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King Moody



Character actor King Moody was best known for the five seasons in which he appeared in the recurring role of Shtarker, the assistant to evil mastermind Siegfried (Bernie Kopell) on the spy-spoof series Get Smart. Born Robert King Moody in New York City in 1929, he made his screen acting debut at age 29 in Tom Gaeff's notorious low-budget science fiction thriller Teenagers From Outer Space (1959), playing the evil alien spaceship captain. Over the next seven years Moody appeared in all manner of television series, including Tombstone Territory, Sea Hunt, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as well as a few feature films. In 1966, he was cast in the role of Shtarker, the physically imposing but not overly bright villain working alongside Kopell's Siefried, on Get Smart -- the two made a very funny pair, especially when sparring with Don Adams' Maxwell Smart, and given their characters' German names and the origins of the series as a Mel Brooks co-creation, it was inevitable that there would be some comical Nazi elements in their backgrounds (Starker was identified in one episode as a Third Reich track star and "the second man out of El Alemein" -- Siegfried was the first man out). Following the show's cancellation, Moody kept working in one-off roles in various dramas, sitcoms, features, and TV movies, but never had another role as memorable. He was called back into service once more for the 1989 TV movie Get Smart Again. He passed away in 2001.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
45% The Dark Backward
  • Twinkee Doodle
1991
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
  • Dr. Zelf
1991
No Score Yet Wedding Band
  • Detective
1989
No Score Yet Get Smart Again
  • Shtarker
1989
No Score Yet Get to Know Your Rabbit
  • TV Reporter
1972
No Score Yet The Strawberry Statement
  • Television Newscaster
1970
No Score Yet Sweet November
  • Digby
1968
No Score Yet The Destructors
  • Patch
1968
No Score Yet Any Wednesday
  • Milkman
1966
No Score Yet Five Minutes to Love
  • Blowhard
1963
40% Teenagers from Outer Space
  • Captain
1959

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Otto Schiller

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