STARFEST 2010 – Welcomes Actor Gary Lockwood

Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal. I have to get to Denver!

StarFest 2010 is truly “Full of Stars!”

Gary Lockwood, probably best known to Star Trek fans as Lt. Commander Gary Mitchell  in the 1966 pilot episode “Where No Man Has Bone Before”,  has been confirmed as a guest for the  STARFEST 2010 convention.

Of the many memorable roles he has played in his career, Science Fiction movie fans remember him best as astronaut Frank Poole in the Stanley Kubrick  futuristic epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).  Ironically, Lockwood’s Frank Poole character (from “2001”) learns about Star Trek’s success in the novel “3001: A Final Odyssey”.

One of his most memorable TV roles, and one of the most memorable on the series, was on a 1969 episode of  “Love American Style” (1969) episode  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.

Since we are actually celebrating the real 2010:  Space Odyssey this year, we thought it would be only fitting to have a guest from the movie that started it all.  Unfortunately his co-star in the movie, Keir Dullea, was unable to join him on the journey to Denver.  I have it on good authority, however, that the Monolith might be making a return visit.

We are happy to welcome Gary Lockwood to Denver

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