W. Morgan Sheppard

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W. Morgan Sheppard
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Sheppard in 2015
William Morgan Sheppard

(1932-08-24)24 August 1932
London, England
Died6 January 2019(2019-01-06) (aged 86)
Other namesMorgan Sheppard
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1962–2017
ChildrenMark Sheppard

William Morgan Sheppard (24 August 1932 – 6 January 2019)[1][2] was an English actor who appeared in over 100 films and television programmes, in a career that spanned over 50 years.

Stage career[edit]

Sheppard graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1958,[3] before spending 12 years as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared on Broadway in Marat/Sade (1966) and in Sherlock Holmes (1975).[4] He won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for The Homecoming in 1995.

Film career[edit]

Sheppard starred in several episodes of different series of Star Trek, notably The Next Generation's "The Schizoid Man" and Voyager's "Bliss". In the feature film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, his role was the warden of a Klingon gulag and in the 2009 reboot Star Trek, he played a member of the Vulcan High Council, but was uncredited.[5] Outside of Star Trek, he is best known for his role as Blank Reg on Max Headroom and his role as the Confederate general Isaac R. Trimble in the films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.

Sheppard appeared in two roles on the science-fiction series Babylon 5, in the episode titled "Soul Hunter", playing the eponymous character and also played Narn war leader G'Sten, an uncle of main character G'Kar, in "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.

Sheppard was one of several Star Trek actors who voiced characters on the animated series Gargoyles, wherein he played the father of Jonathan Frakes' character David Xanatos and the Norse god Odin.

Sheppard and his son, Mark Sheppard, acted together in a few productions. Sheppard appeared in the television series NCIS, in the season six episode "Broken Bird", where he played the older version of a man named Marcin Jerek, while his son played the younger version.[3][6] He appeared in the opening episode of series six of Doctor Who, "The Impossible Astronaut", playing the character Canton Everett Delaware III. He portrayed an older version of Delaware, while his son portrayed the younger version in the same episode. He and his son are among the few actors who have appeared in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.[3]

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

Video game career[edit]

Sheppard voiced several characters in video games. He narrated the introductions and mission briefings for the first four installments of the Medal of Honor video-game series. He 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. Sheppard voiced over for the character John Adams in the Wii game The Conduit. He provided the voice for the character Lucky in the 2002 Xbox (console) game Whacked!. On 4 August 2010, Sheppard was announced as the voice actor for the video game Civilization V.[7] and provided the voice overs for loading screens, victory screens, built wonders, and newly researched technologies.

Personal life and death[edit]

