Joseph Ruskin, a character actor with half-a-dozen appearances in Star Trek episodes, has passed away.
The actor, aged eighty-nine, died of natural causes.
Born Joseph Schlafman in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Ruskin was a World War II Navy veteran. He studied drama at what is now Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ruskin appeared in the original series The Gamesters of Triskelion (Galt); Deep Space Nine Episodes The House of Quark, and Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places (Tumek), Improbable Cause; Star Trek: Voyager: Gravity; and in Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow. Ruskin also had a role in Star Trek: Insurrection.
The prolific actor appearing in twenty-five films, including The Magnificent Seven and Prizzi’s Honor, and in over one hundred television shows including Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Mission: Impossible, and many other shows in a career that spanned fifty years.
Ruskin is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Alicia, son-in-law Larry Bucklan, and step-daughters Rachel, Martha, and Liza.