This list has a long name and it would be “Top five people I wished had been guests on the original Star Trek had the shown gone a forth season”. So here’s the deal I allowed myself to pick five people I would have to liked to have seen in Trek had the shown gone on one more year. I have to list why I think they would have been gone and a role or roles I could have seen them in. Also I had to pick people who were working in Hollywood at the time (1968-1969) but were not a regular part of the cast of another show at the time. Here you go.
Shakiest gun in the west and roles on numerous TV shows in the 60’s and 70’s.
Role for Star Trek-Given her height of five feet ten and her presence I see her as an authority figure and probably alien, possibly on the mean side.
Known for- Gilligan’s Island, This Island Earth, Black Saddle
Role-A scientist of course, but likely not Starfeet because I don’t see him as Military. Either Federation or a civilian scientist on a colony. Of course if he started building a computer out of coconut shells Spock might raise an eyebrow at him.
In his book Johnson said he was a huge Trek fan and auditioned for a few roles on the original show, but never go the part.
Any which way you can, Conan the Barbarian, Laredo and much, much more.
Role-The Klingons on Trek tried to be tough, but they normally didn’t have the muscle to back it up. Smith had the size and the mean streak to be a truely menacing Klingon.
The Birds, Bob Newhart show, a few Disney movies.
Role-I see as a person on a mission, perhaps peace talks. I could see Kirk falling for her, but could also see her being very focused and even stubborn about her mission.
The Penguin in Batman, Rocky movies, a couple of Twilight Zone episodes and a lot more.
Role-Definitely an alien probably a devious one.
When I was kid he would be on something and my mom would walk in the room and say “Burgess Meredith? He’s in everything”. Indeed it did seem that way, but he was never in Trek unfortunately.
**There go, feel free to add your own to the list.