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RIP: Lawrence Montaigne – Star Trek, Escape to Witch Mountain, Batman

Lawrence Montaigne passed away March 17, 2017.
Montaigne as Stonn “Amok Time”
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Lawrence Montaigane, 86, passed away March 17, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Montaigane, a veteran character actor, is best remembered for his roles on the original Star Trek series as the Romulin Decius in Balance of Power and the Vulcan Stonn in the episode Amok Time. He also appeared in such films as Escape to Witch Mountain and John Carpenters’ Deadly Blessing.

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Rome, Italy, Montaigne had a talent for languages that served him well through his years of acting, both here and abroad. Montaigane served in the U. S. Marine Corps before starting first on Broadway as a dancer and then to Hollywood. He appeared on both the large and small screen, proving himself a versatile character actor. He appeared in such films as, Damon and Pythias, The Great Escape, Escape to Witch Mountain,  and Deadly Blessing. He also appeared on several television shows, such as, Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Time Tunnel.

Montaigane as Decius in Balance of Power.
Image: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com

Montaigane told StarTrek.com in an interview about his interaction with Star Trek fans, “I love it,” he said. “I’m out of touch. I’m living in Vegas, not in Los Angeles. I’m not in the hub of things. So, when I’m in Vegas, not only do I enjoy seeing the fans, but I have the opportunity to see people I’ve worked with, people I’ve known for years, people I don’t otherwise have an opportunity to see on a social basis because of geography. The fans are so great. Some of the fans come back year in and year out, so we’re on a first-name basis. We’ll talk about the things they’ve done in the past year and, likewise, I’ll talk about what I’ve done. So, it’s a lot of fun. I can’t imagine an actor who’s worked on Star Trek not wanting to get involved and do these conventions.”

Our hearts go out to Montaigane’s family and friends. Though not as directly in the spotlight as some, he has still left a lasting image in our hearts.

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