RIP William Campbell – Battled Elvis, Captain Kirk And Had Great Hair
Sad news came through the net over the weekend, classic character actor William Cambell passed away at the age of 87.
Campbell to most people was known for his work on STAR TREK in the classic episodes “The Squire of Gothos” from season one and season two returned to the show in “The Trouble With Tribbles” as the badass Klingon Koloth.
But Campbell appeared in over 80 films and television projects including an Elvis flick, Love Me Tender. I don’t think Campbell really fought Elvis in the film but that would have been cool. He also appeared in the classic horror film Dementia 13 directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1963.
Strangely enough Campbell became well known as the husband of actress Judith Exner (his first wife) a woman who later admited to an affair with then president John F. Kennedy and that she set up meetings between him and and Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana, who also was her lover.
Campbell was extremely popular on the Star Trek convention circuit as a great guest and kind to the fans. He used that poplularity as a great fund raiser for the Motion Picture & Television Fund and passed away at their hospital in Woodland Hills.
On the MPTV FUND website mentions that William is survived by his wife Tereza and In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Here’s a link:
Pass on, Brother.