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"M-5 is ready to take control of the ship."

- as Dr. Daystrom from Star Trek, The Ultimate Computer (1968)

WILLIAM MARSHALL

William Marshall was seen as the "King of Cartoons" on the Saturday morning TV kiddie show, Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Dynamic African American leading man and character actor William Marshall trained in Grand Opera, Broadway and Shakespeare. In films from the 50s and 60s including: Lydia Bailey (1952), Something of Value (1957), To Trap a Spy (1964) and was "Attorney General Edward Brooke" in The Boston Strangler (1968) with Tony Curtis.

In the early 1950s, Marshall starred briefly in a series about black police officers, entitled Harlem Detective (1953). The program was canceled when Marshall was named as a communist in Counterattack, an anti-communist newsletter.

Nonetheless, Marshall managed to continue appearing in both television and films. Marshall is perhaps best remembered by television viewers for his roles as "Dr. Richard Daystrom" in the Star Trek (1966) episode, Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968), and as the traveling opera singer on Bonanza: Enter Thomas Bowers (1964).

Marshall also guest stared in two Man from U.N.C.L.E. episodes, The Vulcan Affair (1964) and The Maze Affair (1967).

During the "blaxplotation" films of the 70s he starred in the contemporary vampire melodrama, Blacula (1972), and its sequel, Scream Blacula Scream (1973), and the Exorcist-type film, Abby (1974).

From the 80s, Marshall was seen as the "King of Cartoons" on the Saturday morning TV kiddie show, Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986), replacing actor Gilbert Lewis. It's a job that he accepted on behalf of his grandchildren.

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