Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by keel, Oct 16, 2017.
I know that several of my friends, even me, are going to be absolutely crushed when Shatner passes.
Me too. I’ve been mentally preparing myself for that day and I dread its impending arrival. He’s amazingly spry for 90 but, shit, he’s 90!! One of the many amazing things about that guy. He’s a personal hero of mine, and not just because of Trek.
Shatner (and NImoy, while he was alive) were always a couple months older than my own father, and that played a role in why I like Kirk and Spock so much. Of course, my dad died the beginning of March, so that's no longer a concern.
I saw Shatner last year (i think, or 2019, it's all a blur) in person, he really didn't strike me as being as old as he was.
A few more off the TOS list, and few obscurities:
Meade Martin is still alive, b. 1933.
Brad Forrest has passed, b. 1933 d. 1998
Gary Pillar has passed, b. 1936 d. 1985 (I just fixed this on MA, I'm not sure if this was on anyone's radar, so maybe this one is for me
Nedra Rosmond (Uhura's one-time stunt double) has passed, b. 1938 d. 2017
Maryls Burdette (MA bio updated) is still alive, b. 1938.
Barbara Webber has passed, b. 1940 d. 2005
Tom Lupo is still alive, b. 1943
I also searched in vain for Mark Tobin, but he's a dead end.
Sorry to hear that.
Thanks for this info. Geez, that puts TOS at 324 known who've passed.
Pretty impressive research Gvsualan. The only ones that you have been unable to find any information on are Alice Rawlings and Mark Tobin. And you've cleared up the status of probably close to 20 actors. I had stumbled across an obituary for Gary pillar but I never mentioned it here because I lost track of the specific link to his obituary and I wasn't completely sure.
Also someone we know is alive because he's been in the spotlight since his 8mm home movies were featured on the Blu Rays, but I don't have a birth year for is William "Billy" Blackburn.
A little bit of trivia on William Blackburn. Before he was on Star Trek he appeared in the Twilight Zone episode "On Thursday We Leave For Home". Which was one of the better hour long Twilight Zone episodes. In that episode he plays a crew member of the spaceship that rescues the stranded colonists. And of course the spaceship is a reuse of the space cruiser C-57 from Forbidden Planet. That means he's probably the only actor who was a crew member of both the Enterprise and the C-57! If you ever watch the episode he descends the stairs of the cruiser at time Mark 18:04 he climbs back up the stairs at 25:41 and he is standing right over the right shoulder of actor Tim O'Connor who plays the captain of the ship at 40:56 and lastly he is watching as James Whitmore freaks out at time mark 43:39 to the right of where James Whitmore is standing. As per usual he doesn't have any speaking lines.
Thanks. Blackburn's was easy, March 14, 1929.
MA has a link to a defunct website's interview with him that gave his age and place of birth....
I bet he'll beat Kirk to 10p. :-p
Wow he's 92 years old! Back in 2006 when he was doing the interviews on the Blu-ray set he didn't seem 77. At least to me.
Personally, I hope his ST videos that he filmed will be donated to a museum. Classic stuff.
Er, Shatner to 100.... *sigh* 6 more days and i can finally fix edit flubs (i hope).
I wish there was more information about Jeannie Malone, she appeared in about as many episodes as Blackburn, 42+, but notta about her. For that matter, if it wasn't for Blackburn revealing her name while narrating his videos, she wouldn't have been accurately ID'd. She was previously ID'd as Jeannie Shepard, but I'm not sure the source for that.
I take some of that back, she was regerenced in Grace Lee Whitney's autobiography as her stand-in, but it was Blackburn who ID'd her appearance.
Good luck finding any information on Cindy Lou. Who? - she's the young African-American nurse who had one line of dialogue in Return to Tomorrow. If my memory is correct she also appeared in one other episode without a speaking part. And it's her only known acting credit. Talk about dropping off the radar!
Actually the list of unknown "birth and/or death" date actors contains 4 actors whose only role in television and movies was a Star Trek episode. Sheri Townsend Jim Spencer Patrick Christian and Cindy Lou all have one acting credit each and that is a Star Trek episode! I guess if you're going to have one acting Credit in your career Star Trek is a pretty cool place to have it.
Jeannie Shephard came from an e-mail convesation I had with Eddie Paskey where he evidentely misremembered her last name.
Yeah, without the cast sheet, she's virtually impossible to find, as I might guess Cindy Lou is not her full name.
I did find Irene Kelly's bday: 7-25-43, but she just kind of disappeared in the late 70s, and from what I can tell, she's not married to the same man she was married to in the 60s.
Pickins are slimming, but I found a few more birthdays:
* Lee Duncan (Evans): 13 Jan 39
* Maureen/Colleen Thornton (Barbara series): 30 May 1946 (expanded both MA articles too)
* Carolyn Nelson (Atkins): 1 Sept 1946
You've got it down to basically around 10 actors that we don't have a birth date for and we're not sure if they're still alive. That's a ton of progress in a couple of weeks. And I long ago resigned myself to the fact that some of these actors are so far off the grid that we're never going to find out when they were born and we'll never know when or if they've already passed.
The funny thing is if I was on the original Star Trek as an actor with a speaking part no matter how small and I was still alive I would be telling my kids and my grandkids and my nieces and nephews that I was on the original Star Trek. I guess that's my perspective as a huge fan of the show maybe it meant little or nothing to somebody who acted for a year or two back in the 60s.
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