Trek guest actors in maybe surprising roles

Discussion in 'Star Trek - Original Series' started by Maurice, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. FormerLurker

    FormerLurker Commodore Commodore

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    There's a story behind 'George Francisco'. It seems when the film was in production the script had been written with the character named 'George Jetson', and most of the film had been shot when they received word that Hanna-Barbera Productions would not release the character name for them to use. They scrambled to come up with another name and came up with Sam Francisco, and had his human partner complain about it, insisting he instead call him George. This way they didn't have to reshoot any critical scenes where the character was already addressed as George.

    Then the series had everyone call him George.:wtf:
     
  2. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    A two-fer in a 1959 episode of the old syndicated series State Trooper: DeForest Kelley and Ian Wolfe, but unfortunately they weren't in a scene together.


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  3. Christopher

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    Thanks -- I considered telling that story myself, but I didn't feel like explaining it unless someone asked.
     
  4. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I doubt the aliens spoke English when they came to Earth. The INS people probably didn't even know their real names.
     
  5. The Old Mixer

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    Caught a Partridge Family on Antenna TV with William Schallert playing a folk singer.
     
  6. Mr. Laser Beam

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    ^ Ok, I laughed at that...imagined classic folk songs interpreted with a Nilz Baris voice and attitude..

    "Blowin' in the wind? ON MY GRAIN?" :guffaw:
     
  7. The Old Mixer

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    He was wearing a moustache, too. I almost wouldn't have recognized him.

    ETA: Well lookee here....

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK7nkjyZAI0[/yt]
     
  8. EnsignHarper

    EnsignHarper Commander Red Shirt

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    Wouldn't it be easier just to list the shows that William Schallert hasn't been on? :rommie:
     
  9. johnnybear

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    No I only meant his family was descended from German Lutherans not that he was German himself, Riu!
    JB
     
  10. Green Shirt

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    Phil Dirt was one of the funnier names. :)
     
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    possibly mentioned before, but Mark Lenard as General Urko

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  12. Forbin

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    Mannix has been very disappointing lately, as the episodes I'm watching move through the 1970s. Formerly a goldmine, there haven't been any Trek guest stars in many an episode. :(
     
  13. MGagen

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    Watched a 1967 Batman rerun recently on IFC that had some Trek connections:

    The title: "A Piece of the Action"

    The villain: Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd) as Col. Gumm

    Background player: Angelique Pettyjohn (Shahna, the Drill-Thrall) as a lingerie model

    Trek's own "Piece of the Action" didn't air until 1968.
     
  14. Maurice

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  15. Christopher

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    How about a rare TAS guest star? Ed Bishop, who played Asmodeus in "The Magicks of Megas-tu," starred as Commander Ed Straker in Gerry Anderson's UFO, which is available on Hulu. While we're at it, the episode "Destruction" featured a TNG guest star, Stephanie Beacham. Oh, and the recurring character of Col. Virginia Lake was played by a family member of a movie guest star: Wanda Ventham, the mother of Benedict Cumberbatch.
     
  16. The Old Mixer

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    And there's David Opatoshu as an Indian in a 1970 episode of Daniel Boone...

    ...and Vic Perrin running a crooked sanitarium on The Big Valley....
     
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  17. Joel_Kirk

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    I was watching the 1950 film "The Asphalt Jungle" yesterday and noticed the actor who portrayed Bela Okmyx (Anthony Caruso) as one of the 'hoods' looking to get rich in the film's heist.

    The film is noted for being one of Marilyn Monroe's early films.
     
  18. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Admiral

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    He's in this clip (link).
     
  19. The Old Mixer

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    Kathryn Hays is prettier when she's not melodramatically miming...e.g., a 1965 episode of The Virginian.

    Also, Sally Kellerman and William Schallert have their own Me-TV promos.
     
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  20. Greg Cox

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    Last night's episode of "The Man from UNCLE" on Me-TV was a twofer: We had Marla McIvers AND the Greek god Apollo!