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Star Trek - Original Series The one that started it all...

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Old October 2 2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Almost on TOS......

I know that there were various other choices for Pike or Kirk in the pilot stage....Lloyd Bridges, Jack Lord.

The rumor of Martin Landau replacing Nimoy at some point if he didn't come back.

Robert Ryan almost playing decker in Doomsday

John Drew Barrymore not showing up to play Lazarus.

Does anybody here know of other actors who were up for regulars or guest parts that ultimately didn't?

Lot of great character actors from the 60s must have auditioned but for whatever reason didn't get cast.
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Old October 2 2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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Re: Almost on TOS......

This never really got that far, but there was that early David Gerrold alternate conceptualization of Cyrano Jones as a well-meaning old man who could be played by Boris Karloff.
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Old October 2 2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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Re: Almost on TOS......

That would have been a casting coup!

Can you imagine that distinctive "lilt" as Boris talks about his beloved pets? Oh, the possibilities!

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Old October 2 2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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Re: Almost on TOS......

I actually would have preferred the 'befuddled old man' who doesn't get the ramifications of the tribbles---- to the very sterotypical Cyrano Jones. I never cared for Stanley Adams or Cyrano Jones.
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Old October 3 2012, 01:08 PM   #5
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Karloff was too busy dressing in drag on Man From UNCLE?
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Old October 3 2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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Based on the folks who appeared, I'd guess that UNCLE had a bigger budget for guest cast.
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Old October 3 2012, 03:36 PM   #7
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There is also the unproduced Spinrad script, that was said to be a potential Milton Berle vehicle.... the less said about that the better
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Old October 3 2012, 04:13 PM   #8
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Re: Almost on TOS......

Forbin wrote: View Post
Karloff was too busy dressing in drag on Man From UNCLE?
"The Mother Muffin Affair" was an episode of The Girl from UNCLE, actually.
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There is also the unproduced Spinrad script, that was said to be a potential Milton Berle vehicle.... the less said about that the better
Milton Berle on Star Trek?

Well, at least he made a better drag queen than Boris Karloff.
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Old October 3 2012, 04:19 PM   #9
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Re: Almost on TOS......

Hugh Laurie had a test run as Captain before Shatner, but obviously it didn't work out. Rumor has it his biting sarcastic line delivery was just too over the top.




They also gave Russell Johnson (The Professor from "Gilligan's Island") a shot in a preliminary run through of "The Corbomite Maneuver", but they felt he looked too much like Mr. Bailey.




Burt Lancaster gave it a shot, but he couldn't stand the material of the uniforms so he bailed...

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Old October 3 2012, 04:30 PM   #10
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Re: Almost on TOS......

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Hugh Laurie had a test run as Captain before Shatner, but obviously it didn't work out. Rumor has it his biting sarcastic line delivery was just too over the top.
He must have been one hell of a mature-looking seven-year-old!
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Old October 3 2012, 05:29 PM   #11
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There is also the unproduced Spinrad script, that was said to be a potential Milton Berle vehicle.... the less said about that the better

That's right. Well there must be a god.
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Old October 3 2012, 05:51 PM   #12
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My Son the Vampire wrote: View Post
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Karloff was too busy dressing in drag on Man From UNCLE?
"The Mother Muffin Affair" was an episode of The Girl from UNCLE, actually.
Hm. Could swear the character was also on Man from UNCLE, but I can't find any reference to it.
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Old October 3 2012, 06:01 PM   #13
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Re: Almost on TOS......

And then, of course, there's that alternate universe where JFK played Kirk.

(As in David Gerrold's story, "The Kennedy Enterprise.")
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Old October 3 2012, 09:08 PM   #14
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And then, of course, there's that alternate universe where JFK played Kirk.

(As in David Gerrold's story, "The Kennedy Enterprise.")
So who was President during that time? Couldn't have been Shatner because he's a Canadian citizen.
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Old October 4 2012, 12:55 AM   #15
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Forbin wrote: View Post
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Karloff was too busy dressing in drag on Man From UNCLE?
"The Mother Muffin Affair" was an episode of The Girl from UNCLE, actually.
Hm. Could swear the character was also on Man from UNCLE, but I can't find any reference to it.
Robert Vaughn made a crossover appearance on that Girl From UNCLE episode, which is probably why you remembered it as the other UNCLE show.
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