Joseph Ruskin

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Joseph Ruskin
Born Joseph Richard Schlafman
(1924-04-14)April 14, 1924
Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died December 28, 2013(2013-12-28) (aged 89)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–2013

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 also appeared in the film Smokin' Aces. He appeared 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 uncredited voice role of the Kanamits from 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".

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

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, having aired on January 5th, 1968.

He also appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, playing as 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".

Ruskin then appeared in his first and only Star Trek film role, cast as a "Son'a" officer in Star Trek: Insurrection.

Ruskin went on to make 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 26th, 2001.

Partial filmography[edit]


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