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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 February 1937Van Nuys, California, USA
Birth NameJohn Gary Yurosek
Nickname Lox
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gary Lockwood was born in Van Nuys, California. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles on a football scholarship.

He began his career as a movie stuntman, and a stand-in for Anthony Perkins, prior to his acting debut in 1959 in an uncredited bit role in Warlock (1959). He also appeared as a police officer in Perry Mason: The Case of the Romantic Rogue (1959). Two series came early in his career, ABC's Hawaii-set Follow the Sun (1961), in 1961-1962, cast him in as an adventurous magazine writer in Honolulu. In 1961, he appeared as a rodeo cowboy in love with an 18-year-old singer, played by Tuesday Weld, in ABC's Bus Stop: Cherie (1961). He then starred with Jeff Bridges in The Lloyd Bridges Show: My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy (1963).

In 1964, he starred as a young U.S. Marine lieutenant in the NBC series, The Lieutenant (1963), which was produced by Star Trek (1966) creator, Gene Roddenberry, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) creator, Norman Felton.

He then starred in another NBC television series called Kraft Mystery Theater (1959), opposite Sally Kellerman, with whom he would again appear in the second Star Trek (1966) pilot, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), as "Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell", and Kellerman as the ship's psychiatrist, "Dr. Elizabeth Dehner", who both develop super powers.

In 1966, he guest-starred in the episode, The Legend of Jesse James: Reunion (1966), of ABC's The Legend of Jesse James (1965), starring Christopher Jones. That same year, he appeared as "Danny Hamil" on the episode, The Long, Hot Summer: Day of Thunder (1966), of NBC's drama, The Long, Hot Summer (1965), based loosely on the works of William Faulkner, as well as appearing as "Jim Stark" in the two-part episode "The Raid" of CBS's Gunsmoke (1955), with James Arness.

He co-starred with Stefanie Powers (his wife at the time) in the episode, Love, American Style: Love and the Doorknob/Love and the Phone Booth (1969), of ABC's Love, American Style (1969).

In 1968, he was cast as the co-star in director Stanley Kubrick's legendary Sci-Fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), starring as "Dr. Frank Poole".

In 1983, he made a guest-starring role as "Alex Carmen" in the Hart to Hart (1979) episode, Hart to Hart: Emily by Hart (1983), starring Robert Wagner, and [his now ex-wife] Stefanie Powers.

Between 1959 and 2004, he had roles in some forty theatrical and made-for-TV features and made almost eighty TV guest appearances, including several as a villain on CBS-TV's Barnaby Jones (1973), starring Buddy Ebsen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Annonymous

Spouse (3)

Denise DuBarry (31 May 1982 - 1988) (divorced) (1 child)
Stefanie Powers (27 August 1966 - 6 August 1974) (divorced)
Hope Harrsen (? - ?)

Trivia (11)

Broke into the entertainment field as a stunt man and stand-in for actor Anthony Perkins.
Appeared in the Star Trek (1966) pilot episode, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), and has since appeared at many of the "Star Trek" conventions. He recently attended the Trek Expo in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2002).
Reliable over the years for playing boyish-faced bullies in westerns and police dramas.
One of his most memorable TV roles, and one of the most memorable on the series, was on the Love, American Style (1969) episode, Love, American Style: Love and the Doorknob/Love and the Phone Booth (1969), in which he plays a guy who is told his mouth is too small. To test it out, he accidentally wraps his mouth around a doorknob and gets stuck! His co-star in that episode was, none other than, his wife at the time, Stefanie Powers.
Best remembered today as astronaut Frank Poole in the Stanley Kubrick futuristic epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Father of daughter Samantha Lockwood with Denise DuBarry.
Ironically, Lockwood's Frank Poole character (from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)) learns about Star Trek's success in the novel "3001: A Final Oddyssey".
Got his name from legendary director Joshua Logan, whose middle name is Lockwood, because no one could pronounce Gary's real last name: Yurosek. A generation later his daughter actress Samantha Lockwood is best friends with actor Billy Lockwood, who is related to the very man who gave Gary his first job!.
Attended UCLA on a football scholarship.
Friend of actor Billy Lockwood, great-nephew of Joshua Logan.
While appearing in Star Trek (1966)'s second pilot episode, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), he was required to wear heavy silver contact lenses for his character. Lockwood had difficulty wearing the lenses as they were heavy, thick, and only had one tiny hole for him to see through. He claimed, afterward, that the lenses were to blame for his later vision problems.

Personal Quotes (4)

I'm an actor. I've done a little bit of everything. An actor is kind of like a cowboy. The show's over on Sunday and then you ride off to the next gig. Basically, that's what show business is all about.
Chicks love dough. Any kind. Cookies, muffins, and money.
It's kind of what life is all about. If you don't have some of that recognition between now and the time you die, it wouldn't be a hell of a lot of fun being here. But I've been blessed throughout my life to have those kinds of accolades. I've just been lucky.
I've been very fortunate. I've played football, I've crashed cars, I chased a lot of girls, I've got a great education, I've done stunt work, and I got to work with many wonderful people in my career. What more could I have asked for?

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