra. Takei, Koenig, and Nichols were not extras.

Christopher wrote: View Post
Takei, Nichols, and Koenig were contracted semi-regular actors.
In practice, Nichols was a semi-regular, but contractually she was never more than a day player. (Indeed, she was paid so little that she had a "no quote" deal.)
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