Triple Star Trek: Enterprise guest star dead at 61

Maria Mara


Mary Mara as the sphere builder Presage in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Mary Mara, a veteran film and television actress who guest-starred on three episodes of “Star Trek: Enterprise,” has died at the age of 61, according to multiple news reports including Variety,, People Magazine and Nextstar Media Wire. According to the reports, the New York State Police confirmed that Mara drowned while swimming in the St. Lawrence River in the town of Cape Vincent, New York, on the morning of June 26, 2022.

Entertainment trade paper Variety reported Mara’s death on June 27, 2022. The coverage included a written statement from Mara’s longtime manager, Craig Dorfman, confirming her death. “Mary was one of the best actresses I’ve ever met,” said Dorfman. “I remember seeing her on stage in 1992’s ‘Mad Forest’ on Broadway. She was electric, funny and a real individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.” The police report states, “The victim’s body showed no signs of third-party negligence and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy was performed to determine an official cause of death.”

WSYR TV in Syracuse, New York reported that Mara resided in Cape Vincent and was from Syracuse. According to the broadcaster, she graduated from Corcoran High School before going to San Francisco State University and Yale University. According to that New York PostShe earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama “to learn the skills she has used in her more than three decades of professional career.”

Mara died in an apparent swimming accident in Cape Vincent, New York

That Internet Movie Database lists 83 film and television credits for Mara. These credits are from 1983 and include “The Preppie Murder”, “Blue Steel”, “Mr. Saturday Night” (as the daughter of Billy Crystal’s character), “Love Potion No. 9,” a regular role on “Nash Bridges” (during season two), recurring roles on “ER,” “Dexter,” and “Ray Donovan.” Her other credits included “Farscape,” “Law & Order,” ” The Practice, The West Wing, Joan of Arcadia, the 2008 remake of Prom Night, two episodes of Lost, The Sphere and the Labyrinth, and Doubt.

Her most recent film, according to the website, was the independent feature film Break Even, which was released in 2020 and co-starred recent two-time Star Trek: Picard guest-star James Callis. Mara was also a theater veteran. According to the New York Post, Mara starred opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff Goldblum in the 1989 Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of Twelfth Night. game slip refers to a 1998 production of Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” and theater mania cites her performance as Tracey in a 2018 production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

‘Enterprise’ tapped Mara to play the Sphere-Builder Presage in three episodes

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Corresponding Memory Alpha, Mara entered the Star Trek universe in 2004 when she starred in a trio of Season 3 episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, The Council (directed by David Livingston), Countdown (directed by Robert Duncan McNeill) and Zero Hour (directed by Allan Kroeker). Those episodes were episodes 22, 23, and 24 of the season, with “Zero Hour” serving as the season finale. Memory Alpha states that “Sphere-Builders were an alien race from a transdimensional realm who attempted to manipulate the Xindi to destroy Earth. No real name was ever given for a sphere builder. This prediction was consulted by the other Sphere Builders on several occasions to examine alternate timelines and gain insight into how the future would be affected by events taking place in the present. She informed the other Sphere Builders that due to the actions of the Enterprise NX-01’s crew, their likelihood of success was rapidly diminishing, prompting them to take a more direct approach in attempting to destroy the Enterprise.”

Mara was an 80+ credit film and television actress

According to Variety, Mara retired from acting after completing Break Even. The actress posted regularly on Instagram until January 2021. Her last two posts paid tribute to fellow actors Cloris Leachman and Chadwick Boseman, both of whom had passed away. Less frequently, she posted to Twitter, where she described herself as “nickname: Wildpeanut, actor, wife (oops, what comes first?), author, puppeteer, sister and human.” People Magazine received a copy of her obituary, which reads in part: “She specialized in complex portrayals of often troubled characters; Perhaps best known was her recurring role in the 1990s as Loretta Sweet, a likeable, seedy prostitute and single mother on the NBC series ‘ER’.”

According to Variety, Mara is survived by stepdaughter Katie Mersola, sisters Martha Mara and Susan Dailey, brother-in-law Scott Dailey and nephew Christopher Dailey. Triple Star Trek: Enterprise guest star dead at 61

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