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Eddie Paskey

Edward J. Paskey, better known as Eddie, (born Aug. 20, 1939) is a U.S. actor primarily known for his role as "Lieutenant Leslie", a redshirt, on Star Trek, in which he is noted for being the most omnipresent actor with the fewest spoken lines during the entire series. He appeared in 57 episodes.

Early life

Paskey was born in a small farming town in Delaware but was raised in California. He moved with his family to Santa Monica in 1952. In his youth he was immersed in automobiles by working at his father's garage, and developed an interest in hot rods from a young age. His first car was a 1941 Ford coupe but was later replaced by a 1955 Ford Thunderbird that he purchased while earning $1.25 per hour.

Career

Paskey's first television role was in the drama Ben Casey (1966) after meeting series producer Irving Elman while working at a service station in Pacific Palisades. In it he was credited as "Policeman." For the next five or six years he continued to act while working at the service station on weekends. He appeared on Mission: Impossible in the 1966 episode "The Ransom, The Lucy Show, Twelve O'Clock High, The Wild Wild West and Please Don't Eat the Daisies. He also appeared in uncredited rolls in the films What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? and Mister Buddwing.

Star Trek

Paskey first appeared on Star Trek as a "crewman" on the second pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," and was first identifed by name in "Mudd's Women" in an early scene where Doctor McCoy refers to him as "Connors." In subsequent episodes, he was cast regularly as a crewman, but also appeared as a security officer, a helmsman, an engineer station officer, even an alien, all to create a sense of continuity on Star Trek during the series' run. Paskey had scripted lines in four episodes and was credited in two. His character, Mr. Leslie, appeared in more episodes than principal characters Sulu or Chekov. William Shatner gave the character the name "Leslie", after Shatner's eldest daughter. To pay homage to the character of Leslie, a fan based website created an 8" action figure in Paskey's likeness.

Paskey credits the longevity of his character to his sense of caution. Since he was on the set most of the time and knew the script well, he made sure that he was always elsewhere when an episode called for someone to die. When his character does die in the episode "Obsession," Paskey explains his mysterious return in the next episode by describing a lost scene, where Dr. McCoy administered a miracle potion that saves Leslie's life, that ended up on the cutting room floor.

In "This Side of Paradise" his is the only character to mutiny openly against his superior, Captain Kirk, and even disobeys orders again in "And the Children Shall Lead," although under an alien influence. In "The City on the Edge of Forever," Paskey was the driver of the truck in the scene where character Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) is struck down and killed.

Paskey also appeared occasionally as a stand-in for Shatner in certain long scenes. He was the hand-double for James Doohan, who was missing a finger, in "Wolf in the Fold" and "That Which Survives." He appeared in most of the episodes from the first two seasons of the original series. A bad back and cluster headaches from an old injury, which worsened from the set lighting, led to his leaving the show in the third season. Paskey admitted in a July 1988 Starlog Magazine interview that once the pain had gone, he tried to return to acting but had lost many of his Hollywood contacts while working on Star Trek, and eventually retired from the profession.

