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Edward J. Paskey, better known as Eddie Paskey, (born 20 August 1939; age 75) is an actor remembered mainly for his role as Lieutenant Leslie, a recurring character during Star Trek: The Original Series.

He appeared in 57 episodes but only received onscreen credit for "The Alternative Factor" and "This Side of Paradise". His speaking opportunities on the series were limited to the two onscreen credited episodes plus "The Naked Time" and "The Conscience of the King". In addition to his role as Lieutenant Leslie, he portrayed Connors in "Mudd's Women".

Paskey served as William Shatner's stand-in.[1] He was also a hand-double for James Doohan, who was missing a finger, in "Wolf in the Fold" and "That Which Survives". In "The City on the Edge of Forever", he was the truck driver who struck and killed Edith Keeler.[2] For the episode "Patterns of Force", he appeared as an Ekosian underground resistance member and the chauffeur who drove a Nazi-disguised Kirk and Spock.[3] He retired during the third season due to a back injury and the severe headaches which were aggravated by the stage lighting on the set.[4]

Aside from his work in Star Trek, his other television credits include appearances on Ben Casey (1965) (with Marsha Hunt and Harry Landers), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1966), The Lucy Show, and Mission: Impossible (1966, with George Takei, Barry Russo, Vic Tayback, William Smithers, Michael Barrier, Jack Donner, Makee K. Blaisdell, Chuck Courtney, Bob Johnson, and Don Marshall).

After retiring from acting, Paskey and his wife, Judy, established "The Air Shop", a car-detailing business, in Santa Ana, California in 1981. He and Judy continued to operate the business until they sold it in 2002.[5]

He was interviewed for an article in Starlog, a science fiction magazine, in July 1988. He tried to return to acting after his pain had disappeared but he had lost many of his Hollywood contacts. Although he thought about auditioning for Star Trek: The Motion Picture initially, he later reconsidered. He also admitted that he was a fan of the Star Trek films but not the spin-off series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Paskey appeared in the pilot episode of the fan-produced Internet series Star Trek: New Voyages, "Come What May", in January 2004. This time, he portrayed Admiral Leslie, the father of Lieutenant Leslie.

Star Trek appearances Edit

Appearances as Leslie Edit

Further readingEdit

  • Kathleen M. Gooch, Lieutenant Who?, Starlog, issue 132, p. 93

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