William Morgan Sheppard, a familiar face to Star Trek fans, died on Monday at the age of 86.
The older Sheppard passed peacefully with his wife at his side at 6:30 pm. His son, actor Mark Sheppard, delivered the news on Instagram yesterday. Father and son had acted together in several television shows, such as NCIS and Doctor Who, playing older and younger versions of the same character.
Sheppard’s career began on stage as an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. While he branched into film, television, and video games later in life, theater remained a constant love, and it shows. Then In 1995, he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his work in The Homecoming.
His work on several Star Trek series introduced him to wider audiences. Will Star Trek, he played multiple roles across series: Dr. Ira Graves in The Next Generation in 1989, the Rura Penth commandant in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991, Quatai in Voyager in 1999, and the chief Vulcan Science Council minister in Star Trek in 2009.
Beyond Star Trek, he is best known for his work in Max Headroom, a satirical science fiction show. He also received renown for the role of Confederate general Isaac Trimble in films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.
He and his son shared roles in NCIS as older and younger Marcin Jerek, respectively. They also portrayed older and younger versions of Canton Everett Delaware III in Doctor Who.
William Morgan Sheppard is survived by his wife, his son Mark, and three grandchildren.