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Bruce Hyde dies: Star Trek actor dead at age 74

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Bruce Hyde, who played Enterprise crew member Lt. Kevin Riley in two episodes of the original Star Trek series and went on to become an educator at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, died Oct. 13 after battling throat cancer. He was 74.

His wife, Susan Saetre, confirmed the news to EW.

A Dallas native, Hyde appeared in the debut season of Star Trek in 1966, in “The Naked Time” and “The Conscience of the King.” Though he only acted in two episodes, he made a lasting impression as Riley, in particular for repeatedly crooning “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” to comedic effect.

In an interview with StarTrek.com last year, Hyde said of his enduring connection to the show, “I’m honored to have my little toe in pop culture history.”

Hyde’s other television credits include Dr. Kildare, That Girl, and The Beverly Hillbillies. He also worked on stage, doing Canterbury Tales on Broadway and Hair in San Francisco.

After taking a hiatus from acting, Hyde started teaching at St. Cloud in 1990, dividing his time between the Department of Theatre & Film Studies and the Department of Communication Studies. He became a professor emeritus earlier this year. While at St. Cloud, Hyde returned to performing on stage in the Twin Cities area.

“There were so many layers to him,” Saetre said of her husband. “He was an actor, a singer, a musician, a writer, an artist. He had so many different complexities to him, but I think the thing that best fit him was being a teacher. He was able to blend all of those in his teaching.”

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