Eisenberg, Star Trek Actor, Dead of Unknown Causes At 50
Aron Eisenberg, best known as Nog, the nephew of the Ferengi Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is dead. The actor was 50 years old. The announcement first came on the Facebook of his wife, Malissa Longo. In the post, Longo stated “He was an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul. … There will never be another light like Aron’s. The beauty that he was and the legacy he leaves behind is beyond words. I love him dearly and will miss him eternally. At the moment I’m not sure how to do life without him.”
Cause of Death Unknown
As of this writing, nothing is known about the cause of death. However, Star Trek’s official site stated that he had two kidney transplants in his lifetime.
A Career Among Stars
According to StarTrek.com, Eisenberg always thought “every episode I was doing might be my last episode”. The producers didn’t tell him much about the role or how often he’d be in the show. He would ultimately play Nog in over 40 episodes of Deep Space Nine, as well as another role on Star Trek: Voyager. Before DS9, Eisenberg appeared in an episode of the series Straight Up, the TV movie Amityville: The Evil Escapes and the films The Horror Show, Playroom and Beverly Hills Brats. He was also an accomplished professional photographer in addition to being an actor.
This reporter has one major memory involving Nog, and therefore Eisenberg. I was watching a random episode of Deep Space Nine, the baseball episode. As a small, very nonathletic kid, I sympathized with Nog who was sidelined by the rest of the space station’s team. However, they eventually rallied around him and he got their only run. Despite losing, Nog had taught his team (and the opposing Vulcan team) some lessons on good sportsmanship. It also made me feel that this was a lesson way too many people still needed to learn. Plus seeing the small guy make that big a contribution made me feel I could do that too, if not in sports.
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