Trek guest actors in maybe surprising roles

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  1. HGN2001

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    I think it's pretty rare for a series to have actually re-used the same script twice. I cannot recall any LOST IN SPACE re-uses, other than the usual Irwin Allen reuses of sets, costumes, and footage. I don't think he reused a script though.

    The closest he came to that was with VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA recycling a lot of details from the feature film and redoing it in "The Sky's On Fire". He also ripped off his own movie THE LOST WORLD by recycling footage with David Hedison chasing Vitina Marcus, both of whom starred in both. And then there was the lizard footage that showed up everywhere. But those are not really script recycles - just footage recycles.

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  2. Christopher

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    Still lots of Trek actors showing up in my Man from UNCLE rewatch. France Nuyen was in "The Cherry Blossom Affair," playing a much nicer character than Elaan, though one with similar stubbornness. She was wearing sort of a proto-Princess Leia hairstyle for most of the episode, though with a third bun in back that was sort of interwoven with the "earmuffs" on the sides. Lawrence Montaigne had a small role in "The Virtue Affair" -- and how come I never before noticed how much he resembled Leonard Nimoy? No wonder he got cast as a Romulan and a Vulcan. And Warren Stevens was in "The Children's Day Affair."
     
  3. Forbin

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    No alumni in last week's Mannix episode. I thought I recognized an Organian elder playing a hotel clerk, but it turned out to be Jon Lormer, who only looks like an Organian elder :lol:.
     
  4. J.T.B.

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    But he was an SS Columbia survivor, one of Landru's townsfolk, and the guy who said "For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky."
     
  5. Forbin

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    THAT'S where I recognized him from, THANK you!
    I checked his IMDB listing but it doesn't list his Trek appearances!
     
  6. J.T.B.

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    No problem! He was also on three "Andy Griffiths," in one of which

    SPOILER ALERT FOR THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW!

    someone was stealing his cows by putting backward shoes on their hooves to cover their tracks.
     
  7. Forbin

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    Screen capping the hot babes is more fun, but the men show up in other shows too.

    Here's Montalban as a detective in trouble in a 2nd season Ironside titled "The Sacrifice".
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    And Roger C. carmel in a 1962 episode of Naked City (with Jack Warden and Carol O'Connor):
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  8. Christopher

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    Weird to see Warden with a moustache and Carmel without one.
     
  9. ZapBrannigan

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    I can confirm it. Quite a few scripts were filmed twice, and several were shot three times. And very little was done to disguise it. Tons of dialogue was repeated word for word, and guest-character names were often the same.
     
  10. AtoZ

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    I believe Dragnet did this to some extent as well.
     
  11. EnsignHarper

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    I believe the only out and out reusing of an old Dragnet for the 60s version, was the famous 'The Christmas Story", which was a remake of the classic B&W "Big Little Jesus" : http://www.tv.com/shows/dragnet/the-christmas-story-142768/ They even used most of the cast from the old one!
     
  12. inflatabledalek

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    The Avengers is a very notable example of remaking episodes, as several of the later colour Rigg episodes were straight down the line reuses of Honnor Blackman scripts.

    Officially, the excuse was the show was now selling in America and Americans hadn't seen the videotaped episodes so why not reuse them (that seems a bit heartless on the British viewers only a couple of years removed from the original broadcast, but by the time it went into "Color" The Avengers was basically an American series, the B&W Emma Peel season was the last to actually be commissioned by ITV, after that all renewals were down to the Yanks).

    However, there is something a bit odd about all this suggesting something a bit more than just wanting to get good scripts out there in America. All the remakes happen fairly closely together in the colour Rigg episodes, both before and after there aren't any, despite there being a few more they could have done in the film era style.

    Being a series that involves Brian Clements and Terry Nation (two men who never let a good idea go to waste), there are lots of examples of episodes reusing ideas from previous ones (The House That Jack Built has a lot in common with Don't Look Behind You, which ironically was one of the episodes they remade later, as The Joker), but word for word remakes are just contained within that very brief period of the show's run. It creates the impression there were some serious behind the scenes problems that meant they needed some easy to use scripts in a hurry.

    Vaguely on thread: The character who gave The Avengers its name in the first episode was played by Patrick Macnee's one time wife and future squeese of Dr. McCoy Catherine Woodville.
     
  13. The Old Mixer

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    The episode of The Rifleman with Sherry Jackson is just now ending on Me-TV. I'd forgotten that one of her older brothers was played by Dan (Hoss Cartwright) Blocker!
     
  14. ToddPence

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    Here is Roger Carmel in the 1964 series finale of Route 66, playing a prototype of the Harry Mudd character - an American dealing black market goods in Soviet Russia. Note the mannerisms Carmel would later retain for the Mudd character.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27tvbeE43Yo
     
  15. Mysterion

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    ^^^
    He also appeared in an episode of I Spy as a character that was very much to my eye a prototype for Mudd.
     
  16. EnsignHarper

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    For those who get Game Show Network, Madelyn "Marla Mcgivers" Rhue is a panelist on the great 70s version of MATCH GAME. Its on at 8 am ET for an hour, and she will be on one more day!
     
  17. EnsignHarper

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    Well that really was his specialty - playing blustering con men or comical authority types. Every actor has their signature bits and mannerisms. Carmel worked a LOT in the 60s, because he had an effective character type he could play.

    It will be interesting to see in These Are the Voyages 2, how difficult *ahem* expensive it was to get Carmel for the second Harry Mudd show - when they are writing a show specifically for a character you did, you most likely get a nice payday.
     
  18. Nerys Myk

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    Saw Michael Ansara on Lost In Space a few days ago, playing the ruler of some planet. Though Kurt Russell as his son was a more of a surprise. Unfortunately Kurt Russell was never on Star Trek. He would have been great in "Miri" or "And The Children Shall Lead".
     
  19. Forbin

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    Yup. See post #135 for a picture! :)
     
  20. Mysterion

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    ^^^
    Yup, that's the one! A very entertaining episode, too. George Takei also appears in that one in a small role.