‘Star Trek’ actor Kenneth Mitchell dies at 49

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Canadian actor Kenneth Mitchell, identified for his roles in “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Captain Marvel” and the TV collection “Jericho,” died Saturday at age 49 after a 5 1/2-year battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), his household shared on X.

The actor disclosed his sickness in a 2020 interview with Folks journal.

“I believe it, over time, grew to become the theme of us accepting this with grace,” he instructed the publication. “Attempting to see the sweetness in it, in a method. I’ll always remember, one in every of my Star Trek costars instructed me, as a result of they’d handled some making an attempt instances with sicknesses and stuff, and I keep in mind them speaking to me, saying, ‘You’ve a selection. You may have a look at this in many various methods, however perhaps attempt to have a look at this like a present the place you get to expertise life in a method that most individuals don’t.’”

Mitchell performed three roles in three seasons on “Star Trek: Discovery.” The final character, Aurelio, who used a hoverchair, was created to replicate the actor’s want for a wheelchair. He additionally voiced three characters within the first season of “Star Trek: Decrease Decks.”

For 2 seasons, Mitchell performed Eric Inexperienced reverse Skeet Ulrich in “Jericho,” a 2006 CBS drama about life in a small Kansas city following a nuclear assault, which was notably introduced again for a second season by a fan marketing campaign after being canceled by the community.

In a two-decade profession, the actor performed greater than 50 roles, together with TV appearances in “The Astronaut Wives Membership” as Deke Slayton, “Ghost Whisperer,” “Switched at Start” and “Frequency.” Movie roles included “Miracle,” starring Kurt Russell, by which Mitchell performed Ralph Cox, the final participant lower from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey group, and “Captain Marvel.” His most up-to-date position was a 2022 episode of the FX collection “The Outdated Man,” starring Jeff Bridges.

Mitchell was born in Toronto, Canada, on Nov. 25, 1974, and is survived by his spouse Susan, their kids Lilah and Kallum, his dad and mom Diane and David, and his brother Sean.

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