Victor Lundin

Victor Lundin (December 8, 1929 – July 2, 2013) was an American character actor who is best remembered as appearing in the 1964 science fiction filmRobinson Crusoe on Mars as the character Friday and for having later portrayed the first Klingon seen on screen in the Star Trek television franchise. He also appeared in films directed by Robert Wise and George Stevens, as well as in other television series such as Batman and The Time Tunnel.

Victor Lundin
Born (1929-12-08)December 8, 1929

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 2, 2013(2013-07-02) (aged 83)

Other names Vic Lundin, Raymond Moses
Years active 1958–2013

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Lundin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Dec 8, 1929.[1] His father was from a German American background, and his mother was English. He wanted to work in films from a young age, after enjoying watching them at the cinema where his father worked. While attending Lane Technical College Prep High School,[2] Lundin trained as an opera singer and was on the baseball team.[2][3] During this time, he would take on small roles in broadcast radio productions being produced in Chicago, such as Mystery Theater and Captain Midnight.[2] He began to play semi-pro baseball as a pitcher for the Skokie Indians, but an injury to his throwing arm in his second game ended his career.[2]

Lundin began to study music at Roosevelt University, but after a year won a part in the Lyric Opera of Chicago‘s performance of Don Giovanni, which created an opportunity for him to study abroad in Italy. But he turned this down, instead opting to move to California to pursue his acting dream.[2] He went on to attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles,[3] where he graduated with a B.A. in Communications Arts and Literature.[1] He began to find work in Hollywood, not as an actor but as a singer. He appeared on the variety show Hootenanny as a folk musician and made 24 appearances on The Red Rowe Show in this same capacity. He recorded a handful of songs, later explaining, “We had a couple turntable hits, but the distribution was poor. They didn’t get enough going in sales to do an album”.[2]

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