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Steve Whittaker (born 16 October 1942; age 78) is the actor who appeared as the holographic gunslinger in the Star Trek: The Next Generation seventh season episode "Emergence". As a background actor he received no credit for this appearance.
Whittaker is working as an actor in television, film, and on stage since 1965. Among the television series he appeared in are episodes of The Big Valley (1966), Simon & Simon (1985, with Robin Gammell), Nash Bridges (1999, with Leon Russom, Caroline Lagerfelt, and Scott Trimble), and The Division (2004, with Lisa Vidal and William Lucking). He also worked on I Dream of Jeannie, Planet of the Apes, Bewitched, General Hospital, Santa Barbara, Divorce Court, Gunsmoke, Knot's Landing, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Hollywood Beat, Hard Copy, The Young and the Restless (1986), MacGruder and Loud, Houston Knights, Miami Vice, The Proud Men, The New Lassie, and New Unsolved Mysteries.
Film work includes featured and supporting roles in the drama The Chase (1966, with Steve Ihnat), the western Waterhole #3 (1967), the television drama Dirty Work (1985, with Kerrie Keane, Louis Giambalvo, Barbara Tarbuck, William Wintersole, Kenneth Tigar, and William Windom), the action drama Thrashin' (1986, with Robert Rusler), the romance In the Mood (1987, with Brian McNamara, Wayne Grace, and Kitty Swink), and the television western A Father for Charlie (1995, with William Lucking, Jack Kehler, and Mark Phelan).
Further film work as day player or featured actor include the drama Chastity (1969), the drama Bury Me An Angel (1972, with Richard Compton), the crime drama The Mad Bomber (1973, with Charlie Picerni, Eddie Hice, and Frank Orsatti), the crime thriller The Concrete Jungle (1982, with Barbara Luna, Robert Miano, and Karen Sheperd), Pitch (directed by Lance Dickson), the comedy The Gumshoe Kid (1990, with Jay Underwood, Tracy Scoggins, Biff Yeager, Don Pugsley, and Charles Lucia), the drama Hollywood Heartbreak (1990, written and directed by Lance Dickson and with Mark Moses), the short film The Last Chance Saloon (1990), the Academy Award winning dramas Forrest Gump (1994) and Apollo 13 (1995), and the science fiction film Alien 51 (2004, with Chase Hoyt).