Star Trek actors that have died

Who has passed away from Star Trek?

Star Trek actors that have died

Since Star Trek: Picard debuted in 2020, a number of old Star Trek actors have triumphantly returned to the sci-fi franchise after several years of hiatus. The past two seasons of Picard alone saw the return of Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner, John de Lancie, and many other actors from Star Trek: The Next Generation. While it’s possible to see more old Star Trek actors reappear in the franchise as the media property continues to expand its universe on Paramount+, not all won’t be able to do a comeback, as some of them are no longer with us. Below is a list of popular Star Trek actors that have died.

20 Star Trek actors that have died

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy
Credit: (Right Photo) Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

Character name: Spock

Date deceased: February 27th, 2015 (aged 83)

Nimoy first played the role of Spock ― the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer and science officer aboard the USS Enterprise ― in the pilot episode of The Original Series shot in late 1964. He then portrayed the character in The Animated Series and the first six Star Trek movies. After an almost two-decade Star Trek hiatus, the actor returned to the franchise in the 2009 movie Star Trek as Spock Prime, a role he reprised in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness. Having played Spock on and off for over a period of 49 years, from 1964 to 2013, Nimoy is the longest-serving Star Trek cast member of all time.

In February 2015, Nimoy died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he attributed to a smoking addiction he had given up about 30 years earlier. A few days before his death, Nimoy tweeted: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”