Throne in It Takes a Thief, 1968
December 1, 1928|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 13, 2013
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Spouse(s)||Judith Merians (m. 1965-1992; divorced; 2 children)
Marjorie Bernstein Throne (m. 1992-2013; his death)
Malachi Throne (December 1, 1928 – March 13, 2013) was an American stage and television actor, noted for his guest-starring roles on Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lost in Space, Batman, Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Mission: Impossible, and The Six Million Dollar Man, and his recurring role on It Takes a Thief.
Throne was born in New York City and raised in The Bronx. He attended Brooklyn College, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was the son of European immigrants, Samuel and Rebecca Throne. He first appeared on stage at the age of ten in 1939 in the New York Parks Department production of Tom Sawyer as Huckleberry Finn.
Throne was a popular guest star on many television series of the 1960s and 1970s, including Mr. Novak (four episodes), The Defenders, Naked City, The Wild Wild West, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, GE True, Combat!, The Fugitive, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Four-Steps Affair" from 1965), Mannix (as Inspector Frank Kyler in the 1967 episode, "Run Sheep Run"), The High Chaparral, Hogan's Heroes, and Lost in Space.
He co-starred, with Robert Wagner, in the ABC TV series, It Takes a Thief. Throne was a favorite actor of the TV producer Irwin Allen since he appeared in numerous roles in Allen's series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, and Lost in Space, often as several different characters in the same series. See Throne's listing in the Internet Movie Database. Throne played in two episodes of Mission: Impossible on CBS-TV, during seasons one and four, as two different characters.
Roles in Star Trek
Throne provided the voice of "the Keeper" in the Star Trek's first pilot episode, "The Cage", which was not telecast in its original form until 1988, though most of the episode was included within the two-part episode "The Menagerie" which was broadcast in 1966. Throne was hired to play another role in "The Menagerie," which was technically a dual role: a commodore in Starfleet named José I. Mendez, the officer in charge of the starbase where the story begins, and a replica of him created by Talosian illusion, who presides at Spock's court martial. As his voice was recognizably the same as that of the Keeper, the Keeper's voice was electronically altered in pitch. Earlier in The Outer Limits TV series he acted in the episode Cold Hands, Warm Heart along with William Shatner, who starred in it. On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Throne played "Pardek", a Romulan senator, in the two-part episode "Unification". In 2004, he appeared in the second episode of the New Voyages, entitled "In Harm's Way".
Roles in Batman
He played the villain "False Face" in the ABC Batman (1966) series. The character, who used a variety of disguises to effect his nefarious schemes, wore a semitransparent mask when not in the middle of his crimes. The mask rendered Throne's real face unrecognizable on screen. Playing off this effect, but against Throne's wishes, the show's producers wrote the onscreen credit as "? as False Face", denying Throne his screen credit. However, at the end credits of "Holy Rat Race", Throne's full name was credited. Later, he appeared in animation as the voice of Two-Face's superego "the Judge" on The New Batman Adventures (1998), and as the voice of Fingers the Gorilla on the Batman Beyond episode "Speak No Evil" (2000).
Role in Babylon 5
In the 1990s in the American television series Babylon 5, Throne became known to a new generation of science fiction viewers as "Prime Minister Malachi", a high official of the Centauri government in the The Coming of Shadows. (The surprising character's name was not revealed until a later episode.) The Prime Minister's assassination ensured the Centauri would carry out a costly war, one with tragic repercussions, that drove one of the many plot lines in the five year story of the TV series.
Throne lived in Southern California, and he did much local theater work there. He was a member of the Theater West company in Hollywood. He also won critical acclaim for several performances with the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. Much earlier in his career, he had appeared briefly on Broadway (as "Mal Thorne") in Reginald Lawrence's Legend of Lizzie, and other plays. He had a small role in the 2002 film Catch Me if You Can.
Throne died of lung cancer at his Brentwood, California home on March 13, 2013 at the age of 84. In addition to his widow and his sons by his first marriage to Judith Merians, he was survived by two step-children, two grandchildren, and a sister.
- www.huffingtonpost.com Malachi Throne Dead: 'Batman' Actor Dies At Age 84
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- "Malachi Throne profile". IMDb.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
- Barnes, Mike (March 15, 2013). "'Batman' Villain Malachi Throne Dies at 84". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
- "The Cage Page: Behind The Scenes Of Star Trek's First Pilot". Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- IMDb profile of "In Harm's Way"
- Malachi Throne IMDb profile
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