Paul Winfield, Acclaimed Character Actor, Dies At 62

By Michelle
March 9, 2004 - 2:26 PM

Paul Winfield, the veteran actor who appeared as both Captain Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and as Captain Dathon in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok", has died at 62 of a heart attack.

In a long and varied career, Winfield was discovered by Sidney Poitier and cast in The Lost Man, playing roles as diverse as Don King in Tyson and the police chief in Dennis the Menace.

An Oscar nominee for his role as Nathan Lee Morgan in Sounder, Winfield also earned Emmy nominations for the title role in the 1978 miniseries King and for Roots: The Next Generations. He won an Emmy in 1995 for a role on Picket Fences as a federal judge.

A campaigner for gay rights, Winfield was raised in Los Angeles and is survived by a sister. Trek Nation expresses its condolences to his family and friends.

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