Re: Lieutenant Leslie: Star Trek's very own Mementic Badass
The Ultimate Computer
IIRC, the thing which makes his death in Obsession so interesting is that Kirk actually refers to him by name as 'Leslie' earlier in the scene, so even if we hypothesize that Eddie Paskey has got a knack of playing multiple non-descript background roles, not all of them necessarily Lieutenant Leslie, then one thing we can say for certain is that that
character who dies in that
episode is definitely Mister Leslie.
Does he actually get directly identified as Leslie in any of his subsequent appearances?
. Right at the start, Kirk brushes him off : "Not now, Leslie."
So, either the world's greatest redshirt survived (I recall Eddie Paskey once spoke of a cut scene where Bones cures the redshirts in Obsession
), or...there were Leslie twins on board
"Sometimes I get the feeling the only way we could achieve a STAR TREK segment on budget would be to have 60 minutes of Mr. Spock playing kazoo solo as Captain Kirk holds him in his arms while standing in a telephone booth."
Bob Justman, 1967.