Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Never to be Forgotten: Joseph Ruskin 1924-2013
Character actor Joseph Ruskin died last Saturday, 28 December 2013, at the age of 89. In his career that spanned six decades, he had roles on such genre shows as Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Star Trek, as the thrall master Galt in the episode entitled The Gamesters of Triskelion. And that's just in the 1960s.
Other roles in genre TV include Rod Serling's Night Gallery, The Six Million Dollar Man, Planet of the Apes, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Project U.F.O and a whole slew of new Star Trek shows, including Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise as well as the movie Star Trek: Insurrection.
Ruskin's credits stretch from 1955 to 2006. He was never a regular on any series, though he did return to some series in different roles. He just kept working, one role at a time for a half a century, a total of 151 credits on imdb.com. It's not an easy way to make a living, but I for one am glad he did it, because he had some very memorable roles. On Twilight Zone, he played a genie in an episode called The Man in the Bottle and he was the voice of the alien in the classic To Serve Man.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Joseph Ruskin, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.