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Old April 7 2013, 10:27 PM   #135
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Re: Why Did Gene drop Christopher Pike?

Danger Ace wrote: View Post
...According to Herb Solow (who would know) Jeffrey Hunter became very hard to get a hold of once they tried to contact him about doing a second pilot. Finally, when they were to talk face-to-face his wife showed up (saying pretty much what you write in your post).

Not the behavior of someone who wants to be a part of the "Star Trek" family.
This was discussed before in this thread.

According to Herb Solow:
HERB: We had an option on Jeff Hunter for a series, but not for another pilot...we looked forward to running the completed pilot for our star...Gene and I waited in the Desilu projection room for him to arrive. He never did. Arriving in his stead was actress Sandy Bartlett, Mrs. Jeff Hunter...the lights came up, Jeff Hunter's wife gave us our answer: "This is not the kind of show Jeff wants to do, and besides, it wouldn't be good for his career. Jeff Hunter is a movie star." Mrs. Hunter was very polite and very firm,

--Inside Star Trek (hardcover), p. 63
Which doesn't exactly say he was "hard to get hold of", unless you are citing another reference or page.
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