The dreaded photo blog again, because it’s a column night, and I’m skint on ideas. I need some sort of restorative event to fill the tank again. A broad swath of time away from everything. But! Absent that, this.

The view outside the building today:

Here’s something I’m putting into the proper section in Black and White World: Perry Mason actors Who Were Also in Star Trek. Can you name them all? The first one is easy.

One of the best of the lot.

This lady I recognized right away, but it took a second to place her.

She acts the exact same way now as then, but she shades her performances quite nicely. In her most famous movie rule, she was as cold as they came; in the Trek version she held it back and put on a hesitant, matronly act that masked both cruelty and fear. In this version she’s young and confused. The smile never reaches her eyes in any of these performances, though.

This guy haunted me. Haunted me. I knew he was in Star Trek somewhere. As with many of these cases, it helps if you imagine a beard. (There’s a hint up above.)

I always hated this one. At least in her role. Smug and superior. You can’t take away Kirk from his ship! Don’t even try!

So, who are they? Name those characters and their episodes!


44 Responses to Yeah, what of him, anyway?

  1. gottacook says:

    Well, I know the gents, anyway: William Campbell (Trelane and Capt. Koloth) and Robert Brown [the Lazaruses (Lazari?)]

  2. JBKauai says:

    1A. Trelane– Squire of Gothos
    1B. Koloth– Trouble with Tribbles
    2. Yoeman Colt– Menagerie Parts 1 and 2, The Cage
    3. Lazarus– The Alternative Factor

    4. The head bimbo in Wink of an Eye (?)

  3. Dave says:

    My wife already thinks we’re a bunch of hopeless sci-fi nerds. I hope she doesn’t see these comments.

  4. InkyDink says:

    Louise Fletcher did Star Trek?! I did not know that. Checking her IMDb page, says she was raised by deaf parents…. It’s interesting that she was able to break away from Nurse Ratched eventually. I saw Dirty Harry again recently, and the bad guy, who kidnaps the busload of kids, who was so amazingly nasty, NEVER got away from that role again…. Saw him in a movie in the ’90s, with Kirstie Alley as a mountain guide, where he played a normal guy, and I still expected him to sneer at any second…..

  5. Irish Al says:


    He was no walk in the park in ‘Hellraiser’ either … just got one of those faces.

  6. Kerry Potenza says:

    That upcoming NR cruise ought to recharge the battery.

    I got Louise Fletcher but none of the others. Her face is creepy, despite being vaguely attractive. I certainly hope she exudes more warmth and humanity in her eyes outside of her movie/TV roles.

    It’s hard to admit that I was never a Star Trek fan, but I did watch it as a kid. The Six Degrees of Separation of Star Trek and everything else produced in Hollywood continues…

  7. lohwoman says:

    I immediately recognized Kathie Browne. She always came across as sweet and devious. Was she that way in “Deela” (episode)? Married to Darren McGavin until her death. An odd pairing of screen personalities, I always thought.

  8. lohwoman says:

    Oh, wait. Smug and superior works too.

  9. Scott P says:

    The view outside the building today:

    Good grief, popcorn sky ceilings in Minneapolis!

  10. Rubo says:

    Louise Fletcher also had a recurring role on Star Trek DS9. She was devious there also.

  11. Chuck says:

    Didn’t get Louise Fletcher at all. Got William Campbell easily and got Lazarus but didn’t know the actors name. Kathie Brown is a favorite of mine, one of Kirk’s hottest conquests. You should make a page of all of Kirk’s women!

  12. Mxymaster says:

    Too bad Raymond Burr himself never made an appearance on Star Trek. I can easily see him as a universe-weary Romulan captain or an irritated admiral who thinks Kirk is a loose cannon.

  13. Chas C-Q says:

    I saw William Campbell and Jonathan Frid in a Q&A panel at DragonCon, just the two of them.

    Both seemed to be genre and theater fans, asked each other questions. They said they’d never met before, but by the end of the hour they seemed like old friends.

  14. Brisko says:

    I recognized Captain Koloth instantly, but the rest of them…? Well, it’s been at least a decade since I’ve seen an episode of the original Star Trek, so don’t judge me too harshly.

  15. Becca says:

    HAAAA that’s totally Nurse Ratched!

  16. Crabtree says:

    Kai Winn Adami. I’ve seen Louise Fletcher in quite a few things over the years and in every one of them she has an air of barely restrained madness, as if the wrong word will send her into a violent fit of rage.

