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Rest in Peace: William Campbell

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Rest in Peace: William CampbellAnother film treasure has set out into the great beyond, and while you may not know his name you assuredly know his work. Sadly, classic film actor William Campbell passed away April 28th at the age of 84.

Campbell was known for being the first actor to ever sing with Elvis Presley in a movie in Love Me Tender (1956); for such classic films as Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) with Bette Davis; as Jerry Austin in the popular ’50s television series “Cannonball”; and for guest-starring in two memorable episodes of the original “Star Trek” TV series, playing the all-powerful Trelane in the episode “The Squire of Gothos” and Koloth, a Klingon, in “The Trouble With Tribbles,” both of which aired in 1967; among many, many other notable film and television credits.

Campbell was also known for his role in the iconic cult film Dementia 13 (1963) (which has just been released on Blu-ray), which was produced by celebrated B movie icon Roger Corman and directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, in what was considered Coppola’s first mainstream, “legitimate” directorial effort.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to William’s friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for the memories, sir. May your tribbles roam free upstairs!

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Steve Barton

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