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|Born||John Austin Lormer
May 7, 1906
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||March 19, 1986
Burbank, California, U.S.
John Austin "Jon" Lormer (May 7, 1906 – March 19, 1986) was an American actor, known for his guest and supporting roles in television series, such as the 1960s' Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, and Peyton Place.
Lormer made guest appearances on dozens of television series, often appearing multiple times on the same series but as different characters. He appeared in three separate roles in Star Trek: The Original Series: as Dr. Theodore Haskins, in "The Cage" (and "The Menagerie"); as Tamar in "The Return of the Archons"; and as the unnamed old man who speaks the title line in "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky".
From 1959-1963 he made 12 appearances on Perry Mason as a medical examiner/autopsy surgeon. In 1959 he appeared in Lawman as Harry Tate a newspaper editor, in "The Big Hat". In 1960 he played Harry Gillespie in the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Last Chance". Between 1960 and 1963 he was in four episodes of The Twilight Zone. In 1960 he played The Reverend in "Execution". In 1961 he played "Man" in "Dust" (credited as "John Lormer"). In 1962 he played Strauss in "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank" and in 1963 he played the Minister in "Jess-Belle".
He also appeared twice on The Andy Griffith Show, in 1962 as Fletch Dilbeck and in 1964 he played the part of Parnell Rigsby, a farmer who lost his wallet. He also played Reverend Jimson's father in "The Renegade" and Tuscarora tribesman Yellow Knife in "The Flaming Rocks" which were episodes of Daniel Boone.
From 1966 to 1968 he made numerous appearances as Judge Chester on the series Peyton Place.
In 1967 he appeared as Dr. Pierre Blanchard in the 4th season of the science-fiction television show Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in the episode named "Fatal Cargo".
He also appeared (as Nathan Grantham) in the 1982 horror-comedy film Creepshow.
His last television appearance was in a May 1985 episode of Highway to Heaven.
- "Jon Lormer, 80; Played Dozens of Roles on TV". Los Angeles Times. April 1, 1986.
- Jon Lormer at Find a Grave
- Jon Lormer at the Internet Movie Database
- Jon Lormer at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
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