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Gary Graham, Known for “Alien Nation” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Passes Away at 73

On Monday, veteran actor Gary Graham, renowned for his roles in “Alien Nation” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” passed away at the age of 73 in his Spokane Valley, Washington, home. His wife, Becky Graham, confirmed that the cause of death was heart arrest.

Early Career and Contributions to Science Fiction

Gary Graham’s illustrious fifty-year acting career began in 1976 with his television debut in the western series “The Quest.” This marked the start of numerous appearances in popular shows like “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

His significant contribution to science fiction came with his role as detective Matthew Sikes in the 1988 film “Alien Nation,” which led to a television series in 1989. The series explored the integration of extraterrestrial beings, with Graham playing the lead human detective. Although short-lived, the show spawned two television films: “Alien Nation: Dark Horizon” (1994) and “Alien Nation: Body and Soul” (1995).

Graham also left his mark on the “Star Trek” franchise, portraying Ambassador Soval in “Star Trek: Enterprise” from 2001 to 2005. His portrayal of the Vulcan envoy showcased his skill in depicting a race known for suppressing emotions in favor of logic.

Personal Life and Legacy

Born on June 7, 1950, in Long Beach, California, Gary Graham studied pre-medicine at the University of California, Irvine. His sisters Colleen Bertucci and Jeannine Michele Graham, as well as his wife Becky and two stepchildren, Scott and Steve Deer, survive him. His daughter, Haylee Graham, from a previous marriage to Susan Lavelle, also survives him.

Susan Lavelle, Graham’s ex-wife, confirmed his passing on Facebook, expressing deep sadness and remembering him as a gifted actor and a devoted father.

Remembering a Star

Gary Graham’s impact on the entertainment industry extended beyond his acting career. After “Star Trek: Enterprise,” he contributed to fan-produced “Star Trek” films, including “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” (2007). A licensed paramedic and a musician, Graham’s involvement in genre media went beyond the screen.

StarTrek.com pays tribute to Gary Graham, recognizing his significant roles in the Star Trek franchise and his enduring legacy in the world of science fiction. The actor’s presence in the industry and his influence on fans will be remembered with fondness.

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