2019-01-10 00:00:42 UTC
William Morgan Sheppard of 'Star Trek' fame dies at age 86, son Mark
Actor William Morgan Sheppard, known for his work on Star Trek, has died
at age 86 according to his son, fellow actor Mark Sheppard.
Mark, known for his work on Doctor Who and Supernatural revealed news
of his fathers death in an emotional tribute on Instagram. The image
shows his father laying in a hospital bed with family by his side.
We went to spend some time with my father today. Though he couldnt
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, Mark wrote. I am so grateful that he didnt have to
suffer any longer. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, love and
As Deadline reports, William Sheppard got his start in his London home at
the Royal Shakespeare Company where he was an Associate Artist for 12
years before moving over to Broadway. However, fans typically recognize
him for his work as Dr. Ira Graves in the 1989 episode of Star Trek: The
Next Generation titled The Schizoid Man. He would continue with the
franchise with appearances in spinoffs such as Star Trek: Voyager, the
film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the 2009 Star Trek
He continued working as an actor, with credits as late as 2017. His recent
2011 appearance in Doctor Who was a bit of a family affair. He played
the older version of Canton Delaware III in the time-travel series while
Mark played the younger version of the character. His sons Instagram post
did not specify a cause of death.