Roger C. Carmel

Roger Charles Carmel (September 27, 1932 November 11, 1986) was an American actor.[1] He had scores of guest roles in television series during his career.

Roger C. Carmel
Carmel as Harry Mudd in the Star Trek "Mudd's Women" (1966)
Roger Charles Carmel

(1932-09-27)September 27, 1932
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedNovember 11, 1986(1986-11-11) (aged 54)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting placeNew Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, Queens, New York
Years active1958–1986


Carmel starred as the henpecked husband Roger Buell in the 1967 NBC sitcom The Mothers-in-Law, but was replaced by Richard Deacon in season two. When the first season ended, creator and producer, Desi Arnaz told the entire cast that the show had a five year guarantee but there was no money to give the contractual raises for the second season. While the other cast members agreed to forego their salary increases, Carmel refused to forego his. Carmel was aware that Arnaz was illegally taking four salaries from the series - producer, creator, writer and director, and this led him to quit the show.[2] According to rumors however, he was fired because his drug use interfered with production.[3]

Carmel's other guest roles included the accountant Doug Wesley on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show and Colonel Gumm on ABC's Batman. He played the flamboyant and hapless galactic criminal Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd in two episodes of the original series of Star Trek, "Mudd's Women" (1966) and "I, Mudd" (1967), and one episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, "Mudd's Passion" (1973). He also appeared in roles on The Patty Duke Show; I Spy; Blue Light; The Everglades; Hogan's Heroes; Car 54, Where Are You?; Banacek; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; The Munsters; Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; Hawaii Five-O; The High Chaparral; All in the Family, and The San Pedro Beach Bums. He was a regular contestant on Pantomime Quiz, also known as Stump the Stars. His film roles included Gambit, Myra Breckinridge, Breezy, Thunder and Lightning, and Jerry Lewis's 1981 comeback film, Hardly Working.

Later in his career, Carmel was a frequent voice actor. He voiced Smokey Bear in fire safety advertisements and Decepticon deputy leader Cyclonus in the third season of the popular Transformers animated series (having originated the role in 1986's Transformers: The Movie and voicing other characters in the series' second season). In the television commercials for the Naugles chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants, he played the character of Señor Naugles.

Carmel died in Hollywood, of hypertensive cardiomyopathy on November 11, 1986.[4] His death was publicly ruled a suicide, but was initially investigated by police as a "narcotics overdose."[5] He was interred in New Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, Queens, New York City. His plot is in the section dedicated to his parents' synagogue, Temple Beth Emeth.

According to a letter column in the first volume of the monthly DC Comics Star Trek comic book, Carmel was slated to reprise his role as Harry Mudd in a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but died before filming could commence. After Carmel's death, Jack Angel took over his role as Cyclonus in season four of The Transformers.




  1. "Roger C. Carmel". The New York Times.
  3. Evanier, Mark (September 12, 2003). "Roger (Over and Out)". News From ME.
  5. Roger C. Carmel, Best Known for ‘Star Trek’ Role, Dies L.A. Times. 14 November 1986. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  6. Abbott, Jon (June 5, 2012). Irwin Allen Television Productions, 1964-1970. McFarland. p. 61. ISBN 978-0786486625.


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