04-15 Happy birthday to Robert Walker Jr, Born: April 15, 1940.
Robert Walker, Jr., often credited simply as Robert Walker, is the actor who played Charles Evans in the first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series entitled “Charlie X”. Despite playing the seventeen-year-old Charles Evans, Walker was actually twenty-six at the time.
Walker was required on the set all shooting days during the production of the episode, filming his scenes on Monday 11 July 1966, Tuesday 12 July 1966, Wednesday 13 July 1966, Thursday 14 July 1966, Friday 15 July 1966, Monday 18 July 1966 and Tuesday 19 July 1966, all at Desilu Stage 9.
Walker made his film debut opposite Kirk Douglas in The Hook, which opened in 1963. Walker went on to gain some fame for his supporting role in the 1963 film The Ceremony, for which he received a Golden Globe award as Most Promising Male Newcomer. He followed this with the starring role in 1964’s Ensign Pulver, playing the titular character.
In 1967, Walker co-starred again with Kirk Douglas in the John Wayne western classic, The War Wagon. In 1968, Walker co-starred in the thriller The Face of Eve. He followed this with a role as a communal hippie in the 1969 Academy Award-nominated classic Easy Rider.
His other film credits include 1969’s Young Billy Young (with John Anderson and Paul Fix), 1972’s Beware! The Blob (with Richard Webb and Gerrit Graham), and 1984’s Hambone and Hillie.
Besides his role on Star Trek, his other television appearances include the made-for-TV movies Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem (1974, with Lou Wagner, Arthur Batanides and Charles Macaulay), Making of a Male Model (1983, with Joan Collins, Patricia Smith and Robert DoQui), and Fatal Charm (1990, with Andrew Robinson), as well as episodes of Twelve O’Clock High (starring Frank Overton and Robert Lansing), Bonanza, The F.B.I., The Six Million Dollar Man, and Murder, She Wrote (starring William Windom). He also guest-starred as Billy the Kid in an episode of The Time Tunnel, starring Whit Bissell, James Darren, and Lee Meriwether (the episode also guest starred John Crawford), and had a role in the 1980 television mini-series Bealah Land, as did Jonathan Frakes and Michael Sarrazin.
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