TNG Guest Star Nehemiah Persoff Dies at 102

The oldest residing male actor to have appeared in a “Star Trek” sequence or film has handed away. Nehemiah Persoff, who performed Palor Toff within the third-season “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Most Toys,” died on April 5 on the age of 102, in response to Deadline. Persoff assumed the title of oldest residing male “Star Trek” actor after the loss of life of Norman Lloyd in 2021 on the age of 106. Other actors and actresses from the franchise who eclipsed the century mark embrace Ellen Albertini Dow, Viola Stimpson, Olaf Pooley, Shep Houghton, Dick Cherney, Marsha Hunt, and Ivy Bethune. Hunt, at 104, is now each the oldest residing “Trek” actor and the oldest residing feminine “Trek” performer.

Persoff was born in Jerusalem and got here to America in 1929. He went uncredited in one in all his earliest movies, “A Street Car Named Desire.” Persoff performed the cab driver within the taxi when Marlon Brando delivered his well-known “I coulda been a contender” speech. Persoff went on to get pleasure from a prolific profession on stage, in movies, and on tv, working into his mid-80s when well being considerations prompted him to retire. Among his many, many tasks had been “I, Spy” “Some Like It Hot,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Gunsmoke,” “Voyage of the Damned,” “Logan’s Run,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Fantasy Island,” “Sadat,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Twins,” a number of of the animated “An American Tail” options (because the voice of Papa Mousekewitz), and his remaining credit score, “Angels in America.” Persoff is maybe greatest recognized for taking part in the daddy of director and star Barbra Streisand’s character within the film musical, “Yentl.”

In his one and solely Star Trek look, Persoff performed a humanoid alien named Palor Toff. A service provider and collector, Persoff sported not simply elaborate facial make-up and a colourful costume (a inexperienced gown), but in addition a fantastic gold band that began on his brow, wrapped round his head, and linked to the facet of his nostril. Here’s the outline of Toff from the Memory Alpha website: “In 2366, Kivas Fajo paid a go to to Toff’s residence on Lya IV and introduced him aboard to see the brand new centerpiece of his assortment, Lieutenant Commander Data, a Soong-type android. However, whereas Toff was there, Data acted like an inanimate object, inflicting Toff to suppose Fajo had been tricked. He discovered the entire thing amusing, and retreated to ‘play’ with Varria, whom he thought to be extra enjoyable than ‘Fajo’s new toy.'”

After his retirement from appearing, Persoff spent a lot of his time portray after which displaying and promoting his artworks. He additionally, in 2021, printed a memoir titled, “The Many Faces of Nehemiah.” Persoff was preceded in loss of life by his spouse of just about 70 years, Thia, who died in 2021 of most cancers.

Not lengthy after he’d turned 102 final yr, Persoff sat for a Zoom interview with GrowingBolder. Asked about dropping his spouse and if he considered dying, Persoff replied, “Who is aware of? It’s the tip. When we’re born, we head for dying. We die all the way in which from the day we’re born. I’ll… I’ll die, and that is okay. That’s fantastic. I’ve had my share. I’m glad. I’m happy and will go as we speak. Fine. But… I do not need to.”

According to Deadline, he’s survived by his youngsters Daniel, Jeff, Perry, and Dahlia, in addition to a number of grandchildren and nieces and nephews.


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