DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Percy Rodriguez (aged 89)
Canadian actor (Star Trek, Planet of the Apes)
Percy Rodriguez (born Percy Rodrigues, June 13, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was a Canadian actor who appeared in many television shows and films from the 1950s to the 1980s. He was of Afro-Portuguese heritage and was born in the Saint-Henrineighbourhood of Montreal. Born with the surname “Rodrigues,” he adopted the spelling “Rodriguez” after it was misspelled in a Broadway program early on in his career. Rodriguez was also known for his extensive voiceover work as the narrator of film trailers, television spots and documentaries.
DEATH: Rodriguez had a daughter, Hollis, and a son, Gerald, with his first wife, Alameda. Following Alameda’s death, he married Karen Cook in 2003. On September 6, 2007, Rodriguez died of kidney problems at his Indio, California home at age 89.