In Loving Memory, December Passings

We’re saddened to share news of the passing of René Auberjoinois. Auberjoinois was a prolific actor with more than 200 credits to his name, but was perhaps best known as Benson’s Clayton Endicott III and Deep Space Nine’s Constable Odo. In 1993 he was a guest at #ShoreLeave15 and again in 1996 at #ShoreLeave18.

René Auberjoinois passed away on December 8 at the age of 79.

Michael Lamper, musician and husband of Star Trek’s Marina Sirtis, dead at 61

Marina Writes: My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. 

 Lamper was both a guitarist and an Acamarian Gatherer on the episode “The Vengeance Factor”of The Next Generation in the third season.

Star Trek’s D.C. Fontana Dies at 80

By JAMIE LOVETT – December 3, 2019 01:31 pm EST

BornMarch 25, 1939, Sussex, NJ

DiedDecember 2, 2019

Founding Star Trek writer Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana has died. She was 80 years old and died after a brief illness. Fontana was one of the key writers who worked on Star Trek: The Original Series in the 1960s, helping to bring Gene Roddenberry’s vision to life. She wrote or co-wrote 10 episodes of The Original Series, including “Charlie X,” “Tomorrow is Yesterday,” “The Side of Paradise,” “Friday’s Child,” “Journey to Babel,” “By Any Other Name,” “The Ultimate Computer,” “The Enterprise Incident,” “That Which Survives,” and “The Way to Eden.” She also wrote the episode “Yesteryear” of Star Trek: The Animated Series, worked on five episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation including its pilot, “Encounter at Farpoint,” as well as “The Naked Now,” “Lonely Among Us,” “Too Short a Season,” and “Heart of Glory,” and co-wrote the teleplay for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Dax.”

As a woman working in television in the 1960s, especially in science fiction, Fontana was a trailblazer. She both wrote for and produced Star Trek while being credited as “D.C. Fontana,” keeping her gender a secret until her photograph appeared in Stephen Whitfield’s book The Making of Star Trek in 1968.

Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney has died

Caroll Edwin Spinney was an American puppeteer, cartoonist, author and speaker most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its inception in 1969 until 2018. Wikipedia

BornDecember 26, 1933, Waltham, MA

DiedDecember 8, 2019, Woodstock, CT

Veteran actor Ron Leibman dies aged 82

Manhattan, New York City, U.S. Ronald Leibman (October 11, 1937 – December 6, 2019) was an American actor. He won both the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play in 1993 for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America.

Born: October 11, 1937, New York

Parents: Grace, Marks, Murray Leibman

Film: Norma Rae, Phar Lap

TV show: Kaz, Archer

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