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Actor Frank Overton (12 March 191824 April 1967; age 49) played Elias Sandoval in the Star Trek: The Original Series first season episode "This Side of Paradise". He is among the few guest Original Series star actors to have been listed with the credits title "Special Guest Star".

Overton had a recurring role on 12 O'Clock High, which originally starred Robert Lansing. He also made guest appearances on such TV programs as Wagon Train, Perry Mason, Bonanza, and an episode of the 1960 series Tate which also featured future Original Series co-star Leonard Nimoy.

He also appeared in a handful of feature films. His film debut was a bit part in 1950's Mystery Street, starring Ricardo Montalban. Later that year, he appeared in No Way Out, as did fellow Original Series guest actor Ian Wolfe. He also had a role in The True Story of Jesse James (1957, starring Jeffrey Hunter and featuring Frank Gorshin).

His most notable film role was as Sheriff Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). This film also featured Brock Peters and Original Series guest stars Paul Fix and William Windom. Overton went on to co-star in the 1964 thriller Fail-Safe. This film proved to be his last.

Overton's life and career were cut short when he suffered a heart attack in 1967, dying at the age of 49. His death came just over one month after "This Side of Paradise" first hit the airwaves.

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