Mark Lenard


Actor

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
October 15, 1924
Died
November 22, 1996
Cause of Death
Multiple Myeloma

Biography

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 p...

Family & Companions

Ann Lenard
Wife
Survived him.

Biography

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.

Life Events

1957

Broadway debut in "Square Root of Wonderful"

1965

Starred in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

1966

Appeared on original TV series "Star Trek"

1968

Regular on the TV series "Here Comes the Brides"

1968

Worked on "Hang 'Em High"

1977

Featured in "Annie Hall"

1979

Starred in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"

1984

Appeared in "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock"

1986

Worked in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"

1991

Featured in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"

Family

Roberta Lenard
Daughter
Survived him.
Catherine Lenard
Daughter
Survived him.

Companions

Ann Lenard
Wife
Survived him.

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