Joseph Ruskin

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Joseph Ruskin
Joseph Richard Schlafman

(1924-04-14)April 14, 1924
DiedDecember 28, 2013(2013-12-28) (aged 89)
Years active1955–2013

Joseph Ruskin (born Joseph Richard Schlafman) (April 14, 1924 – December 28, 2013) was an American character actor.


Ruskin appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits, called "Production and Decay of Strange Particles". He appeared in the film Smokin' Aces. He played in The Time Tunnel episode, "Revenge of the Gods," as well as two separate, two-part Mission: Impossible episodes: "Old Man Out" and "The Slave". He had an non-credited voice role of one of the Kanamits in The Twilight Zone episode, "To Serve Man", a season after playing the genie in another episode, "The Man in the Bottle". Ruskin also appeared in the Hogan's Heroes episode "The Gestapo Takeover".

Star Trek[edit]

In Star Trek: The Original Series, Ruskin played the part of Galt in "The Gamesters of Triskelion", an episode of the second season, originally aired on January 5, 1968.

He appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9), portraying the Klingon Tumek. He appeared as this character in two episodes of DS9, "The House of Quark" and "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places", which aired in October 1994 and October 1996, respectively. In between these episodes, he was cast as a Cardassian informant in the third season episode "Improbable Cause".

Following this, Ruskin appeared in his only Star Trek film role, cast as a Son'a officer in Star Trek: Insurrection. He made an appearance in Star Trek: Voyager in the episode "Gravity", first airing on February 3, 1999, in which he played a Vulcan master.

Ruskin's final Star Trek appearance was in Star Trek: Enterprise. He appeared as a "Suliban" doctor in the pilot episode "Broken Bow", which aired on September 26, 2001.


Ruskin died on December 28, 2013 at a hospital in Santa Monica, California.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary for Joseph Ruskin,; accessed February 26, 2014

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