Mark Lenard was born October 15, 1924 and passed away on November 22, 1996.
Mark Lenard was an American actor best known for his role as Vulcan Ambassador Sarek, the father of Spock. He first played Sarek in the second season Star Trek episode “Journey to Babel”. He resumed the role in three of the Star Trek films (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) and on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the episodes “Sarek” and “Unification I”. He also voiced the role in the 1973 animated series episode “Yesteryear”
Before he was cast as Sarek, Lenard played the first major Romulan character seen on Star Trek, that being the Romulan Commander in the original series episode “Balance of Terror”. As such, Lenard is often credited as being the first ever Romulan to appear in Star Trek; however, by strict order of screen appearance, that honor falls to Lawrence Montaigne as Decius, who appeared seconds before Lenard but was wearing a helmet covering his Romulan ears. Lenard was the first Romulan to be fully seen with Vulcan-type ears. Lenard filmed his scenes for “Balance of Terror” on Wednesday 27 July 1966 and Thursday 28 July 1966 at Desilu Stage 9.
Lenard and Montaigne were at one point considered as a replacement for Spock had Leonard Nimoy not returned for the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series if contract negotiations had fallen through. Lenard was also the first choice to portray Abraham Lincoln in “The Savage Curtain”, but was unavailable due to a regular role on the series Here Come the Brides.
Lenard also became the first actor to play a Klingon with forehead ridges (and the first to speak the Klingon language) when he appeared as the Klingon Captain of the IKS Amar in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Lenard had actually requested to reprise his role as Sarek for this film, but when his request was declined, he was offered the role of the Klingon captain instead.
In 1991 Lenard appeared for the last time as Sarek in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fifth season episode “Unification I”. He arrived on Monday 23 September 1991 in Los Angeles and the transportation department picked him up at the airport. On the next day, Tuesday 24 September 1991, he had a wardrobe fitting at 9:00 a.m. and was picked up at his hotel at 8:30 a.m. Lenard finally filmed his scenes on Wednesday 25 September 1991 at Paramount Stage 16, was picked up at the hotel at 5:15 a.m., had a make up call at 5:30 a.m. and a set call at 8:30 a.m.
Lenard worked with Ken Penders to write a comic story titles “The Lessons of Life” that was to be published by DC Comics as a prestige hardcover graphic novel tied in with the release of the Sarek novel from Pocket Books. This project died, but led to Lenard writing “Blood & Honor”, a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine comic released in 1995, where the son of his Romulan character from “Balance of Terror” met a descendant of James T. Kirk’s on Deep Space 9.
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