Tuesday, November 24, 2009

RIP Richard Carlyle

Richard Carlyle, March 20, 1914 – Nov. 15, 2009, movie, television and Broadway star, has died. He was 95.

He had a long time career going back to the 1950s appearing in a variety of theater productions and as a character actor on numerous television series. He was Rezin Bowie in “The Iron Mistress” in 1952 and Commander Don Adams in the 1959 Oscar-nominated war drama “Torpedo Run” starring Glenn Ford.

But it is Star Trek fans that might remember him most for his role as Lt. Karl Jaeger in the original 1967 Star Trek series episode “The Squire of Gothos.” And it is the Star Trek connection that seems to be intertwined with so much of Carlyle’s career.

First, Carlyle was a long-time member of the Los Angeles theater company, Theatre West, where several Star Trek veterans were involved including: Jim Beaver (Star Trek: Enterprise), Jim Beaver’s wife, Cecily Adams (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Barry Jenner (Deep Space Nine), Hal Lynch, Lee Meriwether and Malachi Throne, the last of which – Throne – was originally offered the role of Dr. McCoy but had turned it down but still appeared in three episodes of “Star Trek: The Original Series.”

Second, Carlyle also appeared in the drama series, “Studio One” (1950s) where he co-starred with DeForest Kelley. Kelley, of course, did take on the role of Dr. McCoy. Richard Webb (Star Trek episode “Court Martial”) also co-starred. This was seventeen years before they all worked together in the Gothos episode.

In fact, throughout the 1950s, Carlyle worked with numerous actors who would become involved with Star Trek including Richard Kiley, Tige Andrews, Celia Lovsky and Paul Lambert. In 1959, Carlyle worked with Leonard Nimoy in the western series “26 Men.”

Even late in his career, Richard Carlyle remained intertwined with Star Trek. In 1990 he made a brief appearance in the comedy feature film “Going Under.” Also starring in the film were Star Trek: Voyager actress Wendy Schaal and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Chris Demetral.

CARLYLE, Richard
Born: 3/20/1914, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Died: 11/15/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Richard Carlyle's westerns - actor:
The Iron Mistress - 1952 (Rezin Bowie)
26 Men (TV) - 1959 (Jimmy Blaine)
Bronco (TV) - 1959 (Jeff Colton)
The Texan (TV) - 1959, 1960 (Lacey Winans, Clay Beaumont)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) - 1959, 1960 (Mr. Phipps, Charlie Glover)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1960 (Patrick Mahoney)
The Tall Man (TV) - 1961 (Swade Hiney)
Lawman (TV) - 1961 (Bride)
Rawhide (TV) - 1963
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1965 (Carl)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) - 1965 (Parks)

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