William Schallert (born July 6, 1922 in Los Angeles, California), is an actor who has appeared in many movies and television series such as The Smurfs, The Rat Patrol, Gunsmoke, and Get Smart.
He is best known as patriarch Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show and as teacher Leander Pomfritt on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
He is also very well known for playing the role of Nilz Baris on the Star Trek episode entitled "The Trouble with Tribbles". In a departure from his typical gentle and fatherly screen persona, he played a comically irritating bureacrat. He also appeared in the archive footage of that episode which was used in the popular Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations". Schallert appeared in DS9 himself, in the second season episode "Sanctuary", in which he played Varani, a Bajoran musician.
Schallert starred in an innovative 1964 TV pilot for ABC called Philbert, which combined live action camera work and animation. Created by Friz Freleng and...
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Innerspace is an Academy Award-winning 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film was based around a spoof of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage. It stars Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Martin Short, and Kevin McCarthy with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith.Jack Putter (Martin Short) is a hypochondriac who begins to hear voices in his head. He later discovers the reason: A top-secret miniaturization experiment has gone wrong. Hotshot pilot Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) has been placed into a submarine and miniaturized to microscopic size; he has been accidentally injected into Jack's "inner space."The movie has won praise for its impressive special effects because of improvements in effects technology, which were more sophisticated than those in Fantastic Voyage which the film spoofs.The main vessel used in the miniaturization experiment. Piloted by Tuck Pendelton. The pod has a number of features designed around the mission...,
Colossus: The Forbin Project is an apocalyptic science fiction film based upon the 1966 novel Colossus, by Dennis Feltham Jones, about the massive, eponymous American defense computer becoming sentient and deciding to assume control of the world. Although unsuccessful when released, it is well respected by science fiction aficionados and critics. Imagine Entertainment and Universal studios have confirmed that a remake titled Colossus, to be directed by Ron Howard, is in production.Dr. Charles A. Forbin (Eric Braeden) is the chief designer of a secret government project. He and his team have built a gigantic and fantastically advanced supercomputer, called "Colossus", to control all of the United States and Allied nuclear weapons systems. Colossus is built to be impervious to any attack, encased within a mountain and powered by its own nuclear reactor. When it is activated, the Kennedy-esque President of the United States (Gordon Pinsent) announces its existence, proudly...,
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a Walt Disney film from 1969, starring Alan Hewitt, Kurt Russell, Frank Webb, and Joe Flynn. It was the first in a trilogy of films made by Disney using the setting of Medfield College. Tagline:Programmed for laughs!The film is about a student, Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell), as well as his alma mater, Medfield College, a struggling private college that receives a computer from its sponsor, the A.J. Arno company. The trade between the company and Medfield seems harmless, until we find out that the A.J. Arno company's namesake and founder (Cesar Romero) is really the boss of a gambling ring with illegal operations all over the state. The computer that the company has given to the school is loaded with illegal information, which is put into Dexter Riley's head after he receives a huge shock while installing a new part into the computer. Dexter is now a human computer, able to complete the toughest exams in a minute, capable of speaking in other languages,...,
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 film, based on the John Ball novel published in 1965 of the same name, which tells the story of a Northern Black police detective who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi. It won the Academy Award for best picture in 1967.
In 2002 the United States Library of Congress deemed the original film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. The quote, "They call me Mister Tibbs!", was listed as #16 on the American Film Institute's AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes, a list of top movie quotes.
The film was followed by two sequels, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! in 1970, and The Organization in 1971. It also became the basis of a television series entitled In the Heat of the Night, starring Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Alan Autry, David Hart, Anne-Marie Johnson and Hugh O'Connor.
Part of the movie was filmed in Sparta, Illinois, where many of the film's landmarks...
Them! is a 1954 science fiction film about humanity's battle with a nest of giant mutant ants. One of the first of the "nuclear monster" movies, Them! was the biggest moneymaker for Warner Bros. Pictures in the year of its release. It starred James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon and James Arness.The film was #72 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.The film begins with Peterson (Whitmore) investigating a string of mysterious attacks and killings in the New Mexico desert. The death of a vacationing FBI agent and most of his family (except for a hysterical little girl) brings in Graham (Arness), and the discovery of a strange set of tracks attracts the attention of the Medfords (Gwenn and Weldon), a father/daughter team of entomologists from Washington D.C., who theorize and then prove that the culprits are a nest of ants, mutated to giant size by nearby atomic testing.The authorities attack the nest with poison and kill the inhabitants, but not before two young queens hatch and...,
William Schallert was born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County