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Louise Fletcher (1934-2022)

Recurring Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest actress Louise Fletcher died on 23 September 2022, at the age of eighty-eight. Fletcher played Winn Adami, the ambitious Bajoran religious leader, throughout the run of Deep Space Nine. Fletcher made fourteen appearances throughout the run of the series as Winn, first appearing in “In the Hands of the Prophets” and last appearing in the series finale “What You Leave Behind”.

Born “Estelle Louise Fletcher” on 22 July 1934 in Birmingham, Alabama, Fletcher had a career over nearly six decades starting in 1958, with television appearances in Lawman and Maverick and The Untouchables in 1959. However, in 1976, she achieved her greatest fame as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

She earned an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe for her performance in the film. At the time, she was only the third actress to win all three awards for a single performance, joining Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli. Since her parents were deaf, when she accepted her Oscar, she thanked them in sign language.

In her later years, Fletcher earned Emmy Award nominations for her roles in the television series Picket Fences in 1996 and Joan of Arcadia in 2004. Her last on-screen credit was that of Rosie in the 2017 Netflix comedy series Girlboss.

Marva Hicks (1975-2022)

Two-time Star Trek: Voyager guest actress Marva Hicks passed away on 17 September 2022, at the age of forty-seven. Hicks played T’Pel, the wife of Tuvok, in the episodes “Persistence of Vision” and “Body and Soul”. Her two appearances were separated by five years.

Hicks was primarily known as an R&B singer. She signed with record label Polydor in the late 1980s, and released a debut album in 1991. She had a top ten hit, “Never Been in Love Before”, which peaked at number seven. Hicks also sang with Michael Jackson as a background singer at the Jerudong Park amphitheater in Brunei.

Outside of her musical background, Hicks also appeared as an actress in over two dozen television and film productions. Before Voyager, she had a recurring role in the second and third seasons of the sitcom Mad About You. She was also a cast member of the soap opera One Life to Live from 1997 to 1998 and lent her singing talent to the family film The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, which was a direct-to-video release also in 1998. Her last on-screen credit was in 2019, for an episode of Madam Secretary.

Marsha Hunt (1917-2022)

One-time Star Trek: The Next Generation guest actress Marsha Hunt passed away on 7 September due to natural causes, at the age of 104. Hunt guest-starred as Anne Jameson, the wife of Admiral Mark Jameson, in the first season episode “Too Short a Season”, in which Admiral Jameson took an anti-aging drug that made him increasingly younger until he eventually died. Hunt’s TNG appearance was actually one of her last on-screen appearances before she retired from acting in 2014. She had a career spanning nearly eighty years, though most of her credits pre-date the Star Trek franchise. She appeared in a dozen films for Paramount Pictures from 1935 to 1938, starring alongside John Wayne in 1937’s Born to the West. She also made twenty-one film appearances for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1941 and 1947, starring opposite Lionel Barrymore in The Penalty (1941) and Red Skelton in Panama Hattie (1942). Her last on-screen credit appearance is as herself in a 2014 documentary called Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity.

Nichelle Nichols (1932-2022)

Nichelle Nichols passed away on 31 July, at the age of eighty-nine, from natural causes. Nichols is perhaps best known for playing USS Enterprise communications officer Uhura. She played the role for twenty-five years, from The Original Series in 1966 through Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991. With film stock from TOS: “The Trouble with Tribbles”, she made an appearance as Uhura in the Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations”. Via the use of archival audio files, her voice was also included in the Star Trek: Prodigy episode “Kobayashi”.

Outside of her role of Uhura, Nichols was perhaps best known for her recruiting efforts with NASA for many decades to bring in women and minority astronauts into the space agency. One such example can be seen in astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, who guest-starred in TNG: “Second Chances”. Jemison always cited Nichols and Uhura as inspirations for joining NASA.  

Nichols broke television ground with her role in Star Trek during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. At one point, she met civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and informed him she was planning to leave at the end of Star Trek‘s first season in 1967. King emphatically told her she could not, as it was the one show his family were watching that portrayed African-Americans in a positive light. Nichols informed Roddenberry of the positive acclaim King held for his series, and the rest is history.

Paul Sorvino (1939-2022)

Star Trek guest actor Paul Sorvino has died at the age of eighty-three, after battling multiple health issues. His death was reported by his wife, DeeDee Sorvino.