Sheppard was the father of actor Mark Sheppard.[8][9] Sheppard died on 6 January 2019, in Los Angeles, California aged 86.[4][9][3][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1962 Strongroom Alec
1967 Marat/Sade A Mad Animal
1968 Tell Me Lies Guest
1973 The Roses of Eyam William Hancock TV movie
1974 Antony and Cleopatra Scarus TV movie
1977 The Duellists The Fencing Master
Rachel and the Beelzebub Bombardiers Salvationist
1978 The Nativity Flavius TV movie
1980 The Sea Wolves 'Patch' Lovecroft
The Elephant Man Man In Pub
Hawk the Slayer Ranulf
1983 Nutcracker George Peacock
The Keep Alexandru
1984 Lassiter Sweeny
Camille Captain TV movie
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Saxon thief TV movie
1985 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission German General TV movie
Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future Blank Reg TV movie
The Doctor and the Devils Landlord
1986 Lady Jane Executioner
1987 Cry Freedom Policeman
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Digger McCloud TV movie
1988 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Vincent Talbot
Lucky Stiff Pa
1990 Wild at Heart Mr. Reindeer
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Klingon Prison Warden
1992 There Goes the Neighbourhood Trick Bissell
1993 Needful Things Father Meehan
Gettysburg Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator
Taking Liberty
1994 Following Her Heart Anders Lundquist TV movie
1996 The Lottery Mayor Warner TV movie
1997 Nether World Old Timer
1998 Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure Whiskers TV movie
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Captain Voice, Direct-video
The Escape Long TV movie
Hurricane Festival Charles
1999 Treasure of Pirate's Point Charles Vane / Captain
The Hungry Bachelors Club Mr. Ringold
2001 Room 101 Landers
2003 Gods and Generals Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble
Atlantis: Milo's Return Erik Hellstrom Voice, Direct-video
Small Town Conspiracy Taylor
Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle Denny TV movie
2005 Love's Long Journey Scottie TV movie
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Scottie
The Prestige Merrit
2007 A Stranger's Heart Fred Landreth TV movie
Transformers Captain Archibald Witwicky
Along the Way Mr. Hereck
2008 Over Her Dead Body Father Marks
So Long Jimmy Poppy Garfield
Japan Voice
2009 Star Trek Vulcan Science Minister Uncredited
2010 Mysterious Island Captain Nemo
For Christ's Sake Father Monahan
2011 Meeting Spencer Larry Lind
2012 The Last Mark Uncle Bill
2012 The Guy...Who Was in That Thing Self
2013 The Devil's Dozen
April Apocalypse Pops
Free Birds Voice
2016 Last Man Club Will Hodges Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Theatre Night Arthur Broadbent, the bride's great-uncle Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "Celebration"
1962 Z-Cars Ron Probert Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "The Five Whistles"
1971 The Expert Landlord Season 3, episode 11: "Smithereens"
1973 The Roses of Eyam William Hancock Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Television Film
1973 The Up and Down, In and Out, Round About Man Currently Unknown Credited as Morgan Sheppard; The Winner
1974 Crown Court Dr. Martin Huntersmith Episode: "Nuts: Part 1"
1974 New Scotland Yard Harry Haines Episode: "All That Glitters"
1974 Dial M for Murder Usher Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "The Man in the Middle"
1974 Antony and Cleopatra Scarus Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Television Film
1974 Marked Personal Hearst 2 episodes
1975 Churchill's People Sabinianus Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "The Lost Island"
1975 The Sweeney Det. Chief Insp. Morrison Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "Jackpot"
1976 The Life and Death of Penelope Foreman Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "The Watcher"
1976 Z-Cars Joe Burnham Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "Contact"
1976 The New Avengers Walters Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "Gnaws"
1977 Target Barman Episode: Hunting Parties
1977 London Belongs to Me Henry Knockell 6 episodes
1977 When the Boat Comes In Dixon 3 episodes
1977–1979 The Onedin Line Ned Harris / Sampson 2 episodes
1978 Enemy at the Door Raymond Girard Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "By Order of the Fuhrer"
1978 The Cedar Tree Police Constable Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "Home & Abroad"
1978 Out Mr. Smith Credited as Morgan Sheppard; Episode: "The Moment He Opened His Envelope"
1979 Rebecca Ben 2 episodes
1979 The Legend of King Arthur Gorlois Episode 1
1979 Minder John Series 1, episode 8: "Come in T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away"
1979 Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson Man in the Morgue / Mischkin 2 episodes
1980 Shōgun Specz 5 episodes
1981 Masada Roman Sergeant Episode 1
1981 The Day of the Triffids Bill Masen's father Episode 1
1981 The Flame Trees of Thika Piet Roos 3 episodes
1987–1988 Max Headroom Blank Reg 7 episodes
1987–1989 Crossbow Otto / Parker 2 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"
1991 Designing Women Professor Burton Season 6, episode 13: "Tales Out of School"
1992–1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant Sailor / Douglas / Man 4 episodes
1993–1996 Biker Mice from Mars Lawrence Lactavius 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 7 episodes
1994–1995 Babylon 5 Warleader G'Sten / The Soul Hunter 2 episodes
1994–1996 Iron Man Dum Dum Dugan Voice, Several episodes in season 2
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 Voice, 7 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 3 episodes
2001–2002 Hellsing Peter Fargason Voice, English dub, 10 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"
2003 Licensed by Royalty Mister 13 episodes
2004 Kingdom Hospital Narrator 3 episodes
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 Lawrence Limburger Voice, Season 1, 3 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, 3 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, Episode: "Earthlings"
2016 The Librarians Teddy Chislington Season 3, episode 6: "And the Trial of the Triangle"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Zork Nemesis Bishop Francois Malveaux
1999 Medal of Honor Colonel Stanley Hargrove
2000 Star Wars: Force Commander Heavy Gun Trooper / Ruulian Strip Miner
2000 Escape from Monkey Island Ignatius Cheese
2000 Medal of Honor: Underground Colonel Stanley Hargrove
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Gurlukovich Soldiers
2002 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Colonel Stanley Hargrove
2002 Medal of Honor: Frontline Colonel Stanley Hargrove
2006 Medal of Honor: Heroes Colonel Stanley Hargrove
2009 Afro Samurai Daimyo
2009 The Conduit John Adams
2009 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Pavlo, Senate
2010 Civilization V Narrator, Additional voices


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  2. ^ William Morgan Sheppard dead: Star Trek actor dies aged 86 Daily Mirror, 7 January 2019
  3. ^ a b c d Clarisse Loughrey (7 January 2019). "William Morgan Sheppard death: Star Trek and Doctor Who actor dies aged 86". The Independent. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b Denise Petski (8 January 2019). "William Morgan Sheppard Dies: 'Star Trek' Actor Was 86". Deadline. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Remembering Trek Guest, W. Morgan Sheppard, 1932-2019". Star Trek.com. 2019.
  6. ^ ""NCIS" Broken Bird (TV episode 2009)". IMDb: The Internet Movie Database. Amazon.[unreliable source?]
  7. ^ "Voice Actor Revealed". Civilization V — Community. Take-Two Interactive Software. 4 August 2010.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b Peter Sblendorio (8 January 2019). "'Star Trek' actor William Morgan Sheppard dead at 86". Daily News. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  10. ^ Emma Kent (8 January 2019). "Civilization 5 narrator William Morgan Sheppard dies aged 86". Eurogamer. Retrieved 28 January 2019.

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