Where is cast of Star Trek: Original Series now: Nichelle Nichols tragically passes away at age 89


Fans of the beloved franchise Star Trek are mourning the tragic death of Nichelle Nichols – who passed away from natural causes on Saturday night at the age of 89.

The actress, who is best known for playing Lieutenant Uhura in the sci-fi series, has received an outpour of love from former costars, celebrity friends, and supporters all around the world, after her son, Kyle, confirmed the sad passing on Sunday evening.

But what had she been up since she landed the history-making role more than four decades ago? In the wake of the heartbreaking loss, FEMAIL has uncovered everything she, and her castmates, have accomplished since the space show went off the air in 1969.

Fans of the beloved franchise Star Trek are mourning the tragic death of Nichelle Nichols - who passed away from natural causes on Saturday night at the age of 89

Fans of the beloved franchise Star Trek are mourning the tragic death of Nichelle Nichols – who passed away from natural causes on Saturday night at the age of 89

But what had she been up since she landed the history-making role more than four decades ago? In the wake of the loss, FEMAIL has uncovered everything she, and her castmates, have accomplished since the space show went off the air in 1969

But what had she been up since she landed the history-making role more than four decades ago? In the wake of the loss, FEMAIL has uncovered everything she, and her castmates, have accomplished since the space show went off the air in 1969

As Nichols sadly passes away, take a look at where the rest of the Star Trek cast is now - 43 years after it came to an end

As Nichols sadly passes away, take a look at where the rest of the Star Trek cast is now – 43 years after it came to an end

Some went on to launch major careers – landing a slew of big movie and TV show roles – while others struggled to land acting gigs, despite the show’s immense fame.

The NBC series, which premiered in 1966 and went on for three seasons, was created by Gene Roddenberry and followed the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew – which was led by Captain James T . Kirk and his first officer Spock.

Aside from Nichols, it starred William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Eddie Paske. It went on to become one of the most popular shows of its time, and has since inspired numerous other TV shows, remakes, movies, and spinoffs.

As Nichols sadly passes away, take a look at where the rest of the Star Trek cast is now – 43 years after it came to an end. From their other acting credits and achievements to their love lives and scandals, here’s a look back at their impressive careers.  

Captain James T. Kirk played by William Shatner 

William Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek. He is seen in the show

William Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek. He is seen in July 2022

William Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek. He is seen in the show (left) and in July 2022 (right)

In the '80s, Shatner's career picked up speed after he was cast as the titular Los Angeles police sergeant in the show T.J. Hooker for five seasons, alongside Heather Locklear and James Darren. He is seen in the show

In the ’80s, Shatner’s career picked up speed after he was cast as the titular Los Angeles police sergeant in the show T.J. Hooker for five seasons, alongside Heather Locklear and James Darren. He is seen in the show

Shatner, 91, was born on March 22, 1931, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Management in 1952, earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

The star began his acting career while he was still in college, landing his first role in the Canadian comedy, The Butler’s Night Off. 

Other acting credits of Shatner's include Miss Congeniality (pictured), the popular animated movie Osmosis Jones, the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Disney's The Wild, ABC drama Boston Legal, the comedy Baby, Baby Baby, 2019 movie Devil's Revenge, and Senior Moment in 2021

Other acting credits of Shatner’s include Miss Congeniality (pictured), the popular animated movie Osmosis Jones, the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Disney’s The Wild, ABC drama Boston Legal, the comedy Baby, Baby Baby, 2019 movie Devil’s Revenge, and Senior Moment in 2021

After he finished school, he starred in a slew of movies and TV shows, as well as a few Broadway plays, before he was cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek. He also went on to voice Kirk in the Star Trek animated series and reprised the role in Star Trek: The Motion Picture – as well as six more Star Trek movies throughout his career.

Despite the franchise’s major success, in the years the followed Star Trek, the actor struggled to find roles and he actually ended up homeless – living out of his pickup truck while working in theater.

‘It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke,’ he recalled to Metro in 2014.

‘I managed to find work back east on the straw-hat circuit – summer stock – but couldn’t afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck, under a hard shell.

‘It had a little stove, a toilet, and I’d drive from theater to theater. The only comfort came from my dog, who sat in the passenger seat and gave me perspective on everything. Otherwise, it would have just been me counting my losses.’

