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Paul Kent, American actor (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Three's Company), died from multiple myeloma he was 80.

Paul Kent was an American character actor who starred in film, television and theater for over five decades. Kent is perhaps best known for playing Lieutenant Commander Beach in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

(October 13, 1930 – October 7, 2011)

Early life

Kent was born on October 13, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. His acting career officially began in 1958, when he and his parents moved from New York to California. He studied acting under Sanford Meisner and later assisted Meisner with his classes. The two became close friends and colleagues during Meisner's life, and when Meisner left Los Angeles to go back to New York, he left his teaching methods to be carried on in the West by Kent who consequently taught acting for many years through his theater.
Kent played a part in the formation of Lucille Ball's Desilu Workshop, where he became the first acting student signed by the workshop. According to Hedda Hopper, when Kent appeared at the workshop to help a female friend at an audition, he was discovered by Ball and promptly signed to an actor-stage manager contract. Kent's acting roles during this period included a part in an episode of December Bride.

Acting instruction

In 1964, Kent founded the Melrose Theater in West Hollywood with the assistance of fellow actors including Tom Troupe, Carole Cook, Richard Bull and Don Eitner. Funds for the theater were partially raised by a guest appearance with Lucille Ball and Gary Morton on the popular game show Password. Kent later recalled in an interview with The Los Angeles Times:
I was scared to death. I wasn't working steadily, I didn't know where the next rent would come from, and I had no experience in building a theater...I bought seats from a defunct movie house on Washington Boulevard. I'll never forget. Two dollars a seat. Linden Chiles and the students and I literally unbolted the seats from the floor and brought them back here.
Throughout the 1960s, the Melrose employed actors who went on to become well-known performers, including Richard Dreyfuss. Many of the theater's plays were broadcast on local CBS television affiliates.
In 1976, Kent entered into a partnership with workshop organizer Jomarie Ward to purchase a former bakery and photographer's studio at 733 North Seward Street in Hollywood. With the assistance of Ward and members of the workshop, the building was renovated and converted to the new Melrose Theater in 1977. The new, larger theater became the permanent headquarters of the Melrose, with Kent installed as artistic director and Ward as managing director.

Acting career

While serving as artistic director of the Melrose Theater, Kent also acted in many of its plays, and continued acting in film and television. He often worked with directors Robert Michael Lewis and Gene Reynolds, Star Trek producer Harve Bennett, and actor William Shatner.
One of Kent's acting appearances in the 1970s was a small part in the television miniseries Helter Skelter. The part was notable because Kent later played a different character in the 2004 reimagining of that film, directed by John Gray. Gray later bought Kent back to play a spirit in an episode of his TV series, Ghost Whisperer ("Mended Hearts"). In addition, Kent often played different characters in multiple episodes of a series, including his appearances in Lou Grant, T. J. Hooker and Falcon Crest.
In 1987 Kent played Harry M. Daugherty in a made-for-TV biographical film of J. Edgar Hoover, produced by Showtime. In 1999 Kent became the third actor to play the character of "Doctor Noel Clinton" in Port Charles, a spinoff of General Hospital, succeeding actors Dean Harens and Ron Husmann. Recently Kent had a lead starring role as the character of "Miles Mason" in Viagra Falls, a television pilot. One of his final acting roles was his portrayal of Mack Sennett in Return to Babylon, a film completed in 2008 but never commercially released.
In 1975, having acted for almost twenty years, Kent reflected on his craft to Los Angeles Times reporter Lawrence Christon:
Acting is my sanity, the thing I run to when things go wrong in my life. My special joy is rehearsing, making discoveries about the ins and outs of character. I love it so much that the actual performance, to me, is like the cigarette after the affair.
In 2002 the Melrose Theater was acquired by the National Comedy Theatre chain. It is currently the home of ComedySportz LA.

Personal life

Kent was the father of several children. At the time of his death he had been married to actress and author Madelyn Cain.


Kent died on October 7, 2011 from multiple myeloma. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

Partial filmography


Title Character Year
The Astronaut (TV) Carl Samuels 1972
Family Flight (TV) First Controller 1972
The Alpha Caper (TV) John Woodbury 1973
Pray for the Wildcats (TV) Doctor Harris 1974
Lifeguard Jack Gilmore 1976
Helter Skelter (TV) Dennis Ranson 1976
Ruby Louie 1977
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Commander Beach 1982
Perfect Judge 1985
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Doctor Carver 1987
The Road Home Coach Dale 2003
Helter Skelter (TV) Van Nuys Judge 2004


Title Episode(s) Character(s) Year(s)
My Three Sons Bub's Butler Announcer 1963
The Outer Limits The Man With The Power Detective 1963
Mission: Impossible Elena Frederico (Uncredited) 1966
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Master's Touch Affair Valandros's Aide 1967
Hawaii Five-O Strangers In Our Own Land Milner 1968
Bonanza The Night Virginia City Died Doctor Martin 1970
Starsky and Hutch The Plague Lieutenant Anderson 1977
Three's Company Jack Moves Out/Professor Jack Alvin Morrell/Doctor Anderson 1979/1981
Diff'rent Strokes Small Claims Court/Fire Judge Roscoe C. Briggs/Chief Scott 1980/1982
The Dukes of Hazzard Cletus Falls In Love Mister Hodges 1981
Doogie Howser, M.D. Doogenstein Philip Leonetti 1990
Coach Vegas Odds Mister Burrows 1993
Frasier Burying a Grudge Doctor Sternstein 1994
The Practice Trial And Error Judge Skully (Uncredited) 1997
Boy Meets World The Honeymooners Tourist #1 1999
The West Wing Inauguration, Part I Cardinal Patrick 2003
ER Get Carter Mister Morgan 2004
Ghost Whisperer Mended Hearts Patient 2005

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