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GARY LOCKWOOD BIOGRAPHY
Gary Lockwood (born John Gary Yurosek; February 21, 1937) is an American actor known for his role as the astronaut Dr. Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell in the Star Trek episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (1966).
Born in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley of southern California, Lockwood’s birth name was John Gary Yurosek. He is of partial Polish descent. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles on a football scholarship to play quarterback. He was married to actress Stefanie Powers in the 1960s and Denise DuBarry in the 1980s.
Lockwood was a movie stuntman, and a stand-in for Anthony Perkins prior to his acting debut in 1959 in an uncredited bit role in Warlock.
Lockwood’s two series came early in his career, and each lasted only a single season. ABC’s Hawaii-set Follow the Sun (1961–62) cast him in support of Brett Halsey and Barry Coe, who played adventurous magazine writers based in Honolulu. Lockwood was Eric Jason, who did the legwork for their articles, but his on-screen time was limited since most of the plot focused on Halsey or Coe. In the story, Eric Jason was said to have been born on December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day), but Lockwood was actually born nearly five years earlier. Another series regular was Gigi Perreau, who played the writers’ secretary. Lockwood had earlier played a soldier with a crush on Mary Stone (Shelley Fabares) on the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show.
Lockwood made an impression in a supporting role in the film Splendor in the Grass (1961) and appeared in ABC’s Bus Stop (also 1961) as a 24-year-old rodeo cowboy named Bo in love with an 18-year-old singer, Cherie, played by Tuesday Weld. The 26-week series, which starred Marilyn Maxwell as the owner of a diner in fictitious Sunrise, Colorado, aired a half-hour after Follow the Sun. He would star again with Weld in his film debut, 1961’s Wild in the Country, with Elvis Presley. He again joined Presley in the musical-comedy film, It Happened at the World’s Fair, in 1963.
Thereafter, Lockwood starred with Jeff Bridges in the acclaimed “My Daddy Can Beat Your Daddy” episode of CBS’s anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show (which starred Lloyd Bridges, the father of Jeff Bridges). In 1962, Lockwood appeared on Perry Mason as the title character in “The Case of the Playboy Pugilist.” In 1963, Lockwood co-starred with Elvis Presley in the musical-comedy film, It Happened at the World’s Fair.
In 1963-1964, Lockwood starred as a young U.S. Marine second lieutenant named William T. (“Bill”) Rice in the NBC series The Lieutenant. This drama, about the peacetime Marines, was produced by the creators of Star Trek (Gene Roddenberry) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Norman Felton). The series co-starred Robert Vaughn as Lieutenant Rice’s immediate superior, Captain Raymond Rambridge. Despite moderately good reviews, The Lieutenant’s Saturday night time slot, opposite CBS’ Jackie Gleason’s Scene Magazine, caused its cancellation after 29 episodes. In 1965, Lockwood guest-starred as Major Gus Denver in the first season, episode 29, “V For Vendetta” of 12 O’Clock High. He also guest-starred as Lt. Josh McGraw in season 2, episode 4, “The Idolator” of 12 O’Clock High.
Shortly afterwards, Lockwood starred in another NBC television series The Kraft Mystery Theater (also known as Crisis) in an episode titled “Connery’s Hands”. He was cast opposite Sally Kellerman, with whom he would soon appear again as Helmsman Gary Mitchell in the second Star Trek pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (1965) in which their characters develop god-like powers.
In 1966, Lockwood guest starred as Clint Bethard in the episode “Reunion” of ABC’s The Legend of Jesse James, starring Christopher Jones in the title role of Jesse James. That same year, Lockwood appeared as Danny Hamil on the episode “Day of Thunder” of NBC’s drama, The Long Hot Summer, based loosely on the works of William Faulkner. He appeared twice in 1966 as Jim Stark in the two-part episode “The Raid” of CBS’ Gunsmoke with James Arness. He is well-known among science fiction fans for his role in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) as Dr. Frank Poole.
He co-starred with Stefanie Powers (then his wife) in an episode of ABC’s Love, American Style as a newlywed who gets his mouth stuck around a doorknob. In 1983, he guest starred in the series Hart to Hart (“Emily by Hart”) with Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.
Between 1959 and 2004, Gary Lockwood gained roles in some forty theatrical features and made-for-TV movies and eighty TV guest appearances, including the CBS 1975 family drama Three for the Road and Barnaby Jones starring Buddy Ebsen, in which he appeared many times as a villain.
He is father of actress Samantha Lockwood, whose mother is Denise DuBarry. Both currently live in Los Angeles.
GARY LOCKWOOD QUOTES
I’m an actor. I’ve done a little bit of everything. An actor is kind of like a cowboy. The show’s over on Sunday and then you ride off to the next gig. Basically, that’s what show business is all about.
Chicks love dough. Any kind. Cookies, muffins, and money.
It’s kind of what life is all about. If you don’t have some of that recognition between now and the time you die, it wouldn’t be a hell of a lot of fun being here. But I’ve been blessed throughout my life to have those kinds of accolades. I’ve just been lucky.
I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve played football, I’ve crashed cars, I chased a lot of girls, I’ve got a great education, I’ve done stunt work, and I got to work with many wonderful people in my career. What more could I have asked for?
GARY LOCKWOOD TRIVIA
Broke into the entertainment field as a stunt man and stand-in for actor Anthony Perkins.
Appeared in the Star Trek (1966) pilot episode, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), and has since appeared at many of the “Star Trek” conventions. He recently attended the Trek Expo in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2002).
Reliable over the years for playing boyish-faced bullies in westerns and police dramas.
One of his most memorable TV roles, and one of the most memorable on the series, was on the Love, American Style (1969) episode, Love, American Style: Love and the
Doorknob/Love and the Phone Booth (1969), in which he plays a guy who is told his mouth is too small. To test it out, he accidentally wraps his mouth around a doorknob and gets stuck! His co-star in that episode was, none other than, his wife at the time, Stefanie Powers.
Best remembered today as astronaut Frank Poole in the Stanley Kubrick futuristic epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Ironically, Lockwood’s Frank Poole character (from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)) learns about Star Trek’s success in the novel “3001: A Final Oddyssey”.
Got his name from legendary director Joshua Logan, whose middle name is Lockwood, because no one could pronounce Gary’s real last name: Yurosek. A generation later his daughter actress Samantha Lockwood is best friends with actor Billy Lockwood, who is related to the very man who gave Gary his first job!.
Attended UCLA on a football scholarship.
Friend of actor Billy Lockwood, great-nephew of Joshua Logan.
While appearing in Star Trek (1966)’s second pilot episode, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), he was required to wear heavy silver contact lenses for his character. Lockwood had difficulty wearing the lenses as they were heavy, thick, and only had one tiny hole for him to see through. He claimed, afterward, that the lenses were to blame for his later vision problems.