Clint Howard spans the entire Star Trek franchise



Clint Howard as Balok in a scene from The Corbomite Maneuvers.

Clint Howard is the definition of a character actor—and a star trek Favourite. Unmistakable in looks and voice, Howard has a career spanning part of seven decades – and he’s still only in his 60s – and has spanned more than 250 film and television appearances. Appearing in big hits and Oscar winners, he understood without apology that work is work and bills must be paid. Howard‘s resume spans dozens of deliciously cheesy B movies. His credits include Gentle Ben, Winnie the Pooh (voice by Roo in multiple iterations), The Andy Griffith Show, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Apollo 13, The Dentist, Solo: A Star Wars Story, 3 from Helland Pam & Tommy. Several of these projects were directed by his brother, actor-turned-director Ron Howard. Clint and Ron last collaborated on a paper The youngthat’s out now.

These more than 250 credits also include four official visits to the star trek Universe. Howard began playing Balok in the first season in 1966 star trek Consequence, ‘The Corbomite maneuver,’ followed by his roles as Grady in Deep Space Nine‘s ‘The Past, Part II’ in 1995, Muk in the company Episode “Acquisition” in 2003 and an Orion in the discovery Hour ‘will you take my hand‘ in 2018. In fact, to date, Howard is the first and only actor to direct scenes for an episode of The original series and a sequence of discovery; Leonard Nimoy performed discovery about archival material.

Howard was already a seasoned child actor when he auditioned for and won the role of Balok at the age of seven. The character, an adult but childlike in appearance, commanded and was the sole resident of the Fesarius, flagship of the First Federation. After making first contact with a fearsome puppet to threaten the Enterprise, Balok revealed his true self and eventually invited Kirk, McCoy and Dave Bailey (Anthony Call), member of the landing party, aboard his ship. There they shared Tranya, and Bailey agreed to remain aboard the Fesarius to keep the lonely alien company. “The Corbomite Maneuver” regularly – and deservedly – ranks among the top 10 best episodes of star trek, commended for embracing “the other” and celebrating exploration. The episode was nominated for a 1967 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

“I remember putting the skullcap on,” Howard said “They asked me if I wanted to shave my head, and at the time I was going to public school in Burbank and I said, ‘No thanks.’ I have pictures of the makeup guy, stills of them putting the piece on me. I vividly remember putting the skullcap on. More than anything, I remember preparing for the job. My dad (actor Rance Howard) was always about preparation. So as a young actor, I always went in very well prepared. They originally wanted to use my voice, but ended up using a synthesizer (along with the voice of the late Walker Edmiston). This was a brand new thing, a synthesizer.

“Anyway, I had to learn the scene, and for a little guy like me back then, it was a mouthful,” he continued. “So I remember all my preparation. Then I remember being on the bridge. I made my father take a picture of me standing there, sitting in the captain’s chair. Everyone was very friendly. But the experience of shooting it was like any other scene. You have your text and you do it and the next moment you’re done.”

Clint and Ron Howard

GettyClint and Ron Howard celebrate the release of their memoir The Boys.

Howard never saw it star trek‘s popularity comes, but reports that he has been lucky, even honored, to have been riding the wave for 55 years and counting. He still attends autograph events and star trek conventions, and he reprized his role as Balok for ComedyCentral‘s Roast by William Shatner in 2006. His cameo as the seedy Orion — who appears to have Tranya-like alcohol around — came as a direct result of his friendship with discovery Writer and producer Akiva Goldsman, who directed Will You Take My Hand? and wrote the story.

“In the beginning, when star trek started getting legs, which was really surprising,” Howard admitted. “I’ve never really been a big sci-fi guy, and while I was really happy to be on the show – because of the cool equipment and because I was fascinated by ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ and all that stuff – it was just a another job. The fact that has stayed in the public consciousness for so long is just my theory that you can’t take this business too seriously.”

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And if the star trek The team turns to Howard to play along Strange New Worlds or lends his voice to one of the current animated adventures, Lower decks and miracle, he would listen. “Oh sure,” Howard said. “I’m an actor and I love work. Virtually every job offer is seriously considered by me, but the fact that it is star trek is a “yes” straight away. How many people were on shows years ago (55) and are still asked to be on incarnations of the same franchise? Clint Howard spans the entire Star Trek franchise

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