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Sam (crewmember)

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Gender: Male
Species: Human
Affiliation: Starfleet
Status: Alive (2266)
Played by: Robert Herron
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Sam disappearing

Sam disappearing

Sam was a male Human Starfleet crewmember in the 23rd century. He served aboard the USS Enterprise in 2266 under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, during the historic five-year mission.

In that year, Sam and Kirk demonstrated some basic self-defense and throwing techniques in the ship's gymnasium for Charlie Evans, a young man whom the Enterprise was transporting to Earth Colony V. He became frustrated with his inability to master the same techniques. When Sam began laughing at him, he was sent to "oblivion" by Evans utilizing his incredible psychokinetic abilities granted to him by the Thasians. Along with all of the other crewmembers affected by Charlie, Sam was restored by the Thasians when they arrived to retrieve Charlie. (TOS: "Charlie X")


This uncredited role was played by regular series stuntman Robert Herron, although reference books based on the Star Trek Concordance listed the actor playing Sam as Beau Vandenecker. The character was only referred to in the script and episode as "Sam."

In the novelization "Charlie's Law" by James Blish (released by Bantam Books), he was referred to as Sam Ellis, an officer, who was part of McCoy's medical staff. Of note, a seemingly out-of-place lexicon entry for a "Mr. Ellis" also appeared in the Concordance; however, the corresponding text referred rather to Tom Nellis.

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