Richard Herd Passes to The Final Frontier

Actor known for playing Tom Paris's Father in Star Trek: Voyager passes away.

Actor Richard Herd who played numerous roles in various science fiction series has sadly passed away at the age of 87.

Herd who was a Boston native was a much-loved actor and had a massive career, which saw him play many memorable roles on the small and big screen. On television, he’ll likely be remembered by many for his role as Mr. Wilhelm in the hit 90s sitcom ‘Seinfeld’, but to many science fiction fans he was known for playing John the commander of a fleet of ships that land on Earth in the original Kenneth Johnson produced Mini-Series ‘V’.

The actor died of causes related to cancer at his Los Angeles Home his wife of 40 – years, actress Patricia Crowder Herd, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Over his 50 – year career Herd who was known for his authoritative features became known for playing highly ranked military or police officers amongst his roles. He acted alongside William Shatner in 5 seasons of T.J. Hooker in which he played the part of Captain Sheridan, who was Hooker’s commanding officer.

His Science Fiction roles include John from ‘V’ as well as the Klingon L’Kor on Star Trek: The Next Generation; Admiral William Noyce on seaQuest 2032; and Admiral Owen Paris on Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Renegades.

Hit films that Herd is known for include ‘All The Presidents Men’ and ‘The China Syndrome’ where he played the scheming official that was trying to cover things up.

During the final few years of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ Herd got a plumb recurring role as Admiral Owen Paris, the father of Tom Paris, and the officer that headed up a special Starfleet facility, which helped Captain Janeway and her crew return home to the Alpha quadrant. He got to reprise the role a couple of years back for the fan-produced Star Trek: Renegades, which was released shortly before CBS changed the rules on fan films, which make it impossible for them to be done properly now.

Richard Herd was a journeyman actor who became known for many roles over several decades and was much appreciated by genre fans for his work on Star Trek and the mini-series ‘V’. Aside from Star Trek and Seaquest he also had guest roles in ‘Quantum Leap’, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ‘Tales from the Crypt’, ‘Knight Rider’, and many more hit shows.

But to fans of ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ he’ll always be best-loved and remembered for his portrayals of Mr. Wilhelm and Admiral Owen Paris.

Rest in peace Richard Herd and thanks for the many great hours of television and film that you gave us.

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