Paul Carr (actor)

Paul Carr (actor)

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name = Paul Carr

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birthdate = February 1, 1934
location = New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
deathdate = February 17, 2006
deathplace = Los Angeles, California, USA
othername = Paul W. Carr
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Paul Carr was a character actor who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Carr was a very busy actor for some fifty years in television, film, and on-stage, amassing an enormous list of credits.


Carr grew up in the town of Marrero, in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. As a teenager, he had an interest in music as well as acting. After a short stint in the Marine Corps during his late teens, his acting career began with a role in a New Orleans production of "Billy Budd". By the mid-1950s he was working on live television in New York City, including appearances on the popular "Studio One" and "Kraft Television Theater", while continuing theatrical work in stock companies in Ohio and Michigan; including roles such as 'Peter Quilpe' in "The Cocktail Party", 'Haemon' in Antigone, 'Jack' in "The Rose Tattoo", and 'Hal Carter' in "Picnic". He also toured in summer stock with Chico Marx in "Fifth Season".


Carr made his film debut in 1955 with a small uncredited role in Alfred Hitchcock's fact-based thriller "The Wrong Man" [cite book|title=Talkin' Trek and Other Stories|author=Anthony Wynn|year=2007|publisher=BearManor Media|id=ISBN 1593930747] . That same year, he portrayed a prisoner of war in the New York Theatre Guild production of "Time Limit" on Broadway. His film career continued with a much larger role in Alfred Werker's "The Young Don't Cry" in 1957 starring James Whitmore and Sal Mineo; and that same year he appeared in the jukebox movie "Jamboree".


He worked steadily on television in the late 1950s and early 1960s with guest spots and supporting roles in many Western series such as "Trackdown", "Rawhide", "The Rifleman", and "The Virginian". Later he appeared in detective, medical, and war dramas, including "77 Sunset Strip", "Dr. Kildare", "The Fugitive", and "Twelve O'Clock High", interspersed with occasional film work, including "Captain Newman, M.D.". Other television appearances included "Burke's Law", "Combat!", "Gunsmoke", "The Time Tunnel", "The Invaders", and dozens of other shows in the middle of the decade.

In 1965, Carr won the role of 'Bill Horton', the physician son of protagonist Dr. Tom Horton on "Days of Our Lives". He was later a regular on "General Hospital" and "The Doctors".

Carr went on to work in dozens of other television shows in the intervening years - everything from "Get Smart", "Mannix", "The Rockford Files", and "Murphy Brown".

Science Fiction

He may be remembered best, however, for his various appearances on Sci-Fi shows over the years. In 1964/1965 he had the recurring role of the uptight crewman 'Casey Clark' on "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ". In 1966, he played the role of 'Lt. Lee Kelso', the affable U.S.S. "Enterprise" helmsman who is strangled psychokinetically by the ship's rapidly mutating navigator, 'Lt. Cdr. Gary Mitchell', in the second "Star Trek" pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", giving him the dubious honor of technically being the first dead Red Shirt (technically peachy red since the uniforms in the pilots were made of a different material than the other episodes) in "Star Trek" history. In 1981 he joined the cast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" as 'Lt. Devlin', one of the officers on the Earth Ship "Searcher".


Throughout his career, Carr's first love was the stage. He appeared in nearly 100 stage productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, as well as touring companies, stock, and in regional theatres around the USA. He received the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Actor in the Theatre East production of "Manhattan Express" in 1987 and garnered a 1995 Dramalogue Award for his role in the Los Angeles Repertory production of Assassins. Carr was also a writer and director, and headed the Play Committee of the L.A. Repertory Company.


Carr died of cancer in Los Angeles, California in February 2006. He was survived by his wife Meryl, son, two daughters, and two granddaughters. His final interview will appear in the forthcoming book, "Talkin' Trek and Other Stories" by Anthony Wynn, which is to be published by BearManor Media in early 2008.

Selected Filmography

* "" as Jeff Calvert
* "Spotlight on Paul Carr" (2002) as Himself
* "" (2000) as School headmaster
* "Scorned" (1994) as Kramer
* "" (1993)
* "Dangerous Women" as Ben Cronin
* "Night Eyes" (1990) as Tom Michaelson
* "Eat a Bowl of Tea" (1989) as Fry Cook
* "Under the Boardwalk" (1989) as Track
* "Generations" as Alex Hawkins
* "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" as Lt. Devlin (1981)
* "Raise the Titanic" (1980) as Nicholson
* "Scruples" (1980) as Pat O'Byrnne
* "Greatest Heroes of the Bible" (1978) as Belzar
* "Sisters of Death" (1977) as Mark
* "The Lives of Jenny Dolan" (1975) as Eddie Owens
* "The Deadly Tower" (1975) as Officer C.T. Foss
* "The Bionic Woman" (1975) as Timberlake
* "Adventures of the Queen" (1975) as Walter Fletcher
* "Truck Stop Women" (1974) as Seago
* "The Bat People" (1974) as Dr. Kipling
* "Executive Action" (1973) as Chris
* "A Man for Hanging" (1973) as Shep Barrenger
* "The Dirt Gang" (1972) as Monk and associate producer
* "Ben" (1972) as Kelly
* "Brute Corps" (1972)
* "Trampa mortal" (1972)
* "" (1971) as Hammond
* "General Hospital" as Dr. Peter Taylor #1 (1969)/Milton Stanus (1994)
* "Posse from Hell" (1961) as Jock Wiley
* "The Young Don't Cry" (1957) as Bradley

Associate producer of
* "The Dirt Gang" (1972)


External links

* [ The Official Paul Carr Website]
* [ Crewman Clarks page at]

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