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Alan Marston (30 July 1914 – 14 April 2010; age 95) was an actor who played an Eminian councilor in the Star Trek: The Original Series first season episode "A Taste of Armageddon". He filmed his scenes on Tuesday 3 January 1967 and Wednesday 4 January 1967 at Desilu Stage 10. As a background performer, he received no credit for his appearance.
Marston graduated from Harvard University, and worked as publicist for a branch of RKO studios in New England, before appearing on stage in a season of summer stock and developing an interest in acting. He ventured to Hollywood in the mid-1940s, and turned down an illustrator's job at Walt Disney Studios to pursue his dream of acting. He never achieved the success he had hoped for, but found steady employment as a bit and background actor and stand-in, appearing mostly in uncredited roles on film and television for three decades.
He can be seen in films such as Sunset Blvd. (1950, with Arch Dalzell), The Band Wagon (1953, with Robert Gist, Julie Newmar, Lawrence Montaigne, Monty O'Grady, Dick Cherney, and Paul Power), The Virgin Queen (1955, with Joan Collins, Jay Robinson, and Leslie Parrish), Youngblood Hawke (1964, with Christopher Held, Jon Lormer, Shep Houghton, and Paul Power), The Cool Ones (1967, with Tom Anfinsen, Benjie Bancroft, William Blackburn, Rex Holman, Terri Garr, Joe Garcio, Robert Hitchcock, and Angelique Pettyjohn, directed by Gene Nelson), Westworld (1973, with Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Charles Seel, Alan Oppenheimer, Charles Picerni, Bill Catching, Monty O'Grady, Robert Hitchcock, and Paul Sorensen), and The Day of the Locust (1975, with Robert Pine, Benjie Bancroft, and John Hugh McKnight).
On television, he appeared in series like The Wild Wild West (with Gary Epper), six episodes of Mission: Impossible (with Brioni Farrell, William O'Connell, Torin Thatcher, Rudy Solari, Alfred Ryder, Sid Haig, Harry Basch, John Colicos, Barry Atwater, Charles Maxwell, Jason Wingreen, Ed McCready, Lee Meriwether, Jack Donner, Bruce Mars, Charles Napier, Dave Armstrong, Max Kleven, Monty O'Grady, Dick Cherney, Al Roberts, and Nick Borgani, directed by Michael O'Herlihy and Alexander Singer), Bonanza, Night Gallery (with William Windom), and The Bob Newhart Show (with Patricia Smith and Dick Cherney).
In 1975, he decided to retire from film and concentrate on writing articles to various magazines. In 2003, he published his first and only novel, Yesterday's Dream. He passed away on 14 April, 2010 at the age of 95.