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Ronald Norman Soble (28 March 1928 – 2 May 2002; age 74) is the actor who played the villian Queng-Dri in the first season episode "The Coward".

Ron Soble as Queng-Dri

Soble was a native of Chicago, and took to sports early in life as a field and track star, becoming a Golden Gloves champion in 1944 just before moving on to play football with the University of Michigan.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Soble enlisted in the Army in 1946, serving for two years in the 11th Airborne Division and spending a year deployed to Japan. Discharged in 1948, Soble attended college and also became involved with the Army ROTC program. He was commissioned an officer in 1951 and spent two more years on active duty in the Army Signal Corps. Released from active duty in 1953, Soble held an inactive reserve commission until his final discharge from the Army in 1955.

Soble made his film debut in an uncredited role in I Mobster. His first film credit was in 1959's Al Capone. His early acting career was marked by numerous Western appearances onscreen in such beloved films as True Grit (1969) and Chisum (1970). On the small screen, Soble continued his career as a cowboy usually cast as a "heavy" with frequent appearances on Rawhide, The Virginian, and The Monroes (the actor would also parlay his spurs into science fiction territory with an appearance as Wyatt Earp in the episode "The Spectre of the Gun" of the original Star Trek series). Moving into a more modern era (at least at the time) with appearances in Charlie's Angels, ChiPs, and Knight Rider, Soble's later roles in such features as Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1994) and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) were a healthy indicator that after years in the business Soble had not lost his sense of humor. In his later career, the Screen Actor's Guild found him the recipient of the prolific Ralph Morgan Award for Distinguished Service to the Hollywood Branch of SAG.

Following an extended battle with both lung and brain cancer, Ron Soble died in Los Angeles on May 2, 2002. He was 74.

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