07-12 Happy birthday to the late Keith Andes, Born: July 12, 1920 and passed away on November 11, 2005.
Keith Andes was an American actor who appeared in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, playing Akuta in the episode “The Apple”. He filmed his scenes between Tuesday 18 July 1967 and Monday 24 July 1967 at Desilu Stage 10.
Born as John Charles Andes, after serving with the US Army Air Corps during World War II, he performed in the 1943 Broadway musical Winged Victory and had a minor part in the film version the following year. He later appeared opposite Lucille Ball in her only Broadway musical, Wildcat, in 1960, and later appeared with her again on The Lucy Show.
Other television series on which he has made guest appearances include The Outer Limits (1964, with Jason Wingreen, Skip Homeier, Peter Duryea and James Doohan) and Death Valley Days (1965, hosted by Ronald Reagan, with “Spectre of the Gun” guest actor Gregg Palmer). He also appeared in the TV movies The Ultimate Imposter (1979, with TNG/DS9’s Rosalind Chao, Gregory Barnett, and Robert Phillips) and Blinded by the Light (1980, with Phillip Richard Allen). In addition, he provided the voice for the title character in the cartoon Birdman and the Galaxy Trio (1967), alongside Ted Cassidy’s Meteor Man.
Andes portrayed Johann Strauss, Jr. in the 1955 musical The Great Waltz, based on the life and music of the composer. He has also appeared in several classic films, including The Farmer’s Daughter (1947), Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952, with Anthony Caruso), Clash by Night (1952), Away All Boats (1956, with Don Keefer, Parley Baer, Hal Baylor andChuck Courtney), Pillars of the Sky (1956, with Michael Ansara and Richard Hale), The Girl Most Likely (1957), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970, with William Schallert), and …And Justice for All (1979, with J.G. Hertzler).
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