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October 15, 1924
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||Cause of death Multiple myeloma|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Amouri (m. 1960–96)(his death) 2 children|
Mark Lenard (October 15, 1924 – November 22, 1996) was an American actor, primarily in television.
Lenard was born Leonard Rosenson in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a Russian Jewish immigrant, Abraham, and his wife, Bessie, but was raised in the small town of South Haven, Michigan. He joined the United States Army in 1943 and trained to be a paratrooper during World War II but did not see actual combat and was discharged in 1946 as a technical sergeant.
Lenard got his start on stage while in the Army. After earning a master's degree in theater and speech from the University of Michigan, he became known in New York City for serious drama, including Ibsen, Shaw, and Chekov. His first notable role was that of Conrad in the John Gielgud production of Much Ado About Nothing. In the mid-1960s, he moved his family to Los Angeles, where he played one of the Three Wise Men in the biblical epic The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).
Lenard is best known for his appearances in the Star Trek franchise. His first television appearance on the West Coast, in the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series, was in the episode "Balance of Terror" (1966), playing the first Romulan seen in the series. In the second season of Star Trek, Lenard guest-starred in the episode "Journey to Babel" (1967) as Sarek, the father of Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Lenard provided Sarek's voice in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "Yesteryear" (1973), and played an ill-fated Klingon Captain in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
Lenard reprised the role of Sarek in three of the Star Trek feature films: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Sans credit, Lenard provided the voice of the young Sarek in a flashback sequence in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). Lenard also guest-starred as Sarek in TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation, in the third season episode "Sarek" (1990) and the fifth season episode "Unification: Part 1" (1991).
Lenard was also known for roles outside the Star Trek series. He played the prosecutor in Fort Grant in the 1968 Clint Eastwood movie, Hang 'Em High. He also played the character Aaron Stempel in the television series Here Come the Brides, and the hostile gorilla Urko in the television series Planet of the Apes. He also made a guest appearance on Little House on the Prairie in the episode "Journey in the Spring, Part I" playing Peter Ingalls, older brother of Charles Ingalls. He had roles in Gunsmoke several times, including the episode "No Where to Run" (1968). He also guest starred in several episodes of the original Mission: Impossible, including one with Leonard Nimoy, and a two-part episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Lenard also played a lead role in the movie Noon Sunday filmed on Guam with costars Keye Luke, TV series star John Russell from Lawman, and character actor Stacy Harris. In The Radicals (1990), which recounted the beginnings of the Swiss Anabaptist movement in the 1520s, he played a composite historical character, Eberhard Hoffman, a Catholic bishop who serves as prosecutor in the trial of his former abbot Michael Sattler. In 1993, Lenard and fellow Star Trek actor Walter Koenig toured in a production of The Boys in Autumn. Lenard played a late middle-aged Huck Finn who re-encounters his childhood friend Tom Sawyer after a lifetime apart. Koenig played Sawyer.
- The Greatest Story Ever Told(1965)
- Hang 'Em High (1968) ... Prosecuting Attorney at Fort Grant
- Noon Sunday (1975) ... Jason Cootes
- Annie Hall (1977) ... Navy Officer
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) ... Klingon Captain
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) ... Ambassador Sarek
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) ... Ambassador Sarek
- The Radicals (1990) ... Eberhard Hoffmann, bishop/prosecutor
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) ... Ambassador Sarek
- Star Trek: The Original Series: "Balance of Terror" (1966) (Romulan Commander)
- Star Trek: The Original Series: "Journey to Babel" (1967) (Sarek)
- Gunsmoke: "No Where to Run" (1968) (Ira Stonecipher)
- Here Come the Brides (1968–1970) (TV series) (Aaron Stempel)
- Hawaii Five-O: "To Hell With Babe Ruth" (1969) (Yoshio Nagata)
- The Wild Wild West: "The Night of The Iron Fist" (1969) (Count Draja)
- Hawaii Five-O: "Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die" (Season 5, episode 19, 1973) (Rogloff)
- Star Trek: The Animated Series: "Yesteryear" (1973) (Voice of Sarek)
- Planet of the Apes: "TV Series" (1974) (General Urko)
- Little House on the Prairie: "Journey in the Spring" (1976) (Peter Ingalls)
- The Bob Newhart Show: "Carlin`s New Suit" (1977) (Earl Stanley Plummer)
- The Secret Empire (TV series) (1979) (Emperor Thorval)
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: "Journey to Oasis" (1981) (Ambassador Duvoe)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Sarek" (1990) (Sarek)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Unification" (1991) (Sarek)
- In the Heat of the Night: "Legacy" (1993) (Horrace Sloan)
- Amazing Space on TLC (1993)
- Mark Lenard at the Internet Movie Database
- Mark Lenard at AllRovi
- Mark Lenard at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)