Remembering Gary Graham: The Iconic Actor from “Alien Nation” and “Star Trek” Passes Away at 73

Last Updated: 24 January 2024By Tags: ,

The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a talented actor, Gary Graham, best known for his roles in “Alien Nation” and various “Star Trek” projects. The 73-year-old actor passed away on Monday, succumbing to cardiac arrest at a hospital in Spokane, Wash., as confirmed by his wife, Becky Graham.

A Journey Through the Stars: Gary Graham’s Career Highlights

Born in Long Beach, Calif., in 1950, Gary Graham embarked on a remarkable screen career that left an indelible mark on television and film. Starting with appearances on shows like “The Quest,” “Starsky & Hutch,” and “Eight Is Enough,” Graham showcased his acting prowess from the outset.

In 1979, he made his film debut in Paul Schrader’s “Hardcore,” portraying a memorable role as a porn peddler. Throughout the next decade, Graham worked consistently on popular shows such as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Scruples,” “CHiPs,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Moonlighting,” and “Remington Steele.” His versatility extended to the big screen with roles in movies like “All the Right Moves,” “The Arrogant,” and “The Hollywood Knights.”

Alien Nation“: A Groundbreaking Series


Gary Graham’s career soared to new heights with his lead role as Detective Matthew Sikes in “Alien Nation,” a groundbreaking TV series that ran from 1989 to 1990. The show depicted Sikes, a Los Angeles police officer, collaborating with extraterrestrial “Newcomers” to solve crimes. Although “Alien Nation” lasted only a single season, Graham reprised his role in five TV movie follow-ups throughout the 1990s.

Venturing into the Final Frontier: “Star Trek” Roles

Notably, Graham left an indelible mark on the “Star Trek” universe, portraying the Vulcan ambassador Soval on “Star Trek: Enterprise.” His involvement with “Star Trek” began in 1995 with a guest appearance on “Voyager,” where he played Ocampa leader Tanis. Graham’s portrayal of Soval continued sporadically on “Enterprise” from 2001 to 2005, contributing to 12 episodes.

Beyond the Stars: Gary Graham’s Diverse Portfolio

Graham’s talent extended far beyond his science fiction roles. He made memorable appearances in popular shows like “Ally McBeal,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Nash Bridges,” and “Nip/Tuck.” Additionally, he secured a six-episode supporting role on “JAG.” Noteworthy is his stint as a contributor to Breitbart publications from 2009 to 2014, showcasing his diverse interests and perspectives.

A Legacy Remembered

As friends, family, and fans pay tribute to Gary Graham, they remember him not only as an exceptional actor but also as a devoted father. Susan Lavelle, Graham’s ex-wife, fondly recalled him on Facebook as the “amazing actor and father” of their beautiful daughter, Haylee Graham.

Gary Graham’s legacy lives on in the hearts of those who cherished his performances. His contributions to the world of entertainment, especially in the realms of science fiction and beyond, will forever be celebrated.