“Have no fear, O’Riley’s here, and one Irishman is worth ten thousand of you!”
– Kevin Riley to Spock, “The Naked Time”
TrekMovie is saddened to report that Bruce Hyde, who played Lieutenant Kevin Riley so memorably on two episodes of The Original Series, died of throat cancer on October 13 at 74.
Hyde had been a professor at St. Cloud University in Minnesota since 1990 and taught in the Department of Communication Studies until retiring last spring.
He had a budding career in the 1960’s, appearing in shows like “Dr. Kildare” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”, as well as a production of “Canterbury Tales” on Broadway. It is for his two appearances on “Star Trek”, of course, that Hyde will be remembered the most.
His role as the charming (and very prideful) Kevin Riley in “The Naked Time” and “The Conscience of the King”, left an indelible mark on the series and the character became a fan favorite, sometimes reappearing in novels and comics.
Hyde’s performance in “The Naked Time”, where Riley, afflicted with the intoxicating Psi 2000 virus, locks himself away in Engineering and regales the ship’s complement with his rendition of “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen”, is one of the iconic moments of the series’ first season.
Hyde, who made occasional appearances on the convention circuit, spoke of his experiences making the episode two years ago:
He is survived by his wife, two stepchildren, and a granddaughter.
More information can be found here.
Please join me in a toast for Bruce Hyde and his alter ego Kevin Riley. And if you don’t want to, well….there won’t be any ice cream for YOU tonight.