This Day in Death

3.13.13: Star Trek Actor Malachi Throne – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 5:05 pm March 20, 2013

IM000294.JPGYeah, well… you’re an honorary Starfleet captain and I took the bronze at the 2008 Mr. Hot Bunz competition in Sarasota, FL. So we both contribute to society in our own way.


Star Trek fans the world over (the preferred nomenclature is ‘dweebuses’) are mourning the death of Malachi Throne, who died last week at the age of 84. Throne portrayed Commodore Jose I. Mendez in “The Menagerie” and also provided the voice of The Keeper, which, if I had to guess, was an “alien” who basically looked like a completely normal human being but had kinda weird skin on his forehead or something. Because Gene Roddenberry was allergic to imagination and figured eczema was probably of extraterrestrial origin. Seriously, it’s science fiction! You can do anything! Where are the guys with four heads or monsters with freaky dinosaur wangs that shoot lasers that turn your skin inside out? I don’t care what you guys say, these are good ideas.

Beyond Star Trek, Throne was a dependable, go-to actor in Hollywood for decades, and often played roles that buried him beneath layers of makeup. Among his credits were Lost In Space, The Outer Limits (in an episode with William Shatner), The Time Tunnel, Mission: Impossible (with Leonard Nimoy), Batman, The Defenders, It Takes a Thief (on which he was a regular opposite Robert Wagner), Kojak, Law & Order, Melrose Place, Babylon 5, Catch Me If You Can and The West Wing, as well an such animated programs as Beyond Batman, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Green Lantern: First Flight.

Fans of the show have famously been in a decades-long debate with Star Wars fans over which is less stupid. The current winner is who cares with Battlestar Galactica coming in a close second.

Throne also played the creepy-ass False Face in the 60s Batman tv series, but I didn’t wanna mention that because that really would’ve derailed my mockery here, as association with Batman makes 99.999% of all things astronomically cooler. That little remaining sliver is known as the Chris O’Donnell Factor. Poor guy. Between that and those dead, soulless, zombie eyes that guy just can’t catch a break.


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