In Memorium

We take some brief time to honor a few recent departures —

Morgan Woodward as Dr. Van Gelder

Thomas Morgan Woodward (September 16, 1925 – February 22, 2019) — actor, best known for roles in TV’s Dallas and 1967’s Cool Hand Luke. Trekkers will remember his two roles in Star Trek: TOS – Dr. Simon Van Gelder in ‘Dagger of the Mind’ and Captain Ron Tracey in ‘The Omega Glory.’ He was 93.

Morgan Sheppard as the Klingon warden

William Morgan Sheppard (August 24, 1932 – January 6, 2019) — British actor, had roles in Babylon 5, Doctor Who, and Max Headroom. He was 86. Trekkers will recall his four appearances on Star TrekST: TNG – ‘The Schiziod Man’ – Dr. Ira Graves ST: Voyager – ‘Bliss’ – Qatai Star Trek (2009) – Vulcan Science Minister (uncredited) Star Trek VI (1991) – Klingon ‘Rura Penthe’ Warden

Peter Mayhew, the face behind Chewbacca

Peter William Mayhew (May 19, 1944 – April 30, 2019) — British-American actor, best known to Sci-Fi fans as the gentle giant of Star Wars, for his role as Chewbacca, the Wookiee. Originally, bodybuilder David Prowse was in line for the part, but when he opted for Darth Vader instead, the 7-foot, 3-inch Mayhew immediately got the job. He would portray the character for all of his live-action appearances from the 1977 original through 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens‘ until health issues forced his retirement. Mayhew died of a heart attack. He was 74.