Melvin Belli was one of California's more colorful attorneys. He is known as "the King of Torts" for his propensity for taking personal injury cases and for a celebrity clientèle that included Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lana Turner, and Tony Curtis. His involvement with Hollywood led Belli to take the occasional acting job beginning with a memorable appearance on the original Star Trek television series in 1968. In the episode titled "And the Children Shall Lead," he played Gorgan, an alien corrupter of youth. He subsequently cameoed in Wild in the Streets (1968) and played small roles in but a few more films.