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Also Known As: Died: November 22, 1996
Born: October 15, 1924 Cause of Death: multiple myeloma
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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Mark Lenard played a wide assortment of roles in film and television, but none more memorable or beloved than his multiple appearances as Sarek, Vulcan father of Spock in "Star Trek." What began as a peripheral character was turned into something both philosophically profound and emotionally poignant by Lenard's nuanced performance. As Sarek, he embodied the Vulcan principle of logic's primacy over emotion, a lesson he often imparted to his half-human son, Spock. In "Star Trek: The Next Generation," he was given the opportunity to give much more depth to the character. In the episode "Sarek," one of the most touching story lines in the entire series, the aging Vulcan ambassador started to suffer from Bendii Syndrome (akin to Alzheimer's disease), causing his emotions to flare out of control. He found solace in his friendship with Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), who allowed him to mind-meld and finally express the deeply felt love he had for his son but always kept contained behind his Vulcan stoicism. The episode, and Lenard's subtle performance, served as not only a beautiful valediction for his character, but also a celebration of the legacy of Spock in particular and "Star Trek" as a whole. ...

Mark Lenard played a wide assortment of roles in film and television, but none more memorable or beloved than his multiple appearances as Sarek, Vulcan father of Spock in "Star Trek." What began as a peripheral character was turned into something both philosophically profound and emotionally poignant by Lenard's nuanced performance. As Sarek, he embodied the Vulcan principle of logic's primacy over emotion, a lesson he often imparted to his half-human son, Spock. In "Star Trek: The Next Generation," he was given the opportunity to give much more depth to the character. In the episode "Sarek," one of the most touching story lines in the entire series, the aging Vulcan ambassador started to suffer from Bendii Syndrome (akin to Alzheimer's disease), causing his emotions to flare out of control. He found solace in his friendship with Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), who allowed him to mind-meld and finally express the deeply felt love he had for his son but always kept contained behind his Vulcan stoicism. The episode, and Lenard's subtle performance, served as not only a beautiful valediction for his character, but also a celebration of the legacy of Spock in particular and "Star Trek" as a whole.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Radicals, The (1989)
3.
 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Ambassador Sarek
4.
 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Ambassador Sarek
5.
 Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Klingon Captain
6.
 Getting Married (1978) Mr Bloom
7.
 Annie Hall (1977) Navy Officer
8.
 Outrage! (1973) Mr Chandler
9.
 Hang 'Em High (1968)
10.
 The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Balthazar
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1984:
Appeared in "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock"
1957:
Broadway debut in "Square Root of Wonderful"
1966:
Appeared on original TV series "Star Trek"
1965:
Starred in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
1991:
Featured in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
1968:
Regular on the TV series "Here Comes the Brides"
1977:
Featured in "Annie Hall"
1979:
Starred in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
1986:
Worked in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
1968:
Worked on "Hang 'Em High"
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wife:
Ann Lenard. Survived him.

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daughter:
Roberta Lenard. Survived him.
daughter:
Catherine Lenard. Survived him.

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