Sci-fi fans and the Hollywood community at large are in mourning once again after another beloved actor has passed. Barry Jenner, who is best known for his portrayal of Admiral Ross on the hit series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has passed away at the age of 75. The actor died from acute myeloid leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The actor's wife, actress Suzanne Hunt, confirmed her husband's death to The Hollywood Reporter. It isn't known how long the actor had been battling with acute myeloid leukemia at the time of his passing. Armin Shimerman, who played Quark throughout Deep Space Nine's run, first revealed the actor's death yesterday afternoon with a brief statement. Here's what he had to say below.
"My heart is broken. My thoughts are in grief & incomprehension. My good friend Barry Jenner has passed. Condolences to Suzanne & all who loved him."
Barry Jenner was born January 14, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting after attending West Chester (PA) College. He started out with guest starring roles in Another World, Somerset, Barnaby Jones and Hart to Hart, before landing the recurring role of Jeff Cunningham on the hit series Knots Landing. He then landed the role of Dr. Jerry Kenderson in the iconic drama series Dallas, appearing in 25 episodes between 1984 and 1986.
He continued working regularly throughout the 1980s with guest starring spots in Hunter, St. Elswhere, Falcon Crest, Family Ties and Matlock before landing his next major recurring role, Lieutenant Murtaugh on the hit sitcom Family Matters. He appeared in 18 episodes as Murtaugh, the superior officer to Reginald Vel Johnson's Carl Winslow, before starring in Something So Right and then moving on to play Admiral Ross on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
While he only starred in 12 episodes of the Star Trek series, he was an integral part of the show's Dominion War arc, and he also appeared in the two-part series finale as well. After a decade-long hiatus from acting, Barry Jenner returned with a small role in the 2013 indie dramatic comedy Enough Said and Defending Santa. He also has a role in the upcoming thriller The Caretaker. He was also a frequent guest on The $100,000 Pyramid, where he was the only celebrity to help contestants win $100,000 on both the Dick Clark and John Davidson incarnations of the game show. Take a look at Armin Shimerman's tweet below, where he remembers his late Deep Space Nine co-star.
My heart is broken.My thoughts are in grief&incomprehension.My good friend Barry Jenner has passed.Condolences to Suzanne&all who loved him.— Armin Shimerman (@ShimermanArmin) August 9, 2016