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.
Great autographs! I never watched any Star Trek TV or movie but have always appreciated the actors and the significance of the series.
Ricardo Montalban defintatly used a secretary during his later year. Two different, from my experience. First ttm was in 2000 and the sec copied his style pretty good but you could tell it wasn't him. The second sec must've worked with Charlton Heston's sec (joke) because the autograph read "Ricado" with no second R. A guy on star archive posted a success sending money so I sent $15 or $25 and a photo and got what I am 100 % sure is his authentic signature.
Thank you Jason. That is very interesting to note about Mr. Montalban. I thought it likely he had a secretary but never had anything recent of his. Actually I own a check signed by Charlton Heston paying his personal assistant Carol Lanning!
Wow that is really nice thank you for posting it!
That is great too! Thank you!
Jeffrey Hunter hasn't been brought up yet, though I'm guessing that's largely in part to the non-existence of Trek-related autographs.
You are right about anything Star Trek related from Hunter being pretty much non-existent. I would like to get Hunter although more for his westerns than Star Trek the same with Paul Fix.