Eddie Paskey only has a few titles on his filmography. He appeared in one episode each of the television series Ben Casey, Gomer Pyle: USMC and The Dick Van Dyke Show, and three episodes of Mission: Impossible. But then there's Star Trek: The Original Series, with which he secured his place in pop-culture history.
Paskey played the recurring, mostly uncredited role of Lt. Leslie across nearly 60 episodes, starting with the second TOS pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." He spoke only in "The Alternative Factor," "This Side of Paradise," "The Naked Time," "The Conscience of the King" and "The Doomsday Machine." Oddly enough, Leslie, a red shirt, died in "Obsession," but returned unscathed the following week. The character even got to settle into the captain's chair a couple of times. And, via the magic of special effects and old footage, Leslie appeared in the Deep Space Nine episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations."
Beyond his role as Leslie, Paskey portrayed Connors in "Mudd's Woman" and served as the stand-in for William Shatner and hand-double for James Doohan; he was actually initially hired by TOS associate producer Gregg Peters to be Shatner's stand-in. And it was Shatner who named Leslie... after his eldest daughter. Further, Paskey drove the truck that hit Edith Keeler in "The City on the Edge of Forever" and fired a machine gun in "A Piece of the Action."
A back injury combined with cluster headaches compelled Paskey to retire from acting before the end of Star Trek's run. He went on to own and operate an automobile air conditioning and accessories store in California, where he lives with his wife, Judy. They have four children together. And, more than 50 years on, Paskey remains a popular guest at Star Trek conventions around the world, including, as recently as 2016, Star Trek Las Vegas and Destination Star Trek Europe.
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