StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of veteran character actor and three-time Star Trek guest star Dick Miller. Miller, who was 90, died January 30 in Toluca Lake, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Born in the Bronx, New York, the U.S. Navy veteran amassed seemingly countless film and television credits over the course of his 60-plus-year career. Those credits ranged from Not of This Earth, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, Big Bad Mama, Piranha, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and Gremlins to The Howling, The Terminator, After Hours, Night of the Creeps, The ‘Burbs, NYPD Blue, Burying the Ex and Hanukkah. He worked with numerous top directors, including Roger Corman, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante, several of them on multiple films.
Miller ventured three times into the Star Trek universe. He first appeared as Dixon Hill’s news vendor pal in the first-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “The Big Goodbye.” The actor later guest starred in the third-season Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes, “Past Tense, Part I and Past Tense, Part II.” He played Vin, a security guard taken hostage during the Bell Riots.
Miller is survived by his wife, Lainie, daughter, Barbara and granddaughter, Autumn. "His sense of humor and the unique way he looked at the world won him many lifelong friends and worldwide fans," the actor's family said in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter. Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to Miller's family, friends, colleagues and fans.