On This Day … 23 February [2023]

People (Births)

  • 1932 – Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (d. 2008)

People (Deaths)

  • 1998 – Philip Abbott, American actor and director (b. 1924)

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (born Majel Leigh Hudec; 23 February 1932 to 18 December 2008) was an American actress and producer. She was best known for her roles as various characters in the Star Trek franchise: Nurse Christine Chapel (in the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and two films of the franchise), Number One (also in the original series), Lwaxana Troi (on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and the voice of most onboard computer interfaces throughout the series from 1966 to 2009. She married Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in 1969. As his wife and given her relationship with Star Trek – participating in some way in every series during her lifetime – she was sometimes referred to as “the First Lady of Star Trek”.

Philip Abbott

Philip Abbott (20 March 1924 to 23 February 1998) was an American character actor. He appeared in several films and numerous television series, including a lead role as Arthur Ward in the crime series The F.B.I. Abbott was also the founder of Theatre West in Los Angeles.

Abbott was a secondary lead in several films of the 1950s and 1960s, including Miracle of the White Stallions (1963) as Colonel Reed.

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