Lawrence Montaigne

Lawrence Montaigne (February 26, 1931 – March 17, 2017) was an American actor, writer, dancer, and stuntman.[1] As an actor, he was known for his appearances on many 1960s-era television shows.[1]

Lawrence Montaigne
Born(1931-02-26)February 26, 1931
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedMarch 17, 2017(2017-03-17) (aged 86)
Henderson, Nevada, United States
Years active1953–2007

Life and career

Born in New York, but later raised in Rome, Italy, Montaigne spoke several languages - a skill he used to his advantage in securing roles in international productions. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was only one platoon apart in the Parris Island boot camp from his future friend Steve McQueen.[2]

He appeared in the role of Dr. Chauncy Hartlund in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Carefree Coronary." In 1966, Montaigne portrayed the Romulan Decius in the Star Trek episode "Balance of Terror"; he had nearly been cast as Mr Spock when it was possible that Leonard Nimoy would appear on Mission Impossible.[3] A year later, he portrayed the Vulcan Stonn, the paramour of Spock's intended bride T'Pring, in the episode "Amok Time"—a role that he reprised in 2006 in the unofficial mini-series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

Additionally, he guest-starred on Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Blue Light, Mission: Impossible, The Time Tunnel, The Invaders, Perry Mason, McCloud, Hogan's Heroes and The Feather and Father Gang.

His motion picture appearances include roles in The Great Escape (1963),[1] Captain Sindbad (1963), Tobruk (1967), The Power (1968), The Psycho Lover (1970), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975),[1] Framed (1975), Young Lady Chatterley (1977),[1] Deadly Blessing (1981)[1] and Dakota (1988).[1] During the 1980s, Montaigne taught film at North Texas State University.

For some years, Montaigne lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, and translated medical texts for a publishing firm. In 2007, Montaigne voiced a guest-starring role in the pilot episode of the web series Star Trek: The Continuing Mission.

Montaigne died on March 17, 2017, at the age of 86.[4]

Selected television appearances


1953The Beast from 20,000 FathomsSoldierUncredited
1953The Band WagonMinor RoleUncredited
1959Amud Ha'EshDavid
1960Rapina al quartiere Ovest
1960Mobby Jackson
1961The MongolsPrince Stefan's ally
1961The Italian BrigandsO Prevete
1962Damon and PythiasFlute Player
1963Captain SindbadJafar
1963The Great EscapeHaynes, "Diversions"
1964Combat!Sgt. KochEpisode: A Rare Vintage
1965The Satan BugOfficer at Radar Tracking StationUncredited
1965SynanonThe Greek
1965Perry Mason The Case if the Carefree CoronaryDr. Chauncey Hartlund
1967TobrukItalian Officer
1968The PowerBriggs
1969TopazRussian Agent #2Uncredited
1970The Psycho LoverKenneth Alden
1971Bearcats!Koster1 episode
1975Escape to Witch MountainUbermann
1975FramedDeputy Allison
1977Young Lady ChatterleyCarl – Chauffeur
1980Everything Happens to MeMilitary Sergeant
1981Deadly BlessingMatthew Gluntz
1988DakotaMr. Diamond


  1. "Lawrence Montaigne". The New York Times.
  2. "New Page 1".
  3. Ken Miller (8 August 2012). "The Man who would be Spock".
  4. "Remembering Lawrence Montaigne, 1931–2017".
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