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Mike Barrier

"A Trek Into the Past"

"Eleventh Coast Guard District legal officer LCDR Mike Barrier reminisces in Long Beach with a videotape of a "Star Trek" episode he appeared in, 'Squire of Gothos."  Barrier, who in earlier times was a bona fide actor, appeared in three "Star Trek" episodes in 1967-68.  He gave up the acting life to enter law school, and after that joined the Coast Guard.  He's gotten a promotion since that time.  As a Coast Guard lieutenant commander, he outranks the character he played in the series, LT Vincent DeSalle.  If you're into reruns, you can also catch Barrier on the episodes 'Cats Paw' and 'This Side of Paradise.'

He also had parts in 'Mission Impossible,' 'Bonanza,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'Gomer Pyle,' 'The Untouchables,' 'Combat,' 'Twelve O'Clock High,' and 'Ben Casey.' And he appeared in the feature films 'The Satan Bug' and 'Angel on My Shoulder.'  Is he a Trekkie?  No.  He doesn't watch reruns on TV, and he's only seen two of the 'Star Trek' movies -- and he can't recall which two."

[The article was written by PAC Charlie Crosby, USCG.  It appeared in the #17-87 (September 30, 1987) issue of the Commandant's Bulletin (page 42).]

Last Modified 1/12/2016