his acting career, Eddie Paskey worked with his father running a service
station in Pacific Palisades where many of their customers were members of
the TV and movie industry. His acquaintance with Irving Elman,
producer of the Ben Casey series, led to a small part as a
motorcycle officer on the show in 1965. His one and only line to
actor Ben Johnson, "Do you want to follow me to the hospital?"
This was followed by bit parts on other series
including Mission Impossible, Police Story, and the second pilot for Star
Trek. In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", he was
background actor, playing a guard. When the series sold, he began
appearing regularly. This led to him being used in actual scenes, as
a stand-in for William Shatner during scene set-ups, and often as a
stand-in for Shatner in long shots.
He can be seen in nearly every episode from the
first two seasons as well as a few from the third. He played many
scenes as a "red shirt", usually the first to die when exploring a planet.
He is the only one though, to have died in one episode ("Obsession") and
returned in the next! This was due to to the fact that a scene from
the script that was never shot indicated that the victims were brought
back to life!
It was during the third year of the series that
Eddie decided it was time to retire from Star Trek. He had been
having cluster headaches that were further aggravated by the set lighting.
In a scene in which he received a "Spock pinch" and was thrown against a
railing, he felt his back go out. At this point, Eddie knew he could
no longer handle the job's activities.