Sorvino guest-starred as Nickolai Rozhenko, the foster brother of Worf, in the seventh season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Homeward”.

Sorvino was best known for playing Mafia don Paulie Cicero in Goodfellas, considered by many to be one of the best films ever made, particularly of the gangster genre. Sorvino also played NYPD Sergeant Philip Cerreta in Seasons 2 and 3 of the original Law & Order television series. Other notable credits of his include Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, Henry Kissinger in Nixon, and Hey Arnold!: The Movie.

David Warner (1941-2022)

Due to cancer, David Warner passed away at the age of eighty on 24 July.

Warner played three iconic roles in Star Trek. He originally played the Federation ambassador to Nimbus III, St. John Talbot, in 1989’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Two years later, he returned to Star Trek as Klingon Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. A year after The Undiscovered Country was released, he returned as the Cardassian Gul Madred in the sixth season Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter “Chain of Command”.

Warner had a prolific career, spanning multiple decades. He had iconic roles such as Jack the Ripper in the 1979 film Time After Time, which also starred Star Trek Generations actor Malcolm McDowell and directed by The Undiscovered Country director Nicholas Meyer. Warner also had other roles such as Keith Jennings in 1976’s The Omen and Ed Dillinger in 1982’s Tron. In his later years, he also played Professor Jordan Perry in 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Spicer Lovejoy in 1997’s Titanic, Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn in the 1999 adaptation of the video game Wing Commander, and Senator Sandar in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes. His last film role was that of Admiral Boom in the 2018 film Mary Poppins Returns.

Gregory Itzin (1948-2022)

Five-time Star Trek guest actor Gregory Itzin has passed away at the age of seventy-four.  He first appeared as the Tandaran Ilon Tandro in the Deep Space Nine episode “Dax”, an early first season episode that ended up being the last on-screen writing credit for Dorothy “D.C.” Fontana. Five years later, Itzin reappeared as Hain in the sixth season DS9 episode “Who Mourns for Morn?”  In 2000, he returned to Star Trek as Dr. Dysek in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Critical Care”. His last two Star Trek appearances were in Star Trek: Enterprise, in which he first appeared as the Vulcan Captain Sopek in “Shadows of P’Jem”, and then as the Mirror Universe Admiral Black in “In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II”.

His best known role was that of Charles Logan in 24. His death was reported by former 24 producer Jon Cassar on Twitter. His career spanned five decades appearing in such hit 1970s and 1980s television series as Charlie’s Angels and Fame.

Dorothy Duder (1952-2022)

Dorothy Duder, the wife of Star Trek scenic artist Doug Drexler, has passed away at the age of seventy.

Duder was the food stylist for the entire four-season run of Star Trek: EnterpriseEnterprise was the first Star Trek production to have a permanent food stylist on the production crew preparing food for filming. The work she did included all of the meals that were served on the Mess Hall set and the Captain’s Dining Table, including retro-Trek food and alien banquets.

Greg Jein (1945-2022)

Greg Jein has died, as was reported by a friend and colleague of his, former Star Trek illustrator Rick Sternbach.

Jein was a model maker with the Star Trek franchise for almost thirty years. He was subcontracted in 1977, when Magicam hired him to work on the Klingon D7-class cruiser for the aborted Star Trek: Phase II television series. While this version was ultimately not used, he was hired to do several miniatures for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He went on to help create several well-known miniatures, such as the USS Enterprise-D for The Next Generation. He was nominated in 1997 for his work on the Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations”.

Outside of Star Trek, Jein was known for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941 which earned him an Academy Award nomination each for both films. One of his most recent credits was working on the 2014 film Interstellar.

Mary Mara (1960-2022)

Mary Mara has died at the age of sixty-one.

According to a police report published 27 June, Mara was discovered in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent around 8:10 pm on 26 June by various officers of the New York State Police. According to a statement from a representative, Mara was staying at the summer home of her sister Martha. A preliminary investigation suggested Mara died by drowning while swimming.

Mara guest-starred as the unnamed Sphere Builder Presage in the final three episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise’s third season: “The Council”, “Countdown”, and “Zero Hour”.

Mara was a prolific actress. She appeared in recurring roles in ER and Law & Order before landing a starring role in 1996, playing Inspector Brynn Carson in the first two seasons of CBS police procedural Nash Bridges.

