RIP Gary Graham

American actor Gary Graham, known for a variety of roles in the Star Trek universe, and his lead role on the tv series Alien Nation, has reportedly passed away. He was 73 years old.  His ex-wife, actress Susan Lavelle, broke the sad news on her personal Facebook page in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 23, sharing a series of photos that included Gary hugging their daughter, Haylee Graham, he and Lavelle attending the Sixth Annual Television Hall of Fame Awards in 1990, and a press photo from the series Alien Nation, in which he starred as Detective Matthew Sikes.

With a career spanning five decades beginning in the 1970s in television and movies, he is perhaps best known for his starring role as Detective Matthew Sikes in the television series¬†Alien Nation¬†(1989‚Äď1990) and five subsequent¬†Alien Nation¬†television films (1994‚Äď1997), as well as his work in the¬†Star Trek¬†franchise, most notably the recurring role of¬†Soval, the¬†Vulcan¬†ambassador to Earth in¬†Star Trek: Enterprise. Born in¬†Long Beach, California. One of his earliest roles was in the 1980¬†CBS¬†mini series¬† Scruples¬†based on the¬†Judith Krantz¬†novel starring¬†Lindsay Wagner. He was cast as a “hitman” on the television show¬†Moonlighting¬†co-starring opposite¬†Bruce Willis. Graham played more than 38 TV roles and had been in more than 40 movies.

He also guest-starred on Star Trek: Voyager¬†(1995) once, playing¬†Ocampan¬†community leader Tanis in the season 2 episode “Cold Fire”. He played Ragnar in the fan production¬†Star Trek: Of Gods and Men¬†and continued that role in¬†Star Trek: Renegades. In 2015, Graham reprised his role as Ambassador Soval, in the¬†fan film¬†Star Trek: Axanar. As a musician, Graham was in the bands The Gary Graham Garage Band, The Gary Graham Band and The Sons of Kirk.

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