Actor Malachi Throne, most known for appearances on Star Trek and Batman died on Wednesday, March 13, after his battle with cancer. He was 84-years-old.
Actor and film historian Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Justified) was the first to break the news on his Facebook page.
“My good friend Malachi Throne died last night. One of the finest actors and finest people I’ve been fortunate enough to know,” he wrote Thursday.
Later, Throne’s agent, Annette Robinson, confirmed that the actor had died to The Huffington Post. Throne was said to have been battling cancer for an unspecified amount of time, but that he passed peacefully in his sleep.
Throne boasted a 50-year-plus career with a variety of film, television, and voice-over credits to his name. He first appeared on The DuPont Show of the Month as Billy Budd in 1959. He also made a handful of memorable turns on Star Trek in 1966 as Commodore José Mendez / The Keeper, and as Robert Wagner’s boss Noah Bain on It Takes a Thief.
But perhaps his most memorable role was as the villain “False Face” on Batman, for which he wore a semi-transparent mask.
Throne later recalled of playing False Face that: “Everyone wanted to know who played False-Face. It was a two-part episode, so after the first week the papers were abuzz. Eventually, I cooled down and let them put my name at the end of the second episode. It was the best press I ever got in my life.”
Born in New York City to parents who emigrated from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Throne notably served in the Korean War in the 1950s.
He is survived by wife Marjorie and two sons, Zachary and Joshua.
Here’s the Batman episode “True or False Face,” starring Malachi Throne as the villain.