Baby L.J. Akarr

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  1. EnsignTOS

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    Was the unhappy little baby actor credited?
     
  2. Melakon

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    According to Memory Alpha, the name of the infant actor is unknown.
     
  3. Corylea

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    Wow. This episode was filmed 47 years ago in May. Assuming that the baby was around 6 months old when filmed, that means the person who portrayed Leonard James Akaar is 48 years old now!
     
  4. Danger Ace

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    Yes, his name was William Shatner and he was unhappy because Nimoy was getting a lot more fan mail.
     
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    Holy crap. It never occurred to me as I enjoyed this ep over the years that little Leonard James Aka'ar would have to be, at most, several months younger than I was.

    Thank you very much for transforming those baby scenes from sugary-gooey embarrassing to creepy!

    Ooooochie-woochie-koooochie-koo. And hand that kid off to mama 'cause it smells like changing time!
     
  6. EnsignTOS

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    Awwww. Mean! :rofl: :lol:
     
  7. Spock's Barber

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    That little child should be very rich by now from all the royalties coming from the infinite reruns of TO$. Hey kid, I'm available for adoption!:)
     
  8. Corylea

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    I read somewhere -- possibly one of Leonard Nimoy's autobiographies -- that the actors got residuals the first FIVE times the episodes were shown. After that, they get nothing. (And even that only applies to the main actors.)
     
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    Shatner gave an interview once where he told of talking with a former Paramount Pictures Accountant. This person told Shatner that Paramount made a profit of at least a billion dollars off of the whole ST franchise. Not bad for a canceled 1960's TV show.
     
  10. Corylea

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    Oh, yeah, PARAMOUNT made loads of money! I read that they called the TOS episodes "the 79 jewels" because they'd been worth so much. But the actors (possibly aside from Shatner, who I think had a different deal than the other actors) didn't get much of that.

    I'd buy so much more Star Trek stuff if I thought the money went to Gene Coon and Bob Justman and Dorothy Fontana and people like that, rather than to the suits at Paramount.
     
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  11. HarryM

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    Filmed in May '67, when I was 1 year and 3 months old.
     
  12. T'Girl

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    ^ I would have been over negative two decades !



    :)
     
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    Not to mention that Shatner was counting the baby's lines and had three waaaaa waaaas cut. :devil:
     
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    ^Sylvester Stallone had a famous quote once..."Actors are little children in adult bodies."
     
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    That would be so cool if little baby Akaar grew up to be an actor and was working in the new ST movies.:)
     
  16. Melakon

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    Contracts and residuals in the 1960s didn't anticipate home video or other future technology, so the actors get none of that.
     
  17. Danger Ace

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    Also, Shatner and Roddenberry's percentages were halved due to divorces. Another point to remember, TOS was not a syndication success story right out of the gate. So, it's first years in reruns were not so profitable.

    This topic always brings up a fascinating factoid regarding Gilligan"s Island (another hugely successful syndication story). It seems that Dawn Wells, whose husband at the time was also her agent, did get her a percentage stake in the show because CBS didn't think the series would last beyond the first few episodes.
     
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    Poor Paramount profited immensely from ST, while the actors labored to pay their mortgages. After TOS ended, Shatner lived in a trailer for a while because he was dead broke. Corporate greed and divorce sure screwed Shatner.
     
  19. Nerys Myk

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    They (and Desilu)also took most of the risk. (finacially)
     
  20. Spock's Barber

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    Meanwhile, little baby Akaar.....if you are out there in cyberspace, log on to Trek BBS and tell us how you are! I have the feeling that he is a studio CEO or something in that capacity. Maybe Paramount?:rolleyes: