Star Trek Actor Kenneth Mitchell Succumbs to ALS at 49


Actor Kenneth Mitchell, renowned for his roles in the “Star Trek” series, passed away on Saturday, as confirmed by He was 49 years old.

Mitchell had been battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neurodegenerative disease, for over five years, as disclosed in a statement on his Instagram page. Despite enduring significant challenges, Mitchell maintained a remarkable spirit, embodying resilience and a commitment to fully embracing life’s moments.

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, impacts nerve cells responsible for muscle movement, ultimately leading to their degeneration and loss of function, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that over 30,000 individuals are living with ALS, with approximately 5,000 new diagnoses annually. The average life expectancy post-symptom onset ranges from two to five years.

Throughout his journey with ALS, Mitchell shared insights into his experience, acknowledging the immense support from friends, family, caregivers, and medical professionals.

A prolific actor, Mitchell portrayed various characters in “Star Trek: Discovery,” including the Klingons Kol, Kol-Sha, and Tenavik, as well as Aurellio. Additionally, he lent his voice to characters in an episode of “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” Beyond the “Star Trek” universe, Mitchell’s talent graced television series such as “Jericho” and “The Astronaut Wives Club,” along with notable film appearances in “Miracle” and “Captain Marvel.”

In a poignant Instagram post commemorating his passing, Mitchell was fondly remembered as a dreamer, nature enthusiast, cat lover, and devoted father.

He leaves behind his parents, wife, and two children. Mitchell’s legacy extends beyond his acting career, as he expressed a desire for contributions towards ALS research or support for his children, according to

Kenneth Mitchell’s indelible mark on the entertainment industry and his courageous battle against ALS will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike, honoring his enduring spirit and passion for life.