StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of veteran character actor and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest star Richard Libertini, who passed away on January 7 at the age of 82, following a two-year battle with cancer. He made his sole journey to the Trek universe when he played the Bajoran poet Akorem Laan in the fourth-season DS9 episode, "Accession."
Beyond Star Trek, Libertini amassed more than 100 credits on stage, television and in films, and he also performed stand-up comedy early in his career. Those credits included Catch-22, Quincy, Soap, Days of Heaven, The In-Laws, Fletch, Fletch Lives, Awakenings, Nell, Monk, Supernatural, Dolphin Tale and Sonny with a Chance. His final on-screen appearances came in 2015, when he guest-starred in two episodes of the David Duchovny series Aquarius, with one of the episodes directed by Star Trek: Voyager's Roxann Dawson. As noted, Libertini performed stand-up comedy at the start of his career, and his partner for a time was recurring DS9 guest star Paul Dooley.
Please join StarTrek.com in extending our condolences to Libertini's family, friends, colleagues and fans.