Joseph RuskinStar Trek guest star Joseph Ruskin passed away on December 28 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, of natural causes. Ruskin was 89 years old.

Ruskin was the go-to Star Trek guest. He played Galt in The Original Series episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” the Klingon Tumek in the DS9 episodes “The House of Quark” and “Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places,” a Cardassian informant in DS9’s “Improbable Cause,” a Vulcan master in the Voyager hour “Gravity” and a Suliban doctor in the Enterprise series opener, “Broken Bow.” Ruskin also played a Son’a officer in Star Trek: Insurrection and provided voices for the Star Trek video games Hidden Evil and Away Team. In what turned out to be his final feature, Smokin’ Aces, Ruskin shared scenes with Star Trek’s future Captain Kirk, Chris Pine.

Ruskin had a prolific film, television and stage actor’s career, which spanned from 1955 to 2013 and his credits included:

  • The Honeymooners – The Twilight Zone
  • GaltThe Untouchables – The Outer Limits
  • Mission: Impossible – The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Charlie’s Angels – Hill Street Blues
  • Prizzi’s Honor – ER
  • The Scorpion King – Alias
  • Smokin’ Aces – Bones

He co-starred in The Antaeus Company’s production of The Crucible, directed by Deep Space Nine’s Armin Shimerman.

Ruskin was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, and he served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild from 1976 to 1999. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ruskin is survived by his wife, Barbara Greene Ruskin; daughter, Alicia Ruskin, and son-in-law, Larry Bucklan; step-daughters Rachel Greene, Martha Greene and Liza Page

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