William Morgan Sheppard of 'Star Trek' and 'Doctor Who' dies at 86

The cause of William Sheppard's death wasn't revealed, but he is survived by his wife, and son, actor Mark Sheppard

William Morgan Sheppard of 'Star Trek' and 'Doctor Who' dies at 86

Actor William Morgan Sheppard, who was widely known for his work on the cult-classic franchise, 'Star Trek,' has passed away aged 86, as per confirmations from his son, and fellow actor, Mark Sheppard. Mark - who is known for his work in 'Doctor Who' and 'Supernatural' - revealed the sad news of his father's demise through a touching Instagram tribute that left several fans and followers emotional. The tribute came alongside a photo of the late William lying in a hospital bed, with his family and dear ones by his side. 



 

“We went to spend some time with my father today," Mark started off in his Instagram tribute, before continuing: "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.”



 

Deadline noted William Sheppard started his journey in the entertainment industry all the way back in London at the Royal Shakespeare Company where he was an Associate Artist for 12 years. Soon after, he moved to Broadway, and it was only after roles like Dr. Ira Graves in the 1989 episode of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' titled 'The Schizoid Man' that he garnered a wide-based fandom.

Julius Caesar (played by Morgan Sheppard) slumps dying in the arms of Antony (played by Timothy Dalton) during a performance of 'Shakespeare's Rome' at the Mermaid Theatre, London. (Source: Getty images)
Julius Caesar (played by Morgan Sheppard) slumps dying in the arms of Antony (played by Timothy Dalton) during a performance of 'Shakespeare's Rome' at the Mermaid Theatre, London. (Source: Getty images)

His work with the franchise also continued as appearances in spin-offs such as 'Star Trek: Voyager' the film 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' and the 2009 'Star Trek' movie. His more recent work was his 2011 appearance in 'Doctor Who' where both he and his son were on board to play an older, and younger version of the same character. While Mark's Instagram post did not reveal William's cause of death, the late actor is now survived by his wife, and only son.