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John Copage (born 25 March 1925; age 91) is an actor who portrayed USS Enterprise engineering technician Elliott in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Doomsday Machine". He filmed his scenes on Monday 26 June 1967 at Desilu Stage 9. Twenty-five years after his work on The Original Series he returned to the Trek franchise and appeared as a background actor in several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1994 he joined the fourth Star Trek series Star Trek: Voyager and appeared as a regular background actor throughout the first four seasons of the show.
Copage, whose career spanned nearly thirty years, began with an appearance in the 1964 Ernest Hemingway film The Killers, starring such noted actors as Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson and Ronald Reagan. Also appearing in the film were Star Trek alumni Robert Phillips, Davis Roberts, Carey Loftin, and future Next Generation co-star Seymour Cassel.
Following his appearance in The Killers, Copage made several television appearances during the 1960s, including Bewitched (1964), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1965; with Warren Stevens, series theme composed by Jerry Goldsmith), Mission: Impossible (1967; with Martin Landau, Brock Peters, Davis Roberts, Bob Johnson, and stuntman Dick Dial), two appearances on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968 and 1969; featuring Kellie Flanagan), Bracken's World (1969; starring Warren Stevens and Madlyn Rhue, with Alan Bergmann and Booker Bradshaw). Copage also appeared in the 1968 film With Six You Get Eggroll, with former Star Trek alumni Vic Tayback and stunts by Carol Daniels and Charlie Picerni, along with future Deep Space Nine alum, Brian Keith.
Over the next three decades, Copage had three additional acting credits to his name, one in each decade. During the 1970s, it was the 1971 horror film Simon, King of the Witches, with such future Trek actors as Next Generation and Deep Space Nine alum Andrew Prine and Next Generation and Voyager alum Frank Corsentino. During the 1980s, it was an appearance in a 1987 episode of Mr. Belvedere with Mario Roccuzzo, and during the 1990s, he made his final film appearance in the 1990 comedy horror spoof Repossessed, which featured a plethora of Trek actors and stuntmen, including, Willie Garson, Barbara Alyn Woods, Norman Large, Ian Abercrombie, Tom Morga, Jim Palmer, Paul Stader, George P. Wilbur, and Brian J. Williams.
Star Trek appearances Edit
Recurring appearances Edit
- "Ensign Ro" (Season 5)
- "A Matter of Time"
- "Cost of Living"
- "Imaginary Friend"
- "Time's Arrow, Part II" (Season 6)
- "Realm of Fear"
- "Man of the People"
- "The Quality of Life"
- "Ship in a Bottle"
- "Second Chances"
- "Dark Page" (Season 7)
- "The Pegasus"
- "Sub Rosa"
- "Lower Decks"
- "Eye of the Beholder"
- "Preemptive Strike"