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Richard Graham Sarstedt (born 29 March 1940; age 84) is an actor and singer who worked as background performer, stand-in, and photo double for eighteen years on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and several Star Trek feature films. He received no on-screen credit for nearly all of his appearances. Sarstedt's costume as an admiral from the episode "Endgame" was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1] His Starfleet uniform as William McKenzie was also sold off. [2] Besides the regular actors, Denise Crosby, John de Lancie, Colm Meaney, and David B. Levinson, Sarstedt is the only actor who appeared in the pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint" and in the series final episode "All Good Things..."

According to the call sheet, Sarstedt was scheduled to appear in a corridor scene in the fourth season episode "Redemption" but was replaced by a fellow background actor as he worked on second unit. He was also scheduled to appear in a corridor scene for the fifth season episode "Unification I", scene 6, and "Hero Worship" but his scenes were not part of the final episodes.

Sarstedt filmed a scene on 2nd unit as photo double for guest actor Larry A. Hankin in the Voyager first season episode "The Cloud" on Thursday 5 January 1995 on Paramount Stage 16 but this scene was not part of the final episode.

Sarstedt was born in New Delhi, India and started his career as a singer under the name Eden Kane, in honor of the film Citizen Kane and the Biblical Garden of Eden, in the early '60s. As Eden Kane, he has had several Top 10 hits in the UK, including the number one single "Well I Ask You" in 1961. His brothers, Peter Sarstedt and Robin "Robbie" Sarstedt, are also singers. As a singer and with his brothers he appeared in several episodes of the music shows Top of the Pops (1964) and Ready Steady Go! (1964). Between 1961 and 2001 he recorded eight albums, several EPs, and many singles. Sarstedt is married to Charlene and they have two children.

Among his non-Trek accomplishments are acting and stand-in appearances in several films and television series such as Dallas, Dynasty (1987-1989, episode "The Mothers" with Joan Collins, Matthew Faison, and Suzanne Lodge, episode "The Confession" with Joan Collins, Geof Prysirr, and Faith Burton, episode "Shadowplay" with Joan Collins and Lee Faranda, episode "The Surrogate, Part 2" along with Joan Collins, Tom Schanley, and an unknown actor, episode "The Primary" with Collins, Schanley, and Carolyne Barry, episode "The Testing" with Collins, Schanley, Carolyne Barry, and Patricia McPherson, episode "The Fair" with Collins and Gunnel Eriksson, episode "The New Moguls" with Collins, Schanley, Daniel Davis, and an unknown actor, episode "The Spoiler" along with Collins, Daniel Davis, Walter Smith, and John Hugh McKnight, episode "The Interview" with Collins and Philip Weyland, episode "Images" with Collins, Daniel Davis, Lavelle Roby, Walter Smith, Adolphus Hankins, and the unknown actor, episode "The Scandal" with Collins, Daniel Davis, George Murdock, Ian Abercrombie, and John Hugh McKnight, episode "The Trial" with Collins, Fran Bennett, Michael Ensign, and Peter Eastman, episode "The Proposal" with Collins, Michael Ensign, and Fran Bennett, episode "Broken Krystle" with Collins, Jack Murdock, and Carl Ciarfalio, episode "A Touch of Sable" with Collins, Christopher Neame, and Stephanie Beacham, episode "Body Trouble" with Collins and Beacham, episode "Alexis in Blunderland" with Collins, Beacham, Christopher Neame, and Kenneth Tigar, episode "Every Picture Tells a Story" with Collins and Beacham, episode "The Last Hurrah" with Collins and Beacham, episode "The Wedding" with Collins and Beacham, episode "Virginia Reels" with Collins, Beacham, Kenneth Tigar, and George Wilbur, and episode "Blast from the Past" with Collins, Beacham, Tracy Scoggins, John D. Gowans, Spike Silver, Brian J. Williams, and Tom Morga), Falcon Crest (1987 episode "The Great Karlotti" with Robert Foxworth, Brett Cullen, Dana Sparks, Edward Laurence Albert, Matt Roe, Robert Hitchcock, Gene Poe, and Jeffrey Deacon and 1988 episode "Liars Anonymous" along with Robert Ito, J. Michael Flynn, Angela Paton, Allan G. Royal, Lee Delano, Faith Burton, and David Armstrong), Cheers (1988, episode "One Happy Chappy in a Snappy Serape" with Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, Alex Nevil, Mark Reilly, Lee Allen, Rudy Morrison, Rebecca Soladay, Joseph Paz, Uriah Carr, Melba Gonzalez, and Michael Braveheart and 1989 episode "For Real Men Only", with Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Mark Reilly, Rebecca Soladay, Michael Braveheart, Keith Rayve, Randy James, Lorine Mendell, and Denise Lynne Roberts), Sisters (1991-1996, starring Ashley Judd), and the Columbo episodes "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo" (1990, with Jean-Paul Vignon and Ed McCready) and "Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star" (1991, with Terrence Beasor).

Stock footage of his appearance from the Dynasty episode "The Fair" can later be seen in the television mini-series Dynasty: The Reunion (1991, with Joan Collins, Robin Sachs, Tony Jay, Keone Young, Gunnell Eriksson, Gary Hunter, Tom Morga, Keith Campbell, and Lynn Salvatori).

Star Trek appearances[]

Recurring appearances[]

Stand-in work[]

Insurrection, main stand-ins

Sarstedt (fourth from left) on the set of Insurrection

Richard Sarstedt filming Natural Law

Sarstedt films Second Unit shots for "Natural Law"

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