Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 3, Episode 14
Original Air Date: January 3, 1969
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In the episode's most interesting scene, Spock must tell the real Kirk apart from Garth's impersonation. Somehow, he missed the obvious, logical choice of phaser stunning both of them and sorting afterward but he solved the riddle when the genuine article offered himself up for the good of his ship. Apparently Leonard Nimoy, disgruntled for much of the third season, was furious about this scene, feeling it was out of character for Spock to have such a difficult time finding the true Kirk.
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Luke first broke into show biz as an artist rather than an actor, painting murals and press materials for theaters and films. He took his first acting turn in 1934's The Painted Veil but he made his big splash playing Number One Son in Charlie Chan in Paris. On the strength of his performance, the character became a regular in the Charlie Chan series. He also played Kato in the Green Hornet films. By the time of his Trek appearance, Luke was one of the most prominent Asian actors in the United States.
Among numerous television appearances, he was Master Po in Kung Fu. He was originally slated to play the part of Noonien Soong, Data's creator, in Star Trek: The Next Generation. When illness prevented him from doing so, Brent Spiner ultimately took over the role, spawning the idea of Soong creating Data in his own image.
Luke died of a stroke in 1991 at the age of 86.