(written from a Production point of view)
Robert Alison "Bob" Baker III (9 February 1924 – 28 November 2014; age 90) was a puppeteer and marionette maker. In 1966, he supplied the movement for Hikaru Sulu's animated plant, Beauregard. He filmed his scene on Monday 27 June 1966 at Desilu Stage 9.
Baker was the owner of Bob Baker Marionettes, a marionette theater company. Although this was where his primary work was focused, he had done puppeteer work for other Hollywood projects, including a 1959 episode of Hawaiian Eye and the 1961 film Susan Slade (with John A. Alonzo). He was responsible for the monster model used in the classic science fiction/horror movie Monster from the Ocean Floor, produced by Roger Corman, and also performed marionettes for the 1960 Elvis Presley film G.I. Blues (with Bill Couch, Sr., Chuck Couch, Lars Hensen, Joe Paz, Paul Power, and Arthur Tovey).