Jan. 25th, 1927
San Francisco, California, USA
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Norwegian by heritage and a San Franciscan by birth, brown-haired, brown-eyed Gregg Palmer (born Palmer Lee) broke into show biz as a radio announcer. After an early '50s stint as a contract player at Universal, he turned to freelancing, closing out the decade by starring and co-starring in a number of detective, Western and sci-fi adventures. In the '60s, Palmer drifted into supporting roles and much TV work, and reinforced his growing rep with Western fans by becoming a regular member of John Wayne (I)'s latter-day stock company.
- Father was a carpenter.
- Joined the Army Air Corps wherein he became a cryptographer and achieved the rank of sergeant before being discharged in 1946.
- Early jobs during his salad days in Hollywood include truck driver, construction worker and bouncer.
- He is the only actor to appear in both _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) and _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv).
- Auditioned for an early 50s TV show based on 'Al Capp' (qv)'s popular comic strip character "Li'l Abner." His Daisy Mae for the audition was none other than 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv). Neither got the job.
- He appeared in two _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) serials: 1966's "The Tenth Planet" and 1969's "The War Games". These are notable as being the respective swan songs of 'William Hartnell' (qv) and 'Patrick Troughton' (qv), the first two actors to play the Doctor. Palmer is the only actor other than Troughton to appear in both serials.
- Living in Encino, California after retiring, he has played a lot of golf, making frequent personal appearances for charity purposes. Also developed an interest in Indian lore and history and speaks a little Navajo.
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