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James R. "Jim" Drake (22 January 1932 – 18 April 1976; age 44) was an actor who appeared as a background extra in four third season episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. As was customary for extras with no spoken dialogue, Drake did not receive screen-credit for his appearances.
Drake started his acting career in the early '50s with appearances in the war drama Single-Handed (1953, starring Jeffrey Hunter), the science fiction film Target Earth (1954, with Whit Bissell), the drama Escapade (1955), and the science fiction thriller The Quatermass Xperiment (1955).
He had recurring roles in the television series The Texan (1958-1960) and Gunsmoke (1961-1964, along Leonard Nimoy and John Anderson) and made guest appearances in the series Fabian of the Yard (1955), The Adventures of Aggie (1957), Wanted: Dead or Alive (1961), Leave it to Beaver (1962), Branded (1965), Burke's Law (1965, with Parley Baer), and F Troop (1966). Other credits include the horror film Chamber of Horrors (1966, with Clegg Hoyt, Nedra Rosemond, and Paul Sorensen) and the drama If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968, with Jon Lormer).
Drake also worked as camera operator for the German drama Der Veruntreute Himmel (1958). He also appeared in several episodes of Mission: Impossible and the first season episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled "Operation Firefly".