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John Hoyt

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John Hoyt
John Hoyt
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Portrays: Domra
Date of Birth: October 5, 1905
Date of Death: September 15, 1991
Age at Death: 85
Nationality: USA USA


John Hoyt (born John Hoysradt on 5 October 1905, in Bronxville, New York, died 15 September 1991 in Santa Cruz, California) was an American film and television actor who played Sire Domra in the Original Series episode "Baltar's Escape".

Hoyt's five-decade career includes notable films such as the groundbreaking science-fiction motion picture When Worlds Collide, Spartacus, and The Conqueror. The latter film, co-starring popular American actors John Wayne, Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched) and Susan Hayward, was filmed in an area contaminated with nuclear fallout from a ground-level test site. A very disproportionate percentage of the cast and crew of this movie eventually died of some form of cancer.

Hoyt's television career spanned almost every imaginable genre, from medical drama, science fiction, western, court drama, comedy, and spy dramas. Hoyt played Dr. Phil Boyce in the series pilot for the original Star Trek series, and had many recurring and brief roles in classic and contemporary TV shows, including The Virginian, Perry Mason, Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel and The Flying Nun. Perhaps Hoyt's most unusual credit is in the X-rated parody of Flash Gordon, called Flesh Gordon, in 1974. In the Twilight Zone he played a three-armed Martian in the episode "Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?"

For over a decade from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, Hoyt was seen regularly in commercials for Midas Muffler as "Old Man Creedy". He was a regular on Gimme a Break! as Grandpa Stanley Kaninsky during its six year run (1981-1987)

Hoyt died of lung cancer in 1991.