Gary Graham, an actor best known for his appearances in sci-fi and action series such as Alien Nation and Star Trek: Enterprise, has died. He was 73.
The actor died of cardiac arrest on Monday (Jan. 22), his wife Becky Graham confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
His ex-wife Susan Lavelle shared a touching message on Facebook after his passing.
“It is with deep profound sadness to say that Gary Graham, my ex husband, amazing actor and father of our beautiful only child together, Haylee Graham, has passed away today,” she wrote. “We are completely devastated especially our daughter Haley. His wife, Becky was by his side.”
Lavelle wrote that she had met Graham when he was 20 years old while starring on the Fox series Alien Nation. She remembered him for his “sarcastic sense of humor” and “devout” religious beliefs.
“This was sudden so please pray for our daughter as she navigates through this thing called grief,” she said. “Fly high into the heavens Gar! Thank you for our journey and thank you for the gifts you left me in acting, my love of horses and most importantly, our daughter.”
Graham led a long career in television, with appearances in The Incredible Hulk, M.A.N.T.I.S., Starsky & Hutch, Dukes of Hazard, Nip/Tuck and others.
His big break came in 1989 when he landed a lead role in Alien Nation, a series adaptation of the James Caan 1988 TV movie, also titled Alien Nation. Graham took on Caan’s role of Detective Matthew Sikes, a Los Angeles police officer who partners with an alien “Newcomer” to solve intergalactic crimes.
The series ran for only one season on Fox before it was canceled. But the story was later picked back up and continued in a series of television movies.
From 2001 to 2005, Graham also played Vulcan Ambassador Soval across multiple seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise. He also appeared in a number of fan-made Star Trek projects, including Star Trek: Renegades.
Graham is survived by his third wife, as well as his daughter Haley and sisters Colleen and Jeannine.