The 1950s and 60s were decades when Americans were fascinated with all things involving space travel. With the advent of sending men into orbit this increased the interest. In 1966 Gene Roddenberry created the television Sci-Fi adventure Star Trek. It was not an overnight success by any means. Syndication actually put it on the map since it attracted younger non-prime time viewers. Early Star Trek "conventions" were underway almost from the beginning with dedicated fans (mostly younger) showing their support. After the series was cancelled a cartoon series Star Trek: The Animated Series was created with all the major cast except for Walter Koenig providing voices. The lack of Koenig was apparently apparently a cost saving measure. Star Trek became my favorite Sci-Fi show surpassing my previous favorite of Lost in Space. The series expanded to several movies with many of the original stars in the same roles.
Many Star Trek collectors concentrate on the seven or eight major actors/actresses that had recurring roles on the show. For my own collection I tend to expand that (as I tend to do with all my collections) to include some somewhat minor characters and also favorite guest stars. The ones included below are my idea of a good collection.
Unlike most on AML I tend to dislike multi-signed pieces this is due in part to the fact that I do not frame ans display. I prefer the notebook method. That is simply a matter of personal preference many friends have great framed "walls" of autographs. My list for "major" autographs are the first seven the remainder I like to have since they had identifiable roles on the show. The number after the name is the number of episodes according to imdb.
William Shatner (79) Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy (80) Lcdr. Spock
DeForrest Kelley (76) Lcdr. Dr. McCoy
James Doohan (66) Lcdr. Scott
Nichelle Nichols (70) Lt. Uhura
George Takei (52) Lt. Sulu
Walter Koenig (36) Lt. Chekov
Majal Barrett (36) Nurse Chapel/computer voice
Grace Lee Whitney (8) Yoeman Janice Rand
John Winston (11) Lt. Kyle
Eddie Paskey (60) Lt. Leslie/others
David L. Ross (9) Lt. Galloway/others
Sean Morgan (7) Lt. O'Neill/others
Paul Baxley (10) Security/others
As for guests I merely add ones that were personal favorites of mine. Spock's parents played by Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt are examples. John Fiedler, Elisha Cook, Jr.,William Schallert, Lee Bergere, William Campbell, Bruce Hyde, Stanley Adams, Roger Carmel, Ian Wolfe, Ken Lynch, Byron Morrow, James Gregory and many others are on my list.
As a collector I am more interested in the signature than the photograph it is on. While I like to have them on Star Trek items is not a necessity for me.
WILLIAM SHATNER (1931- ) best known as Capt. James T. Kirk of the Star Ship Enterprise. Shatner did 79 of the 80 episodes of the original Star Trek from 1966-1969. He is also well known for The Twilight Zone and his own police drama T. J. Hooker. He also provided the voice of Capt. Kirk for Star Trek: The Animated Series 1973-75. This is an album page dated 1990 from the Edward Gelman collection bought from Classic Entertainment Autographs.
LOL yes that is right there are a lot of the guest stars I haven't listed. I do not think I have a Ricardo Montalban either! So that is on my to get list. One of my favorite episodes and certainly my favorite Star Trek movie!
LEONARD NIMOY (1931-2015) typecast as LCDR Spock he appeared in 80 episodes of the original Star Trek more than any other actor. Nimoy also is known for the original television series Mission Impossible and The Twilight Zone. Nimoy provided the voice of Spock for Star Trek: The Animated Series 1973-75. Nimoy appeared in the later Star Trek movies.
Don't forget that Mr. Nimoy was excellent in the Mission Impossible series.
DE FORREST KELLEY (1920-1999) best known as Dr. McCoy on the original Star Trek. Kelley was a well known western actor often playing villains when he was cast as Dr. McCoy. He was the oldest of the major actors being a couple months older than James Doohan. Kelley played Morgan Earp in The Gunfight at O. K. Corral. He appeared in an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. He also appeared in the 1972 horror movie The Night of the Lepus about giant killer bunnies.
JAMES DOOHAN (1920-2005) will always be known as LCDR Montgomery Scott (Scottie) on the original series, the cartoon series and movies. He also appeared as Mr. Scott in an episode "Relics" on Star Trek the Next Generation. He appeared in the Twilight Zone episode entitled "The Valley of the Shadow."
This is from an album page from the 1970s.
GEORGE TAKEI (1937- ) played LT Sulu in the original series and cartoon series. He also appeared in the Star Trek movies. His first work was dubbing one of the voices in the 1955 Godzilla Raids Again. In 1964 he appeared in the Twilight Zone episode The Encounter. Shatner, Nimoy, Doohan and Takei all appeared in original Twilight Zone episodes. This is from the same 1970s album that contains Doohan, Nichols, Takei and Whitney plus some others.
MAJEL BARRET (1932-2008) the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry she played Nurse Christine Chapel and sometimes the computer voice. She and Leonard Nimoy were in the first and last episodes of the original series. She also had parts on the five Star Trek live action series and the cartoon series.