W. Morgan Sheppard

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W. Morgan Sheppard
Born William Morgan Sheppard
(1932-08-24) 24 August 1932 (age 82)
London, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–present
Children Mark Sheppard

William Morgan Sheppard (born 24 August 1932), sometimes credited as Morgan Sheppard or W. Morgan Sheppard, is a British actor.

Early life and career[edit]

Sheppard was born in London to an Anglo-Irish family but was educated in Ireland.[citation needed] During the Korean War, Sheppard was rejected for military service due to difficulties seeing out of one eye; this eye was later removed after Sheppard underwent a failed procedure with cortisone to correct his vision. For the remainder of his career, Sheppard wore an ocular prosthesis; he can be seen without the glass eye only rarely in certain television spots where a one eyed character was required.

During the Korean War, Sheppard served in the British Merchant Navy.

Film career[edit]

He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 1956-58 before spending 12 years as Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared on Broadway in 1966 with Marat/Sade and later in 1975 with Sherlock Holmes. He won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for The Homecoming in 1995, at the Matrix Theatre. He is the father of actor Mark Sheppard.[1]

He appeared in several episodes of different series of Star Trek, notably "The Schizoid Man" and "Bliss", as well as the feature films Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (as the warden of a Klingon gulag) and in Star Trek (as a member of the Vulcan High Council, but was uncredited). Outside of Star Trek, he is probably best known for his roles as Blank Reg on Max Headroom and Confederate General Isaac Trimble in the films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.

He has appeared in two roles on the science fiction series Babylon 5 (1994–1998), first as a "Soul Hunter" in the episode of the same name and secondly as Narn war leader G'Sten, an uncle of main character G'kar, in the "The Long Twilight Struggle". He was also a runner-up for the role of Ambassador G'Kar on the series, though the role eventually went to Andreas Katsulas. He also played a computer hologram for an A.I. programme during the first and second season of seaQuest DSV.

He was one of several Star Trek actors who voiced characters on the animated series Gargoyles, including playing the father of Jonathan Frakes' character David Xanatos and as the Norse god Odin.

He appeared in two notable episodes of MacGyver, as the incarcerated (and rather insane) serial killer "Dr. Zito" as well as appearing in the series Minder in Series 1 episode "Come in T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away".

He appeared in the 1978 television film The Nativity.

He starred alongside John Terry in the 1980 fantasy film Hawk the Slayer.

He appeared in the 1992 comedy film There Goes the Neighbourhood.

He narrated the introductions and mission briefings for the first four installments of the Medal of Honor video game series.

He appeared in the 1988 comedy horror film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark as Elvira's Great-Uncle Vincent Talbot who was an evil warlock.

He played Father Meehan in the Stephen King movie Needful Things.

Sheppard was cast in the 1996 adventure game Zork Nemesis, playing the live-action role of Bishop Francois Malveaux, one of the four alchemists central to the plot of the game.

In 2000, he voiced the character Ignatius Cheese in the game Escape from Monkey Island.

In 2002, he voiced the wizard Merlin in the Justice League episode "A Knight of Shadows".

Sheppard played the role of Captain Archibald Witwicky in the 2007 live action film Transformers.

He voiced over for the character John Adams in the Wii game The Conduit, and provided the voice of the keeper of the underworld in the television series Legend of the Seeker throughout its second season.

Sheppard appeared in the television series NCIS, in the Season 6 episode "Broken Bird", where he played the older version of a man named "Marcin Jerek" while his son Mark Sheppard played the younger Marcin Jerek.[2]

On 4 August 2010, Sheppard was announced as the voice actor for the video game Civilization V.[3]

Sheppard appeared on Season 4 of Mad Men, Episode 10, "Hands and Knees", playing the part of Lane Pryce's father.

On 4 December 2010, Sheppard appeared on Hallmark Channel Original Films Farewell Mr. Kringle as Kris Kringle.

In December 2009, Sheppard voiced the part of Santa in Disney's Christmas special Prep & Landing. Following that, he returned as the voice of Santa in the sequels, Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.

He appeared in the opening episode of series six of Doctor Who, "The Impossible Astronaut", playing the character Canton Everett Delaware III. He portrays an older version of Delaware while his son Mark Sheppard portrays the younger version in the same episodes. He and his son are among the few actors to have appeared in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.

Sheppard appeared in a seventh-season episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia titled "How Mac Got Fat". He played a priest forced to listen to Mac's confession – which involved accepting no blame of his own while demanding that the priest smite his friends, claiming that they made him fat.



