Eddie Paskey

Eddie Paskey

Feb. 5th, 1934
Born in

Eddie Paskey's Main TV Roles

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Star Trek: The Original Series TV Show
Star Trek: The Original Series

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Edward J. Paskey, better known as Eddie Paskey (born 5 February 1934; age 75) is an actor best known for his many appearances as the background character Lieutenant Leslie during Star Trek: The Original Series.

In addition to appearing in 57 of the first 62 episodes – with 56 appearances as Lieutenant Leslie – Paskey was William Shatner's stand-in. He retired during TOS's third season due to recurring headaches, caused by the strong lights on the set, from an old injury. [1] He appeared in more episodes than either George Takei (Sulu) or Walter Koenig (Chekov) .

In the episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", he drove the truck that would hit Edith Keeler. In "Patterns of Force", although Leslie does not appear, Paskey appears as two different Nazis, the first driving a car, the second wearing a mustache and working for the Ekosian underground. He was the hand-double of James Doohan in "Wolf in the Fold" and That Which Survives. Doohan was self-conscious about the fact that he was missing the middle finger of his right hand (due to a D-Day combat injury), so Paskey's hands were used in close-ups.

His other television credits include appearances on Ben Casey (1965) (with Marsha Hunt and Harry Landers), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1966), The Lucy Show, and Mission: Impossible (1966, with George Takei, Barry Russo, Vic Tayback, William Smithers, Michael Barrier, Jack Donner, Makee K. Blaisdell, Chuck Courtney, Bob Johnson, and Don Marshall).

Beside his acting career Paskey worked many years in the automotive industry. He started at his fathers shop at the age of twelve and opened his own, "The Air Shop", in 1981 together with his wife Judy. All four of the couple's children started working in the shop the following years. The shop is located in Santa Ana, California. [2]

In July 1988, Paskey was interviewed for an article in the science fiction magazine Starlog.

In January 2004, Paskey appeared in the pilot episode of the fan-produced internet series Star Trek: New Voyages, "Come What May." This time he portrayed Admiral Leslie, the father of Lieutenant Leslie and appeared alongside Trek actors James Cawley, Jeffery Quinn, Larry Nemecek, and TOS co-star John Winston.

  • His character, "Lieutenant Leslie", has the distinction of being the first Star Trek extra character to "come back from the dead". In the episode "Obsession", his character was killed by a gaseous cloud creature on the surface of a planet. Later in the episode, however, Lieutenant Leslie is seen again taking orders from his familiar station on the bridge. The actual explanation for this, however, is that a scene in the script that had all three members of the landing party "killed" by the creature coming back alive in the medical room. This scene, however, was not filmed for reasons unknown, but they still kept Lieutenant Leslie on the bridge and in future episodes.
  • Appeared in almost every episode of the original "Star Trek" as Mr. Leslie or a background character.
  • Was a stand-in for 'William Shatner' (qv) in the original "Star Trek".

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