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Star Trek actor Roger Perry dies at the age of 85 following a battle with prostate cancer


Roger Perry died at the age of 85 at his home in Indian Wells, California, following a battle with prostate cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The character actor appeared in dozens of movies and television programs, and had a lengthy career on stage during the course of his 50-plus years in the entertainment industry.

One of his most famous roles was as Captain John Christopher in NBC’s Star Trek episode Tomorrow Is Yesterday. 

RIP: Roger Perry has passed away at the age of 85 at his home in Indian Wells, California, following a battle with prostate cancer

RIP: Roger Perry has passed away at the age of 85 at his home in Indian Wells, California, following a battle with prostate cancer

The actor’s daughter, Dana Perry McNerney, confirmed the news of his death. 

Perry was previously married to Joanne Worley, and has been married to actress Joyce Bulifant since 2002.

He is survived by his wife, brother Nick Perry, son Chris Perry, his previously mentioned daughter Dana and grandson Parker McNerney.

Star: The character actor appeared in dozens of movies, television programs, and had a lengthy career on stage as well, during the course of his 50 plus in entertainment

Star: The character actor appeared in dozens of movies, television programs, and had a lengthy career on stage as well, during the course of his 50 plus in entertainment

Lucille Ball discovered the young actor and put him under contract to Desilu Studios.

He co-starred with Pat O’Brien in the ABC series Harrigan and Son, as well as the 90-minute drama Arrest & Trial with Chuck Connors and Ben Gazzara.

Perry also appeared in NBC’s The Facts of Life starting in its third season as the headmaster at the Eastland boarding school for girls.

He also appeared in a number of features, including The Thing With Two Heads and Roller Boogie.

Discovery: Lucille Ball discovered the young actor and put him under contract to Desilu Studios

Discovery: Lucille Ball discovered the young actor and put him under contract to Desilu Studios

Perry was born on May 7, 1933, in Davenport, Iowa, and made his onscreen debut in 1959 on an installment of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse.

The blue-eyed actor was furthermore a composer and songwriter, and Barbra Streisand sang his song A Kid Again during her first TV special, 1965’s My Name Is Barbra.

He also composed the scores for L.A. theater productions of Make a Promise, Keep a Promise as well as a musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell.

Loving father and husband: He is survived by his wife, brother Nick Perry, son Chris Perry, his previously mentioned daughter Dana and grandson Parker McNerney

Loving father and husband: He is survived by his wife, brother Nick Perry, son Chris Perry, his previously mentioned daughter Dana and grandson Parker McNerney

 



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