“Hey That Guy Was on Star Trek!” — To Kill a Mockingbird (1963)

I was just watching the marvelous To Kill a Mockingbird recently, such a beautiful film, and one of my forever favorites. Gregory Peck as Atticus is one of my all time heroes, and the entire movie was perfectly cast.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, To Kill a Mockingbird recalls the tale of young Scout Finch (Mary Badham) growing up in Alabama during the Depression, her father Atticus is a trial lawyer.  When Atticus is called upon to defend a black man accused of rape, we see the tale unfold through Scout’s eyes. It’s a tale of prejudice and suspicion, but also a tale of the simple wonders of childhood, and how Scout learns compassion and tolerance.  I cannot recommend it enough. (And as for the new prequel, Go Set a Watchman– at first I was eager to read it, but now not so much as Atticus has been recast late in his life as a bigot…Can’t bring myself to read it–Yet.)

Anyway, it may seem trivial to point all the actors here who also appeared on Star Trek, but it just goes to show how caring the casting directors of Trek took great care to hire the best character actors. Enjoy.

First of all, Atticus’ friend and Sheriff of the town, Heck Tate, is played by Frank Overton, who TOS fans recognize as  Elias Sandoval from This Side of Paradise:

Frank Overton as Heck Tate and Elias Sandoval

Frank Overton as Heck Tate and Elias Sandoval

Scout’s summertime friend Dill Harris is played by  a tiny John Megna, who would grow quite a bit a mere three years later to play the nasty ‘Bonk Bonk!” boy in Miri:

John Megna

John Megna as little Dill, and as the “Bonk, Bonk!” boy in ‘Miri’

The father of the mysterious neighbor Boo Radley is played by  veteran actor Richard Hall, who was also Goro in The Paradise Syndrome. 

Richard Hall

Richard Hall as Mr. Radley and as Goro

At the trial, Judge Taylor is Paul Fix, who’d be Dr. Mark Piper in Where No Man Has Gone Before.

Paul Fix as the Judge and as Dr. Piper.

Paul Fix as the Judge and as Dr. Piper.

Atticus’ opponent, Prosecutor Mr. Gilmer is played perfectly by the versatile  William Windom, who cemented his Trek fame as Commodore Decker in The Doomsday Machine.

William Windom

William Windom as Prosecutor Gilmore and as Commodore Matt Decker.

And finally, although he wasn’t in the original series, the poor defendant, Tom Robinson, is played with heartbreaking anguish by Brock Peters.  Peters would later have prominent roles in Star Trek IV (Voyage Home) and Star Trek VI (Undiscovered Country) as Admiral Cartwright and in Star Trek Deep Space Nine as Joseph Sisko, the father of Commander Sisko  🙂

Brock Peters as

Brock Peters as Tom Robinson, Admiral Cartwright, and as Joseph Sisko.

9 thoughts on ““Hey That Guy Was on Star Trek!” — To Kill a Mockingbird (1963)

  1. I’m amazed at how many Star Trek guest stars were in other stuff. When I was watching Season 4 of Mission: Impossible, there were only like two episodes that entire season that DIDN’T have a Star Trek person in them. It was especially surreal to watch Leonard Nimoy as Paris interacting with Arlene Martel.

    Anyway, thanks for this; you have a sharp eye to spot them all!

    • Hey Cory, Well it makes sense about M:I — they were both filmed at Paramount, and probably had many of these names on their rosters to begin with. Then again, I know nothing about casting! The other shows that it seems everyone was on were: Batman, The Monkees, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.!

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    • Hi Kevin, and welcome aboard! I always like finding Trek co-stars in old movies, and I’m always finding more! I try to post movies where there were at least 3 familiar Trek faces. To Kill a Mockingbird was a great find. Another movie with a ton of Trek people in it is The Greatest Story Ever Told, where I wrote this biblical post: https://trekkerscrapbook.com/2014/05/02/hey-that-guy-was-on-star-trek-biblical-edition/
      I will definitely do a Trek/Twilight Zone one and the three other shows where Trek people frequently show up (Batman, The Man From UNCLE and of course Mission: Impossible!) Thanks so much!

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