04-09 Happy birthday to the late Arthur Batanides, Born: April 9, 1923 and passed away on January 10, 2000.
Actor Arthur Batanides appeared on Star Trek: The Original Series, playing Lieutenant D’Amato, the Senior Geologist of the starship Enterprise, in the episode “That Which Survives”.
Batanides has made numerous other television appearances, having guest-starred on several episodes of Happy Days, The Odd Couple, The Wild Wild West, The Outer Limits (“Specimen: Unknown” directed by Gerd Oswald), and Mission: Impossible (the latter of which was, like TOS, originally produced by Desilu).
One of Batanides’ earliest motion picture appearances was in the 1956 biblical epic The Ten Commandments. In 1960, he would also appear in another epic, Spartacus.
He had a supporting role opposite Brian Keith in the film Violent Road in 1958 and also appeared in the 1961 film Man-Trap (not to be confused with the TOS episode “The Man Trap”), which starred Jeffrey Hunter. His other films include 1969’s The Maltese Bippy (with Julie Newmar and Fritz Weaver), 1975’s Brannigan starring John Wayne), and the 1976 made-for-TV movie The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, which starred Cliff DeYoung and featured Laurence Luckinbill and Bill Quinn. Another TV movie he appeared in was 1979’s The Last Hurrah, featuring Robert Brown, Stewart Moss, Bill Quinn, and James B. Sikking.
In the 1980s, the only film role Batanides played was that of Old Max Kirkland in four of the Police Academy sequels, beginning with 1985’s Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment. Following 1989’s Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, Batanides retired from acting.
On television, Batanides appeared as Batu Kahn in an episode of The Time Tunnel. He also appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone, including “Mr. Denton on Doomsday”, co-starring Ken Lynch and Bill Erwin, and a Gerd Oswald-directed episode of The Outer Limits, featuring Walt Davis, Robert C. Johnson, and Vic Perrin as the “Control Voice”, and make-ups by Fred Phillips. He also appeared in an episode of Land of the Giants, starring Don Marshall, and guest starring Joseph Ruskin and Arch Whiting, an episode of The Mod Squad, starring Tige Andrews, Clarence Williams III, produced by Harve Bennett, and an episode of It Takes a Thief, directed by Oswald and guest starring Francine Pyne. He also guest starred in an episode of Galactica 1980, alongside Marj Dusay, Peter Mark Richman and Ken Lynch.
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