During this time, he acted in a few movies including the crime flick Big Bad Mama, the horror film The Devil’s Rain, and sci-fi fantasy Kingdom of the Spiders. He also made some guest appearances in shows like Barbary Coast, PBS’ The Andersonville Trial, and Mission: Impossible.

In the ’80s, Shatner’s career picked up speed after he was cast as the titular Los Angeles police sergeant in the show T.J. Hooker for five seasons, alongside Heather Locklear and James Darren. 

In 2021, at age 90, he flew to space during Blue Origin's sub-orbital spaceflight after being invited on board by Jeff Bezos - making him the oldest person ever to go to space

In 2021, at age 90, he flew to space during Blue Origin’s sub-orbital spaceflight after being invited on board by Jeff Bezos – making him the oldest person ever to go to space

Shatner was married four times. Most recently, he tied the knot with writer Elizabeth Anderson Martin in from 2001, but they split in 2019. The exes are seen together in 2018 - one year before their divorce

Shatner was married four times. Most recently, he tied the knot with writer Elizabeth Anderson Martin in from 2001, but they split in 2019. The exes are seen together in 2018 – one year before their divorce

His work in T.J. Hooker, as well as his past Star Trek role, inspired him to write a book series about a police officer working in a dystopian future called TekWar with well-known author Ron Goulart. The novels were a big success and inspired a series of TV movies and a show under the same name, in which Shatner starred in.

Throughout the ’90s, he became the spokesperson for the travel website Priceline.com, and served as the chief executive officer of a special effects studio in Canada called C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures. He also released a memoir in 1999 called Get a Life!

Other acting credits of Shatner’s include Miss Congeniality (with Sandra Bullock), the popular animated movie Osmosis Jones, the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Disney’s The Wild, ABC drama Boston Legal, the comedy Baby, Baby Baby, 2019 movie Devil’s Revenge, and Senior Moment in 2021. 

He also hosted the Discovery Channel show Weird or What and wrote and directed his own documentary, entitled The Captains, in which he interviewed all the other main stars from Star Trek about their time in the franchise. 

Throughout his career, Shatner also returned to Broadway a few times – and in 2012, he even starred in a one-man show called Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, which only lasted for three weeks. On top of all that, the Star Trek alum also had an impressive music career – dropping 11 albums over the years.

In 2021, at age 90, he flew to space during Blue Origin’s sub-orbital spaceflight after being invited on board by Jeff Bezos – making him the oldest person ever to go to space. 

Shatner was married four times – first to Canadian actress Gloria Rand from 1956 to 1969, second to a woman named Marcy Lafferty from 1973 to 1996, third to Nerine Kidd, whom he wed in 1997 and was with until she sadly passed away in 1999 from an accidental drowning, and fourth to writer Elizabeth Anderson Martin, from 2001 to 2019.

He welcomed three daughters with his first wife – Leslie in 1958, Lisabeth in 1961, and Melanie in 1964.

Spock played by Leonard Nimoy 

Leonard Nimoy played Spock in Star Trek. He is seen in the show

Leonard Nimoy played Spock in Star Trek. He is seen in 2014

Leonard Nimoy played Spock in Star Trek. He is seen in the show (left) and in 2014 (right)

He did not slow down after that, starring in the Western movie Catlow, Rod Sterling's Night Gallery, crime series Columbo, the 1973 movie Baffled!, A Woman Called Golda, and the show Fringe (pictured), among others

He did not slow down after that, starring in the Western movie Catlow, Rod Sterling’s Night Gallery, crime series Columbo, the 1973 movie Baffled!, A Woman Called Golda, and the show Fringe (pictured), among others

Nimoy hails from Boston, Massachusetts, and was born on February 27, 2015. He began acting at eight years old. He briefly attended Boston college, where he took acting classes, before he dropped out and moved to Los Angeles to pursue the career full-time.

He also dabbled in photography and has had his photos exhibited numerous times; he also wrote two autobiographies during his career, as well as several poetry books. He also starred in Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song music video (seen above)

He also dabbled in photography and has had his photos exhibited numerous times; he also wrote two autobiographies during his career, as well as several poetry books. He also starred in Bruno Mars’ The Lazy Song music video (seen above)

But it wasn’t easy for him to break into the industry. He attempted to find work, but eventually gave up and decided to joined the Army instead, serving for 18 months in total.