  17. Peter says:

    This video’s been out there for a couple of years: Star Trek/ Wild Wild West crossover actors.

  18. swschrad says:

    I hae got no more power, Captain.

  19. I have been doing the ST connection with the old Western TV shows they have been showing on Encore Western: The Virginian*, Cheyenne, Have Gun Will Travel, and Gunsmoke.

    There is at least one Star Trek actor a night, sometimes two in one episode. There are a number of the same writers and directors as well including Gene Roddenbarry.

    *special connection, James Drury, was in “Forbidden Planet” which inspired Star Trek.

  20. Mike Mistele says:

    Kirk’s dalliance with Deela in “Blink of an Eye” was my favorite, because they weren’t subtle about it. The two of them headed to Kirk’s quarters, and, in the next scene, Deela is brushing her hair, while Kirk is putting his boots back on.

  21. Pencilpal says:

    Never saw ‘skint’ before! Thought it was a variant of ‘scant’ at first, but happy to look it up & find other derivation.
    No other comment, as my education is woefully (blissfully?) nonTrekular.

  22. Right, the boots, classic. But, how long did it last?

  23. hpoulter says:

    How about that Man from Uncle episode “The Project Strigas affair”? Guest appearances by Shatner and Nimoy – also Werner Klemperer. Hot stuff for TV geeks of a certain age.

  24. Brisko says:

    @ bgbear

    Are you insinuating that a man who wore a girdle had no stamina? :P

  25. There was an episode of Gunsmoke made in 1966 called “Treasure of John Walking Fox” with Leonard Nimoy in the titular role. The stoic Indian he played was pretty much identical to Spock, no emotion, smart, logical, loyal.

    I assume that since he had already started filming the first season of Star Trek he was being an “Actor” and not breaking character.

    I was also please to see Nimoy in an episode of the Virginia that also had Sherry Jackson who is often voted hottest Star Trek babe.

  26. @Brisko, I mean when the Scalosian ask if you want a “quickie” they really mean it.


  27. MJBirch says:

    bgbear: where do you watch old episodes of “The Virginian”?

  28. lindal says:

    Not that I’m a diligent ST:TOS nerd, but the re-watch on actually meant I was able to pass the quiz! Worth checking out if your bored or only remember ST from repeats on rainy Saturday afternoons.

  29. David Rickel says:

    Hmm. Looking through the Kirk’s Women site (in Nancy’s post)–they have two pictures each captioned Sherry Jackson and Majel Barrett. The first of each is the character they describe, the second is surely someone else, aren’t they? My brain has rotted enough that I no longer remember who is pictured. The second woman labeled Majel Barrett might be Marianna Hill (Dr. Helen Noel) from Dagger of the Mind. I’m not at all sure about the second Sherry Jackson–Ruth from Shore Leave, maybe?

  30. Ross says:

    “The Virginian” airs(at least on Time-Warner Cable) on the Encore Western channel daily(M-F, for sure)and their Retroplex channel once a week(they do theme days).
    I myself have been DVRing EncWest, immersing myself in my father’s favorite western series(and, aside from Road Runner cartoons, he wasn’t much on TV), “Have Gun, Will Travel”. There just wasn’t anything else like it(until some of the better-written “Kung Fu” episodes). Smart, great writing, great directors(incl Andrew McLaglen and Ida Lupino) & a tendency to explore parts of the actual Old West that conventional oaters didn’t even admit existed. Even the odd, symbolism(in the aesthetic philosophy sense)-driven, self-indulgent ones Boone directed himself(never let a method actor direct their own work) are still interesting. Boone just got more surprising to watch as the years went on(if you really want to see some brilliant line readings, watch him tear strips off George Hamilton’s character in “A Thunder of Drums”).

    Hey, speaking of Boone, & harking back to the earlier thread about “How-Are-Ya 5-Ho”(“The Tiki Room?! Book me, Danno! Puki-puki…”), you want to re-imagine that show? Consider what it would have been like w/their first choice for McGarrett: Richard Boone. The show ended up being so local & (for the time, at least) “real” largely because of Boone campaigning to have the show made _in_ Hawaii(a first, despite the exteriors “Hawaiian Eye” used earlier on that same network) He would have revelled in playing scenes w/locals like Kam Fong & Zulu. Still don’t unstand why, after he won the fight about on location production he decided not to take the job, right there in his home state(at the time). He made “Kona Coast” around then, which, although a Warner Bros theatrical release, always felt like he was pitching his own series(like the stand-alone pilot movies of later TV). Maybe he felt the intentional mystery & incorruptability of McGarrett was too reminiscent of Paladin. Oh, well. At least they took a chance on Jack Lord.

