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No Dance Tonight — Bruce Hyde 1941-2015

So sad to report that another Star Trek original has passed.  The wonderful Bruce Hyde, who will forever be the excitable Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley to Trek fans, passed away from throat cancer on October 13th.  He was 74.   😦

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The character of Riley was featured in two of the the best original series episodes:  The Naked Time and The Conscience of the King.  Although he took a dramatic turn as the would-be assassin of the evil Kodos in  Conscience… Hyde brought the character a likability beyond adorable.  His navigator might have been bored in engineering, but no doubt was loyal and a favorite among the crew.  One would love to be pals with the proud Irishman– especially if he could swing you some ice cream in a bowling alley!      😉   The little touches Hyde added to the drunken Riley  — posing like a cowboy in the elevator, silently commanding a door to open as he left sickbay– were brilliant. I wish Riley could have been featured in more episodes, but two was probably enough for Hyde, who was surprised and delighted that his fame in this little role was still recognized nearly 50 years later.thenakedtimehd0495

I remember seeing Hyde at the BiCentennial-10 Star Trek Convention in NYC in 1976 — I was late to his appearance and just got there in time to see him sing Riley’s drunken ode I’ll take you home again, Kathleen to the crowd –they ate it up!thenakedtimehd0801

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Bruce as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 2006.

But I hope Trek fans will also recall that Hyde was more than an actor, but also an author and  beloved professor emeritus of communication studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, as well as an acting coach.   He also appeared  on Dr. Kildare and That Girl, as well as in Death of a Salesman on Broadway.  You can read more about brilliant Bruce here.

Another wonderful Trek soul is beamed up, he’ll be missed but never forgotten.  Thanks for the laughs Mr. Riley, there will be a dance for you tonight in the bowling alley of heaven!  And as for Kathleen? I have to say “One…More…TIME!”

“No dance tonight!” I’d dance with you, Riley. ❤

My Weekly Spock: Hey, Professor!

I’ve come across several pictures of Mr. Nimoy looking very professorial!  Must be the glasses.   I know he taught acting, and I bet he was a wonderful teacher.tumblr_ldifo7vlgG1qes00so1_500 tumblr_lxyuxzLmHB1r9wx7so1_500 tumblr_m83jvfUAp71r9wx7so1_500 tumblr_mqnltxzP0p1qj4li6o1_500 tumblr_n2h6xj4eu61qj4li6o1_500 tumblr_nkju4xkVra1qj4li6o1_1280 tumblr_ngtv4fQDBr1qj4li6o1_500 tumblr_ngtv648Vg01qj4li6o1_500

Farewell Professor! Russell Johnson dies at 89.

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Actor Russel Johnson in his most famous role: Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island.

Another familiar face from my childhood passed away today — actor Russell Johnson, best known as “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island passed away today at the age of 89.

We watched “Gilligan” all the time when I was growing up, and yeah it was pretty silly, but often it had some sly underlying humor.  I always had a little crush on The Professor too;(so handsome!) Russell was a peach and I wanted him and Ginger to run off together.   My favorite scenes on the show were whenever  dream sequences were played out, taking the castaways out of their island dilemma.(He’s so funny as the old man here)

Here he discusses Gilligan:

But Russell Johnson did more than Gilligan; in the 50’s he co-starred in the classic sci-fi film, This Island Earth, and  was a wonderful character actor who guest starred on many TV shows throughout his career, as well as Marshall Gib Scott on the western Black Saddle.  He was always friendly and grateful for his fans, and never forgot them. He was also a loving family man and AIDS activist. He will be missed. 😦