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Gene Dynarski Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA  (undisclosed)
Birth NameEugene Dynarski
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Balding, often moustachioed Brooklyn-born Eugene Dynarski was a prolific character actor of Polish ancestry. He moved to California in 1957 after serving in the U.S. Navy and learned his craft at Los Angeles City College, Harbor College and UCLA. Obtaining acting work via renowned casting director Lynn Stalmaster, he first appeared on the screen in 1963, frequently personifying characters of Slavic background with names like Pollick, Barmak, Krodak or Kowalski. He had a particularly good line in villains which he made all the more menacing with his outwardly calm but intense manner. He portrayed Stalin to critical acclaim on the stage in a 1987 production of David Pownall's "Master Class" (as well as providing the dictator's voice for Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996)). Dynarski made appearances in both Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the latter featuring him as a starbase commander. Very much a regular contributor to the science fiction genre, he also played Egghead's henchman Benedict in Batman (1966), donned one of Paul Zastupnevich's monster heads as a sea centaur in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964), played a malevolent prison warden in Land of the Giants (1968) and an ill-fated hunter in The X-Files (1993) who falls victim to a bat-human hybrid monster. Dynarski also had small parts in the Steven Spielberg productions Duel (1971) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). In 1979, he established the Gene Dynarski Theater near Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles which remained in operation until the 1990s. Dynarski retired from screen acting in 2003.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Gene and his family left Brooklyn when he was 5 years old. His parents, who were Polish immigrants moved the family to Buffalo, NY. He lived in Buffalo until he left for the Navy. When he moved to California he brought his parents there. When his Dad died shortly after his mother returned to Buffalo where his two sisters still lived. Gene has an older sister Margie, and younger siblings Kathleen and David. Gene also has 2 daughters who live in California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: B. Stewart (niece)

Trivia (2)

He worked as a "pin monkey" at a bowling alley and served in the U.S. Navy.
Gene travelled home to Buffalo, NY to take his 2 nieces to see Close Encounters at the movie theater. He walked up to the snack/popcorn counter and said "You know I'm in this movie" of course they laughed assuming he was joking.

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