|Bela Okmyx (2268)|
|Played by:||Anthony Caruso|
Bela Okmyx was boss of the Northside Territory, the largest on Sigma Iotia II, a planet whose society was based on Earth's Chicago gangster period. A book (referred to as "The Book") entitled Chicago Mobs of the Twenties was left by the Horizon, a 22nd century Federation ship, and the entire Iotian culture had been formed by this one book.
In 2268, James T. Kirk visited the planet to update its progress. Okmyx offered to cut Kirk in on the action, if Kirk helped him take over the planet by providing him with "heaters". When Kirk refused the request, he and Spock were taken hostage and Okmyx threatened to kill them and have their dead bodies sent back up to the ship if they didn't get him the "heaters" within eight hours. Kirk, however, was able to escape.
Kirk was able to intervene and end the turf war between the bosses when he had the USS Enterprise fire phasers on stun in the surrounding area to demonstrate the power of the "Feds." The mobsters were convinced and agreed to Federation control with Okmyx as the planetary leader and Jojo Krako, his former rival, as his lieutenant. (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")
Bela Okmyx was played by actor Anthony Caruso. His surname has appeared in many subsequent texts, including the Star Trek Concordance, The Star Trek Compendium, the Star Trek Encyclopedia, and StarTrek.com as the way it was pronounced throughout the episode: "Oxmyx." The correct spelling, as seen on posters throughout the episode, was in fact "Okmyx."
The "Okmyx" spelling is also found in the "Final Draft" of the shooting script, dated 30 October 1967 – with revised pages dated 31 October 1967. Although pronunciation is provided for other characters in this episode, no such guidance is provided for "Okmyx." The end credits simply credit the character as "Bela."
The character appeared again in an issue of DC Comics' second volume comics series, "... Let's Kill All the Lawyers!", where he revealed at Kirk's trial that the captain's cut of Iotia's "action" was still being skimmed for him. Okmyx also returned Leonard McCoy's communicator (which the doctor had left behind on Iotia), saying that the Iotians didn't do anything with the device and just put it away for safekeeping.