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Richard Hale (16 November 1892 – 18 May 1981; age 88) was an actor and opera singer born in Rogersville, Tennessee who played Tribal Elder Goro in the third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series entitled "The Paradise Syndrome". Along with Judith Anderson, Morgan Farley, Anthony Jochim, Felix Locher, Celia Lovsky, Leonard Mudie, Bill Borzage, Charles Seel, Abraham Sofaer and Ian Wolfe, he is one of only ten credited Star Trek guest stars born in the 19th century to appear in any episode or film.
He was often cast in the role of a Native American, and as such, made guest appearances on seveal television Westerns, including Bonanza, Cheyenne, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and Wagon Train. He has also appeared in several episodes of Perry Mason.
Hale was a part of the cast of the 1978 TV mini-series How the West Was Won, as were his TOS co-star William Shatner and fellow Star Trek alumni Fionnula Flanagan, William Boyett, Robert DoQui, Brian Keith, Ed Lauter, Ricardo Montalban, Gregg Palmer, Robert Phillips, George D. Wallace, Morgan Woodward, and Harris Yulin.
One film role Hale is well-known for is the Soothsayer in the 1953 adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, which also featured John Hoyt, Ian Wolfe, Lawrence Dobkin, and Michael Ansara. He and Ansara appeared in several other films together, including Kim (1950, with Dean Stockwell, Arnold Moss, and Hamilton Camp), Soldiers Three (1951), Jupiter's Darling (1955), and Pillars of the Sky (1956, with Keith Andes).
In 1967, Hale co-starred with fellow TOS guest actors Frank Overton, Paul Fix, William Windom and John Megna, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Brock Peters in the acclaimed classic 1962 drama To Kill a Mockingbird. His other feature film credits include uncredited roles in 1949's All the King's Men, 1951's Angels in the Outfield (with Lawrence Dobkin), 1952's Springfield Rifle (with David Brian), and the 1959 biblical epic Ben-Hur (with Reginald Lal Singh), and credited roles in 1952's Scaramouche (with John Crawford), 1956's Friendly Persuasion (with William Schallert), the 1962 Rat Pack movie Sergeants 3 (with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop), the 1962 horror movie classic Tower of London (with Robert Brown), and the well-known 1969 made-for-TV movie Night Gallery (with Richard Kiley, Barry Atwater, George Murdock, and Byron Morrow).
Hale died in Northridge, California, of cardiac arrest.