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Old February 27 2009, 10:46 AM   #16
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I love Lenard as Sarek. For me, he'll always be the ultimate Vulcan (along with Spock, of course, but Spock is a class of his own). When Sarek deboards his shuttle in "Journey to Babel" it's as if Vulcan itself arrives. Ya know what I mean?

OTOH, I've always admired his subtle performance when he urges Kirk to recover his son's Katra in STIII. The way he fights back his "emotions" with effort, and his almost reluctant, yet sincere respect for Kirk when he returns Spock to Vulcan

Oh, and fine interaction between Lenard and Shatner.

Fascinating!
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Old February 27 2009, 11:12 AM   #17
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Here's an illuminating interview on Mr. Lenard:

http://myeloma.org/main.jsp?tab_id=1...article&id=410
I had no idea he died of multiple myeloma. Thanks for posting the interview.
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Old February 27 2009, 11:35 AM   #18
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Yeah, Shatner's scenes with Lenard were always quality. The OTT Shatner and the reserved Lenard worked well together counterpointing each other.
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Old February 27 2009, 02:04 PM   #19
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Mark Lenard was a true talent and really solidified the role as Sarek. He made it is even after playing the part of the Romulan Commander in Ballance of Terror.

But let's not forget his wonderful portrayal of the doomed Klingon Captain in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It took me years, YEARS to finally discover that was actually Mark Lenard playing the part! He looked so perfect as a Klingon that even now I still can't recognize him.

I'd give anything to see his make-up process or any behind the scenes photos of him as the Klingon Captain.
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Old February 27 2009, 03:18 PM   #20
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Lenard and Nimoy more or less "created" Vulcans in TOS and even onto the spin-offs & films. What's not to love and appreciate about Lenard? He is sorely missed.
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Old February 27 2009, 03:27 PM   #21
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^ ^ You are so right; what would Vulcans be without them? I don't want to contemplate.

That article was very good; thanks for the link.
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Old February 27 2009, 03:34 PM   #22
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I saw him at a con back in the 80s, but the details (year, location) escape me. Anyway, he didn't seem distant or reserved at all. He was very friendly, open, and appreciative of the fans.
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Old February 27 2009, 04:00 PM   #23
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Lenard had a devoted and rather organized following (mostly female, natch) within Trek fandom. He kept in pretty close communication with at least some of them; a friend of mine was part of a group that attended the premiere of Star Trek V with him.
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Old February 27 2009, 04:07 PM   #24
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So...NOT like the autograph scene in "Galaxy Quest..."

Very nice autographed picture! Thanks.

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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, 04:27 PM   #25
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I saw him at a con back in the 80s, but the details (year, location) escape me. Anyway, he didn't seem distant or reserved at all. He was very friendly, open, and appreciative of the fans.
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I apologize for the use of the word "icy." I guess that I was just completely taken in by the man's brilliant characterization.

BTW, I love that charming, affectionate gesture he makes with Amanda after he and Spock tease her about her emotionalism in "Journey to Babel." It served as a great punchline or wink for that final scene in the sickbay. I read that Lenard came up with that himself, therefore adding something to the Vulan culture.

Mark Lenard was a heck of an actor and his intelligence always came across on screen.
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Old February 27 2009, 06:19 PM   #26
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Wow, I stand corrected... from all of the information I had seen previously about Star Trek conventions, I hadn't noticed Lenard on the roster. Clearly, I must have overlooked it.

Anyway, I'm so very sorry to hear that he died of multiple myeloma. What a horrible suffering he went through... and a chilling forecast, from his last appearance on TNG.

I had no idea he was a regular on the Planet of the Apes series. But now that I think about it, I have vague memories of voices where one of them sounded like him. Certainly I remember him doing the SAAB commercial voiceovers. "SAAB, the most intelligent car ever built."

He has been and always be the quintessential representation of a Vulcan...
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Old February 27 2009, 06:20 PM   #27
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He was indeed an extremely dignified person, and very pleasant to his fans. I was fortunate enough to see him at least three times at conventions, and have heard of him going to more, so he was by no means a recluse.
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Old February 27 2009, 06:31 PM   #28
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Did anybody else see the animated Star Trek episode he was on ("Yesteryear")? It was nice to see him reprising the role of Sarek in animated form. I figure his willingness to do that showed how much he enjoyed playing the character. Here's the proof: http://www.treksinscifi.com/trekdail...Yesteryear.jpg
I think he and the actor who played Cyrano Jones in "The Trouble with Tribbles" were the only ones to play the same character in "Star Trek" and the animated adventures.

Also, in case all of you Mark Lenard fans and action figure collectors didn't know, an Art Asylum/Diamond Select action figure of him as the Romulan Commander from "Balance of Terror" is due this summer (circa August). Here's a picture: http://74.52.193.82/events/main.php?...serialNumber=1
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Old February 27 2009, 06:46 PM   #29
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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.
He did a convention in San Antonio prior to the release of ST:V when George Takei had to pull out. He was rather personable and had many stories to tell about ST, Planet of the Apes, and his other genre work. One that stands out in my head was after shooting his appearance as Sarek on TOS, he ran into the lady who played Amanda, and freaked her out by walking up to her (out of make up) and saying, "I'm your husband."
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Old February 28 2009, 12:40 AM   #30
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