The STAR TREK/BATMAN ’66 Connection

Holy Federation! The two classics share an anniversary — and plenty of cast members.

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Cyberspace, the Final Frontier. These are the TREK TUESDAYS voyages of the website 13th Dimension. Its ongoing mission: to explore strange new stories about Star Trek during its 50th anniversary year, to seek out new angles and new ideas every week, to boldly go where plenty of people have gone before, but in a funky, fresh, interesting way…

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I suppose it was inevitable that I was going to find some way to work the Batman TV show into our Trek Tuesdays feature.

Both Batman and Star Trek  — like so many other pop-culture touchstones — debuted in 1966. But what’s cool for fans like us is just how many of the same actors appeared in Gotham and in the 23rd century at roughly the same time.

I don’t have an exact accounting, because there were unnamed Red Shirts who popped up as henchmen, or window cameos like Ted Cassidy’s Lurch, for example. Nevertheless, we present:

13 FAMOUS ACTORS WHO APPEARED ON BATMAN AND STAR TREK!

(Oh, and if you have a name you’d like to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below or in whichever social-media thread you found this!)

Yvonne Craig: Batgirl and Marta (Whom Gods Destroy)

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Julie Newmar: Catwoman and Eleen (Friday’s Child)

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Frank Gorshin: The Riddler and Bele (Let that Be Your Last Battlefield)

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Lee Meriwether: Catwoman (and Lisa Carson) and Losira (That Which Survives)

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Grace Lee Whitney: Neila (King Tut’s Coup/Batman’s Waterloo) and Yeoman Janice Rand

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Joan Collins: The Siren and Edith Keeler (The City on the Edge of Forever)

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Malachi Throne: False Face and Commodore Mendez (The Managerie)

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Roger C. Carmel: Colonel Gumm  (A Piece of the Action/Batman’s Satisfaction) and Harry Mudd

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Lawrence Montaigne: Mr. Glee (The Joker’s Last Laugh/The Joker’s Epitaph) and Stonn (and Decius) (Amok Time/Balance of Terror)

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Elisha Cook Jr.: (Ice Spy/The Duo Defy) and Samuel T. Cogley (Court Martial)

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Leslie Parrish: Dawn Robbins (Fine Feathered Finks/The Penguin’s a Jinx) and Glacia Glaze (Ice Spy/The Duo Defy) and Carolyn Palamas (Who Mourns for Adonais?)

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Sherry Jackson: Pauline (Death in Slow Motion/The Riddler’s False Notion)  and Andrea (What Are Little Girls Made Of?)

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Sid Haig: Royal Apothecary (The Spell of Tut/Tut’s Case is Shut) and the First Lawgiver (The Return of the Archons)

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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Also Marianna hill as Cleo Patrick in the spell of tut/his case is shut and as Dr Helen Noel non star treks dagger of the mind

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