Robert Walker Jr from 'Star Trek' and 'Dallas' Passed Away at Age 79

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 09, 2019
03:35 P.M.
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Robert Walker Jr. died on Thursday, December 5, 2019, in Malibu, according to his wife, Dawn. The eldest son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones was 79.

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Walker Jr. was known for starring in an episode of “Star Trek.” On the second episode of “Star Trek,” in 1966, the actor featured as Charles "Charlie" Evans.

On the "Charlie X" episode, Walker Jr. was the sole survivor of a transport-ship crash who possessed strange powers. He was actually 26 when he played the 17-year-old character.

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand in the original "Star Trek" television series and films, and actor Robert Walker Jr, who played the character Charlie Evans pose at the Star Trek convention at the Las Vegas Hilton August 11, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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SOME OF WALKER JR.’S ACTING CREDITS

The star also appeared in films like “Ensign Pulver” in 1964 and “Young Billy Young” in 1969. In the same year as “Young Billy Young,” the actor appeared in “Easy Rider” with his first wife, Ellie Wood.

A year before that he starred in “Killers Three” where he and Dick Clark played robbers and murderers. He also played Harding Devers on a few “Dallas” episodes.

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand in the original "Star Trek" television series and films, and actor Robert Walker Jr, who played the character Charlie Evans pose at the Star Trek convention at the Las Vegas Hilton August 11, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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HIS PARENT’S DIVORCE

Walker Jr.'s parents were married from 1939 until their 1945 divorce. The actor’s mother won the best actress Oscar for “The Song of Bernadette” 1943.

His father was best known for his role in the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Strangers on a Train.” In 1951, Walker Sr. died at the age of 32.

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand in the original "Star Trek" television series and films, and actor Robert Walker Jr, who played the character Charlie Evans pose at the Star Trek convention at the Las Vegas Hilton August 11, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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WALKER JR.’S PARENT’S DEATHS

His death believed to have been caused by a combination of alcohol and a sedative. Jones died in 2009 at age 90.

Walker Jr. was born on April 15, 1940, in Queens, New York. He received his education in the US and Europe.

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand in the original "Star Trek" television series and films, and actor Robert Walker Jr, who played the character Charlie Evans pose at the Star Trek convention at the Las Vegas Hilton August 11, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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ACTING WITH KIRK DOUGLAS

The star trained at the Actors Studio appeared on episodes of “Route 66” and “Naked City” in 1962. He made his film debut as a private in “The Hook” in 1963.

The movie was a Korean War film and it starred Kirk Douglas. Walker Jr.’s successful career spanned for more than six decades and his final role was in the 2018 movie “Beyond the Darkness.”

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand in the original "Star Trek" television series and films, and actor Robert Walker Jr, who played the character Charlie Evans pose at the Star Trek convention at the Las Vegas Hilton August 11, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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“HE STAYED TRUE TO HIMSELF”

In a statement about her late husband, Dawn said:

"Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors. Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner.”

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She added:

“His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice."

Walker Jr. is survived by his wife, seven children: Michelle, David, Charlie, Jordan, Colette, Henry, and Emily, and five grandchildren.

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