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Felix Locher

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White-haired, dignified, avuncular Swiss-born character actor Felix Locher (pronounced "Lo-Shay") didn't begin acting until the age of 73, completely on a whim and through an accident of fate. The father of 1940s action star Jon Hall (born Charles Locher), Felix Locher had made his living in a multitude of capacities for much of his adult life, including inventor (he held 100 copyrights and patents relating to a unique mapping system that he used when lecturing military officers) and salesman (principally of insurance). He chanced to visit his son while the latter was preparing for the movie Hell Ship Mutiny (1957) and, seeing the script, remarked that he would be perfect to play the elderly Tahitian chief. The elder Locher not only believed that he looked the part but also that he knew how to play it, having lived in Tahiti. His son dismissed the idea, pointing out that his father had never acted, much less done anything else in front of a camera; but then he was spotted by the director of the movie, who decided that the dignified, well-spoken 73-year-old would, in fact, be perfect for the chief. Following that screen debut, Locher spent the next couple of years reading plays and doing scenes in his agent's office, and gradually started attending auditions. He got small parts on Have Gun Will Travel, The Loretta Young Show, and movies, including the ultra low-budget horror film Frankenstein's Daughter. Later that same year, Locher got the biggest movie part of his career, a Basque leader in the drama Thunder in the Sun (1959) starring Susan Hayward and Jeff Chandler. Locher remained busy on television and in movies into the '60s, appearing in more than 30 productions, and, ironically, was active for several years after his son's career had ended. His most well-remembered roles were in Frankenstein's Daughter, portraying the loving scientist uncle of the heroine, and in the second season Star Trek episode "The Deadly Years," portraying the prematurely aged and senile expedition leader Robert Johnson. Locher died in 1969 at the age of 87.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet California
  • Don Pablo Hernandez
1963
No Score Yet Frankenstein's Daughter
  • Carter Morton
1958
No Score Yet Curse of the Faceless Man
  • Dr. Emanuel
1958
No Score Yet Hell Ship Mutiny
  • Parea
1957

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Robert Johson
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • 2nd Man
  • 1961
  • 1960

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