Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold Episode 11: Carl Held

It's always a special day when we have the opportunity to chat with an actor from the original Star Trek series, especially one with a resume like today's guest. Carl Held appeared in the first season episode “The Return of The Archons” as Lt. Lindstrom, a character with a decent amount of screen time, but whose face was covered up by Shatner in most scenes, and whose sub-plot was completely eliminated from the final cut. You can bet we get to the bottom of why that happened!

Growing up during the Great Depression and serving in the US military, his first big stage performance in the late 1950s, where he met his wife and fellow Trek Alumni Sarah Marshall and some actor you may have heard of – William Shatner – who he understudied for. He also explains why he believes his casting in the episode was a mistake by Gene Roddenberry, and why so many of his scenes were cut from the episode. Plus, getting a ride home from Deforest Kelley and being beaned in the head by a rock in the show!

Plus, what he learned from Raymond Burr on “Perry Mason,” his appearance on the original Outer Limits with Martin Landau and Shirley Knight, sharing the stage with Patrick Stewart in repertory with the Royal Shakespeare Company of London, working with Sean Connery in a James Bond movie, his appearance on the “Incredible Hulk” TV show, the mystery behind his many screen-names including Christopher Held and Carl Byrd, his favorite experience filming a movie, and much more!

At 88 years of age, Carl Held is still just as sharp as ever and has a lot of great stories to tell about his life and career.

The views expressed on air during Trek Untold do not represent the views of the RAGE Works staff, partners, or affiliates.

Trek Untold is sponsored by Triple-Fiction Productions, a US-based company that 3-D prints Trek-inspired prop replicas for fan films and cosplayers, as well as accessories and playsets for all iterations of Trek figures through the years. Visit them at

Don't forget to subscribe to the show and leave a rating if you like us!

Follow Trek Untold on Social Media

Check Out Some of the Other Shows on the RAGE Works Network