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Bruce Hyde dies at 74

OHMYGOSSIP — Bruce Hyde, the actor best known for playing the role of Lt. Kevin Riley on the original Star Trek series has died at the age of 74. Hyde lost his battle with throat cancer on Oct. 13, his wife Susan Saetre, confirmed to Entertainment Weekly.

Hyde appeared as Riley in the debut season of Star Trek in 1966 leaving a lasting impression on fans after starring in two episodes “The Naked Time” and “The Conscience of the King.”

“I’m honored to have my little toe in pop culture history,” Hyde said to last year about his enduring connection to the show.

The official Star Trek Facebook page paid homage to the actor on Sunday posting a photo of Hyde donning the iconic Star Fleet uniform.

Hyde’s other television credits include Dr. Kildare, That Girl and The Beverly Hillbillies before he stepped away from performing and became a professor at St. Cloud State University in Minn., where he taught classes in the Theater Film Department and the Communication Studies Department.

“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.”

According to the family’s official obituary, Hyde was born in Dallas on September 14, 1941. His mother Edna taught in Mesquite. His father Rufus was the head football coach at North Dallas High School, from which Bruce graduated in 1959 after attending Robert E. Lee Elementary in Lower Greenville.

After high school, Hyde enrolled at Northwestern University, from which he got his Bachelor of Arts in 1963. Then, for a while, he became an actor. He got some small roles on stage and TV. Then came Trek and the small part he made big. And he didn’t talk about it much. Just last year, in fact, he said he didn’t think anyone would care. Besides, he was busy being a professor, a writer.

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