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January 24, 2020

Gil Gerard, Erin Gray and the Rest of 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century' Cast 39 Years after the TV Series Ended

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Although "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" only aired for two seasons, it made a lasting impact on television as one of the first futuristic shows.

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" aired on NBC and features Anthony "Buck" Rogers, who led the launch of spacecraft Ranger 3.

With a surprising turn of events, Rogers is found frozen 504 years into the future where he has to adapt to the year 2491. Here's a look at the cast since the series ended.

GIL GERARD

Astronaut Buck may have had a difficult life in the future, but the actor who played him definitely did not. Gil Gerard went on to star in several other television shows and made a name for himself.

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Initially, Gerard worked as an industrial chemist and ever reached the vice-presidential level of his company. However, acting was at his heart since his high school days.

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The actor first landed a role as an extra in the film "Love Story" before getting into commercials of over 400. Gerard's first lead role was in "The Doctors" and later founded his own production company.

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He later landed significant roles on "Sidekicks," "Nightingales," and "Code 3," which he hosted. The actor also appeared in the movies "Nuclear Hurricane" and "Action Hero Makeover."

Recently, Gerard became the executive producer of the series "2491," which refers to the year Rogers had to adapt to.

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The show will likewise follow an astronaut who finds himself in the future and goes back to earth to find himself behind everyone else.

ERIN GRAY

Star Fighter pilot Col. Wilma Deering was played by Erin Gray, who continued to have a long list of credited on-screen appearances after the show.

Initially, the actress was scared to play the part because of how fiction the story was. She revealed to Closer Weekly:

"I was scared to death on the one hand. You know, 'Oh, this is science fiction, which means that everything I'm dealing with isn't real.'"

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The actress said she got by with the help of her cast members, adding that Gerard was the jokester of the crew, influencing Gray to show her comedic side instead of her serious one.

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Gray appeared in over 40 productions, including "Silver Spoons," "Police Story," and "Gibbsville." However, her career began as a model in one of the most elite companies of her time.

She has since founded the booking agency Heroes for Hire and said: "I throw myself into things that are scary and hope for the best."

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TOM O'CONNOR

Before Tom O'Connor starred in the show, he appeared on the long-running series "Peyton Place" in 1964. 

He was already, at that time, a familiar face on television with shows including "The United States Steel Hour" and "Family Classics."

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After playing Dr. Elias Huer on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," he starred as Jack Boland in "General Hospital" and Peter Falk in "Columbo."

His other appearances include "Wheels," "The Man with the Power," "Tail Gunner Joe," and "Murder in Peyton Place."

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FELIX SILLA

Before Felix Sila's career as an actor, he was a circus performer and toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Show.

He then became a stuntman in Hollywood and started out in "The Ticklish Affair." He later had more notable roles in "The Black Bird," "The Addams Family," "The Towering Inferno," "The Hindenburg," and "Battlestar Galactica."

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