Unsung Hero of Our Youth
I think we all owe a debt of gratitude to an unsung hero of 1980’s science fiction and television. His is a face that we grew up with, but probably never thought much of. I’m talking about Judson Earney Scott. Who you ask? I’m not surprised. Until I sat down to type this, I didn’t know his name either. However, this photo should immediately help you remember this actor.
I have no doubt you recognize him. However, do you realize just how many times his face graced our entertainment screens? Especially in geek-related shows/movies? Below is a listing of many of his appearances. For a complete list, visit his IMDB page. Judson Earney Scott in the 1980s:
- had the lead role in the short-lived 1982 series “The Phoenix“. I loved this show when it was on. Watch the video intro by clicking here!
- will forever be remembered as Khan’s right-hand man, Joachim, in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan“.
- had a reoccurring role in “V: The Series” as Lt. James
- was in an episode of “The Powers of Matthew Star“. Watch the video intro by clicking here (with narration by Louis Gossett Jr)!
- was in an episode of “Voyagers!“. Watch the video intro by clicking here!
- was in an episode of “The Greatest American Hero“
- was in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation“
- was in an episode of the 1988 “Mission: Impossible” series
- was in an episode of “T.J. Hooker”
- was in two episodes of “Matt Houston”
- was in two episodes of “The Dukes of Hazzard”
- was in an episode of “The A-Team”
- was in several soap operas, such as “General Hospital”, “One Life to Live”, and “The Colbys”
Then in the 1990’s, Judson Earney Scott:
- was in an episode of “Babylon 5“
- was in an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager“
- was in the movie “Blade”
- was in an episode of “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr“
- was in “K-9000“
- was in an episode of “Raven“
- was in an episode of “Renegade“
- was in an episode of “Jack and the Fatman”
Then in the 2000’s, Judson Earney Scott:
- played the zealot Absalom in the TV series “X-Files“
- was in a couple episodes of “Charmed“
- was in an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger”
I’m sure you are remembering some of his appearances by now. I distinctly remember him in several of these shows. Typically he played the bad guy of the week. He always looked and carried himself like a total bad ass, even though you knew the good guys would eventually get the best of him. I find it interesting that he could always pull off the long hair, regardless of the situation. He was definitely cool.
What inspired me to write this post was something that happened the other night. As some of you know, recently I’ve been watching “V: The Series” on DVD. In an episode I watched the other night Judson Earney Scott made his first appearance on the show. I didn’t know it was coming and found myself thinking, “Oh yeah, the resistance is in for it now, Mr. Bad Ass has arrived.” That’s when I realized that I had grown up seeing this guys face, always thought he was a cool bad guy, but didn’t know his name.
With that said, I think we should all reflect back on our youth and remember Judson Earney Scott as one of the integral pieces of our geeky upbringing.
Here’s hoping that he appears in more geek related shows and movies in the future!