Robert Walker Jr., the longtime owner of Tops Gallery in Malibu, has died. He was 79. The son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones had a long film and television career of his own, but was best known locally for the eclectic art gallery he owned and curated for more than 20 years.
Walker is best known for his role as Charlie Evans on Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 1, Episode 2, titled “Charlie X,” which aired on Sept. 15, 1966, in which The Enterprise meets 17-year-old Evans (Walker), the sole survivor of a transport ship that crashed on the planet Thasus. Evans lived on the planet for 14 years alone. It is later revealed that Evans possesses dangerous superpowers.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Walker’s wife Dawn said, “Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors. Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice.”
Plans for a memorial are pending.
For information, contact the family at TopsGalleryMalibu.com.