‘Deep Space Nine’ guest star David Birney, 1939-2022

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Davidbirney gets a touch-up on the set of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Experienced actor David Birneywho was a guest star on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” has reportedly died at the age of 83 The New York Times. The newspaper reported thatbirney died on Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home in Santa Monica, California. According to Michele Roberge, who told The New York Times that she was his life partner, the cause of Birthing’s death was Alzheimer’s disease.

“Star Trek” fans will recall thatbirnery guest-starred in the powerful Deep Space Nine episode “Tears of the Prophets,” which was reported to air during the show’s sixth season Memory Alpha. The episode was the season finale and marked series star Terry Farrell’s final appearance as Jadzia Dax, with the fan-favorite character dying.

Barley played Senator Letant and the Letant Alien in the episode. Corresponding Memory Alpha, “Letant was a male Romulan and politician who served as a senator in the Romulan Senate in the 24th-century Romulan Empire. In late 2374, he represented the Romulan Star Empire at a Federation Alliance meeting on Deep Space 9. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Romulan involvement in the proposed invasion of Cardassian space, particularly the Chin’toka system, which has proven to be a weak point .”


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The second half of the dual credit, according to Letant Alien Memory Alphareferred to the fact that “a prophet later took the form of Letant in a vision experienced by Sisko (Avery Brooks) telling him not to go to Cardassia.”

According to The New York Times, David Edwinbirney was born on April 23, 1939 in Washington, DC and grew up in Cleveland. His father Edwin was an FBI agent and his mother Jeanne (McGee)birney was a homemaker and later a real estate agent. The Times reported that Birney “majored in theater arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. A year later he received a master’s degree. In the Army, he was part of a program called Showmobile, which operated on military bases across the United States. Mr.birney’s theatrical career began in earnest in 1965 when he won the Barter Theater Award, which enabled him to perform for a season in shows at the renowned Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia.”

playbill. com noted that Birney made his Broadway debut in 1969’s The Miser, playing Cleante, and counted among his other Broadway shows The Playboy of the Western World, Amadeus, and Benefactors. Birney also made a name for herself on television and in feature films. According to the Internet Movie Database, he amassed a total of 73 credits, including Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Bridget Loves Bernie, The Adams Chronicles, Serpico, Oh, God, Book II, St. Elsewhere”, “Glitter”, “The Ray Bradbury Theatre”, “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – The Original Audio Play” (voiced by Anakin Skywalker), “Sliders” and its final screen credit, a 2007 episode of Without a Trace, which also coincidentally starred Deep Space Nine guest stars Bill Smitrovich and John Doman.

According to The New York Times, Birney met his wife-to-be and future “Family Ties” actress Meredith Baxter in 1972 while they appeared together on the CBS series Bridget Loves Bernie. They married in 1974 and divorced in 1989. According to Bridget Loves Bernie. The Hollywood Reporter, got a prime spot between “All in the Family” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” with Birney as Bernie Steinberg, a Jewish cab driver and struggling playwright, and Baxter as Bridget Fitzgerald, a Catholic elementary school teacher from a wealthy family. Their characters got married during the third episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and lived in an apartment above a deli owned by Bernie’s parents. However, the Handelszeitung noted that Jewish groups objected to the show for its treatment of interfaith marriage, withbirney receiving bomb threats and CBS deciding not to renew “Bernie Loves Bridget” for a second season.

Birney has also reportedly recorded numerous audio books Amazon.com. One of them, “King James Version Audio Bible: New Testament‘ was published in 2012. It included the voice ofbirney, as well as the voices of Star Trek series regulars LeVar Burton and Rene Auberjonois, and guest stars Samantha Eggar and Theodore Bikel.

The New York Times reported that alongside Michele Roberge, “Birney survives from his children with Ms. Baxter, his daughters Kate and Molliebirney and a son, Peter Baxter; a stepdaughter, Eva Bush, and a stepson, Ted Bush, Ms. Baxter’s children from a previous marriage; two grandchildren; and his brothers Glenn and Gregory. Another marriage, to Mary Concannon, also ended in divorce.”

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