04-18 Happy birthday to the late William Bramley. Born: April 18, 1928 and passed away on October 27, 1985.
Actor William Bramley played the lead policeman in the second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series entitled “Bread and Circuses”.
Bramley made his film debut in the Academy Award-winning 1961 musical West Side Story, co-directed by Robert Wise and co-starring Richard Beymer. Bramley played the role of another policeman, Officer Krupke.
Bramley was also one of many Star Trek alumni to appear in the 1968 film Madigan. Michael Dunn, Steve Ihnat, Warren Stevens, Dallas Mitchell, Lloyd Haynes, Paul Sorenson, and John McLiam also had roles in the film.
Other film credits include Gunpoint (1966, with Warren Stevens, Morgan Woodward, Robert Pine, and John Hoyt), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968, with Leigh Taylor-Young and Vince Howard), Getting Straight (1970, with Jeff Corey, Jon Lormer, and John Rubinstein), Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970, with Brian Keith, John Fiedler, Vince Howard, and Paul Sorenson), Doctors’ Wives (1971, with John Colicos and Jon Lormer), Bless the Beasts & Children (1971, with Bill Mumy), Hangup (1974, with George Murdock), Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976, with Garry Walberg), and The Wild Life (1984, with Tony Epper, Keone Young, Leo Penn, and Kevin Peter Hall).
He appeared with fellow TOS guest star Don Keefer in the 1964 made-for-television movie Ready for the People. In 1969, he and another TOS guest, Paul Carr, appeared in the TV movie Trial Run. He also appeared in the TV movies Michael O’Hara the Fourth (1972, with Nehemiah Persoff), The Last Day (1975, with Morgan Woodward and Rex Holman), Tough Girl (1981, with Bibi Besch).
Bramley frequently appeared in television episodes helmed by “Bread and Circuses” director Ralph Senensky, which include series such as Breaking Point, Kraft Suspense Theatre and The F.B.I..
Bramley also made guest appearances on such TV series as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Lost in Space (starring Bill Mumy), The Virginian, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie (as a policeman), Emergency! (with Kevin Tighe and Vince Howard), McCloud (with Diana Muldaur), and Barnaby Jones (with Lee Meriwether and Vince Howard). His final television appearance was an in episode of St. Elsehwere, starring Ed Begley, Jr., France Nuyen, Deborah May, Alfre Woodard, and Jane Wyatt.
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