Mr. Roger Perry, a veteran in Hollywood and the entertainment scene, passed away at the age of 85-years-old after a long struggle against prostate cancer. Sources say he died while surrounded by friends and family.
While his career was massive, appearing in many different productions, Perry performed in the first season episode of Star Trek, the TV series, in 1967, a role he has become somewhat of a legend for. He played Captain John Christopher, in the episode, “Tomorrow is Yesterday.”
During his long career, Perry earned many credits, including on stage, on television, and in film, following his discovery by Lucille Ball, who first put him to work under contract to Desilu Studios.
Perry worked with Pat O’Brien in Harrigan and Son, along with Chuck Connors and Ben Gazzara in Arrest and Trial.
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Not only was Perry famous for appearing in a plethora of different films and TV productions, but he also worked as a musical composer for Make A Promise, Keep A Promise.
In a 2012 interview on StarTrek.com, Perry spoke about what he thought about the first episode after all of these years. The humble man he was, he stated that it was possible that he could’ve done “more at that particular moment with that particular scene.”
Perry said it was such a “momentous moment for him,” and there many different things he could’ve tried. Regrets or not, his career continued, and he went on to join The Facts of Life on NBC in 1981.
Perry, born in 1933, May 7th, in Davenport, Iowa, made his debut on screen in 1959 in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. He went on to work in other films like Heaven With A Gun, Follow The Boys, and The Flying Fontaines.
Perry is survived by his brother, Nick, his son, Christopher, as well as his stepchildren and grandchildren.