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IKS Bortas helmsman

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Craig, ensign

... as Ensign Craig

Clifton Jones (born 29 April 1943; age 71) is the Jamaican actor who played Ensign Craig in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fifth season episode "Redemption II" in 1991. He also portrayed the IKS Bortas helmsman in the fourth season episode "Redemption". He filmed his scenes for "Redemption" on Tuesday 16 April 1991 on Paramount Stage 9 and for "Redemption II" on Friday 12 July 1991 on Paramount Stage 9. However, Jones received no credit for the part of Ensign Craig.

Jones is primarily known for his roles on British television, with his most prominent role being that of David Kano in the cult science fiction series Space: 1999 during its first season (1975-76). The series also starred Nick Tate as Alan Carter.

Born in Jamaica, Jones moved to Britain in 1958. While studying at the Italia Conti Academy, Jones appeared in a few films, most notably the acclaimed 1962 adventure Billy Budd. Afterward, he became a regular on the British soap opera Emergency-Ward 10. He appeared on several other British shows, including Dixon of Dock Green, Public Eye, Danger Man, The Troubleshooters, Father Dear Father, Z-Cars, The Onedin Line, Softly Softly, Survivors, and The Professionals. He was also a regular on the 1977 series 1990.

In addition to his many television credits, Jones had small roles in such British films as The V.I.P.s (1963), Only When I Larf (1968), Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968), Joanna (1968), and Innocent Bystanders (1972). He also voiced the role of Blackavar in the 1978 animated film adaptation of Richard Adams' novel, Watership Down.

Jones' first US production was the 1979 mini-series Ike, which co-starred Jonathan Banks, Whit Bissell, William Boyett, K Callan, Richard Herd, Laurence Luckinbill, and William Schallert. In 1984 Jones had a supporting role in the fantasy film Sheena, a US/UK co-production. Most recently, Jones appeared in the US film China Moon, along with Roger Aaron Brown.

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