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 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

So last night I'm watching the STAR TREK episode "Obsession" on Blu Ray with a friend of mine. In this particular episode, Kirk becomes - well - obsessed with destroying a vampiric cloud creature he encountered thirteen years earlier.

As Kirk pursues the creature, I noticed one of the security guards in the background looked familiar...



I know Basil Poledouris was a Klingon extra in the episode "Errand Of Mercy" but I've never heard that he was in any other episodes.

Take a look at these screengrabs and tell me if I'm crazy... but I'm positive that it's him. Is this common knowledge or have I made an amusing discovery here?




 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   The Man-Eating Cow   (Member)

I actually have no idea what Poledouris looked like!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Wow. I'd say it's definitely him.

I did a lot of Extra Work in L.A. starting in 1984 and it was very common to work on the same show from time to time, playing different characters in the background. If the A.D.'s (Assistant Directors) liked you, they would usually call casting and request you back to the show.

Great find! Thanks for sharing.

Wouldn't it have been ironic if Basil wound up scoring a TREK Feature?


Zoob

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Wow! Basil! Back when I wouldn't have known him from Adam!

Good thing he didn't keep the day job. big grin

"I was a 'RED SHIRT' on STAR TREK!'

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Wow! Basil! Back when I wouldn't have known him from Adam!

Good thing he didn't keep the day job. big grin

"I was a 'RED SHIRT' on STAR TREK!'


Just wondering. Did he bite the dust in this episode? The usual plight of the "red shirt".

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Yeah, that has to be him.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Interesting to think he was probably making about $25.00 dollars for 8 hours of work as an extra back then. And that's if he was in the Screen Extras Guild. Non-union usually pays about half or less of what Union gets.

In 1937 Union Extras were paid $5.50 for a days work.

I think in 1984 when I started, S.E.G. Union extras got about $68.00 for 8 hours of work. I was non-union and started at $30.00 to $35.00 for 8 hours of work.


Zoob

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Interesting to think he was probably making about $25.00 dollars for 8 hours of work as an extra back then. And that's if he was in the Screen Extras Guild. Non-union usually pays about half or less of what Union gets.

In 1937 Union Extras were paid $5.50 for a days work.

I think in 1984 when I started, S.E.G. Union extras got about $68.00 for 8 hours of work. I was non-union and started at $30.00 to $35.00 for 8 hours of work.


Zoob


$25.00 IN 1967 dollars would be about $175.00 today.... Inflation... My Word, our family of 4 could dine out for $5.00 back then.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Just wondering. Did he bite the dust in this episode? The usual plight of the "red shirt".

He survives, but two of his comrades go down in that scene.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Get back on Chat, Swarthy!

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Back!

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

So with $25.00 in his pocketbook, Basil could have made a date guaranteeing a Steak dinner that night!

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Wouldn't it have been ironic if Basil wound up scoring a TREK Feature?

I read somewhere (probably here) that Basil was in the running for STAR TREK VI.


So with $25.00 in his pocketbook, Basil could have made a date guaranteeing a Steak dinner that night!

He got married in 1969 - so it's entirely possible that Basil romanced his future wife with STAR TREK payola. cool

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


That is absolutely Basil. How cool! Thanks.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

Okay, Sarge, this is just about the coolest Trek news I've heard in a long time! What a brilliant post, thank you. (Where's the emoticon for 60 thumbs-ups? smile)

Do you or anyone have any screen shots of him as the Klingon? (Great screenshots - Blu-ray?)

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

I'll post a shot of him as a Klingon later tonight if I can. If memory serves, he's marching with a group of Klingons...

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

Awesome. In the meantime, perhaps I'll pull out the Blu-ray and give the episode a watch. I wonder if he's in any others. I feel a new game coming on... "Spot The Basil!"

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Here's the whole episode.

At 11:55 Kirk orders 4 men to beam down with him. Basil is one. Kirk at 12:57 says to Basil and the other Red shirt, "Benson, Bardoli, follow me". Wow, Basil was given an actual character name. He looks more like a Bardoli, then a Benson.

Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sLh2IDk2ic

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 8:55 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Wow, Basil was given an actual character name. He looks more like a Bardoli, then a Benson.

The other guy is definitely NOT a Bardoli - so we could safely attribute that name to Basil's character.

Here are the pics I found from "Errand Of Mercy" - in the first shot, Basil is the Klingon all the way in the back.



And in the shot below it looks like Basil is the anti-social Klingon sitting in the back drowning his sorrows with not just one, but TWO flagons of beer!

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2009 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Okay, today I'm the luddite:

How do you make a Blu-Ray screengrab?

 
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