Robert Walker Jr., greatest recognized for a basic early Star Trek episode and because the son of Hollywood stars Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, died Thursday in Malibu, in keeping with members of the family. He was 79.
The New York native portrayed the twitchy, callow title character in “Charlie X,” the second episode of Star Trek’s pioneering first season in 1966, and in addition dealt with the title function of the notable 1960s characteristic movies Ensign Pulver and Younger Billy Younger.
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For Ensign Pulver, the comedic 1964 naval drama, Walker inherited a task that had earned Jack Lemmon an Oscar for greatest supporting actor for Mister Roberts (1955). Within the 1969 gunfighter story Younger Billy Younger, Walker was the risky outlaw who finds a mentor in Robert Mitchum in movie that additionally featured Angie Dickinson and David Carradine. That very same 12 months Walker and his spouse, Ellie Wooden, appeared collectively within the milestone counter-culture epic Straightforward Rider.
Walker’s different big-screen credit embrace The Hook (1963), with Kirk Douglas; The Ceremony (1963), with Laurence Harvey; The Warfare Wagon (1967), with John Wayne; Killers Three (1968), with Dick Clark; and Highway to Salina (1970), with Rita Hayworth.
On tv his profession spanned 20 years and his many credit included roles on Route 66, Ben Casey, Fight!, Bonanza, The Time Tunnel, The Six Million Greenback Man, Quincy, M.E.,Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, CHiPs, L.A. Legislation, and Homicide, She Wrote.
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It was his function in Federation area, nonetheless, that earned Walker his most lasting display screen legacy. Walker was 26 when he performed the callow 17-year-old Charlie Evans, aka Charlie X, on the second episode of Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi collection for NBC. The petulant Charlie got here aboard the usEnterprise as a rescued castaway who survived 14 solitary years amid the wreckage of a downed transport ship. The memorable episode, penned by D.C. Fontana, takes a darkish flip when the orphaned teen’s harmful secret and formidable psychological powers are revealed.
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Walker was born in Queens in April of 1940, the 12 months after his father (greatest remembered as Alfred Hitchcock’s off-kilter killer within the 1951 basic Strangers on a Prepare) and his mom (the Academy Award-winner from The Tune of Bernadette in 1943) have been married. The wedding resulted in 1945. 4 years later, the teen bought a strong stepfather when Jones married David O. Selznick, the Hollywood titan who produced Gone with the Wind and Rebecca.
This story initially appeared in Deadline.