Year Title Role Notes
1962 Strongroom Alec
1967 Marat/Sade A Mad Animal
1973 The Roses of Eyam William Hancock TV film
1974 Antony and Cleopatra Scarus TV film
1977 The Duellists The fencing master
1978 The Nativity Flavius TV film
1980 Hawk the Slayer Ranulf
The Elephant Man Man In Pub
The Sea Wolves 'Patch' Lovecroft
1983 Nutcracker George Peacock
The Keep Alexandru
1984 Camille Captain TV film
Lassiter Sweeny
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Saxon thief TV film
1985 Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future Blank Reg TV film
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission German General TV film
The Doctor and the Devils Landlord
1986 Lady Jane Executioner
1987 Cry Freedom Policeman
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Digger McCloud TV film
1988 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Vincent Talbot
1990 Wild at Heart Mr. Reindeer
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Klingon Commander
1992 There Goes the Neighbourhood Trick Bissell
1993 Gettysburg Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator
Needful Things Father Meehan
1996 The Lottery Mayor Warner TV film
1997 Nether World Old Timer
1998 Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure Whiskers TV film
The Escape Long TV film
1999 The Hungry Bachelors Club Mr. Ringold
2003 Gods and Generals Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble
Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle Denny TV film
Small Town Conspiracy Taylor
2005 Love's Long Journey Scottie TV film
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Scottie TV film
The Prestige Merrit
2007 A Stranger's Heart Fred Landreth TV film
Transformers Captain Archibald Witwicky
2008 Japan The Voice
Over Her Dead Body Father Marks
2009 Star Trek Vulcan Science Minister
2010 For Christ's Sake Father Monahan
Meeting Spencer Larry Lind


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Minder John Series 1, episode 8: Come in T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away
1980 Shōgun Specz
1981 Masada Roman Sergeant
1987-1988 Max Headroom Blank Reg Seven episodes
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Ira Graves Season 2, episode 6: The Schizoid Man
1989-1990 MacGyver Dr. Zito Season 4, episode 7: Deadly Dreams and season 6, episode 6: Lesson in Evil
1993-1996 Biker Mice from Mars Lawrence Limburger (voice) 65 episodes
1993 Quantum Leap Gooshie, the Miner Season 5, episode 22: Mirror Image
1993-1994 seaQuest DSV The Old Man, Professor Martinson Seven episodes
1994 Babylon 5 The Soul Hunter Season 1, episode 2: Soul Hunter
1995 Babylon 5 Warleader G'Sten Season 2, episode 20: The Long, Twilight Struggle
1995 Frasier Mr. Drake Season 2, episode 18: The Club
1995 Murder, She Wrote Dr. Fredrick Grundberg Season 11, episode 15: Twice Dead
1995-1996 Gargoyles Seven episodes, voiced several characters
1996 American Gothic Mr. Emmett Episode 14: To Hell and Back
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Grave Digger Season 1, episode 1: The Fifth Sepulcher
1998 JAG Maj. Viktor Lushov Season 3, episode 24: To Russia with Love
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Qatai Season 5, episode 14: Bliss
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Tom Arneberg Season 7, episode 18: The Unluckiest Bachelor in L.A.
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Lead Jackal (voice) Season 2, episode 34: Cheetahs Never Prosper
2000-2001 Days of Our Lives Charles Three episodes
2002 Justice League Merlin (voice) Season 1, episode 20: A Knight of Shadows
2002 Crossing Jordan Clive Alpert Season 2, episode 3: The Truth Is Out There
2003 Charmed Merrill Season 5, episode 15: The Day the Magic Died
2005 Alias Milo Sabine Season 4, episode 8: Echoes
2005 Cold Case Dan O'Brien Season 2, episode 21: Creatures of the Night
2005 Gilmore Girls Town Elder Season 5, episode 21: Blame Booze and Melville
2006-2007 Biker Mice from Mars Limburger (voice) Season 1, three episodes
2007 Criminal Minds John Caulfield Season 3, episode 11: Birthright
2009 NCIS Marcin Jerek / Mr. Pain Season 6, episode 13: Broken Bird
2010 Legend of the Seeker The Keeper (voice) Season 2, three episodes
2010 Mad Men Robert Pryce Season 4, episode 10: Hands and Knees
2011 Doctor Who Old Canton Everett Delaware III Series 6, episode 1: The Impossible Astronaut
2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Father Cullen Season 7, episode 10: How Mac Got Fat
2011 Dexter Father Nicholas Galway Season 6, episode 8: Sin of Omission
2012 Young Justice Sardath (voice) Season 2, episode 2: Earthlings


  1. ^ Martin, Dan (23 April 2011). "Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut - Series 32, episode 1". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2011. ...the older Canton on the beach is actually Mark Sheppard's dad, William Morgan Sheppard. 
  2. ^ ""NCIS" Broken Bird (TV episode 2009)". IMDb: The Internet Movie Database. Amazon. 
  3. ^ "Voice Actor Revealed". Civilization V – Community. Take-Two Interactive Software. August 4, 2010. 

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