Actor Gary Graham From “Dukes Of Hazzard” and “Star Trek” Has Passed Away
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Iconic Actor Gary Graham Has Passed Away
Gary Graham, renowned for his role as Denny in “The Dukes Of Hazzard” and the “Star Trek” franchise, has passed away at the age of 73. The actor died on Monday from cardiac arrest at a hospital in Spokane, Washington, as confirmed by his wife, Becky Graham. Susan Lavelle, Graham’s ex-wife, also verified the news of his death in a Facebook post, mentioning that Becky was by his side during his passing.
“I want to express that during my time with Gary Graham, he was not only immensely talented and committed to his craft but also a person of great generosity,” Lavelle told USA TODAY. “He had a deep love for animals, a strong sense of patriotism, a profound faith in God, and an unwavering adoration for his daughter, Haylee. Gary was truly one of a kind – his voice, appearance, acting, and style were all unmistakably unique. The world will never see another Gary Graham. I extend my heartfelt condolences to our wonderful daughter, Haylee Graham, during this difficult time.”
Colleagues Pour In Tributes For The Late Icon
Jeff Doucette and Gary Graham played and worked together on Alien Nation, a science fiction TV series.
His Startrek castmates also gave their sympathies to the late actor.
Gary Graham gained recognition for his role as Ambassador Soval, a Vulcan ambassador to Earth, in the television series “Star Trek: Enterprise,” where he was a recurring character. Additionally, he made a guest appearance on “Star Trek: Voyager” in 1995, portraying Ocampan community leader Tanis in the season 2 episode titled “Cold Fire.” Graham also played Ragnar in the fan production “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” and continued the role in “Star Trek: Renegades.”
In 2015, he reprised his role as Ambassador Soval in the fan film “Star Trek: Axanar.”
This was not his only science fiction role but he had a massive lineup of casting in the genre. He was Detective Matthew Sikes in the 1989 series “Alien Nation” and in “Alien Nation: Dark Horizon” (1994), the movie. He was also cast in the following movies all about aliens “Alien Nation: Body and Soul” (1995), “Alien Nation: Millennium” (1996), “Alien Nation: The Enemy Within” (1996), and “Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy” (1997). With this kind of credentials, many fans were devasted to hear the news of his passing.
With his portrayal, many fans have adored and cherished his character role in the series and even interviewed him at conventions. Watch one of the interviews below.
The Dukes Of Hazzard Era
Even though he greatly impacted the Star Trek franchise, Gary Graham guest starred and was known as Denny in the action comedy series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” He appeared in one episode titled “The New Deputy In Town.”
If you can remember the main storyline according to IMDB was:
“When an efficient — and awesomely beautiful — patrol officer effortlessly arrests Bo and Luke on traffic charges, an impressed Boss Hogg and Rosco immediately hire her as a new deputy. However, Boss is so distracted by the new deputy’s charms that he forgets to check out her background … or that she is associated with a murder and robbery suspect that is scheduled to spend the night at the Hazzard County Jail”
A Career Worth Remembering
Gary Graham had a phenomenal career in TV. Die-hard fans know that he has appearances in big TV series such as “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Starsky and Hutch.” In 1976, Gary Graham made his first credited appearance in an episode of “The Quest,” a western series starring Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson, according to the New York Times.
Before his death, most fans didn’t know that he appeared as Ronald in the massive supernatural horror film “Jeepers Creepers: Reborn” which was released in 2022. He was a “special appearance” together with Dee Wallace as Marie in the film. It revolves around a young man and woman attending a horror festival, where the woman becomes the target of a sinister plot orchestrated by a reawakened creature known as “the Creeper.”