Happy Birthday to Antoinette Bower, Born: September 30, 1932 .
She played Sylvia in the Star Trek episode “Catspaw”.
She has many other television guest roles to her credit – between 1959 to the 1980s, she amassed almost ninety appearances on such programs as Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Ben Casey, The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible, and Murder, She Wrote. She has also starred in many made-for-television movies, including 1974’s movie Columbo: Negative Reaction, in which she co-starred also with fellow TOS guest performers Michael Strong and Bill Zuckert, and 1984’s The Cowboy and the Ballerina, with Christopher Lloyd and Michael Pataki.
In 1983, she co-starred with Philip Anglim, John de Lancie, Richard Kiley, Christopher Plummer, Jean Simmons, and Meg Wyllie in the epic TV mini-series The Thorn Birds. And from 1990 through 1992, she was a regular on the TV series Neon Rider.
She also built a portfolio of supporting roles in feature films, making her debut with an uncredited role in the 1962 classic Mutiny on the Bounty. She followed this with yet another uncredited appearance in the 1971 horror movie The Mephisto Waltz, starring TOS guest actor William Windom. She later had a supporting role in the popular 1980 horror film Prom Night, directed by Paul Lynch. Her other films include The Evil That Men Do (1984, with John Glover) and Club Paradise (1986, with Joanna Cassidy, Andrea Martin, and Bruce McGill).
Happy birthday to Roy N. Sickner, born September 30, 1928 and passed away on February 15, 2001. Born Roy A. Cooley, he was an actor and stuntman, who played an unnamed villager in the Original Series episode, “A Private Little War”. He went uncredited for his appearance.
During his career, Sickner appeared in numerous television series and feature films, mostly as a stunt performer or playing minor roles. These include Dr. Kildare, The Twilight Zone, The Wild Wild West, and Mission: Impossible. He is also known for writing the original story for Sam Peckinpah’s acclaimed 1969 western, The Wild Bunch, on which he also served as associate producer.
Arthur Bernard (29 September 1919 – 23 January 2001; age 81) was the stage name of Arthur Friedman, who played Apella in “A Private Little War”, a second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Born in Indiana, USA, Bernard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in 1941, a Master of Arts degree in drama from the University of Southern California in 1947 and a PhD in speech and drama from USC in 1955. In 1948, Bernard began a forty-two year tenure as a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, from 1948 to 1990. He taught courses on acting and directing for film and television, as well as broadcasting, sportscasting, and production techniques. Even after retiring in 1990, he continued to be involved in the UCLA community by attending stage productions and participating in campus events and student films.
Bernard wrote, produced and directed various projects for radio, television, and the stage. Among these was the radio series Turning Point, which ran from 1950 through 1965 and featured interviews with over 100 celebrities. He also performed in a number of television and stage productions. Among the latter, he appeared in such plays as Death of a Salesman and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His sole Broadway performance was in The Eccentricities of Davey Crockett, one of three segments of Ballet Ballads, in 1948.
Besides Star Trek, other television shows Bernard appeared on were Cimarron Strip (in an episode with Seymour Cassel), Mannix (with Leslie Parrish, Michael Pataki, William Windom), Lancer (co-starring Barbara Luna), and 240-Robert (starring Joanna Cassidy). He also had roles in the acclaimed mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (co-starring Kim Darby, Fionnula Flanagan, Roy Jenson, Leigh J. McCloskey, Gavan O’Herlihy, and Lawrence Pressman) and War and Remembrance (featuring Ian Abercrombie, Steven Berkoff, John Rhys-Davies, Lawrence Dobkin, Bruce French, Byron Morrow, Glenn Morshower, George Murdock, Charles Napier and William Schallert) and the TV movies My Father’s House (1975, with Rosemary Forsyth and Gail Strickland) and The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980, with Larry Hankin and Jill Ireland).
Bernard died in Los Angeles, California, in 2001. He had just completed filming an appearance as an elderly jogger on the 2001 comedy The Animal, his first and only feature film credit.
Arch Whiting (29 September 1936 – 7 May 2007; age 70) was an actor who made an uncredited appearance as an assistant engineer in the Star Trek episode “The Alternative Factor”.
Born Harold J. Archambault in Larchmont, New York, USA, Whiting is perhaps best known for playing the radio operator known only as “Sparks” on the classic science fiction television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea from 1964 through 1968. He also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies, all of which also feature other Star Trek alumni. Among the more notable are The Stranger (1973, starring Glenn Corbett and Sharon Acker), Ordeal (1973, starring Diana Muldaur, Michael Ansara, and Bill Catching), The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One (1974, with Gary Lockwood, Harris Yulin, Whit Bissell, Lenore Kasdorf, Bill Zuckert, Dallas Mitchell, and James B. Sikking), Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975, with John McLiam, Logan Ramsey, and Don Keefer), and Sky Heist (1975, with Frank Gorshin, Ed McCready, and Bill Catching).
Whiting died on May 7, 2007, the same day as fellow Trek guest actor Nicholas Worth.
Happy Birthday to William Windom, Born: September 28, 1923 and passed away on August 16, 2012.
William Windom was an American actor. He was perhaps best known for his work on television, including two episodes of The Twilight Zone. He portrayed Glen Morley, a fictional congressman from Minnesota, a role based on Windom’s own Republican great-grandfather and namesake, in the ABC sitcom, The Farmer’s Daughter, with Inger Stevens as his beautiful young housekeeper.
Windom also achieved fame as the character of John Monroe on the sitcom My World and Welcome to It, for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series; as Commodore Matt Decker, commander of the doomed USS Constellation in the Star Trek episode “The Doomsday Machine”; the character Randy Lane in the Night Gallery episode “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar”; perhaps the most common recurring character, Dr. Seth Hazlitt, on the CBS series Murder, She Wrote, and for voicing Puppetino in Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night.
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