05-21 Happy birthday to the late Booker Bradshaw, Born: May 21, 1940 and passed away on April 1, 2003.
Booker Bradshaw was the actor who played Doctor M’Benga in two episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, first in season two’s “A Private Little War” and then in the third season’s “That Which Survives”. He filmed his scenes for “A Private Little War” on Friday 29 September 1967 at Desilu Stage 9.
His other television guest appearances include the Tarzan episode “Trek to Terror” (with Michael Ansara), the second episode of The Mod Squad (with Clarence Williams III and Tige Andrews), the Insight episode “The Poker Game” (with Jeffrey Hunter), and a first-season episode of the short-lived Bracken’s World (with Warren Stevens and Madlyn Rhue).
Bradshaw also appeared in such 1970s films as Skullduggery, with fellow TOS guest actors Roger C. Carmel and William Marshall, and The Strawberry Statement, starring Bruce Davison and Kim Darby. His most prominent film role was “Howard Brunswick” in the 1973 blaxploitation classic Coffy, also featuring Robert DoQui and Sid Haig.
He went on to become an accomplished television writer for such series as Planet of the Apes and Different Strokes. He also wrote the TV movie Columbo: Payback, which featured TOS guest star Robert Brown in the cast.
Bradshaw died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 62.
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