John Winston's major contribution to popular culture was his portrayal of Lt. Kyle on the original series of Star Trek. His character, appearing in a total of 11 episodes, was either seen as a transporter operator or as part of bridge personnel where he would mostly act as a helmsman. He also appeared in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' as Kyle. Unfortunately, his character was never given enough screen time or dialog to make him a recognizable name except among diehard Star Trek fans. Incidentally, his character Kyle appeared in 'Star Trek: The Animated Series', but the character was voiced by James Doohan (Star Trek's 'Scotty') for budgetary reasons, and in 'Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II' the character Kyle was played by Jay Storey, though Winston appeared in one episode as "Captain Jefferies".