Born in Los Angeles, California, William Schallert began acting while still a student at the University of Southern California, and moved into television (mainly in supporting roles) in the early 1950s.
Schallert is best remembered as Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show (1963-66), and for Elvis fans, he was Abel Esterlake (screen father to Ellie Esterlake, who Elvis sang Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby to) in Speedway (released 1968).
He is also remembered for playing the role of Nilz Baris in the Star Trek episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" with his last TV appearance in 2014 on an episode of the sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
With almost 400 screens credits (film and television) to his name, and as a one-time Screen Actors Guild President (1971-1981), William Schallert will continue to be remembered and seen on screens the world over. Schallert died suddenly in his Pacific Palisades home on Sunday, 8 May. He was 93. RIP William Schallert (July 6 1922 - May 8 2016).