Kenneth Mitchell, Star Trek: Discovery and Jericho Actor, Dead at 49

Kenneth Mitchell, the actor best known for his work in Star Trek: Discovery and Jericho, has died. He was 49.

The news of his death was announced in a post to X on his personal account. The actor had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for over five years; a GoFundMe fundraising link was shared to Mitchell’s X account on Sunday, with the actor requesting that any gifts “be directed toward ALS research or in support of his children.”

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Mitchell appeared in numerous TV shows and films throughout his career, earning his first TV credit in 2001 for Leap Years. He went on to star as Eric Green, the brother of Skeet Ulrich’s Jake Green, in the CBS series Jericho from 2006 to 2008.

He was perhaps best known for playing Klingons Kol, Kol-Sha, Tenavik and Aurellio in Paramount+’s Star Trek: Discovery between 2017 and 2021. He also voiced several characters in an episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks in 2020.

He went on to appear in episodes of other series including Odyssey 5, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Miami, Lie to Me, Ghost Whisperer, Hawaii: Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, Bones, Switched at Birth, The Astronaut Wives Club, Nancy Drew and more.

On the film side, Mitchell most notably played Ralph Cox in the 2004 sports movie Miracle. His other film credits include Captain Marvel, Blood Honey and Home of the Giants, among others.

Mitchell most recently played Joe in three episodes of FX’s The Old Man in 2022.

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