05-07 Happy birthday to the late Jon Lormer, Born: May 7, 1906 and passed away on March 19, 1986.
Jonathan “Jon” Lormer was a character actor who made three appearances on Star Trek: The Original Series.
Lormer filmed his scenes for “The Cage” on Monday 7 December 1964 and Tuesday 8 December 1964 at Desilu Culver Stage 16. He filmed his scenes for “The Return of the Archons” on Monday 12 December 1966 at Desilu Stage 10.
He began his acting career on the New York stage (as did many of his generation), but was soon attracted to film and television roles, of which he had over 150, including many John Wayne films. Two of his Star Trek characters shared the same fate, in that they were murdered by the despotic computers which oversaw their societies, and the third was only an illusion crafted by the Talosians!
Outside of Star Trek, his television credits include the role of Judge Chester on the prime time soap opera Peyton Place (1964-69, with Susan Oliver, Michael Strong, and Leigh Taylor-Young), and guest appearances on Thriller (1960, hosted by Boris Karloff), The Untouchables (1962, with Booth Colman), Family Affair (1970, with Brian Keith), Barney Miller (1976, with Ron Glass, Gregory Sierra, Kenneth Tigar, and Janet MacLachlan), Mission: Impossible (with Logan Ramsey, Dave Armstrong, Bob Bralver, and Joan Collins), and The Twilight Zone (1960-1963, with Sherry Jackson, and Star Trek Generations cinematographer John A. Alonzo). He also made repeated appearances on Perry Mason (often as a coroner) from 1959 through 1963, during which he co-starred with the likes of Ken Lynch, John Anderson, Kenneth Tobey, Willard Sage, William Boyett, Paul Lambert, Frank Overton, William Schallert, John Harmon, Hal Baylor, Karl Held, and Kathie Browne.
He also had roles in the 1978 TV miniseries Arthur Hailey’s the Moneychangers (with Joan Collins, Percy Rodriguez, and Christopher Plummer) and Loose Change (with Stephen Macht, Theodore Bikel, and Gregg Henry). In 1972, Lormer played a supporting role in the 1972 film The Man, dealing with the assumption of the first African American President of the United States.
His many feature film credits include The Comancheros (1961, with Michael Ansara, Booth Colman, Gregg Palmer, and Nehemiah Persoff), The Singing Nun (1966, with Ricardo Montalban), Dimension 5 (1966, with Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Ito, France Nuyen, Maggie Thrett, and Robert Phillips), Doctors’ Wives (1971, with John Colicos), Rooster Cogburn (1975, with Anthony Zerbe), and George A. Romero’s Creepshow (1982, with Fritz Weaver, Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Harper, and Don Keefer).
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