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Harry Townes (18 September 191423 May 2001; age 86) was an American character actor who played Reger in the Star Trek: The Original Series first season episode "The Return of the Archons". An ordained Episcopal priest, his career spanned almost four decades. He filmed his scenes on Thursday 8 December 1966 on location at the 40 Acres back lot, on Friday 9 December 1966 at Desilu Stage 9 and Monday 12 December 1966 at Stage 10.

Born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1914, he began his career on the New York stage and also performed in several films during the late 1930s. During World War II, Townes enlisted in the Army, returning to film and theater in 1946 after the war's end.

His credits eventually amassed a body of work that consisted of 29 movie appearances and over two hundred television parts. On the big screen, he appeared in The Brothers Karamazov, the 1958 film adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, alongside William Shatner and David Opatoshu. He had a guest starring role in the television series The Incredible Hulk as Dell Frye, a man who was able to transform into a Hulk-like creature (portrayed by Dick Durock) thirty years before David Banner. In 1970, he was part of the cast of the TV-movie The Andersonville Trial, which co-starred William Shatner, John Anderson, Whit Bissell, Kenneth Tobey, and Ian Wolfe.

Outside of acting, Townes began studying religion in the late 1960s and in 1973 was ordained a deacon at the St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles. A year later, on March 16, 1974, he was ordained as an Episcopal minister and began serving at the St. Mary of the Angels Church in Hollywood. During this time, Townes continued his acting career with several guest roles (playing separate doctors) on the series Quincy M.E.

In the 1980s, while still serving as a minister, Townes appeared in several well-known television series such as Magnum, P.I. (with George O'Hanlon, Jr.), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (with Marc Alaimo), Simon & Simon (with Nicolas Coster, Eric Server, and William Wintersole) and Knott's Landing. His final television appearance was in a 1988 episode of the series Valerie, co-starring Allan Graf.

Townes afterwards retired from acting in 1989 and returned to his hometown of Huntsville, where he lived the remainder of his life and continued serving as an Episcopal minister until his death in 2001.

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