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

Star Trek[edit]

Ruskin is one of the actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (1966) (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and then in every spin off. Along with Majel Barrett, Clint Howard and Jack Donner, he is one of only four actors to appear in both the original Star Trek series and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).

Selected television appearances[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Ruskin was married twice to Patricia Herd (1968–1979, divorce), once to Rusty Gagnon (1982-1986, divorce) and to Barbara Greene on May 24, 1992 (until his death).[2]


  1. ^ Obituary for Joseph Ruskin,; accessed February 26, 2014
  2. ^ Joseph Ruskin at the Internet Movie Database