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...as a Klingon soldier

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...as stunt double for Christopher Plummer

Charlie Skeen (5 February 194912 January 1999; age 49) was a stuntman who portrayed a Klingon soldier in the sixth Star Trek feature film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In addition, he served as stunt double for actor Christopher Plummer in this film. Skeen received no on screen credit for his Trek work.

Born as William Charles Skeen in Sulphur Springs, he served in the United States Marines and in the U.S. Army for eight years, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Skeen served as stunt double for actors such as David Carradine, Pernell Roberts, and for Ross Hagen in the 1990 thriller Click: The Calendar Girl Killer.

During his career of almost twenty years Skeen performed stunts in films such as the crime thriller An Eye for an Eye (1981, with Tony Cecere, Alan Marcus, Joe Farago, and Star Trek VI stunt coordinator Don Pike), the action film Lone Wolf McQuade (1983, with Kane Hodder and Gary J. Wayton), the adventure comedy Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986, with Rick Avery, Eddie Braun, Bob Minor, and Gary Pike), the horror film The Hidden (1987, with Lane Leavitt, Irving E. Lewis, and Gene LeBell), the action film Bulletproof (1988), Wes Craven's horror film Shocker (1989, with Charlie Brewer, Dennis Madalone, Greg Gault, and Patricia Tallman), the action sequel Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990), the action films Death Ring (1992) and Best of the Best 2 (1993), the thriller True Crime (1996, with Joni Avery, Jennifer Caputo, and Bob Minor), and the action thriller Fire Down Below (1997, with Anita Hart, Rosine "Ace" Hatem, Joel Kramer, and Edward Conna).

Following a featured stunt role as Craig Keller in the Alien Nation episode "Three to Tango" in 1989 he portrayed Clay Shaw in the television documentary The JFK Conspiracy (1992, with B.J. Davis and Christopher Doyle). In 1992 he served as stunt coordinator on the action film Shootfighter: Fight to the Death with Trek stunt performers Dennis Keiffer, Chris Torres, Mark Ginther, and Ted Barba. His last known performance can be seen in the action film Berserker, released in 2001.

Skeen died of a heart attack on 12 January 1999 at the Cedar Hill State Park in Dallas, Texas while filming a car stunt for the action series Walker, Texas Ranger. [1] [2]

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