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Old January 7 2014, 05:46 AM   #1
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good guest actors

Probably an ancient question on here, but every once in a while, to this day, I'll watch an episode and the realization/reminder that "Hey, so-and-so is a good actor!" still occurs.

My latest is Harry Townes, from Return of the Archons. He really makes the episode worthwhile to me. Next time you watch it, specifically watch him. He really utilizes every second of time to accentuate his character. From gestures, eye movements...it's a really good performance!
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Old January 8 2014, 03:19 AM   #2
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Harry Townes was one of those actors who was all over TV in the 1960's. He was in almost every dramatic series of the period, and he's memorable in everything he's in. After retiring from acting in the 1980's, he became a preacher in his hometown of Huntsville, AL.
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Old January 8 2014, 03:30 AM   #3
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Harry Townes was one of those actors who was all over TV in the 1960's. He was in almost every dramatic series of the period, and he's memorable in everything he's in. After retiring from acting in the 1980's, he became a preacher in his hometown of Huntsville, AL.
Interesting. And appropriately enough, I could just envision him playing that kind of role, too!
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Old January 9 2014, 08:37 PM   #4
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Ahhh, yes! I always enjoyed his work. He was on Perry Mason several times, and I remember him fondly from the movie Fitzwilly too - just to mention a couple of items.

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Old January 9 2014, 09:44 PM   #5
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I loved Frank Gorshin in "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". Very eccentric performance.
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Old January 10 2014, 03:26 AM   #6
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In "The Corbomite Maneuver," watch Bailey (Anthony Call) when the cube is approaching the ship and Kirk is about to destroy it. Call portrays Bailey's panicky fear with rapidly twitching facial muscles. It looks totally involuntary.

Call took the part very seriously and delivered big time.
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Old January 10 2014, 04:15 AM   #7
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I've never seen Michael Forest in anything else so I can't really appraise his skills or versatility as an actor, but he made a totally believable Apollo. So it was at least a good bit of casting.
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Old January 10 2014, 05:18 AM   #8
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He's rather good in a pre-Star Trek independent film (directed by Vic Morrow) called Deathwatch (co-starring Leonard Nimoy).
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Old January 10 2014, 05:50 AM   #9
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He's rather good in a pre-Star Trek independent film (directed by Vic Morrow) called Deathwatch (co-starring Leonard Nimoy).

Voila. Someone was naughty and scanned a screener.

It's also got Robert Ellenstein (the Federation Predident from TVH) as the guard.
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Old January 10 2014, 10:47 AM   #10
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Ahhh, yes! I always enjoyed his work. He was on Perry Mason several times, and I remember him fondly from the movie Fitzwilly too - just to mention a couple of items.

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Old January 10 2014, 10:18 PM   #11
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I have great respect for Logan Ramsey as Claudius in Bread and Circuses. I felt he had a somewhat bigger presence as a guest star than many of the other fine actors we saw over the course of TOS. I'm glad they didn't try and pull one over us, having him appear somewhere again as another character in the 3rd season. His impact (to me) as Claudius would have made such an appearance all the less believable.

We got to see some of his comedic range in 'The Incubator'......an excellent early MASH episode
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Old January 11 2014, 12:36 AM   #12
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I've never seen Michael Forest in anything else so I can't really appraise his skills or versatility as an actor, but he made a totally believable Apollo. So it was at least a good bit of casting.
You've never seen the Twilight Zone episode "Black Leather Jackets?"
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Old January 11 2014, 03:05 AM   #13
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Always enjoyed Morgan Woodward as Captain Tracy in The Omega Glory. Great performance as he declines from rational to deranged through the ep.
In a similar vein, the all-time best guest actor award simply must go to William Windom. We're all familiar with his honest interpretation of a broken man in shock over the death of his entire crew at his inadvertent order. Acting really doesn't get much better than that in TOS.
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Old January 12 2014, 06:47 PM   #14
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I second william Windom. His portrayal of Decker is excellent and powerful.

I'd also nominate Mark Lenard as the Romulan commander in Balance of Terror. His performance really gives the episode a lot of the gravitas needed to sell the story.
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Old January 13 2014, 01:49 AM   #15
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^^Y'know, I'd agree with Leonard in BOT. A great example of a villain played with subtlety, not over-the-top looniness.
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