Richard Webb was born September 9, 1915 and passed away on June 10, 1993.
Richard Webb was the actor who played Lieutenant Commander Ben Finney in the “Court Martial” episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. He was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He filmed his scenes on Tuesday 4 October 1966 and Wednesday 5 October 1966 at Desilu Stage 9.
Webb is perhaps most recognized as the star of the 1950s science fiction television series Captain Midnight. He was also the star of the short-lived syndicated adventure series Border Patrol, which aired in 1959. Webb is also remembered for his supporting roles in such critically-acclaimed films as Out of the Past (1947) and Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).
In the 1940s, Webb appeared in several movies in the film noir genre, most notably This Gun for Hire (1942), The Big Clock (1948), and Out of the Past, in which he played the supporting role of Jim. Some of his other film credits during the 1940s included Sullivan’s Travels (1941), O.S.S. (1946), and the role of Sir Galahad in the Bing Crosby musical version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949). Webb played this same character in the 1954 film Prince Valiant.
Webb appeared as himself in the 1947 musical comedy Variety Girl. This film starred the Star Trek actor DeForest Kelley. He and Kelley later worked together on the 1965 western film Town Tamer.
Webb had roles in numerous westerns during the 1950s, including Carson City (1952) and Three Hours to Kill (1954). Also during the 1950s and into the 1960s, he appeared on such western television series as Colt .45, Maverick, Rawhide, Cheyenne, and Gunsmoke.
Outside of Star Trek and Captain Midnight, Webb’s science fiction credits include the starring role in 1950’s The Invisible Monster and a supporting role in 1972’s Beware! The Blob. He also guest-starred on an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and appeared in the ABC Movie of the Week Time Travelers, directed by Alexander Singer.
Webb’s other film credits include Distant Drum (1951), This Woman Is Dangerous (1952), Artists and Models (1955), Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967), and The Gay Deceivers (1969). Some of the other television shows on which Webb has guest-starred are The Fugitive, Perry Mason, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, and an episode of I Spy.
Webb retired from acting after portraying the role of General Rawlings on the daytime drama series Days of Our Lives. He became an author, writing four books on psychic phenomena and the occult. In 1993, having been suffering from a long-term, enervating respiratory illness, Richard Webb committed suicide. He was 77 years old.
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