Trek guest actors in maybe surprising roles

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  1. Christopher

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    Why is everyone just sticking plus signs after their company names for their streaming sites or supplementary channels? It's getting very repetitive.
     
  2. DarrenTR1970

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    At least Antenna TV didn't go that route with their new 80s-90s subchannel; they named it 'Rewind'.
     
  3. dupersuper

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    Because it's simple and descriptive?
     
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    Another Mannix triple feature....1968 "The Need For A Friend"
    John Colicos (Kor) as David Barker
    Barbara Babcock (Philana and Mia 3) as Lucille
    Sam Gilman (Doc Holliday) as Tom Sommers
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    Brain, brain brain, what is brain?
    Who does she pick Klink, Hogan or Schultz (I know nothing, nothing!)?
    Marj Dusay (Kara) as Countess Marlene
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  6. Forbin

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    I'm finding quite a few episode of Have Gun, Will Travel were written by Gene Roddenberry! This morning I watch the season 1 episode "Ella West," which was essentially The Taming of the Shrew, wherein Paladin was hired to civilize a Calamity Jane type. IMDB shows that Gene wrote 24 episodes between 1957 and 1963.
     
  7. Christopher

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    The other day, I watched He Walked by Night (1948), the movie that inspired Jack Webb's Dragnet. Loosely based on the infamous Erwin Walker crime spree, it opened with the (inaccurate) claim that it was a true story with only the names changed to protect the innocent. Webb was in it as a soft-spoken, charming police lab tech, very unlike his later Joe Friday persona, but Webb was inspired to create Dragnet by a conversation with the film's police consultant.

    What makes it relevant here is that, while I watched it for its Dragnet connection, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Whit Bissell in a major role, as the electronics dealer who'd been duped by the criminal (Richard Basehart) into working as his partner and got caught between him and the police in their attempts to draw the killer out. It's the earliest movie I've ever seen Bissell in, aside from his brief, uncredited cameo as a London bobby in Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon. Before this, the earliest credited Bissell role I'd seen was probably in Lost Continent on MST3K. ("Rock climbing, Joel. Rock climbing.")
     
  8. The Old Mixer

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    Melvin Belli is referenced, in his role as a lawyer, in "Love and the Artful Codger" (Oct. 1, 1971), a Love, American Style segment starring Burgess Meredith and Tom Bosley.
     
  9. Forbin

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    Warren Stevens and Joan Marshal grace the classic Twilight Zone episode "Dead Man's Shoes."

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    Joseph Mell also had a bit part as a flunky. He was the bald guy in Captain Pike's "Vina as a green Orion dancing girl" illusion. He has a quick scene with Stevens too:
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  10. Forbin

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    Barry Atwater as "The Reasonable Man" in the Have Gun Will Travel ep of the same name.

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  11. FormerLurker

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    Barry Atwater was a bit of a chameleon, at least to me. He was never recognizable from role to role. Which can be a good thing for an actor, of course.
     
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  12. DarrenTR1970

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    I just saw Warren Stevens in a brief role on what appears to be a sixth or seventh season episode of Mission: Impossible on MeTV+. (Sorry, I've never really delved into the latter seasons; I'm more of a seasons 1-4 kinda guy.)
     
  13. Christopher

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    Season 5 is my favorite. It reinvigorates the show by breaking free of formula, deconstructing past tropes, having more stories where plans go wrong and the team has to improvise, doing episodes that delve into the team members' past and personalities (well, once each for Jim, Paris, and Barney), and just generally being smarter and more ambitious all around. Seasons 6-7 are not among the best, though, and they revamp the show to focus almost exclusively on domestic mob-busting rather than espionage.

    I figure the episode you're talking about must be "Image" from season 6, where Stevens played a gangster with the improbable name of Thor Coffin. He'd appeared previously in the 2-parter "The Slave" in season 2 and in "The Bargain" in season 3 (also as a mobster).
     
  14. Forbin

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    Agreed! I only knew it was him because of the closing credits.
     
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    Richard Webb as another Trek alum as a senior army officer in the Bearcats episode "Assault on San Saba."
     
  16. Forbin

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    Harry Townes is "The Bostonian," harassed by a local rancher who wants his land in a first season "Have Gun, Will Travel." That's his weekly purchase of flower all over him.

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    On a roll - the penultimate episode of Bearcats, "The Return of Estaban," featured Kathryn Hayes, who I never recognize right away in a speaking role. :) and Brioni Farrell, who was Tula in Return of the Archons

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  18. FormerLurker

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    Looks more like some kind of white powder.
     
  19. M'Sharak

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    If it was his weekly purchase of flour, that would fit.
     
  20. Forbin

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    Flour, yes, obviously. I used the wrong word. I'm sure y'all figured that out. :)