Gary Lockwood

Gary Lockwood (born John Gary Yurosek;[1][2][3] February 21, 1937) is an American actor.[4]

Gary Lockwood
Lockwood in 1962 (age 25)
John Gary Yurosek

(1937-02-21) February 21, 1937
Years active1958present
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
RelativesMike Yurosek (uncle)

He is known for his roles as astronaut Frank Poole in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968),[5] and as Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell in the Star Trek pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1966). He played numerous guest television roles from the early 1960s into the mid 1990s, and played the title role in The Lieutenant (1963–1964).

Early life

Born in the Van Nuys district of Los Angeles, California, Lockwood's birth name was "John Gary Yurosek", according to the California Birth Index.[6][7][1][2] Some sources report that he was brought up as "John Gary Yusolfsky" and later used the name "Yurosek".[8] He is of partial Polish descent.[9]

Lockwood's uncle, Mike Yurosek, is credited with creating the baby carrot.[10] Lockwood attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) on a football scholarship to play quarterback.

Lockwood was married to actress Stefanie Powers from 1966 until their divorce in 1972. He remarried, to Denise DuBarry in 1982.[11]


Lockwood was a film stuntman, and a stand-in for Anthony Perkins prior to his acting début in 1959 in an uncredited bit role in Warlock.

Lockwood's two series came early in his career, and each lasted only a single season. ABC's Hawaii-set Follow the Sun (1961–62) cast him in support of Brett Halsey and Barry Coe, who played adventurous magazine writers based in Honolulu. Lockwood was Eric Jason, who did the legwork for their articles, but his on-screen time was limited since most of the plot focused on Halsey or Coe.

Lockwood appeared in a supporting role in the film Splendor in the Grass (1961) and in ABC's Bus Stop (also 1961). The 26-week series, which starred Marilyn Maxwell as the owner of a diner in fictitious Sunrise, Colorado, aired a half-hour after Follow the Sun. He would star again with Weld in his film debut, 1961's Wild in the Country, with Elvis Presley. Thereafter, Lockwood starred with Jeff Bridges in the acclaimed "My Daddy Can Beat Your Daddy" episode of The Lloyd Bridges Show.

In 1959, he played an uncredited police officer in Perry Mason in "The Case of the Romantic Rogue". In 1962, Lockwood appeared on Perry Mason as the title character in "The Case of the Playboy Pugilist". In 1963, Lockwood co-starred with Elvis Presley in the musical-comedy film It Happened at the World's Fair.

In 1963-1964, Lockwood starred as a young U.S. Marine second lieutenant named William T. ("Bill") Rice in the NBC series The Lieutenant. This drama, about the peacetime Marines, was produced by the creators of Star Trek (Gene Roddenberry) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Norman Felton). The series co-starred Robert Vaughn as Lieutenant Rice's immediate superior, Captain Raymond Rambridge. Despite moderately good reviews, The Lieutenant's Saturday night time slot, opposite CBS' Jackie Gleason's American Scene Magazine, caused its cancellation after 29 episodes.

In 1964, Lockwood guest-starred as Major Gus Denver in the first season of 12 O'Clock High, in episode 9, "Appointment at Liege", and again in 1965 in episode 29, "V For Vendetta". He also guest-starred as Lt. Josh McGraw in season 2, episode 4, "The Idolator" of 12 O'Clock High.

Shortly afterwards, Lockwood starred in another NBC television series The Kraft Mystery Theater (also known as Crisis) in an episode titled "Connery's Hands". He was cast opposite Sally Kellerman, with whom he would soon appear again as Helmsman Gary Mitchell in the second Star Trek pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1965) in which their characters develop god-like powers.

In 1966, Lockwood guest starred as Clint Bethard in the episode "Reunion" of ABC's The Legend of Jesse James, starring Christopher Jones in the title role of Jesse James. That same year, Lockwood appeared as Danny Hamil on the episode "Day of Thunder" of the NBC drama The Long, Hot Summer, based loosely on the works of William Faulkner. He appeared twice in 1966 as Jim Stark in the two-part episode "The Raid" of CBS' Gunsmoke with James Arness. He is perhaps best known for his lead role in Stanley Kubrick's iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) as Dr. Frank Poole. Lockwood was the lead in Model Shop (1969), the American debut by French writer-director Jacques Demy.

Lockwood co-starred with Stefanie Powers (then his wife) in an episode of ABC's Love, American Style as a newlywed who gets his mouth stuck around a doorknob. In 1983, he guest starred in the series Hart to Hart ("Emily by Hart") with Robert Wagner and Powers, by then his ex-wife.

Between 1959 and 2004, Gary Lockwood gained roles in some forty theatrical features and made-for-TV movies and eighty TV guest appearances, including the CBS 1975 family drama Three for the Road and Barnaby Jones starring Buddy Ebsen, in which he appeared many times as a villain.

Personal life

Lockwood has been married three times. His first marriage was in 1966 to actress Stefanie Powers. The couple divorced in 1972.

In 1982, Lockwood married actress and businesswoman Denise DuBarry. The couple had one child, actress Samantha Lockwood, before divorcing in 1988.

TV and filmography


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  2. Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 104.
  3. Illustrated Weekly of Pakistan. Pakistan Herald Publications. April 1963. p. 38.
  4. "Gary Lockwood". The New York Times.
  5. Adler, Renata (April 4, 1968). "2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) The Screen: '2001' Is Up, Up and Away:Kubrick's Odyssey in Space Begins Run". The New York Times.
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  7. "United States Census, 1940". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 6 May 2018 via (registration required)
  8. "Talk to Lockwood for a few minutes by phone and you learn a lot. He was born in Van Nuys, Calif., and grew up with the name John Gary Yusolfsky, later Yurosek, later changed to Lockwood at the suggestion of director Josh Logan",; accessed May 5, 2018.
  9. "Lewiston Evening Journal - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  10. "Wedding: Gary Lockwood (Yurosek) & Stefanie Powers". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  11. Ephraim Katz, et al: The Macmillan International Film Encyclopedia, London: Macmillan, 1998 (Third Ed.), pg. 839; Adrian Room Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2010, p. 292; John Walker (ed) Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, London: HarperCollins, 1999, p. 255
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