Mara most recently had two guest-starring roles on television, both in 2014 – on the ABC soap opera General Hospital and the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds.

Eric Webb (1978-2022)

Eric Webb passed away on 6 June after a month-long battle with sepsis. He’d helped to contribute a story treatment for an unproduced sequel to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness prior to Star Trek Beyond being commissioned and produced in 2016.

A post on his social media pages reads: “He was at home with his mother and fiancé as his heart gave out after this long and difficult health battle. It is impossible to describe how much Eric meant to all of us and how much of a tragedy it is that someone so loving, passionate, and unique has been lost to this world.

The family is asking for donations to his GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses: which can be found here, https://www.gofundme.com/f/lay-a-beloved-writer-friend-and-partner-to-rest.

Jack Kehler (1946-2022)

Jack Kehler has passed away at the age of seventy-five. His death was reported on 9th May, but his son Eddie said that he died on 7th May, of complications from leukemia, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kehler was a one-time Star Trek guest actor, having played the Boslic freighter captain Jaheel in the first-season Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Babel”.

Outside of Star Trek, Kehler had numerous supporting roles in various television series and films. His most notable credits include The Dude’s landlord Marty in The Big Lebowski as well other notable roles in films such as Invincible, Pineapple Express, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Lethal Weapon 4, Waterworld,I Love You to Death, Men in Black II, and Year of the Dragon. His acting credits on television included Hill Street Blues, Hunter, Cagney & Lacey, L.A. Law, Newhart,St. Elsewhere,ER, 24, NYPD Blue, Angel, Mad Men, Monk,Bones, and, most recently, Love, Victor.

Kenneth Welsh (1942 – 2022)

Kenneth Welsh passed away on May 5th, at the age of eighty.

A highly regarded film actor in Canada, he is perhaps best known for his role in Twin Peaks. He also appeared as the Vice President of the United States, Raymond Baker (modeled after then-VP Dick Cheney), in the 2004 disaster film The Day After Tomorrow and as Dr. Hepburn, the father of Katherine Hepburn, in The Aviator.

Welsh played Admiral Senna Tal, one of the hosts of the Tal symbiont, in the third season Star Trek: Discovery episodes “People of Earth” and “Forget Me Not”.

Naomi Judd (1946 – 2022)

Naomi and Ashley Judd

An honorable mention to Naomi Judd, the mother of two-time Star Trek: The Next Generation guest star Ashley Judd. Naomi died of suicide on April 30th in Nashville, Tennessee. She was seventy-six.

Naomi Judd was best known as a singer – one half of the country-music duo The Judds, along with her daughter Wynonna – and died one day before she would have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ashley Judd guest starred as Robin Lefler in two early fifth-season episodes – “Darmok” and “The Game” – the latter of which originally aired four days after the death of Gene Roddenberry in 1991.

Mike Hagerty (1954 – 2022)

Mike Hagerty passed away on April 29th, at the age of sixty-seven. His death was confirmed by his co-star on the HBO comedy Somebody Somewhere, Bridget Everett.

Hagerty is perhaps best known for the role of Mr. Treeger in the sitcom Friends as well as the used-clothing store owner Rudy in Seinfeld.

Hagerty played two characters in Star Trek, both during Star Trek: The Next Generation. He played the Klingon Larg in the fifth-season episode “Redemption II”. In that episode, Larg and Kurn (Tony Todd) shared a drink with each other in a bar in the capital city on Qo’noS. Two years later, he played the Barkonian blacksmith Skoran in Season 7’s “Thine Own Self”.

David Birney (1939 – 2022)

David Birney passed away on April 27th, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was eighty-three.

Birney was best known for playing Bernie Steinberg in the short-lived sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie and Dr. Ben Samuels in the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere. To Star Trek fans, he was a memorable Romulan who took potshots at Klingons across a table.

Birney played the Romulan Senator Letant in the sixth season finale of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “Tears of the Prophets”. In a memorable scene that takes place while the Federation Alliance are planning to attack the Dominion in the Chin’toka system, Letant takes shots at the Klingons sitting across the table from him. He even enrages General Martok (J.G. Hertzler) by saying, “Notice the primitive rage in his eye… the uncontrolled brutality. Klingons can be quite entertaining, don’t you agree? I think every Romulan zoo should have a pair.