Kenneth Mitchell, 'Star Trek' Actor, Passes Away at 49

Renowned Actor Kenneth Mitchell's Journey Ends at 49.

by Nouman Rasool
Kenneth Mitchell, 'Star Trek' Actor, Passes Away at 49
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Kenneth Mitchell, a versatile actor renowned for his dynamic roles in "Star Trek: Discovery," "Jericho," and "Captain Marvel," has sadly passed away at the age of 49 due to complications from ALS. This news was confirmed by his family in a heartfelt statement released on Saturday.

The family's message, shared on social media, conveyed their profound sorrow: "With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, a cherished father, husband, brother, uncle, son, and dear friend. Ken battled ALS with incredible resilience and grace for five and a half years.

Despite the numerous challenges, he remained committed to living each day with joy and gratitude, embodying the belief that every day is a precious gift and that we are never alone in our struggles." Mitchell's diagnosis of ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was made public in 2020 during an interview with People magazine.

Reflecting on the moment of his diagnosis, Mitchell shared, "It felt like I was in a movie scene where someone learns they have a terminal illness. I was in shock and disbelief."

Versatile Roles in Star Trek

In "Star Trek: Discovery," Mitchell showcased his exceptional talent by portraying three different Klingon characters across the first two seasons: Kol in Season 1, and both Kol-Sha and Tenavik in Season 2.

As ALS progressed, the series adapted his role in Season 3 to include Aurellio, a character who utilized a hoverchair, seamlessly integrating Mitchell's real-life use of a wheelchair. Additionally, Mitchell lent his voice to three characters in "Star Trek: Lower Decks." Mitchell's passion for his craft was evident.

In a 2020 interview with Syfy Wire, he expressed, "Being a part of Star Trek keeps me inspired and gives me purpose." Beyond the realm of science fiction, Mitchell was celebrated for his portrayal of Eric Green in CBS's "Jericho" and as Joseph Danvers, the father of Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson), in the 2019 blockbuster "Captain Marvel." His earlier work includes a notable performance as Ralph Cox in the 2004 sports biopic "Miracle." Mitchell's extensive career also spanned television roles in "The Astronaut Wives Club," "Switched at Birth," and guest appearances in shows like "Code Black," "CSI: Cyber," and "NCIS." Kenneth Mitchell is mourned by his loving wife, Susan, their children, Lilah and Kallum, as well as his parents, in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to ALS research or in support of his children's future. Mitchell's legacy in the entertainment industry and his courageous battle with ALS will not be forgotten, leaving a lasting impact on fans and colleagues alike.