Robert Fortier was born November 5, 1926 and passed away on January 1 2005.
Robert Fortier was an actor who played Tomar in TOS: “By Any Other Name”. His character was neutralized when Scotty got him drunk. The name was a pun: “Tomar” means “to drink” in Spanish.
Fortier had previously co-starred with TOS actor William Shatner (James T. Kirk) in the 1965 horror movie Incubus. He created the winged demon for that movie as well. Alexander the Great, an unsold pilot which starred Shatner in the title role, also featured Fortier.
Fortier frequently worked with director Robert Altman. Altman first directed Fortier on a few television projects, including the pilot for a series called The Gallant Men. Fortier went on to appear in many of Altman’s films, including McCabe & Mrs. Miller with Rene Auberjonois (Odo from DS9) and John Schuck, Popeye with Richard Libertini, and O.C. and Stiggs. The latter two films also featured both Ray Walston (Boothby on TNG and VOY) and Paul Dooley (Enabran Tain on DS9), the latter of whom also co-starred with Fortier in Altman’s Health, along with Alfre Woodard and Henry Gibson. Fortier’s largest role was in Altman’s 1977 drama 3 Women, also featuring Dennis Christopher and Sierra Pecheur.
Besides his stint on TOS, he has made appearances on several other television shows, including Combat! (including an episode with Arthur Batanides and James B. Sikking), Gunsmoke (working with Vic Perrin, Andrew Prine, and William Windom) and The Outer Limits. In one episode of The Outer Limits entitled “Controlled Experiment”, Fortier played the boyfriend of the character played by Grace Lee Whitney. Another episode of that series, “Production and Decay of Strange Particles”, had Fortier working with his Star Trek co-star, Leonard Nimoy, as well a fellow TOS guest stars Joseph Ruskin, Barry Russo, Willard Sage and Rudy Solari. His third and final Outer Limits episode, “Demon with a Glass Hand”, was directed by Byron Haskin, written by Harlan Ellison, and co-starred Rex Holman, Arlene Martel and Abraham Sofaer.
Fortier was married to Dutch-born Tina (Christina) Vanderwall, then a Researcher at RAND Corp, on November 22,1963. The marriage ended in October 1966.
Fortier died of a heart attack on New Year’s Day, 2005 in Orange, California.
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