SCIFI.radio regrets to announce the death of fan favorite British actor W. Morgan Sheppard.
His son, actor Mark Sheppard, posted:
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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.
William Morgan Sheppard, a RADA-trained actor died January 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 86. He appeared in many science fiction TV shows and movies. He played four different roles in the Star Trek franchise. He and hisson shared a role on Dr. Who, playing the same character at different ages, FBI Agent Canton E. Delaware.
The two have played the same character at different ages three times: on Doctor Who, on NCIS, and in The Mysterious Island (which his son directed). He also played two different roles on Babylon 5, G’Sten and the Soul Hunter. He appeared in Max Headroom,Legend of the Seeker, The Librarians, seaQuest DSV,and Kingdom Hospital.
ComicBook.com said “Sheppard is best known for playing four different roles across Star Trek television and movies. He played the Rura Penth commandant in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He played Cmdr. Data’s “grandfather” Ira Graves in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Schizoid Man.” He also played a Qatai in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Bliss.” His final Star Trek role was that of the Vulcan Science Council minister is the 2009 Star Trek reboot movie.
With his deep, raspy voice, Sheppard was popular as a voice actor in cartoons and video games, and as a narrator. His work included Free Birds, Civilization 5, The Chronicles of Riddick, Afro Samurai, Young Justice, Gargoyles, Biker Mice from Mars, Prep & Landing, The AOF Channel, Atlantis: Milo’s Return, Iron Man, The Wild Thornberrys,and The Conduit.
Like most RADA graduates, he was no stranger to legitimate theater. The Mirror reported that “he enjoyed 12 years as associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in Broadway productions of Marat/Sade and Sherlock Holmes.” He won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for “The Homecoming” in 1995, at the Matrix Theatre.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.