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'Star Trek' Favorite William Campbell Dies at 84

Actor also sang with Elvis in "Love Me Tender" and starred in Francis Ford Coppola's "Dementia 13."

William Campbell, who guest-starred in two memorable episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, died Thursday at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, according to StarTrek.com. He was 84.

Campbell played the all-powerful Trelane in the episode "The Squire of Gothos" and Koloth, a Klingon, in "The Trouble With Tribbles," both of which aired in 1967. He reprised the role of Trelane for a Star Trek: Judgment Rites video game in 1993, returned for a 1994 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and was a regular at Star Trek conventions and cruises.

A native of Newark, N.J., who bore a resemblance to Liberace, Campbell also sang with Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender (1956) and starred in the violent Dementia 13 (1963), produced by Roger Corman and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Other film credits include Operation Pacific (1951), Battle Circus (1953), The High and the Mighty (1954), Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) and Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971), written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Campbell’s almost 50-year career as an actor also included a regular role on 1958-59 truck-driver series Cannonball and episodes of The Loretta Young Show, O’Hara, U.S. Treasury (with Trek cast member George Takei), Adam-12, The Streets of San Francisco and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

Survivors include his wife, Tereza.

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