For more than a decade, he tried once again to become an actor while also working as a cab driver in LA – landing more than 50 small roles in B-list movies – until finally, he received his breakthrough role as Spock in Star Trek.

Spock was a half-human, half-alien who went on to become one of the most popular characters in the show, and the role earned him three Emmy Award nominations. He also played Spock in Star Trek: The Animated Series, and seven different movies. 

After Star Trek ended, he went on to star in Mission: Impossible, in which he replaced Martin Landau – playing an agent named Paris throughout seasons four and five.

He did not slow down after that, starring in the Western movie Catlow, Rod Sterling’s Night Gallery, crime series Columbo, the 1973 movie Baffled!, A Woman Called Golda, and the show Fringe, among others.

Nimoy also had huge success on the stage, most famously appearing in Fiddler on the Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sherlock Holmes, Equus, Oliver!, Camelot, The King and I, and My Fair Lady. 

He married actress Sandra Zober in 1954, and together, they welcomed two children, named Julie and Adam. They split after 32 years of marriage, in 1987. Two years later, he tied the knot with actress Susan Bay (seen together in 2013)

He married actress Sandra Zober in 1954, and together, they welcomed two children, named Julie and Adam. They split after 32 years of marriage, in 1987. Two years later, he tied the knot with actress Susan Bay (seen together in 2013)

In 2014, the actor was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2015, he was taken to the hospital after suffering from chest pain, and died days later at the age of 83. He is seen in June 2014

In 2014, the actor was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2015, he was taken to the hospital after suffering from chest pain, and died days later at the age of 83. He is seen in June 2014

His other works including hosting the Nickelodeon children’s educational show Standby… Lights! Camera! Action!, narrating the CBS series Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories and A&E’s Ancient Mysteries, and directing a few major movies like the third Star Trek flick, Three Men and a Baby, The Good Mother, and Funny About Love.

He also dabbled in photography and has had his photos exhibited numerous times over the years; he also wrote two autobiographies during his career, as well as several poetry books. He also starred in Bruno Mars’ The Lazy Song music video.

He married actress Sandra Zober in 1954, and together, they welcomed two children, named Julie and Adam. They split after 32 years of marriage, in 1987. 

Two years later, he tied the knot with actress Susan Bay. In his free time, he was also a pilot and owned his own private plane. 

In 2014, the actor was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2015, he was taken to the hospital after suffering from chest pain, and died days later at the age of 83.  

Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy played by DeForest Kelley 

DeForest Kelley played Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in Star Trek. He is seen in the show

DeForest Kelley played Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in Star Trek. He is seen in 1996

DeForest Kelley played Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy in Star Trek. He is seen in the show (left) and in 1996 (right)

After the show came to an end, he, like Shatner, had a hard time landing roles. He starred in the horror movie Night of the Lepus, but didn't act in any other feature films. He is seen in 1991

After the show came to an end, he, like Shatner, had a hard time landing roles. He starred in the horror movie Night of the Lepus, but didn’t act in any other feature films. He is seen in 1991

He made money from making Star Trek appearances; he also sold a few books full of poems he had written. He is seen in 1994

He made money from making Star Trek appearances; he also sold a few books full of poems he had written. He is seen in 1994

He married a woman named Carolyn Dowling (pictured) in 1945; they had no children. In 1997, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and he passed away in 1999

He married a woman named Carolyn Dowling (pictured) in 1945; they had no children. In 1997, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and he passed away in 1999

Kelley was born in Toccoa, Georgia, on January 20, 1920. As a child, he aspired to be a doctor but when his parents told him they couldn’t afford to send him to medical school, he began to pursue a career as a singer.

He made his acting debut in the movie New Moon in 1940 when he was 20 years old. After a three-year stint in the Air Force, he then decided to relocate to California full-time so he could pursue a career in acting.

His early roles include the 1947 crime film Fear in the Night, comedy Variety Girl, educational series You Are There,  and 1957’s Raintree County.

