Here is every Star Trek: The Original Series actor who also appeared in Batman 1966. Created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek aired on NBC for 3 seasons from 1966-1969 and ran for 78 hourlong episodes. Meanwhile, Batman also premiered in 1966 and lasted for 3 seasons. When Batman was canceled in 1968, the campy superhero series had produced 120 half-hour episodes and a theatrical feature film.
Both Batman and Star Trek are enduring TV series that are still watched and remain popular today, 55 years after they first premiered. Batman made household names out of its stars, Adam West as live-action Batman and Burt Ward as Robin the Boy Wonder, just as Star Trek‘s cast led by William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, are pop culture icons today. Both Star Trek and Batman were also at the forefront of color television, which was still new when they premiered. The superhero and science fiction series took full advantage of color TV with their bright and eye-catching costumes, vehicles like the Batmobile and the USS Enterprise, and vivid production design. Batman was actually the much bigger phenomenon at the time; when it first aired, Batman took America by storm and kicked off a merchandising bonanza dubbed “Batmania”. However, Batman soon burned out as a fad and it was canceled in season 3 in 1968. Similarly, Star Trek was axed in season 3 in 1969 but it found its audience in syndication over the next decade, which would prompt the cast to return 10 years later for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
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As two of the most prominent genre shows of the late-1960s, it’s no surprise that Star Trek and Batman shared many notable guest stars. Batman, in particular, was a prized gig among actors, especially to play the part of the show’s rotating cast of supervillains like the villainous Penguin (Burgess Meredith), wily Catwoman (Julie Newmar), and the oft-portrayed Joker (Cesar Romero). In all, 13 actors in total split their time between Gotham City and the final frontier of the 23rd century, including three of the biggest names among Batman‘s main cast.
Frank Gorshin played The Ridder, one of Batman‘s top arch criminals who loved to test his wits against the Dynamic Duo. While John Astin also played The Riddler in Batman season 2, Gorshin was the first actor (and arguably the best) to portray the Prince of Puzzles. Gorshin also made an indelible impact on Star Trek; he played Commander Bele in the season 3 episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”. Belen is still remembered today for being painted black and white in an opposite way from his hated rival, Lokai (Lou Antonio). With The Riddler now being reinvented, fans will have to wait and see whether it is better than Gorshin’s portrayal.
Lee Meriwether was crowned Miss America in 1955 before the beauty queen became an actress. Meriwether replaced Julie Newmar as Catwoman in the 1967 Batman feature film that hit theaters between seasons 1 and 2. Meriweather returned in Batman season 2 to play socialite Lisa Carson, who was kidnapped to become the unwilling bride of King Tut (Victor Buono). In 1969, Meriweather appeared in the Star Trek season 3 episode “That Which Survives” as Losira, who robotically kills everything she touches. Catwoman has been portrayed many times, but Meriwether’s take on the character stands the test of time.
Yvonne Craig played Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl in Batman season 3, where she used her ballet dancing talents to great effect in the fight scenes as the “Dominoed Dare-Doll”. After Batman was canceled, Craig donned green paint to play Marta, an Orion slave girl in the Star Trek season 3 episode “Whom Gods Destroy”.
Malachi Throne played the villainous False Face in the Batman season 1 episodes “Holy Rat Race” and “True or False Face”. Fascinatingly, Thone was the only Batman villain guest star purposely not credited for his role as the producers went the extra mile to keep False Face’s true identity a mystery, not just from the Dynamic Duo but also to TV viewers. In order to see what False Face actually looks like, fans can check out Star Trek season 1 two-parter “The Menagerie” where Malachi Throne plays Commodore Mendez.
“The Trouble With Tribbles” is one of Star Trek’s most loved episodes and Stanley Adams made a memorable appearance as Cyrano Jones, the intergalactic huckster who sold a Tribble to Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). In the Batman season 2 episodes, “Catwoman Goes To College” and “Batman Displays His Knowledge”, Adams played Captain Courageous, a cop from California who was newly arrived in Gotham City. Captain Courageous had never heard of the Dynamic Duo and he even tried to have Batman arrested, which incensed Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) and Chief O’Hara (Stafford Repp).
Leslie Parrish made an unforgettable Star Trek appearance as Lt. Carolyn Palamas, who was courted by the Greek god Apollo (Michael Forrest) in “Who Mourns for Adonais”. Parrish also made two appearances in Batman: in the season 1 episode “The Penguin’s a Jinx”, she played Dawn Robbins, a famous movie star kidnapped by the Penguin who hopelessly falls in love with Batman. Parrish returned as ice skating queen Glacia Glaze, who was the moll of Mr. Freeze (Eli Wallach), in “Ice Spy” and “The Duo Defy”.
Ted Cassidy’s most iconic role is playing Lurch, the hulking butler in The Addams Family. However, Cassidy also made memorable appearances in other classic 1960s TV series, including Batman and Star Trek. Cassidy had several roles in Star Trek season 1; he was the giant Ruk in “What Are Little Girls Made Of” but he also provided the voices for the Gorn in “Arena” and for Balok in “The Corbomite Maneuver”. In the Batman season 2 episode “The Penguin’s Nest”, Cassidy reprised the role of Lurch and did a window cameo to briefly chat with the Caped Crusaders during a Batclimb.
Lawrence Montaigne is best remembered by Star Trek fans as Stonn, the Vulcan who became engaged to Lieutenant Spock‘s betrothed, T’Pring (Arlene Martel), in the fan-favorite season 2 episode “Amok Time”. Montaigne also appeared in the Batman season 2 episodes “The Joker’s Last Laugh” and “The Joker’s Epitaph”. Just as he played an emotionless Vulcan, in Batman, Montaigne played Mr. Glee, the Joker’s emotionless robot who became a bank teller and gave no reaction to a “hilarious” joke Batman told him.
Sherry Jackson appears in the Star Trek season 1 episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of” as Andrea, an android who tragically can’t reconcile her true nature. Jackson also starred in the Batman season 1 episodes “Death in Slow Motion” and “The Riddler’s False Notion”. Sherry played Pauline, The Riddler‘s female accomplice in the silent film-themed capers the Prince of Puzzles attempted against the Caped Crusaders.
Gene Dynarksi appeared in Star Trek twice; in the season 1 episode “Mudd’s Women”, Dynarski played miner Ben Childress and he returned in the season 3 episode “The Mark of Gideon” as Krodak. In Batman season 2, Dynarksi played Benedict, one of Egghead’s (Vincent Price) goons in the episodes “An Egg Grows in Gotham” and “The Yegg Foes in Gotham”.
John Crawford had a memorable role in Star Trek season 1 as Commissioner Ferris, who tried to bully Captain Kirk into getting his way in “The Galileo Seven”. In Batman season 1. Crawford appeared as Printer’s Devil, one of The Bookworm’s (Roddy McDowell) henchmen, in “The Bookworm Turns” and “While Gotham City Burns”.
Jon Lormer appeared as three different characters in Star Trek. In the original Star Trek pilot, “The Cage”, Lormer played Theodore Haskins, one of the humans who crashed on Talos IV. In Star Trek season 1, Lormer played Tamar in “Return of the Archons”, and he returned in season 3 as an Old Man in “For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”. Meanwhile, Lormer also appeared in Batman season 3 as Gotham Museum paleontologist Professor Dactyl.
In Star Trek, Charles Dierkop played Morla, the Argellian whose fiance, Kara (Tania Lemani), was murdered in the season 2 episode, “Wolf in the Fold”. Dierkop then popped up Batman season 3 as Dustbag, one of the Penguin’s goons, in “The Penguin’s Clean Sweep”.
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