Rudy Solari was a busy actor, primarily on television and in theater, from the late '50s until the 1980s, but he was much better known within his profession as a gifted acting coach. Born in Modesto, CA, he graduated from San Francisco State College as a performing arts major and broke into feature films with a role in Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). His earliest television appearances date from this same period, on series such as Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High, Ben Casey, and The Fugitive, and later, on Mission Impossible and Star Trek. He also distinguished himself with his work in the anthology series The Outer Limits, and was a regular on two mid-'60s series, The Wackiest Ship in the Army and Garrison's Gorillas. During the 1970s, Solari formed his own repertory theater company in Los Angeles, and subsequently became well known as an acting teacher. He was later the director of the graduate program in acting at U.C.L.A. Solari died of cancer in 1991 at age 56.