Michael Dante was born September 2, 1931.
Michael Dante is an American actor, stage and screen director and former professional athlete. He was a frequent extra on Star Trek: The Original Series and was ultimately cast in the role of Capellan chieftan Maab in the 1967 episode, “Friday’s Child”. He filmed his scenes between Wednesday 24 May 1967 and Monday 29 May 1967 at Desilu Stage 10 and on location at Vasquez Rocks.
Dante landed his first film role in the biographical drama Somebody Up There Likes Me. The following year, Dante appeared in the drama Raintree Country.
In total, Dante has appeared in 30 films and 150 television shows. He is also notable for spending seven years in supporting roles under contract to three major studios at once: MGM, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox.
Other films featuring Dante include the Elvis Presley picture Kid Galahad (with Bert Remsen, Paul Sorensen and Bill Zuckert), the 1964 drama The Naked Kiss, the cult 1971 horror film Willard (starring Bruce Davison), the 1980 horror thriller Beyond Evill (co-starring David Opatoshu) and the 1983 crime film The Big Score (starring and directed by Fred Williamson). He would later work with Williamson in 1986’s The Messenger.
In addition to Star Trek, Dante has been seen on such television shows as Cheyenne, Maverick, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Get Smart, The Big Valley and The Fall Guy. He also had recurring roles on the soap operas Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.
Over twenty years after his appearance on TOS, Dante again worked with TOS star George Takei on the 1989 war film Return from the River Kwai. Dante had a supporting role in the action film Cage that same year, co-starring Branscombe Richmond, Jimmie F. Skaggs and Paul Sorensen. This is his latest acting project to date.
Michael Dante also host a syndicated radio talk show, On Deck (previously known as the Michael Dante Celebrity Talk Show), on which he interviews some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
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