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Osgood "Oz" Perkins (born 2 February 1974; age 42) is the American actor who plays Lieutenant Hawkins, a communications officer on the USS Enterprise in 2009's Star Trek. He is the son of actor Anthony Perkins (best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho) and photographer Berry Berenson. The younger Perkins himself played a young Norman Bates in a brief flashback in the film Psycho II.
Perkins was born James Ripley Osgood Robert Perkins II in New York City. He is a graduate of Los Angeles' Harvard-Westlake School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from New York University. He attended NYU with Star Trek executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, although Kurtzman and Lindelof did not know each other at the time. Perkins' father died from complications of AIDS on 12 September 1992; his mother was killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001 as a passenger on United Airline's flight 11 which was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. His mother's death coming a day before the ninth anniversary of his father's passing.
He made his film debut playing the younger version of his father's character, Norman Bates, in 1983's Psycho II. He met Star Trek director and producer J.J. Abrams while working on the 1993 drama film Six Degrees of Separation, in which both Abrams and Perkins had acting roles. This film also featured veteran Star Trek guest star Bruce Davison. Perkins then appeared in the 1994 horror film Wolf, which starred Christopher Plummer.
Perhaps his best-known film role is that of "Dorky David" in the hit 2001 comedy Legally Blonde. Michael Buchman Silver also appeared in his film. That same year, Perkins was seen in the spoof film, Not Another Teen Movie, along with Ed Lauter, Michael Ensign, and James Read. Perkins later had a supporting role in the sadomasochism-themed romantic comedy Secretary, as did Stephen McHattie. He then worked with Diedrich Bader, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Gina Philips in the horror comedy Dead & Breakfast.
Perkins reunited with J.J. Abrams for the first time in 2005 when Perkins appeared on Abrams' television series Alias as a man in Coke-bottle glasses. Perkins also guest-starred in an episode of Close to Home, in which he and Barbara Tarbuck played son and mother. John Carroll Lynch was a regular on this series at the time.