Star Trek’s William Morgan Sheppard dies aged 86

Star Trek’s William Morgan Sheppard dies aged 86 as son Mark says he’s ‘grateful’ the actor ‘didn’t have to suffer any longer’ in touching tribute

  • The screen star, who is best known for his work in the science fiction film, passed away on Sunday with his wife by his side
  • London-born actor William is also known for his work in Doctor Who, starring as Canton Everett Delaware III in 2011, alongside his son Mark, 54
  • Mark took to Instagram to share a touching tribute to his late father, revealing he’s ‘grateful’ the actor ‘didn’t have to suffer any longer’
  • Lost Voyage star Mark did not reveal the cause of William’s death 
  • William is survived by his wife, son Mark, and grandchildren Isabella, Will and Max

Star Trek actor William Morgan Sheppard has died at the age of 86.

The screen star, who is best known for his work in the science fiction film, passed away on Sunday with his wife by his side.

William’s son Mark, 54, took to Instagram on Monday to share a touching tribute to his late father, revealing he’s ‘grateful’ the actor ‘didn’t have to suffer any longer’.

Passed away: Star Trek actor William Morgan Sheppard has died at the age of 86 (pictured in 2008)

The Doctor Who star, who was born in London in 1932, rose to fame in Star Trek in 1989, portraying the role of Ira Graves in The Next Generation’s The Schizoid Man episode. 


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William also played the Rura Penth commandant in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991, Quatai in the Star Trek: Voyager’s 1999 episode Bliss, and the chief Vulcan Science Council minister in 2009’s Star Trek film. 

In a previous interview with WhatCulture, William discussed his inspiration behind joining Star Trek.

Farewell: The screen star, who is best known for his work in the science fiction film, passed away on Sunday with his wife by his side (pictured with Brent Spiner in Star Trek, 1987)

Heartfelt: William’s son Mark, 54, took to Instagram on Monday to share a touching tribute to his late father, revealing he’s ‘grateful’ the actor ‘didn’t have to suffer any longer’

He explained: It’s never ‘just another job’. I really enjoy the Star Trek challenges, as you have to play characters a little larger than life, and find an empathy for their alien selves.’ 

The London-born actor also starred in Doctor Who as Canton Everett Delaware III in 2011, alongside his son Mark.

His last film role served as Wil in 2016’s drama Last Man Club, and appeared in American fantasy series The Librarians in the same year.  

Screen star: The London native portrayed the role of Ranulf in sword and sorcery adventure film Hawk the Slayer (pictured with John Terry in 1980)

Mark, whose film appearances include Unstoppable and Xtinction: Predator X, posted an image of his father on a hospital bed, alongside his wife Sarah Louise, daughter Isabella Rose, two, and William’s long-term partner.

Speaking on the legendary star’s last moments, the Lost Voyage star shared: ‘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.’

Mark did not reveal the cause of William’s death. 

William is survived by his wife, son Mark, and grandchildren Isabella, Will and Max.

Family first: William is survived by his wife, son Mark, and grandchildren Isabella, Will and Max (pictured)

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