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Old February 26 2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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Mark Lenard & Trek Fandom

Mark Lenard fascinates me. I've been watching his numerous TV appearances in Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, and The Wild, Wild West and of course, as Sarek. How was he viewed by Trek fandom and how did he feel about the interest shown towards the show and his character? He seems to have been as icy and mysterious as the characters he often played. So, your thoughts on Mark Lenard, please.
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Old February 26 2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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I think he was one of the better guest actors they've had on the show, both in TOS, TNG, and Star Trek movies. I don't recall ever hearing about him having attended a convention, so I suspect he didn't express much interest.

He passed away in 1996... and his Wikipedia entry highlights his role as Sarek over all his other acting work. His last two appearances on screen were "In The Heat of the Night" in 1993 and Star Trek IV in 1991.
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Old February 26 2009, 10:53 PM   #3
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He was definitely a quality actor. I saw him on 'It Takes a Thief' recently, in two episodes playing two different characters, not unlike his turns on TOS.

I imagine he was just a private person. I think the 'Star Trek: Communicator' did a writeup about him at the time of his death and went into his life and family. I'm sure I have that issue laying around somewhere.
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Old February 26 2009, 11:01 PM   #4
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He also was in another 1960s show - Here Come the Brides. What can I say, I was 10. Anyway there were two accredited teen heart-throbs on that show (Bobby Sherman and David Soul), but personally I had a crush on Mark Lenard's character, Aaron Stempel, even though he was supposed to be sort of a bad guy. I remember recognizing him from Trek (as the unnamed Romulan), of course.

I was either a very weird girl or maybe I just had sophisticated taste? Or both.

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Old February 26 2009, 11:11 PM   #5
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A number of female fans I've known think Sarek is as hot as Spock; that's probably why he got his own novel. I thought he was very dignified, but still liked Spock better as a romantic figure.
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Old February 26 2009, 11:14 PM   #6
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^ Oh, yes, but Spock wasn't on Here Come the Brides, you see...

Like Praetor, I just got the feeling he was a private person. And a convention is no place for a really private man.
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Old February 26 2009, 11:17 PM   #7
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A number of female fans I've known think Sarek is as hot as Spock; that's probably why he got his own novel. I thought he was very dignified, but still liked Spock better as a romantic figure.
That SAREK novel was one of the reasons I got back into Trek. I remember seeing it around 1996-97 and Mark Lenard had died around that same time. Seeing the novel reminded me how much I liked his character, although it was only recently that I bought the book!
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Old February 26 2009, 11:25 PM   #8
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According to a Chicago Independent Booksellers poll of about 10 years ago, 80% of book buyers are women.
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Old February 27 2009, 12:19 AM   #9
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I don't recall ever hearing about him having attended a convention, so I suspect he didn't express much interest.
A friend of mine once told me he had attended a con where Mark Lenard was a guest.
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Old February 27 2009, 12:22 AM   #10
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Here's an illuminating interview on Mr. Lenard:

http://myeloma.org/main.jsp?tab_id=1...article&id=410
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Old February 27 2009, 01:45 AM   #11
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That SAREK novel was one of the reasons I got back into Trek. I remember seeing it around 1996-97 and Mark Lenard had died around that same time. Seeing the novel reminded me how much I liked his character, although it was only recently that I bought the book!
Sarek is a fantastic Trek novel.
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Old February 27 2009, 03:04 AM   #12
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In the Fall of 1974 I enjoyed his portrayal of the antagonist gorilla General Urko in the short lived TV Series "Planet of the Apes", which was very different from his roles as Sarek or the Romulan Commander on Star Trek. It was strange to see him briefly a few years later in the Woody Allen film "Annie Hall" in 1977. He had no lines he was there on the Dick Cavett Show dressed in a Naval Officer uniform as Woody Allen's character walked on stage. Then only to see him briefly again in 1979 in TMP as the Klingon Commander.


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Old February 27 2009, 03:44 AM   #13
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^ Oh, yes, but Spock wasn't on Here Come the Brides, you see...

Except in the Trek novel Ishmael, where Spock is stranded in the 19th century while suffering from amnesia as a result of Klingon interrogation, and is taken in by one Aaron Stemple...
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Old February 27 2009, 04:37 AM   #14
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He seems to have been as icy and mysterious as the characters he often played. So, your thoughts on Mark Lenard, please.
My impression at Dixie Trek in the '80s in Atlanta was that he was a gracious and informative guest who gave an interesting presentation. It's true that he wasn't ingratiating or fawning, but I'd say "dignified" rather than "icy." A classy man. He was polite and - I'd even venture - friendly at his autograph signing afterward:

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Old February 27 2009, 04:53 AM   #15
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A number of female fans I've known think Sarek is as hot as Spock
**raises hand**

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