  31. Don says:

    A bit of trivia about Kathie Browne (McGavin), who was Darren McGavin’s second, and final, wife. She died of cancer several years before McGavin. They had a very long, and reportedly, happy marriage. Interestingly, McGavin’s children from his first marriage made sure that Darren was buried in an entirely different cemetery than their stepmother, who resides in a lonely plot all by herself. Nice, huh?

  32. Cory says:

    RE HGWT:
    Roddenberry did some of his first writing there.
    The writers for HGWT were like nothing TV has seen before or since. Paladin would quote Milton, Shakespeare, The Old Testament, The New Testament, all in context and rarely let you know where the quote was from.
    Issues of women’s rights, minority rights, the Irish/ British conflict came up and were handled intelligently.
    Then you might see someone who would become a big star, like Charles Bronson or some famous for something else like Duane Eddy or Odetta in a good role.
    Not your typical Western, needless to say.

  33. Bookworm says:

    Similar thing happened to me with movies that were shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000. I finally compiled a list.

  34. hpoulter says:

    Great obsessive list, bookworm. I wouldn’t have thought of/noticed most of those. But you actaully missed one. Leonard Nimoy appears briefly in one of those Radar Men from the Moon serials – either Robot vs Aztec Mummy or Mad Monster, I think. Maybe it doesn’t count because it wasn’t the main movie, but it’s notable as Nimoy’s first screen role.

  35. SeanF says:

    InkyDink, it’s funny that you should mention Andrew Robinson, “Dirty Harry’s” Scorpio Killer.

    He also had a recurring role in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” as the Cardassian Garak. Pretty different than his “Dirty Harry” role, but kind of creepy in its own way.

    I would presume that he and Louise Fletcher were in the same episode several times, but I can’t say for certain if they ever actually shared the screen.

  36. and one episode of Paladin had a ferret. I was impressed.

  37. Bruce Lewis says:

    D’accord. I’m no fan of Westerns as a rule, but Have Gun, Will Travel is the exception. It was years ahead of its time in both writing and cinematography, and in the category of screen heroes Richard Boone’s urbane yet commanding presence as Paladin is equaled only by Shatner’s James T. Kirk. Even the theme song was a cut above. It was dark, funny, tense, stripped down, and incredibly entertaining — the horse-opera equivalent of a sharkskin suit and skinny tie. It was the first Cool Western.

    I only wonder what happened after Paladin went back East. I suppose we’ll never know. Oh well, I hope Hey Boy and Hey Girl finally got married, at least.

  38. David Rickel says:

    Amazing what they could fit into a half-hour show.

    I’ve listened to a couple of the radio shows, but not enough to get a good feeling for the quality. Were the scripts as good as the TV series?

  39. Bill says:

    If you want some real “Who was in Star Trek?” fun, watch Mission: Impossible. Spock’s dad (several episodes), Stonn, the black-and-white guy who wasn’t the Riddler, Sulu, Spock (two seasons), Kirk (two episodes), Lee Meriwether (six epsiodes), Barbara Anderson (seven episodes), Jon Colicos (Kor), Michael Strong (several episodes – Roger Corby), Warren Stevens (four episodes – Rojan the Kelvan leader), Michael Ansara (Kang) and many others.
    Actually, if you want something really freaky, see how many people from Mission: Impossible were in Cool Hand Luke.

  40. BeckoningChasm says:

    It’s interesting how much media production has changed. Nowadays, with VCRs and TiVOs and all the rest, there’s no way that William Campbell would be cast in two different roles. “Nah, can’t use him, he was already in the Trellaine episode.”

    Oh, they’d try. Trellaine would be given a throwaway line, maybe. “I must say, my dear Captain Kirk, you’re an improvement over those vulgar Klingons. Of course, there was one who did rather take my fancy as a man’s man. I’ve modeled my appearance on him.”

  41. Chris says:

    Lets not forget the Trek/Twilight Zone crossovers, Shatner being the most obvious. He “starred” in at least two TZ episodes that I can remember.

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