Kelley then played Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy in Star Trek, after he reportedly turned down the role of Spock. He reprised the role for Star Trek: The Animated Series and six Star Trek movies.

After the show came to an end, he, like Shatner, had a hard time landing roles. He starred in the horror movie Night of the Lepus, but didn’t act in any other feature films.

He made money from making Star Trek appearances; he also sold a few books full of poems he had written. 

He married a woman named Carolyn Dowling in 1945; they had no children. In 1997, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and he passed away in 1999. 

Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott played by James Doohan 

James Doohan played Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott in Star Trek. He is seen in the show

James Doohan played Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott in Star Trek. He is seen in 2004

James Doohan played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in Star Trek. He is seen in the show (left) and in 2004  (right)

He continued to act after Star Trek came to an end, starring in the children's show Jason of Star Command, the TV movie Knight Rider 2000, The Duke (pictured), sci-fi sitcom Homeboys in Outer Space, and soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful

He continued to act after Star Trek came to an end, starring in the children’s show Jason of Star Command, the TV movie Knight Rider 2000, The Duke (pictured), sci-fi sitcom Homeboys in Outer Space, and soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful

Doohan was born on March 3, 1920, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He spent seven years serving in the Air Force from 1938 to 1945.

He then decided to get into acting after listening to a radio drama and becoming convinced that he could have done a better job. 

He eventually landed a job with CBC radio, and earned a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. His first on-screen role was in the show Martin Kane, Private Eye.

Doohan continued to make guest appearances in numerous TV shows before he was cast as Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in Star Trek. 

It’s been said that he wowed the directors with his accent impressions. He also played Scotty in Star Trek: The Animated Series and six Star Trek movies. 

He tied the knot three different times and fathered seven children. He is seen in 2004 with his third and most controversial wife, Wende Braunberger, whom he wed when she was 18 and he was 54, as well as his daughter Sarah

He tied the knot three different times and fathered seven children. He is seen in 2004 with his third and most controversial wife, Wende Braunberger, whom he wed when she was 18 and he was 54, as well as his daughter Sarah

In 2004, he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and would no longer be in the public eye. He passed away in July 2005 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He is seen above in 2003

In 2004, he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and would no longer be in the public eye. He passed away in July 2005 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He is seen above in 2003

He continued to act after Star Trek came to an end, starring in the children’s show Jason of Star Command, the TV movie Knight Rider 2000, The Duke, sci-fi sitcom Homeboys in Outer Space, and soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

He tied the knot three different times and fathered seven children. He was married to Janet Young from 1949 to 1964, and together, they welcomed four kids named Larkin, Dierdre, Christopher, and Montgomery.

He then wed Anita Yagel in 1967, however, they divorced in 1972 and had no children together. His most controversial marriage was to Wende Braunberger, who was only 18 when they became husband and wife in 1974, when he was age 54. 

Doohan and Braunberger had three kids together – Eric, Thomas, and Sarah (who was born just before his 80th birthday). 

In 2004, he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and would no longer be in the public eye. He passed away in July 2005 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. 

Lieutenant Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols 

Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek. She is seen in the show

Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek. She is seen in 2017

Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek. She is seen in the show (left) and in 2017 (right)

Her first major acting role was as Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, for which she made history as one of the first black women to be featured in a major television series. She is seen with Shatner in the show

Her first major acting role was as Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, for which she made history as one of the first black women to be featured in a major television series. She is seen with Shatner in the show 

Nichols was born on December 28, 1932, in Robbins, Illinois. She started her career as a stage actress, appearing in many plays across Chicago before heading to New York to continue her theater work.

She also was a model and singer – appearing in Ebony magazine and touring with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton in her early years. 

Her first major acting role was as Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, for which she made history as one of the first black women to be featured in a major television series.

After one season, Nichols considered leaving the show to head back to Broadway, but after meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a party and being encouraged to stay in the show by the activist, she continued the role until it was canceled. She also starred as Uhura in the animated Star Trek series as well as some of its movies. 

Her other acting roles include the comedy film Doctor, You’ve Got to be Kidding!, Truck Turner in 1974, the animated series Gargoyles, Snow Dogs (alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.), NBC’s Heroes, and CBS soap opera The Young and the Reckless. 

She also penned a memoir called Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories in 1994, and released two studio albums throughout her career.

