The Star Trek episode “The Mark of Gideon” aired January 17, 1969.
In this episode, Kirk beams down to the planet Gideon and appears to find himself trapped on a deserted Enterprise. Spock on the real Enterprise must use his diplomatic skills to deal with the uncooperative inhabitants of Gideon and find the Captain.
Happy birthday Alexander Xavier Ponce-Bonano, born January 16, 1963.
He was a member of the production crew for Star Trek: Enterprise and the actor who portrayed an alien miner in the episode “Demons”. He also played a Suliban soldier in the episode “Broken Bow” and a dead Borg drone in the 1997 Star Trek: Voyager episode “Scorpion, Part II”.
Remembering Harry Basch, born January 16, 1926 and passed away June 23, 2020.
Harry Basch was the New Jersey-born actor, who played Dr. Brown in the Star Trek episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”.
Born as Harry Leo Basch III in Trenton, New Jersey, Basch was married to fellow actress Shirley Slater until her death in 2002. Together, the couple wrote the travel books “Exploring America by RV” and “RV Vacations for Dummies”, following Basch’s retirement from acting in the late 1980’s.
Having acting for almost three decades, Basch started his career with guest roles in episodes of Dr. Kildare (1965), Honey West (1965), Burke’s Law (1966), and Blue Light (1966) as well as the television western Scalplock (1966).
In the late 1960’s, Basch wrote the stories for episodes of The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967) and Daniel Boone (1968 and 1969) and appeared in episodes of The F.B.I. (1966, with Peter Brocco, Michael Strong, and James Doohan), Gunsmoke (1967, with Steve Ihnat), Daniel Boone (1968, associate produced by Cliff Bole), Mission: Impossible (1966 and 1968, with Jimmie Booth, Louie Elias, Gene LeBell, Alfred Ryder, and Sid Haig), Get Smart (1965, 1966, and 1969, with John Fiedler in the latter epsiode), and The Mod Squad (1968 and 1970, starring Clarence Williams III and Tige Andrews and along Meg Foster in the latter episode). He also worked on the television drama Ironside (1967, with Kim Darby, Gene Lyons, Grace Lee Whitney, and Theodore Marcuse), the western A Man Called Gannon (1968, with Michael Sarrazin, Susan Oliver, John Anderson, Cliff Potts, and Jack Perkins), the sport drama Winning (1969), and the television science fiction film The Love War (1970, stunt coordinated by Ronnie Rondell, Jr.).
In the 1970’s, Basch guest starred on episodes of The Most Deadly Game (1970), Medical Center (1972, with James Daly, Meg Foster, Barbara Baldavin, and Bart LaRue), Bonanza (1972, with Biff Elliot), Love Story (1973), Mannix (1974, with Garry Walberg), Police Story (1975, with Glenn Corbett, Marsha Hunt, William Schallert, Ena Hartman, and Chuck Hicks), What’s Happening!! (1978), and Quincy M.E. (1979, with Gary Walberg, John S. Ragin, and Robert Ito) and had a recurring role in the comedy series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, starring Graham Jarvis and recurring roles by Sid Haig and Salome Jens.
Further film work includes the crime comedy The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971, with Leigh Taylor-Young and James Sloyan), the thriller They Only Kill Their Masters (1972, with Jason Wingreen), the crime drama The Stone Killer (1973, with Alfred Ryder and Byron Morrow), the television thriller Cry Panic (1974, with Jason Wingreen), the television pilot Law & Order (1976, with Teri Garr, James Whitmore, Jr., and Shay Duffin), the action comedy Swashbuckler (1976, with Genevieve Bujold, Sid Haig, Henry Kingi, Sr., Anthony DeLongis, and Bob Minor), the crime drama Rollercoaster (1977, with Michael Bell, Craig Wasson, Bruce French, and Branscombe Richmond), the thriller Coma (1978, with Genevieve Bujold, Lance LeGault, Betty McGuire, William Wintersole, and Nicholas Worth), and the drama F.I.S.T. (1978, with Kevin Conway, Richard Herd, Bill Zuckert, and Bruce McGill).
Among his most recent work are guest parts in The Waltons (1980, with Ronnie Claire Edwards), Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980, starring Ben Vereen and with Michael Ensign), and The Wizard (1987, with David Rappaport and Joseph Ruskin), a recurring role as Vince Caproni in the second, third, and fourth season of the soap Falcon Crest (1982-1984, starring Robert Foxworth), and the television movies World War III (1982, with Robert O’Reilly, David Soul, Brian Keith, Rick Fitts, Jerry Hardin, Bob Minor, and Brad Blaisdell) and In Self Defense (1987, with Terry Lester, James McIntire, and Josh Cruze).
Remembering Michael Pataki, born January 16, 1938 and passed away on April 15, 2010.
Michael Pataki was an actor whose first Star Trek role was that of Korax in the classic Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles”. He later played Karnas in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode “Too Short a Season”. Footage of his role in “The Trouble with Tribbles” was used in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations”.
Happy birthday Caroline Munro, born January 16, 1949.
Caroline Munro is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Munro’s career commenced in 1966 when her mother and a photographer friend entered some head shots of her in The Evening News’s “Face of the Year” contest. This led to modelling work for Vogue magazine at the age of 17. She moved to London to pursue top modelling jobs and became a major cover girl for fashion and TV advertisements while there.
Bit parts in movies came her way in such films as Casino Royale (1967) and Where’s Jack? (1969). One of her photo ads got her a screen test and a one-year contract at Paramount where she won the role of Richard Widmark’s daughter in the comedy western A Talent for Loving (1969).
In 1971 she appeared alongside Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, playing the deceased Mrs. Victoria Regina Phibes. She reprises the role in the 1972 sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again.
Her first film for Hammer proved to be a turning point in her career. It was during the making of Dracula AD 1972 that she decided from this film onward she was a full-fledged actress.
Munro acted in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter in 1974. Directed by Brian Clemens, she played the barefoot gypsy girl Carla.
Munro has the distinction of being the only actor ever signed to a long-term contract by Hammer Films.
Brian Clemens later helped her get the role of Margiana, the slave girl in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).
Caroline is a Trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
Other appearances included I Don’t Want to Be Born (1975) and At the Earth’s Core (1976).
She appeared also as Tammy, a nursing employee of a sinister health farm, in “The Angels of Death” (1977), an episode of the TV series The New Avengers.
Munro continued to work in numerous British and European horror and science fiction films through the 1970’s and 1980’s, most notably Starcrash (1979).
Munro’s career continued to thrive well in the 1980’s, appearing in many slasher productions. Her first film shot on American soil was the William Lustig production Maniac (1980). This was soon followed by the “multi-award winning, shot during the Cannes Film Festival” shocker The Last Horror Film (1982). She had a cameo role in the film Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984), Slaughter High (1986), Paul Naschy’s Howl of the Devil (1987), and Jess Franco’s Faceless (1988). She reteamed with Starcrash director, Luigi Cozzi, for Demons 6: De Profundis (aka Il gatto nero) in 1989, though this would be her last major film appearance. Between 1984 and 1987, Munro was also a hostess on the Yorkshire Television game show 3-2-1. Munro was also a popular pin-up girl during this time, though she refused to pose nude. In the early 1980’s, she appeared in music videos for Adam Ant’s “Goody Two Shoes” and Meat Loaf’s “If You Really Want To”.
Her later film roles were confined to performing cameos as herself in Night Owl (1993), as Mrs. Pignon in To Die For (1994), as the counsellor in her friend Jeffrey Arsenault’s film Domestic Strangers (1996), and as Carla the Gypsy in Flesh for the Beast (2003).