Appearances

No. Episode name Role Talks Credit Remarks
00 Where No Man Has Gone Before crewman no no seen behind Kirk and Spock while they engage in Tri-D Chess
1 The Man Trap Lt. Ryan no no as helmsman and medical assistant
2 Charlie X crewman no no
4 The Naked Time Lt. Ryan yes no escorted, for being drunk, away from bridge station
5 The Enemy Within crewman no no freezing with Sulu and landing party
6 Mudd's Women Conners no no caught, and reproached by Dr. McCoy, for ogling Ruth Bonaventure
7 What Are Little Girls Made Of? crewman no no as bridge engineer
9 Dagger of the Mind crewman no no as bridge engineer & wayward eaves dropper
10 The Corbomite Maneuver crewman no no as bridge engineer, also seen on lower decks
11 The Menagerie, part 1 crewman no no as bridge engineer, witnesses Spock's arrest
13 The Conscience of the King crewman yes no as helmsman, with no rank insignia
14 Balance of Terror Mr. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
15 Shore Leave Mr. Leslie no no as helmsman in opening prologue only
16 The Galileo Seven crewman no no on bridge and in transporter room, always faceless
17 The Squire of Gothos Lt. Leslie no no in captain's seat, now with Lt's. insignia
18 Arena Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
19 Tomorrow is Yesterday Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
21 The Return of the Archons Lt. Leslie no no joins landing party, seen being awakened by Kirk
22 Space Seed Lt. Leslie no no dines at "Welcome to the 23rd Century" dinner for Khan
24 This Side of Paradise Lt. Leslie yes yes as "crewman", first time Leslie disobeys Kirk's orders, by mutinying
25 The Devil in the Dark Lt. Leslie no no as security and possible horta target
27 The Alternative Factor Lt. Leslie yes yes as "Lesley", sits in the command seat at beginning of last scene
28 The City on the Edge of Forever Lt. Leslie no no as science officer
29 Operation: Annihilate! Lt. Leslie no no as transporter chief, gets Vulcan nerve pinch
30 Amok Time Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer and medical assistant
31 Who Mourns for Adonais? Lt. Leslie no no Sulu and Leslie scan for Apollo's power source
32 The Changeling Lt. Leslie no no as navigator in braided yellow command shirt
33 Mirror, Mirror Lt. Leslie no no briefly in prologue and epilogue
34 The Apple Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
35 The Doomsday Machine Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
36 Catspaw Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer and helmsman
38 Metamorphosis Lt. Leslie no no with Scotty when Kirk checks in
39 Journey to Babel Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
40 Friday's Child Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
41 The Deadly Years Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
42 Obsession Lt. Leslie no no dies of asphixiation
43 Wolf in the Fold Lt. Leslie no no on bridge, gets tranquilized with crew
44 The Trouble With Tribbles Lt. Leslie no no bridge, security, adopts a tribble from Uhura
45 The Gamesters of Triskelion Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer and science officer
46 A Piece of the Action Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
47 The Immunity Syndrome Lt. Leslie no no also security in transporter room, "yellowshirt" on lower decks
48 A Private Little War Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer
49 Return to Tomorrow Lt. Leslie no no also as security officer on transporter
50 Patterns of Force Ekosian no no as Nazi officer; also a second character with mustache
51 By Any Other Name Lt. Leslie no no dehydrated into a polyhedron
52 The Omega Glory Lt. Leslie no no on Bridge; and guard, arresting Tracy
53 The Ultimate Computer Lt. Leslie no no escorts a stunned Dr. Daystrom to sickbay with another security officer
54 Bread and Circuses Lt. Leslie no no
55 Assignment: Earth Lt. Leslie no no stunned by Gary Seven
57 The Enterprise Incident Lt. Leslie no no a most happy Leslie, seeing that Kirk is alive
59 And the Children Shall Lead Lt. Leslie no no second time Leslie disobeys Kirk's orders
60 Is There in Truth No Beauty? Lt. Leslie no no as security
61 Spectre of the Gun Lt. Leslie no no as bridge engineer, prologue only
68 Elaan of Troyius Lt. Leslie no no kindly offered his seat to the Dohlman, even though he needed it to work
503 Trials and Tribble-ations Lt. Leslie no no on Deep Space Nine, as security

Later years

After retiring from acting, Paskey went into business for himself in Santa Ana, California, owning and operating an auto-detailing service called The Air Shop with his wife Judy. He sold the business in 2004. Today, he and Judy, along with their 1955 T-Bird, and are members of Hot Rods Unlimited, a SoCal auto club. They have four children.

Paskey admitted that he considered auditioning for 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture but later reconsidered. He remained a fan of the film series but not the television follow-up Star Trek: The Next Generation, as he explained that "he went to sleep on it." In 2004, he did appear in the Star Trek: New Voyages episode "Come What May" as Admiral Leslie, a character established as Lieutenant Leslie's father.

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