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Don Marshall (1936 - 2016)

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Don Marshall (1936 - 2016)

Don Marshall, an actor whose TV credits include “Land of the Giants” and an episode of the original “Star Trek” series, died Oct. 30, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 80.

A longtime friend of the actor, actress BarBara Luna, also announced the death in a Facebook post:

Marshall died “at Cedars Sinai Hospital on Sunday evening October 30, 2016 at approximately 8 pm. Don transitioned peacefully; at his bedside were his daughter, son, and twin brother Doug Marshall. A memorial service is to be determined.”

Marshall is known best for having played the adventurer Dan Erickson on “Land of the Giants.” The one-hour science fiction series, created and produced by Irwin Allen, ran from 1968 to 1970.

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Marshall was born May 2, 1936, in San Diego, California. He initially studied engineering after graduating from high school but took up acting on the advice of a friend.

After debuting in the 1961 film “The Interns,” Marshall accepted a role on the 1964 television show “Great Getting’ Up Mornin’” alongside actress Nichelle Nichols. Nichols went on to play communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” TV series. The two actors again worked together when Marshall played Lt. Boma in the 1967 episode of “Star Trek” titled “The Galileo Seven.”

His other television credits included appearances on “Tarzan,” “Dragnet 1967,” “Ironside,” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

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