Her other acting roles include the comedy film Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding!, Truck Turner, the animated series Gargoyles, Snow Dogs, NBC's Heroes, Unbelievable!!!!! (pictured) and CBS soap opera The Young and the Reckless

Her other acting roles include the comedy film Doctor, You’ve Got to be Kidding!, Truck Turner, the animated series Gargoyles, Snow Dogs, NBC’s Heroes, Unbelievable!!!!! (pictured) and CBS soap opera The Young and the Reckless

In her spare time, the actress volunteered with NASA, for which she recruited minority and female workers - and helped bring in some of the people who were monumental in the space agency. She is seen in 2012

In her spare time, the actress volunteered with NASA, for which she recruited minority and female workers – and helped bring in some of the people who were monumental in the space agency. She is seen in 2012

She was married twice, first to a dancer named Foster Johnson, whom she wed in 1951 but divorced later that year. She then tied the knot to her second husband, Duke Mondy (pictured), in 1968, but they split in 1972 after four years of marriage

She was married twice, first to a dancer named Foster Johnson, whom she wed in 1951 but divorced later that year. She then tied the knot to her second husband, Duke Mondy (pictured), in 1968, but they split in 1972 after four years of marriage

In her spare time, the actress volunteered with NASA, for which she recruited minority and female workers – and helped bring in some of the people who were monumental in the space agency. A movie, called Woman in Motion, was later made about her life and the impact she had on NASA. 

As for her love life, she revealed in her autobiography that she was romantically involved with Star Trek creator Roddenberry in the late 1960s, but that their secret romance ended before Star Trek even began. 

She was married twice, first to a dancer named Foster Johnson, whom she wed in 1951 but divorced later that year. Together, they had one child, named Kyle, who was born in August of that year.

She then tied the knot to her second husband, Duke Mondy, in 1968, but they split in 1972 after four years of marriage.

In 2018, Nichols was diagnosed with dementia, which spurred a conservatorship battle between her son, her former manager, Gilbert Bell, and her friend Angelique Fawcette.

According to an August 2021 piece in the Los Angeles Times, Kyle claimed that Bell had lived in a guest home in Nichols’ Woodland Hills, California, home for nearly 10 years, and in 2017, had transferred ownership of the home into his name as as power of attorney, an arrangement which was subsequently overturned. 

According to property records, the home was sold last year to a construction company for $2.22 million.

Lieutenant Leslie played by Eddie Paskey 

Eddie Paskey played Lieutenant Leslie in Star Trek. He is seen in the show

Eddie Paskey played Lieutenant Leslie in Star Trek. He is seen in 2018

Eddie Paskey played Lieutenant Leslie in Star Trek. He is seen in the show (left) and in 2018 (right)

He was then cast as Mr. Leslie in Star Trek, however, he eventually left the show after suffering from back pain and headaches - retiring altogether from the spotlight. He is seen in the show

He was then cast as Mr. Leslie in Star Trek, however, he eventually left the show after suffering from back pain and headaches – retiring altogether from the spotlight. He is seen in the show

He started his own auto-detailing service called The Air Shop, with his wife, Judy Paskey; he sold the business in 2004. Paskey (seen in 2012) fathered four children with Judy over the years, and lived a pretty normal life until he died in August 2021

He started his own auto-detailing service called The Air Shop, with his wife, Judy Paskey; he sold the business in 2004. Paskey (seen in 2012) fathered four children with Judy over the years, and lived a pretty normal life until he died in August 2021

Paskey was born in a small town in Delaware on August 20, 1939, but moved to Santa Monica, California, with his family as a kid. 

He worked at a gas station while trying to break into the industry, and he landed his first acting role in 1966 in the series Ben Casey. His other early credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mission: Impossible, The Wild Wild West, and Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.

He was then cast as Mr. Leslie in Star Trek, however, he eventually left the show after suffering from back pain and headaches – retiring altogether from the spotlight.

He later told Starlog Magazine that he tried to return to acting after the pain got better, but couldn’t land any roles. 

He then started his own auto-detailing service called The Air Shop, with his wife, Judy Paskey; he sold the business in 2004.

He fathered four children with Judy over the years, and lived a pretty normal life until he died in August 2021. 



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