W. Morgan Sheppard

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W. Morgan Sheppard
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Sheppard in 2015
William Morgan Sheppard

(1932-08-24) 24 August 1932 (age 86)
London, England
Other names Morgan Sheppard
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–present
Children Mark Sheppard

William Morgan Sheppard (born 24 August 1932), also known as Morgan Sheppard or W. Morgan Sheppard, is a British actor and voice actor.

Stage career

Sheppard graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1958[citation needed] before spending twelve years as associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared on Broadway in Marat/Sade (1966) and in Sherlock Holmes (1975). He won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for The Homecoming in 1995.

Film career

Sheppard starred in several episodes of different series of Star Trek, notably "The Schizoid Man" and "Bliss". In the feature film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, his role was the warden of a Klingon gulag and in the 2009 reboot Star Trek, he played a member of the Vulcan High Council, but was uncredited. Outside of Star Trek, he is best known for his role as Blank Reg on Max Headroom and his role as the Confederate general Isaac Trimble in the films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.

Sheppard has appeared in two roles on the science fiction series Babylon 5—he played the soul hunter in the episode of the same name and played Narn war leader G'Sten, an uncle of main character G'Kar, in "The Long Twilight Struggle". He was also a runner-up for the role of Ambassador G'Kar on the series, though the role eventually went to Andreas Katsulas.

Sheppard was one of several Star Trek actors who voiced characters on the animated series Gargoyles—he played the father of Jonathan Frakes' character David Xanatos and the Norse god Odin.

Sheppard and his son, Mark Sheppard have acted together in a few productions. Sheppard appeared in the television series NCIS, in the Season 6 episode "Broken Bird", where he played the older version of a man named "Marcin Jerek", while his son played the younger version.[1] He appeared in the opening episode of series six of Doctor Who, "The Impossible Astronaut", playing the character Canton Everett Delaware III. He portrays an older version of Delaware while his son portrays the younger version in the same episode. He and his son are among the few actors who have appeared in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.

In December 2009, Sheppard voiced the part of Santa in Disney's Christmas special Prep & Landing. Following that, he returned as the voice of Santa in the sequels, Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. On 4 December 2010, Sheppard appeared on Hallmark Channel Original Films Farewell Mr. Kringle as Kris Kringle.

Video game career

Sheppard has voiced several characters in video games. He narrated the introductions and mission briefings for the first four installments of the Medal of Honor video game series. He was cast in the 1996 adventure game Zork Nemesis, playing the live-action role of Bishop Francois Malveaux, one of the four alchemists central to the plot of the game. In 2000, he voiced the character Ignatius Cheese in the game Escape from Monkey Island. Sheppard voiced over for the character John Adams in the Wii game The Conduit. On 4 August 2010, Sheppard was announced as the voice actor for the video game Civilization V.[2]

Personal life

He is the father of actor Mark Sheppard.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1962 Strongroom Alec
1967 Marat/Sade A Mad Animal
1968 Tell Me Lies Guest
1973 The Roses of Eyam William Hancock TV film
1974 Antony and Cleopatra Scarus TV film
1977 The Duellists The Fencing Master
1978 The Nativity Flavius TV film
1980 Hawk the Slayer Ranulf
The Elephant Man Man In Pub
The Sea Wolves 'Patch' Lovecroft
1983 Nutcracker George Peacock
The Keep Alexandru
1984 Camille Captain TV film
Lassiter Sweeny
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Saxon thief TV film
1985 Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future Blank Reg TV film
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission German General TV film
The Doctor and the Devils Landlord
1986 Lady Jane Executioner
1987 Cry Freedom Policeman
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Digger McCloud TV film
1988 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Vincent Talbot
1990 Wild at Heart Mr. Reindeer
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Klingon Prison Warden
1992 There Goes the Neighbourhood Trick Bissell
1993 Gettysburg Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator
Needful Things Father Meehan
1996 The Lottery Mayor Warner TV film
1997 Nether World Old Timer
1998 Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure Whiskers TV film
The Escape Long TV film
1999 The Hungry Bachelors Club Mr. Ringold
Treasure of Pirate's Point Charles Vane / Captain
2003 Gods and Generals Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble
Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle Denny TV film
Small Town Conspiracy Taylor
2005 Love's Long Journey Scottie TV film
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Scottie TV film
The Prestige Merrit
2007 A Stranger's Heart Fred Landreth TV film
Transformers Captain Archibald Witwicky
2008 Japan The Voice
Over Her Dead Body Father Marks
2009 Star Trek Vulcan Science Minister Uncredited
2010 For Christ's Sake Father Monahan
Meeting Spencer Larry Lind
2016 Last Man Club Wil


