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.
Thanks, Rich, I didn't realize that. I always liked her a very good actress. I will have to keep my eye out for her autograph.
KEN LYNCH (1910-1990) a distinguished character actor who often played tough no-nonsense authority figures. One of my all time favorites he appeared on many of favorites shows such as Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith Show, All in the Family, The Munsters, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and many others. He played mining chief Vanderberg in the 1967 episode "The Devil in the Dark." His autograph is scarce. This is a vintage one dated 1967 part of the Rita Corriveau collection.
Ken Lynch had an awesome voice.
He was in an episode of The Honeymooners titled "Trapped" where he says "And thanks....for nothing."
I forgot that he was on The Honeymooners. He was on one of my favorite Gunsmoke episodes the two-part Snow Train he played the RR Conductor. He was in other episodes too. He was good in whatever he did never saw him give a bad performance. He was also in Tora, Tora, Tora.
Speaking of the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora," now there was an all-star cast.
I love Tora, Tora, Tora an underrated movie. I watch that then Midway back to back. Those two movies work well together.
Snow Train was GREAT. The two episodes would have made an excellent Gunsmoke movie.
KEITH ANDES (1920-2005) was a talented actor who starred in some excellent movies such as Blackbeard the Pirate, Pillars of the Sky, Away All Boats, Tora, Tora, Tora (playing Gen. George Marshall), and many others. He also appeared in episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, The Outer Limits, Gunsmoke, The Lucy Show, Daniel Boone, Cannon and many more. This is a Star Trek trading card which is a great way to get an authentic signature. This is him in the episode "The Apple."
MARK LENARD (1924-1996) is known for Here Comes the Brides and his many television appearances in westerns including Gunsmoke, crime dramas like Hawaii Five-0 and dramas. He is best known as Sarek the father of Mr. Spock. Lenard played that role in the original series, the cartoon series, three movies and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also played a Romulan commander in one episode of the original series, and the Klingon commander in the first movie. This is from an autograph album from the mid to late 1970s.
Wow great collection there Pete thank you for posting! I am going in and out shoveling snow wind is picking up.