Arthur Batanides

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Arthur Batanides (April 9, 1923[1] – January 10, 2000) was an American film and television actor, originally from Tacoma, Washington.

He became enamored with acting after performing stand-up routines in front of fellow GIs in Europe, during World War II. Educated in dramatic art at the Actors Lab in Los Angeles, followed by extensive stage experience. Recently noted as "Mr. Kirkland" in several installments of the "Police Academy" franchise.

In the 1959-1960 season, Batanides appeared in a supporting role as police Sergeant Olivera in the syndicated crime drama, Johnny Midnight, starring Edmond O'Brien as a New York City actor-turned-private detective.

Batanides guest starred in such series as Crusader, The Twilight Zone, Lost in Space, Mission: Impossible, I Spy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Wild Wild West, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Odd Couple, and Happy Days. He appeared as Bill Golding in the season six, 1963 episode of Perry Mason entitled "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe". One of his more recognizable roles was that of the unfortunate Starfleet officer/geologist D'Amato in the Star Trek episode "That Which Survives". Among his film credits are The Ten Commandments, and Brannigan. He also appeared in several sequels of Police Academy, and the 6th installment (City Under Siege) of the series was his final acting appearance. His final film was Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, before calling it quits for acting.

Batanides died on January 10, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

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  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JG3H-42N : accessed 21 Jan 2013), Arthur Batanides, 10 January 2000; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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