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Steve Hershon (born ca. 1944) is a former actor and hand double who appeared as an Enterprise security officer in the Star Trek: The Original Series second season episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" in 1967. Footage of this appearance was later used for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fifth season episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" in 1996.

Hershon had the choice to work as an editor, stuntman or extra in the film industry in 1966 and became an extra. He signed with Central Casting and one of his first work as a background performer was his part on Star Trek. Other projects he worked on include an early episode of the comedy series Happy Days (1973) as well as the recurring part of a bailiff in the comedy series The Tony Randall Show (1976-1978) on which he worked with recurring guest stars Diana Muldaur and Michael Durrell.

Hershon also became a regular stand-in on The Tony Randall Show as well as on the television series Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977), Rhoda (1974-1978), Doc (1975-1976), and Phyllis (1975-1977). One day he received ten questions from Central Casting regarding a job as a hand double. He then was the insert shots and second unit hand double for Bill Bixby on the comic adaptation The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982), for David Hasselhoff on Knight Rider (1982-1986), and for Gerald McRaney on Simon & Simon (1981-1986, with Mary Carver). During his work on Simon & Simon, Hershon was interviewed by a reporter for a special at CBS News. He also worked as hand double on the television series Cannon (1971-1976), McMillan & Wife (1971-1977), starring John Schuck), Barnaby Jones (1973-1980, starring Lee Meriwether), Magnum, P.I. (1980-1986), and Airwolf (1984-1986). In addition, Hershon appeared as a policeman in Billy Wilder's 1981 comedy Buddy Buddy, which features Trek alumni Michael Ensign, Ed Begley, Jr., Biff Manard, and Troy Melton.

Hershon's career as hand double in the film and television industry was cut when he, following an innocent car accident and a broken shoulder, was not able to stop chattering while his hands were photographed. He was not able to work as Don Johnson's hand double on Miami Vice and also had to stop working as double for Gerald McRaney. The consequence were no further jobs.

Hershon was interviewed by film maker Ryan Palmieri for the 2012 short documentary The Hands of Hollywood on which he talked about his career and the cut.

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