‘Star Trek’ actor William Morgan Sheppard dead at 86

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LOS ANGELES — British actor William Morgan Sheppard, known for his roles in the “Star Trek” franchise, has died. He was 86.

The actor’s son, Mark Sheppard, confirmed his father’s death on Sunday by sharing an Instagram post that showed Sheppard at the hospital surrounded by family.

“We went to spend some time with my father today. Though he couldn’t speak, we held hands, he laughed and was so happy to see us. We left and came home. A good day. He was rushed to hospital and passed at 6:30pm, my mother by his side. I am so grateful that he didn’t have to suffer any longer. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, love and prayers.”

Sheppard, who was born in London in 1932, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company for over a decade.

The beloved actor starred in multiple “Star Trek” series and movies, taking on a variety of roles, including Ira Graves in “The Schizoid Man”  episode of  “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the “Bliss” episode of “Star Trek: Voyager.”

According to the official Star Trek website, Sheppard returned to “Star Trek” for the last time in 2009, appearing in an uncredited role of Vulcan Science Minister in the big-screen reboot.

Sheppard also played notable roles as Reg in the TV series “Max Headroom” and Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble in the films “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.” He also appeared as Canton Everett Delaware III in the episode “The Impossible Astronaut” in the series “Doctor Who,” alongside his son, Sheppard, also an actor who appears in “Supernatural” on the CW.

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