LOS ANGELES--Prolific actor Paul Carr, whose career in films, on
television and on stage spanned more than 40 years, died here February
17th of cancer. He was 72. MSTies will recall his smooth portrayal of
physician/ski bum Dr. Kipling in the movie in episode 1010- BAT PEOPLE
(aka THEY LIVE BY NIGHT).
Born in New Orleans, he spent childhood winters with his mother in the
nearby town of Marrero and summers with his father in New York.
Initially interested in music, he studied the clarinet at Julliard, but
caught the acting bug as a teenager. After a stint in the Marine Corps,
he found his first professional acting jobs in local theater in New
Orleans. In the early 1950s he moved to New York City, and found work
in summer stock, Broadway plays and live television including "Studio
One" and "Kraft Television Theater." To make ends meet, he also worked
as a window dresser.
He made his movie debut in 1955 with a small uncredited role in Alfred
Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man." He eventually moved to the West Coast, and
appeared in teen films "The Young Don't Cry" and "Jamboree" in 1957.
But TV soon came to dominate his time. He appeared in hundreds of
series, "Rawhide," "The Rifleman" and "The Virginian" to "77 Sunset
Strip," "Dr. Kildare," and "Twelve O'Clock High." He had recurring
roles on series such as "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and "Combat."
Trekkers will recall his performance, in an early episode of the
original "Star Trek" series, as affable, doomed helmsman Lt. Kelso.
Soap opera fans will remember him as young doctor Bill Horton on "Days
of Our Lives". He also did stints on "General Hospital" and "The
He appeared in nearly 100 stage productions on Broadway, off-Broadway
and off-off-Broadway, as well as touring companies, stock, and in
regional theatres around the country. He received the LA Weekly Award
for Best Actor in the Theatre East production of "Manhattan Express" in
1987 and a 1995 Dramalogue Award for his role in the Los Angeles
Repertory production of "Assassins". Other feature film roles included
work in "Eat a Bowl of Tea," "Truckstop Women" and "Ben." Later TV work
included appearances in "Dallas," "Murphy Brown," "Quincy," "The
Rockford Files" and "Murder She Wrote." Carr was also a writer and
director, and headed the Play Committee of the LA Repertory Company. He
and wife Meryl ran a health food business under the label 'Love In The
He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters and two