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Actor Skip Homeier Dead At 86 (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante
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Actor Skip Homeier has died at age 86.

Homeier's son, Michael, confirmed that the actor died on June 25 from spinal myelopathy in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor appeared in a medley of movies and television shows, playing various roles such as Nazi teenagers, doctors, soldiers and judges.

Hardcore "Star Trek" fans might recognize Homeier from the original series, where he portrayed Nazi-like character Melakon in the 1968 episode "Patterns of Force." He also appeared in the 1969 episode "The Way to Eden" as Dr. Sevrin.

The versatile actor starred in the 1976 CBS telefilm "Helter Skelter" as Judge Charles Older, who heard the infamous Charles Manson case, and the 1961 NBC crime drama "Dan Raven" as a cop.

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The Chicago native made his onscreen debut in "Tomorrow, the World!" as a Nazi teenager. He would go on to appear in several other movies and television shows including "Halls of Montezuma," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken," "The Millionaire," "The Addams Family," "The Outer Limits," "Bonanza," "Mission: Impossible," "The Greatest," "Fantasy Island" and "Quincy M.E.," according to the Star Trek website.

Homeier's extensive resume included several Westerns as well, such as "Ten Wanted Men," "The Road to Denver," "Stranger at My Door," "Dakota Incident," "The Tall T," "Day of the Badman," "Comanche Station," and "Showdown." He also appeared on television shows such as "Dead or Alive," "The Rifleman," "Wagon Train," "Branded," "The Virginian."

Homeier retired from acting in 1982. His final film appearance came in the movie "Quell and Co."

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Several social media users paid tribute to the late actor.

"Sad to hear of the passing of Skip Homeier, who guest starred so memorably on the original #StarTrek series twice," said one Star Trek fan account on Twitter. "Rest in peace."

"Sorry to see this. Those were a couple of great 'Star Trek' episodes," responded one user. "Baruch Dayan Emet."

"Rest in PEACE  #SkipHomeier thank you for your great acting #StarTrek #TheBurningHills #TheTallT," tweeted another user.

Another Star Trek fan, this one from a Facebook account, also remembered Homeier for his portrayals of Melakon and Dr. Sevrin.

"RIP to Skip Homeier. May you rest in peace, friend," the post read.

"A nazi and a space hippie? Talk about range!" responded one user. "I never really noticed that they were the same person. And isn't that the goal for every actor? RIP."

"One of the best ever character actor ever from the fifties, sixties, and later, that I remember!" wrote another. "His range was amazing! Look at the two characters he did for TOS! RIP sir!!"

"He was a household name when I was growing up," another user added. "Always enjoyed him. RIP."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Star Trek, Twitter, (2, 3, 4,) Roddenberry/Facebook / Photo credit: Pixabay, Star Trek, Photofest via The Hollywood Reporter

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