Arthur Batanides

Arthur Batanides (April 9, 1923[1] – January 10, 2000) was an American film and television actor, originally from Tacoma, Washington.

Arthur Batanides
Arthur Batanides in Bonanza (Dark Star).jpg
Batanides in a 1960 Bonanza episode
BornApril 9, 1923
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
DiedJanuary 10, 2000(2000-01-10) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1951-1989
Spouse(s)Anne Rasmussen, 1967 - ? (divorced, 2 children)
Midge Ware, 1954 - ? (divorced, 2 children)
ChildrenLeslie (daughter), Jason (son) both with Ware
Ann-Charlotte (daughter), Nikos (son), both with Rasmussen

Biography and careerEdit

He became enamored with acting after performing stand-up routines in front of fellow GIs in Europe during World War II. He was educated in dramatic art at the Actors' Lab in Los Angeles, followed by extensive stage experience.

In the 1959-1960 season, Batanides appeared in a supporting role as Police Sergeant Olivera in the syndicated crime drama Johnny Midnight, starring Edmond O'Brien as a New York City actor-turned-private detective.

Batanides guest starred in such series as Crusader, Tombstone Territory, Zorro, Combat!, The Twilight Zone, The Asphalt Jungle, One Step Beyond, Blue Light, Lost in Space, Mission: Impossible, The Silent Force, I Spy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Wild Wild West, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bearcats!, The Odd Couple, The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, Columbo and Happy Days. He appeared as Bill Golding in the season six, 1963 episode of Perry Mason titled "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe". One of his more recognizable roles was that of the unfortunate Starfleet officer/geologist D'Amato in the Star Trek episode "That Which Survives". Among his film credits are The Unearthly (1957), Violent Road (1958), The Leech Woman (1960), Man-Trap (1961), The Maltese Bippy (1969), Evil Roy Slade (1972) and Brannigan (1975). He also appeared as Mr. Kirkland in four of the Police Academy film series, and the sixth installment (City Under Siege) was his final acting appearance.

Batanides died on January 10, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1954 Black Tuesday Reporter at Electrocution Uncredited
1956 The Ten Commandments Hebrew at Rameses' Gate / Hebrew at Golden Calf Uncredited
1958 Violent Road Ben
1959 Cry Tough Alvears
1960 The Leech Woman Jerry
1960 Spartacus Legionnaire Uncredited
1961 Man-Trap Cortez
1969 The Maltese Bippy Tony
1972 The Cat Ate the Parakeet Marty
1975 Brannigan Angell
1985 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Mr. Kirkland
1986 Police Academy 3: Back in Training
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (final film role)

Selected TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Twilight Zone
The Asphalt Jungle
Blue Light
Yancy Derringer Dink Saxon Episode "A Game of Chance"
1963 Perry Mason Bill Golding Season six, Episode "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe".
Happy Days
1965 I Spy
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Wild Wild West
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1966 Mission: Impossible
The Silent Force
Death Valley Days Serbulo Varella Episode "The Firebrand"
Tombstone Territory
1967 Lost in Space Rangah Season 3 Episode 5 "The Space Primevals"
1969 Star Trek Starfleet officer/geologist D'Amato Season 3 Episode 17 "That Which Survives"
1970 The Odd Couple
The Andy Griffith Show


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Jan 2013), Arthur Batanides, 10 January 2000; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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