02-26 Happy birthday to Lawrence Montaigne, Born: February 26, 1931.
Born in New York, but raised in Rome, Italy, Montaigne speaks several languages, a skill he used to his advantage in securing roles in international productions. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was only one platoon apart in the Parris Island boot camp from his future friend Steve McQueen.
He appeared in the role of Dr. Chauncy Hartlund in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, “The Case of the Carefree Coronary.”
Lawrence Montaigne portrayed one of the first Romulans on Star Trek, Decius, in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Balance of Terror”. He later played a Vulcan named Stonn in “Amok Time”.
Montaigne filmed his scenes as Decius on Wednesday 27 July 1966 and Thursday 28 July 1966 at Desilu Stage 9.
In addition, he guest starred on Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Blue Light, Mission: Impossible, The Time Tunnel, The Invaders, Perry Mason, McCloud, and The Feather and Father Gang..
His motion picture appearances include roles in The Great Escape (1963), Captain Sindbad (1963), Tobruk (1967), The Power (1968), The Psycho Lover (1970), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Framed (1975), Young Lady Chatterley (1977), Deadly Blessing (1981) and Dakota (1988).
In 2007, Montaigne returned to the role of Stonn in the fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. In late 2007 Montaigne portrayed Commander Vellar in the pilot episode of the audio series Star Trek: The Continuing Mission.
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