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Alfred Ryder
...as Robert Crater
Birth name: Alfred Jacob Corn
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 5 January 1916
Place of birth: New York City, New York
Date of death: 16 April 1995
Place of death: Englewood, New Jersey
Character(s): Robert Crater

Alfred Ryder (born Alfred Jacob Corn) (5 January 191616 April 1995; age 79) was the actor who portrayed Robert Crater in the TOS episode "The Man Trap".

Besides Star Trek, he made well over a hundred television guest appearances. These include stints on Outlaws (with future TOS co-star Leonard Nimoy), The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, McCloud (with Diana Muldaur and Ken Lynch), Barnaby Jones (with Lee Meriwether), and Quincy (with Robert Ito and Garry Walberg). He also had a role in the 1974 made-for-TV movie Indict and Convict, with his TOS co-star William Shatner and fellow TOS alumni Susan Howard and Michael Pataki. The following year, he was in the TV movie The Abduction of Saint Anne, with William Windom, James Gregory, Roy Jenson, and Vic Perrin.

Ryder co-starred with fellow TOS guest performers Kim Darby, Jeff Corey, Ron Soble, and John Fiedler in the classic 1969 Western True Grit. His other film credits include T-Men (1947), Hotel (1967, with Ken Lynch and Davis Roberts), The Stone Killer (1973), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975, with Lawrence Montaigne, Paul Sorenson, and Rex Holman), and the cult movie Tracks (1976, with Dean Stockwell).

Ryder retired from acting in 1980 and died fifteen years later. His True Grit co-star and fellow TOS actor John Fiedler also died in Englewood ten years later.

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