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Minder John Series 1, episode 8: "Come in T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away"
1980 Shōgun Specz
1981 Masada Roman Sergeant
1987–1988 Max Headroom Blank Reg Seven episodes
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Ira Graves Season 2, episode 6: "The Schizoid Man"
1989–1990 MacGyver Dr. Zito Season 4, episode 7: Deadly Dreams and season 6, episode 6: "Lesson in Evil"
1991 Designing Women Professor Burton Season 6, episode 13: "Tales Out of School"
1993–1996 Biker Mice from Mars Lawrence Limburger (voice) 65 episodes
1993 Quantum Leap Gooshie, the Miner Season 5, episode 22: "Mirror Image"
1993–1994 seaQuest DSV The Old Man, Professor Martinson Seven episodes
1994 Babylon 5 The Soul Hunter Season 1, episode 2: "Soul Hunter"
1994–1996 Iron Man Dum Dum Dugan Several episodes in season 2
1995 Babylon 5 Warleader G'Sten Season 2, episode 20: "The Long, Twilight Struggle"
1995 Frasier Mr. Drake Season 2, episode 18: "The Club"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Dr. Fredrick Grundberg Season 11, episode 15: "Twice Dead"
1995–1996 Gargoyles Seven episodes, voiced several characters
1996 American Gothic Mr. Emmett Episode 14: "To Hell and Back"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Grave Digger Season 1, episode 1: "The Fifth Sepulcher"
1998 JAG Maj. Viktor Lushov Season 3, episode 24: To Russia with Love
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Qatai Season 5, episode 14: "Bliss"
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Tom Arneberg Season 7, episode 18: "The Unluckiest Bachelor in L.A."
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Lead Jackal (voice) Season 2, episode 34: "Cheetahs Never Prosper"
2000–2001 Days of Our Lives Charles Three episodes
2002 Justice League Merlin (voice) Season 1, episode 20: "A Knight of Shadows"
2002 Crossing Jordan Clive Alpert Season 2, episode 3: "The Truth Is Out There"
2003 Charmed Merrill Season 5, episode 15: "The Day the Magic Died"
2005 Alias Milo Sabine Season 4, episode 8: "Echoes"
2005 Cold Case Dan O'Brien Season 2, episode 21: "Creatures of the Night"
2005 Gilmore Girls Town Elder Season 5, episode 21: "Blame Booze and Melville"
2006–2007 Biker Mice from Mars Lawrence Limburger (voice) Season 1, three episodes
2007 Criminal Minds John Caulfield Season 3, episode 11: "Birthright"
2009 NCIS Marcin Jerek / Mr. Pain Season 6, episode 13: "Broken Bird"
2010 Legend of the Seeker The Keeper (voice) Season 2, three episodes
2010 Mad Men Robert Pryce Season 4, episode 10: Hands and Knees
2011 Doctor Who Old Canton Everett Delaware III Series 6, episode 1: "The Impossible Astronaut"
2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Father Cullen Season 7, episode 10: "How Mac Got Fat"
2011 Dexter Father Nicholas Galway Season 6, episode 8: "Sin of Omission"
2012 Young Justice Sardath (voice) Season 2, episode 2: "Earthlings"
2016 The Librarians Teddy Chislington Season 3, episode 6: "And the Trial of the Triangle"


  1. ^ ""NCIS" Broken Bird (TV episode 2009)". IMDb: The Internet Movie Database. Amazon.
  2. ^ "Voice Actor Revealed". Civilization V – Community. Take-Two Interactive Software. 4 August 2010.
  3. ^ Martin, Dan (23 April 2011). "Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut - Series 32, episode 1". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2011. ...the older Canton on the beach is actually Mark Sheppard's dad, William Morgan Sheppard.

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