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"I'm an actor. I play many parts."
– Anton Karidian, 2266 ("The Conscience of the King")

Anton Karidian was an alias assumed by Governor Kodos, also known as "Kodos the Executioner", after a massacre on Tarsus IV in 2246. Living as such, Anton Karidian was a traveling actor with the Karidian Company of Players. Karidian was the star and director of this troupe of itinerant actors.

The earliest records of Anton Karidian date to 2246. His daughter, Lenore Karidian, was born one year after the massacre at Tarsus IV.

In 2257, his Karidian Company of Players was sponsored by the Galactic Cultural Exchange Project. For the next nine years, Anton Karidian toured with this company as they visited official installations.

In 2266, the Karidian Company visited Planet Q. One of the residents of that world was Thomas Leighton, who recognized Karidian as Kodos. He asked James T. Kirk to investigate, as Kirk was one of the nine people who had actually seen Kodos. After a series of murders and attempted murders, Kirk was convinced that Karidian was Kodos and was killing witnesses to cover his identity. In actuality, it was Lenore who had been committing the crimes, and when she tried to kill Kirk, Karidian jumped in the line of fire as she fired a phaser, killing him. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")

Anton Karidian was played by Arnold Moss. During casting, someone recommended that an actor with a powerful delivery and a strong sense of drama be chosen to play the role of Karidian. Casting Director Joseph D'Agosta and "The Conscience of the King" Director Gerd Oswald were jointly responsible for selecting Moss. (The Star Trek Compendium, 4th ed., p. 44) The actor himself stated, "The character was called Anton Karidian or Kodos, either one or the other [....] You never knew which because he was either a man from some other planet who had killed 8,000 people or an actor – a Shakespearean actor who traveled from planet to planet to entertain." Moss also recalled part of the preparations which the role required, commenting, "I remember a 6 a.m. makeup call when I didn't have much makeup." (Starlog, issue #130, p. 72)
In ultimately unused dialogue from the final revised draft script of "The Conscience of the King", Kirk made arrangements regarding Anton Karidian staying aboard the USS Enterprise, Kirk privately telling Spock, "Karidian is somewhat of a hermit. Pass it on to all hands... he's not to be disturbed."

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