Star Trek Actor Dead

( – A seasoned publicist and actor known for his roles in “Star Trek” and “My Own Private Idaho,” has passed away at the age of 79.

The famed actor Mickey Cottrell’s sister, Suzy Cottrell-Smith confirmed his death to various media outlets, including Deadline and Variety.

Cottrell-Smith fondly remembered her brother as “adorable, fun, critical, foodie, particular, brilliant, loving,” and noted that he passed away smiling on New Year’s Day.

Cottrell’s death occurred at the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California. He had battled Parkinson’s disease and suffered a stroke in 2016. His career in the film, television, and public relations industries spanned over four decades, starting in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he grew up and attended the University of Arkansas.

Cottrell’s acting debut came in 1991 with “My Own Private Idaho.” He went on to make memorable appearances in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Voyager” in the 1990s. His filmography also includes roles in “Paper Hearts” (1993), “Ed Wood” (1994), “Hellraiser: Bloodline” (1996), and “Apt Pupil” (1998), with his last on-screen role in 2012’s “I Do.”

In addition to acting, Cottrell had a prolific career as a publicist, contributing to over 100 films such as “Earth Girls Are Easy” (1988), “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” (1993), and “Dead Calm” (1989). Reflecting on his Hollywood journey in a 2016 interview, Cottrell described it as “Magical, thrilling, difficult, joyous,” and a place to “enter at your own risk.”

Cottrell-Smith fondly recalled her brother as “the most fun brother ever,” sharing memories of singing, dancing, and fun times together. He was a beloved figure in his neighborhood, known for his vibrant and entertaining personality.

John McAvoy, Cottrell’s colleague from Inclusive PR, remembered him as an artist who viewed publicity as part of the creative process rather than just a sales tool. He expressed his respect and admiration for Cottrell, calling him “the Wizard.”

Cottrell’s legacy is carried on by his two sisters, Suzy and Gigi Cottrell, his nephew Jeremy Allen, and great-nephew Gregory Allen. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of many who knew him, both personally and professionally.