Happy Birthday to Roger C. Carmel, Born: September 27, 1932 and passed away on November 11, 1986.
Of his hundreds of roles, he is best remembered for playing the flamboyant and hapless criminal Harry Mudd in two episodes of NBC’s Star Trek: The Original Series: “Mudd’s Women” and “I, Mudd”, and one episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series: ”Mudd’s Passion”. He was the only actor, other than those who played Enterprise crew members, to play the same character in multiple episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Other guest roles include the accountant Doug Wesley on CBS’s The Dick Van Dyke Show and Colonel Gumm on ABC’s Batman. He also appeared in roles on The Patty Duke Show, I Spy, Blue Light, The Everglades, Hogan’s Heroes, Car 54, Where Are You?, Banacek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Munsters, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Hawaii Five-O, and The San Pedro Beach Bums. He was a regular contestant on Pantomime Quiz, also known as Stump the Stars. He also appeared in Jerry Lewis’s comeback 1981 film, Hardly Working.
Carmel starred as milksop Roger Buell in the 1967 NBC sitcom The Mothers-in-Law, but was replaced by Richard Deacon after season 1. Officially, Carmel had a salary dispute with producer Desi Arnaz, Sr., although, according to rumors, he was fired because his drug use interfered with production.
Later in his career, Carmel was a frequent voice actor. Carmel voiced Smokey Bear in fire safety advertisements and Decepticon deputy leader Cyclonus, amongst others, in the second and third seasons of the popular Transformers animated series. In the television commercials for the Naugles chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants, he played the character of Señor Naugles.