Clint Howard Spans the Whole ‘Star Trek’ Franchise

Clint Howard is the very definition of a personality actor – and a Star Trek favourite. Unmistakable in look and voice, Howard can stake declare to a profession that spans parts of seven a long time – and he is nonetheless solely in his 60s – and encompasses greater than 250 movie and tv credit. He’s popped up in huge hits and Oscar-winners and, with out apology, greedy that work is figure and payments should be paid, Howard’s CV consists of dozens of deliciously tacky B-movies. Among his credit are Gentle Ben, Winnie the Pooh (voice of Roo in a number of iterations), The Andy Griffith Show, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Apollo 13, The Dentist, Solo: A Star Wars Story, 3 from Hell, and Pam & Tommy. Several of these initiatives had been directed by his brother, actor-turned-director Ron Howard. Clint and Ron most lately collaborated on a memoir, The Boys, that’s out now.

Also amongst these 250-plus credit are 4 official visits to the Star Trek universe. Howard began in 1966 with the position of Balok within the first-season Star Trek episode, ‘The Corbomite Maneuver,’ adopted by his roles as Grady in Deep Space Nine‘s ‘Past Tense, Part II’ in 1995, Muk within the Enterprise installment “Acquisition’ in 2003, and an Orion within the Discovery hour ‘Will You Take Me Hand?’ in 2018. Howard, in actual fact, is to this point the primary and solely actor to shoot scenes for an episode of The Original Series and an episode of Discovery; Leonard Nimoy appeared on Discovery through archive footage.

Howard already was a veteran baby actor when, at age seven, he auditioned for and gained the position of Balok. The character, an grownup, however childlike in look, commanded and was the only occupant of the Fesarius, flagship of the First Federation. After making First Contact utilizing a fearsome puppet to threaten the Enterprise, Balok revealed his true self, finally inviting Kirk, McCoy and touchdown social gathering member Dave Bailey (Anthony Call) aboard his ship. There, they shared tranya, and Bailey agreed to remain aboard the Fesarius to maintain the lonely alien firm. ‘The Corbomite Maneuver’ routinely – and deservedly – ranks among the many prime 10 finest episodes of Star Trek, lauded for embracing “the opposite” and celebrating exploration. The episode was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1967 within the “Best Dramatic Presentation” class.

“I bear in mind getting the skullcap placed on,” Howard advised “They’d requested me if I needed to shave my head, and at the moment I used to be going to a public faculty in Burbank and I stated, ‘No, thanks.’ I’ve bought footage of the make-up man, stills of them placing the piece on me. I bear in mind vividly placing on the skullcap. More than something, I bear in mind getting ready for the job. My dad (actor Rance Howard) was at all times about preparation. So, as a younger actor, I at all times went in being very ready. They had been initially going to make use of my voice, however they ended up utilizing a synthesizer (together with the voice of the late Walker Edmiston). That was a brand-new factor, a synthesizer.

“Anyway, I needed to study the scene and, for a little bit man like me at the moment, it was a mouthful,” he continued. “So, I bear in mind all my preparation. Then, I bear in mind being on the Bridge. I made certain my dad took an image of me standing there, and sitting within the captain’s chair. Everyone was actual pleasant. But the expertise of capturing it, that was like doing every other scene. You have your traces and also you do it and the following factor you are accomplished.”

Howard by no means noticed Star Trek‘s reputation coming, however reviews that he is been blissful, even honored, to experience the wave for 55 years and counting. He nonetheless attends autograph occasions and Star Trek conventions, and he reprised his position as Balok for Comedy Central’s roast of William Shatner in 2006. His cameo as a shady Orion – who appears to have tranya-esque booze close by – occurred as a direct results of his friendship with Discovery writer-producer Akiva Goldsman, who directed ‘Will You Take My Hand?’ and co-wrote the story.

“At the start, when Star Trek began to have legs, it was actually stunning,” Howard admitted. “I’ve by no means really been an enormous sci-fi man, and though I used to be actually blissful to be on the show – due to the cool gadgets and since the ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ and all that stuff was fascinating to me – it was simply one other job. The incontrovertible fact that has stayed within the public’s consciousness for such an extended time period, it simply goes again to my principle that you simply can not take this enterprise too critically.”

Ready for More

And if the Star Trek crew approaches Howard about appearing in Strange New Worlds or lending his voice to one of many present animated adventures, Lower Decks and Prodigy, he’d pay attention. “Oh, certain,” Howard stated. “I’m an actor and I really like gainful employment. Virtually each job provide will get a authentic consideration from me, however the truth that it is Star Trek is a ‘Yes’ on the drop of a hat. How many individuals have been on reveals (55) years in the past and are nonetheless being requested to be in incarnations of the identical franchise?”


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