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Akuta
Actor: Keith Andes
Character: Akuta
Series: TOS
Episode: "The Apple"
Born: 12 July 1920
Place of Birth: Ocean City, New Jersey, USA
Died: 11 November 2005
Place of Death: Canyon County, California, USA

Keith Andes (12 July 192011 November 2005; age 85) was an American actor who appeared in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, playing Akuta in the episode "The Apple".

Born as John Charles Andes, after serving with the US Army Air Corps during World War II, he performed in the 1943 Broadway musical Winged Victory and had a minor part in the film version the following year. He later appeared opposite Lucille Ball in her only Broadway musical, Wildcat, in 1960, and later appeared with her again on The Lucy Show.

Other television series on which he has made guest appearances include The Outer Limits (1964, with Jason Wingreen, Skip Homeier, Peter Duryea and James Doohan) and Death Valley Days (1965, hosted by Ronald Reagan, with "Spectre of the Gun" guest actor Gregg Palmer). He also appeared in the TV movies The Ultimate Imposter (1979, with TNG/DS9's Rosalind Chao, Gregory Barnett, and Robert Phillips) and Blinded by the Light (1980, with Phillip Richard Allen). In addition, he provided the voice for the title character in the cartoon Birdman and the Galaxy Trio (1967), alongside Ted Cassidy's Meteor Man.

Andes portrayed Johann Strauss, Jr. in the 1955 musical The Great Waltz, based on the life and music of the composer. He has also appeared in several classic films, including The Farmer's Daughter (1947), Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952, with Anthony Caruso), Clash by Night (1952), Away All Boats (1956, with Don Keefer, Parley Baer, Hal Baylor, Chuck Courtney), Pillars of the Sky (1956, with Michael Ansara and Richard Hale), The Girl Most Likely (1957), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970, with William Schallert), and ...And Justice for All (1979, with J.G. Hertzler).

By 2005, Andes had been suffering from several ailments, including bladder cancer. On 11 November 2005, Andes was found dead at his home in Newhall, California, at the age of 85. His cause of death was determined to be suicide by asphyxiation.[1]

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