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Arell Blanton (2 November 1943 – 21 September 2018; age 74) was an actor who played Lieutenant Dickerson in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode "The Savage Curtain". He filmed his scene on Thursday 12 December 1968 at Desilu Stage 9.
Among his acting resume are films such as Blood Mania (1970), House of Terror (1975), Pennies from Heaven (1981, with Nancy Parsons, Jim Boeke, and William Frankfather), Code of Vengeance (1985, with Chad Allen and George Aguilar), Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992, with Erich Anderson, Marc Alaimo, and Jack Shearer), King Cobra (1999, with Joseph Ruskin), and A Day Without a Mexican (2004, with Todd Babcock, Brian Brophy, and Maureen Flannigan).
Blanton has also guest starred in television series such as Adam-12 (1969), Starsky & Hutch (1979, with David Soul and Malachi Throne), Knight Rider (1983-1984, with Patricia McPherson, Mary McCusker, Joel Kramer, Allan Graf, and Spike Silver), Matlock (1990, with Earl Boen, Roger Aaron Brown, and James Cromwell), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1996), Dark Skies (1996-1997, with Conor O'Farrell, Roger Aaron Brown, Raphael Sbarge, Art Chudabala, Brian Cousins, Jennifer Hetrick, and Jeri Ryan), Ally McBeal (1998, with J. Patrick McCormack, Marty Rackham, and Dina Meyer), 10-8:Officers on Duty (2003, with Max Grodénchik and Derek Mears), and had a recurring role as Bob in That's Life (2000-2001, starring Paul Sorvino and Kristin Bauer).
In the '70s he also worked as an assistant director and composer. Blanton died on 21 September 2018. (Screen Actors Guild Magazine, Special Edition 2019, p. 89)