July 23 2024


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William Campbell, best-known to Star Trek fans for his guest roles in the original series and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, passed away late last week.

The eighty-seven year old actor died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Campbell appeared twice in the original series; once as the powerful yet immature Trelane in The Squire of Gothos, and once as the Klingon Koloth in The Trouble With Tribbles. Campbell reprised that role almost three decades later in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Blood Oath.

Born in 1926, Campbell began his acting career in 1950’s The Breaking Point. He sang with Elvis Presley in 1956’s Love Me Tender and also appeared in other films, such as The High and the Mighty, Dementia 13 and Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Campbell could also be seen on television, with guest roles in Perry Mason, Combat, Medical Center, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Streets of San Francisco, Quincy, M.E., Adam-12, Emergency and Ironside.

Married in 1952 to Judith Exner, Campbell was divorced in 1958. He is survived by his third wife, Tereza.

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