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Stanley Adams (7 April 191527 April 1977; age 62) was an actor and writer who played Cyrano Jones in the Star Trek: The Original Series second season episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" and the Star Trek: The Animated Series first season episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles".

Adams filmed his scenes for "The Trouble with Tribbles" between Friday 25 August 1967 and Tuesday 29 August 1967 at Desilu Stage 10.

Footage of his appearance in "The Trouble with Tribbles" was used in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fifth season episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"

He also co-wrote The Original Series third season episode "The Mark of Gideon" with George F. Slavin.

Biography[]

Born in New York City, Adams made appearances in several films during the 1930s, but continued working primarily in theater. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant in the US Army Air Corps. His acting career resumed when he recreated his stage role of the bartender in the 1951 film version of Death of a Salesman that he decided to pursue a consistent career in that medium.

One of his earliest credited film roles came in the science fiction comedy The Atomic Kid, which co-starred fellow Original Series guest actors Whit Bissell and Peter Brocco. After that, he appeared in such classic, Oscar-nominated motion pictures as North by Northwest (1959, co-starring Lawrence Dobkin, Robert Ellenstein, and Ken Lynch), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Lilies of the Field (1963, with cinematography by Ernest Haller and music by Jerry Goldsmith), and Ship of Fools (1965, co-starring Michael Dunn and Barbara Luna).

Adams also had a small, unbilled role in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956, directed by Robert Wise. Also appearing uncredited in the film were Robert Easton and Roy Jenson. Later, Adams appeared in High School Big Shot (1959, co-starring Virginia Aldridge). Adams and Jenson also appeared together in North to Alaska (1960, along with Charles Seel). Perhaps Adams' most notable film role, however, is that of Perelli in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962).

His other major film credits include Studs Lonigan (1960, starring Frank Gorshin), The Outsider (1961, with Paul Comi), The Young Savage (1961, with Clegg Hoyt), Critic's Choice (1963, with Lucille Ball and Grace Lee Whitney), The Gene Krupa Story (1963, with Yvonne Craig, Lawrence Dobkin, Celia Lovsky, and Susan Oliver), Fate Is the Hunter (1964, with Nehemiah Persoff), A House Is Not a Home (1964, with Roger C. Carmel and Michael Forest), Nevada Smith (1966, with Brian Keith and Paul Fix), and the 1967 Elvis Presley picture Double Trouble.

His television credits continued to increase during this time, as well. During the 1950s, he appeared on such programs as The Silent Service (with Liam Sullivan and Leonard Nimoy), Gunsmoke, Maverick (with Michael Dante), and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Throughout the 1960s, he could be seen on Thriller, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Andy Griffith Show, Wagon Train, The Untouchables (which, like Star Trek, was also produced by Desilu), Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, The Addams Family (with Ted Cassidy), The Dick Van Dyke Show, Batman (with Julie Newmar, directed by Robert Sparr), Gilligan's Island, and Lost in Space, among many others.

Adams continued receiving steady work throughout the 1970s, with appearances on The Odd Couple, Mannix, and Ironside, among other TV shows. He was also a part of the cast of TV movie The Night Stalker (1972, with, Elisha Cook and Barry Atwater ), which would lead to Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which co-starred John Fiedler. Adams himself appeared in an episode of this series in 1974, along with Robert DoQui. Adams even continued performing in films, such as The Seven Minutes (1971, with Charles Napier and Jan Shutan), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972, with Ian Abercrombie and Jay Robinson), and Act of Vengeance (1974).

Sometime in the 1970s, Adams sustained a back injury which caused him constant pain and thus reduced his employability. After that, he reportedly struggled with depression from which he never fully recovered. His life came to an end by his own hand when he committed suicide in 1977, shooting himself to death. He had just reached the age of 62 twenty days before.

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