Trek guest actors in maybe surprising roles

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  1. Melakon

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    Vincent Price was 6'4". They would have had to put Shatner on a box.
     
  2. Praetor Baldric

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    Price would have found a way! Most of his films were B's, but his dedication to his work is what made them memorable.
     
  3. Christopher

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    Michael Ansara was 6'3". Didn't pose a problem.
     
  4. Praetor Baldric

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    Dig this:

    Vincent Price as:
    1) Claudius Marcus
    2) A Vian
    3) Mr. Atoz
    4) Lincoln
    5) Col. Green
    6) Lincoln and Col. Green (cool duality there)
    7) Garth
    8) Plasus
    9) Flint
    10) Korob
     
  5. Forbin

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    In one of those little cosmic coincidences, I was reading that new Trek book "These Are the Voyages" this afternoon, the chapter about "What Are Little Girls Made of?"

    Then tonight we picked a random episode of "Naked City" to watch, and Michael Strong was the featured crook!
     
  6. Greg Cox

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    On the other hand, Price did play tormented, possibly murderous thespians in both Madhouse and Theater of Blood.

    And, you know, he would have been perfect for "Catspaw."
     
  7. Melakon

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    Vincent Price as Richard Daystrom. Price could have brought as much theatricality to it as William Marshall.
     
  8. Maurice

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    In addition to his talent, Marshall had a physical bearing that really sold the character that Price didn't possess.
     
  9. The Old Mixer

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    William Campbell spent some time handcuffed in the backseat of Adam-12 today.
     
  10. Melakon

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    Agreed, no complaints about Marshall's work. I still wish they could have gotten Leslie Nielsen back then for something, he was all over the place in the 60s as villains.
     
  11. HGN2001

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    A fun MANNIX conicidence regarding TREK actors:

    In season one, Mannix is hired by a potential gubernatorial candidate to dig up dirt on himself in an effort to see if his political rivals could do the same. Charles Drake ("Commodore Stocker") plays the politician in "Skid Marks On A Dry Run."

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    In season six, Mannix is hired by a potential gubernatorial candidate to dig up dirt on himself in an effort to see if his political rivals could do the same. William Shatner ("Captain Kirk") plays the politician in "Search For A Whisper.

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    Sound the same? You bet. The season six offering was a re-do of the same John Meredyth Lucas script. It was possibly done again because of a potential Writers Guild strike in 1973.

    Oh - and for more Trek actors, you'll find Vic Perrin inhabiting the season one episode, and Yvonne Craig and Phillip Pine in the season six version.

    Harry
     
  12. Christopher

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    Wow, they really figured TV was a disposable medium back then, didn't they? I've heard of shows remaking scripts from other shows, and there's a Bionic Woman episode that's a remake of a Six Million Dollar Man episode -- but the same show doing the same script twice, five years apart? I've never seen that before.
     
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    I've recently noticed Arlene "T'Pring" Martel in two episodes of The Monkees. In one, she is a blonde russian spy. In the other, a dark-haired assistant to a vampire. Pretty and funny in both.
     
  14. HGN2001

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    It happened on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE too - while the show was still on CBS. They also recycled some scripts for the later ABC incarnation of the series - that was also due to a writers strike.

    Harry
     
  15. Praetor Baldric

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    ^I am guessing this was possible because there were no reruns then?
     
  16. Christopher

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    I don't recall any such instances. Sure, the sixth-season "Invasion" was pretty similar to the first-season "Operation Rogosh," but they weren't identical and they had different writing credits.


    I didn't count that because it wasn't the same contiguous series, but a revival/sequel series fifteen years later. The only reason M:I was revived at all was because of the '88 writers' strike -- the networks feared they'd have no new content, so they revived the show as a way to reuse old scripts, intending to have new actors play the original characters. But the strike ended soon enough that they instead decided to bring back Peter Graves as Jim Phelps, rename the other characters so it'd be a sequel rather than a remake, rewrite the four reused scripts just a bit to modernize them, and do original scripts for the rest of the series.

    You have to admit that the same continuing show remaking one of its own scripts after only five years is a rather different situation. I've seen a number of shows with unbroken runs longer than five years, but I can't think of any other instance of the same show shooting the same script twice.
     
  17. Melakon

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    Obviously you've never seen any Three Stooges shorts. ;)
     
  18. M'Sharak

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    Nope - there were reruns then. A show's year typically went something like:
    Fall season (13 new eps)
    Reruns
    Spring season (13 new eps)
    Reruns
    Summer (more reruns)​

    Shows no longer in production might be shown as reruns in a regular afternoon or weekend slot - I remember watching The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, One Step Beyond, The Rifleman, Branded, The Real McCoys and other shows in those timeslots. Summer would be mostly reruns until the early 1970s when the idea began to catch on of introducing a new show as a summer replacement series.
     
  19. Melakon

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    Also during the summers of the 1960s, networks would sometimes create a show title but just run unsold tv pilots, as if they were an anthology series. I think that mostly stopped due to complaints from the unions regarding residual benefits.
     
  20. Forbin

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    There was a Charlie's Angels where one of them gets accidentally grazed in the head by a kid playing with a real gun and gets amnesia. It was a direct reuse of a script from a Mod Squad ep (Julie was hit in that).

    Then there was that TNG ep where Riker is accused of murdering an alien scientist to get his wife, and they reenct the crime on a holodeck. The same script was recycled on Voyager with Tom Paris in the hot seat. Can't recall either ep title at the moment.

    And if you wanna see a complete theft, watch the closing scenes of Babylon 5's "Mind War", then watch the closing scenes of Voyager's "The Gift." Complete. Rip. off.