A Star Trek Alumnus, Stuntman Passed Away Last Week

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A well-known Hollywood stuntman and Star Trek alumnus, Bob Herron, passed away on October 10, 2021, at the age of 97.

His son announced the news on Twitter last week:

His connection to Star Trek was about as early as it gets, stunt-doubling for Jeffrey Hunter in the first-ever-produced episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Cage.” He later appeared in other TOS installments including “Charlie X” and “The Savage Curtain,” notably portraying the alien version of Kahless the Unforgettable.

Before and after Star Trek, Herron participated in various other roles and stuntman gigs, including Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Rocky, among many others.

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Boxing and the Navy were his interests before the Hollywood career path, gaining notoriety in the entertainment industry by stunt-doubling for titans of industry like Tony Curtis and Warren Beatty.

All told, he worked in the film and television industry for over 60 years.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His odyssey with Star Trek starts from beginning to finish, watching ‘The Original Series,’ all the way to the present day. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).