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Old December 25 2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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What actor would you have liked to see?

You guys are a creative group. Here's a question , of those actors active in the 1960s, which would you have liked to see in a star trek episode?
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Old December 25 2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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Re: What actor would you have liked to see?

Robert Conrad and Anne Francis as starship captains.
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Old December 25 2014, 06:29 PM   #3
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Re: What actor would you have liked to see?

Carole Bouquet (as a Romulan)
Morgan Freeman (as a Starfleet captain)
Sir Christopher Lee (as a Starfleet flag officer)
Paul Winfield (as a young Clark Terrell)

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Old December 25 2014, 06:39 PM   #4
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Re: What actor would you have liked to see?

There are a lot of actors that would've been great, but here are my top choices that come to mind:

1) David Carradine

2) Philip Ahn---This is clearly not a household name, so allow me to explain: He was a Korean actor known for playing Master Kan in the show "Kung Fu". He had a lot of stature and had a great, authoritative voice that was at the same time quiet. His was a quiet, reflective authority. Would've been a PHENOMENAL Vulcan, or even a great Starfleet Bureaucrat of the week.

3) Bruce Lee---His energy was through the roof. Would've made a memorable Red Shirt, possibly fighting Khan's underlings. Can you imagine Kirk and Lee fighting side-by-side? I know there's a copy of this episode waiting for me in Heaven.

4) Van Williams---Good looking guy, who might've made a great contemporary ship captain or commander for Kirk to team up with or even have a rivalry with.

5) Keye Luke---Already played Gov. Cory in "Whom Gods Destroy", but I would've enjoyed seeing him come back in another episode in a more expanded role, ala Mark Lenard or Morgan Woodward.
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Old December 25 2014, 08:40 PM   #5
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You guys are a creative group. Here's a question , of those actors active in the 1960s, which would you have liked to see in a star trek episode?
Maybe Steve Mqueen
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Old December 25 2014, 08:50 PM   #6
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Re: What actor would you have liked to see?

Loved TOBL's Robert Conrad suggestion.

Here are some more good ones I thought of:

1) Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith each could've done either a good or bad guy. I see Romero doing a straightforward Starfleet type, but I could also see him as an alien. I see Meredith as more of the Starfleet type. I would've liked to have seen Eartha Kitt as an old flame of Kirk, McCoy, or Scotty. Victor Buono, who played King Tut on Batman, might've made a good eccentric villain for Star Trek. Is there room in the Trek universe for both Roger Carmel and Buono?

2) Robert Vaughn---I think he had the right attitude to compete (and eventually team up) with Kirk.

3) Leo Carroll---Perfect Starfleet Admiral.

4) Bernard Lee, who played "M" in the Bond series.
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Old December 25 2014, 08:51 PM   #7
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Re: What actor would you have liked to see?

Suzanne Pleshette as one of Kirk's conquests at a space age Go Go bar?
Robert Culp as a senior Starfleet officer or even Vincent Beck as a Klingon!
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Old December 26 2014, 03:07 AM   #8
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Re: What actor would you have liked to see?

The two names I always mention for this question are:

Leslie Nielsen-- modern audiences only know him as a comedian, but in the 60s he was often playing corrupt cops, unscrupulous businessmen, and other bad guys. Then there's his credentials of Forbidden Planet. He would have been perfect for one of those many crazy Starfleet captains or admirals.

Ed Asner-- If anyone should have played a Klingon but didn't, it's Ed.

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Russell Johnson-- that's right, the Professor on Gilligan's Island. Another actor with sci-fi experience, notably with the classics It Came from Outer Space and This Island Earth, 2 appearances on The Twilight Zone dealing with time travel ("Back There" and "Execution"), and The Outer Limits. Johnson actually wanted to do a Star Trek, but never got to audition. He would have been good in any role-- crewman, scientist, villain, alien ruler, etc. At least he got to be the local stud on a deserted island with three women and little male competition.
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Old December 26 2014, 03:47 AM   #9
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Boris Karloff.
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Old December 26 2014, 04:03 AM   #10
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Is there room in the Trek universe for both Roger Carmel and Buono?
If there's room for Roger C. Carmel and Stanley Adams, why not add Victor Buono?
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Old December 26 2014, 04:37 AM   #11
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Honorable Mention:

Russell Johnson-- that's right, the Professor on Gilligan's Island. Another actor with sci-fi experience, notably with the classics It Came from Outer Space and This Island Earth, 2 appearances on The Twilight Zone dealing with time travel ("Back There" and "Execution"), and The Outer Limits. Johnson actually wanted to do a Star Trek, but never got to audition. He would have been good in any role-- crewman, scientist, villain, alien ruler, etc. At least he got to be the local stud on a deserted island with three women and little male competition.
I read recently that he auditioned for the part of Marvick in "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" but didn't get the part.

Too bad. That would've been neat.
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Old December 26 2014, 04:40 AM   #12
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2) Philip Ahn---This is clearly not a household name, so allow me to explain: He was a Korean actor known for playing Master Kan in the show "Kung Fu". He had a lot of stature and had a great, authoritative voice that was at the same time quiet. His was a quiet, reflective authority. Would've been a PHENOMENAL Vulcan, or even a great Starfleet Bureaucrat of the week.
He was also a prince in the early "Buck Rogers" serial.
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Old December 26 2014, 04:54 AM   #13
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Re: What actor would you have liked to see?

Burt Reynolds - Perhaps as a space pirate or smuggler, which would have been awesome.

Sidney Poitier - An Ambassador or Starfleet Admiral.

John Wayne - The leader of some small federation colony somewhere.

Kirk Douglas
- Rogue Captain. Definitely a rogue Captain.
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Old December 26 2014, 05:01 AM   #14
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Greg Morris - A Commodore or Captain.

Ivan Dixon - The leader of a colony.

Barbara Stanwyck - Federation Admiral or Commodore.
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Old December 26 2014, 06:24 AM   #15
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Carole Bouquet (as a Romulan)
Carole was a few months shy of 12 when Star Trek went off the air in 1969. I don't know when she became a fashion model, but her first film and television credits didn't arrive until 1977.

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I read recently that he auditioned for the part of Marvick in "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" but didn't get the part.

Too bad. That would've been neat.
I've long misplaced my copy of his autobiography, so may be misremembering about the audition. But he did say he'd wanted to do an episode.
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