W. Morgan Sheppard, Dead At 86



W. Morgan Sheppard, Character Actor In Genre TV, Is Dead


W. Morgan Sheppard, a veteran actor in various genre shows and movies, died January 6th in Los Angeles. He was 86 years old. The British born actor was known for his work on Star Trek. He also appeared on Doctor Who and NCIS. In both shows, he played the older version of the character played by his son, actor Mark Sheppard. 

Born in 1932, Sheppard was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also appeared on Broadway in Marat/Sade and Sherlock Holmes. He would also play a part in the Max Headroom series, as well as portray a Confederate General in Gettysburg.

Star Trek Veteran

W. Morgan Sheppard made his final visit to Trek in 2009 with an uncredited appearance as a Vulcan Science Minister in Star Trek (2009).
W. Morgan Sheppard made his final visit to Trek in 2009 with an uncredited appearance as a Vulcan Science Minister in Star Trek (2009).

However, it appears his legacy will be on Star Trek. Appearing across various films and series, Sheppard first appeared on Next Generation, as Data’s “grandfather”. He would then portray a Klingon officer in Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country. He would later appear on Voyager as an alien, before finally appearing in the 2009 Star Trek film as a member of the Vulcan Science Council.

Sheppard also appeared in two episodes of Babylon 9, as wells as other genre shows such as The Librarians, Quantum Leap and Gargoyles. He would also appear in films such as TransformersElvira: Mistress of the Dark, and The Prestige. He also provided voice work for a Star Wars game.

Family Statement

Mark Sheppard posted the following on his Instagram

“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.”

We at Word of the Nerd will like to extend our condolences at this time.

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