Fans of the original Star Trek and its movie spin-offs will recognize Mark Lenard for playing Sarek, the Vulcan father of first officer Mr. Spock. Lenard was also a respected theatrical actor and had appeared in other feature films and television shows. He first appeared on Star Trek as a Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror" (1966) and did not play Sarek until the following year in "Journey to Babel." He appeared a Klingon captain in Star Trek: The Movie (1979) before reprising his role as Sarek in parts III, IV and VI, as well as in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Lenard launched his professional career on-stage and first bowed on Broadway in Carson McCullers' Square Root of Wonderful (1957). He went on to play supporting and co-leads in many highly regarded plays, including Much Ado About Nothing opposite John Gielgud. Lenard made his feature film debut in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). Prior to that, he had played a regular role on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow during the 1959-1960 season. After Star Trek, Lenard was a supporting regular on several other television series including Here Come the Brides (1968-1970) and Planet of the Apes (1974). Lenard died of multiple myeloma at the age of 68.