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Keith Andes (12 July 1920 – 11 November 2005; age 85) was an American actor who appeared as Akuta in the Star Trek: The Original Series second season episode "The Apple". He filmed his scenes between Tuesday 18 July 1967 and Monday 24 July 1967 at Desilu Stage 10.
Born as John Charles Andes, he served with the US Army Air Corps during World War II, after which he performed in the 1943 Broadway musical Winged Victory and had a minor part in the film version the following year. He later appeared opposite Lucille Ball in her only Broadway musical, Wildcat, in 1960, and later appeared with her again on The Lucy Show.
Other television series on which he made guest appearances include The Outer Limits (1964, with Jason Wingreen, Skip Homeier, Peter Duryea, and James Doohan) and Death Valley Days (1965, hosted by Ronald Reagan, with "Spectre of the Gun" guest actor Gregg Palmer). He also appeared in the TV movies (1979, with Star Trek: The Next Generation/Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Rosalind Chao, Gregory Barnett, and Robert Phillips) and (1980, with Phillip Richard Allen). In addition, he provided the voice for the title character in the cartoon Birdman and the Galaxy Trio (1967), alongside Ted Cassidy's Meteor Man.
Andes portrayed Johann Strauss, Jr. in the 1955 musical The Great Waltz, based on the life and music of the composer. He has also appeared in several classic films, including The Farmer's Daughter (1947), Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952, with Anthony Caruso), Clash by Night (1952), Away All Boats (1956, with Don Keefer, Parley Baer, Hal Baylor, and Chuck Courtney), (1956, with Michael Ansara and Richard Hale), The Girl Most Likely (1957), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970, with William Schallert), and …And Justice for All (1979, with J.G. Hertzler).
By 2005, Andes had been suffering from several ailments, including bladder cancer. On 11 November 2005, Andes was found dead at his home in Newhall, California, at the age of 85. His cause of death was determined to be suicide by asphyxiation.