Nathan Jung, Star Trek actor, dies aged 74

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
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Nathan Jung, who was an actor and stunt man known for roles in Star Trek: The Original Series, The A-Team and Kung Fu, has died at the age of 74.

Taking advantage of his tall stature, Nathan Jung kicked off his acting career in 1969 with his role as Ghengis Khan in “The Savage Curtain” episode of Star Trek.

\Actor and stuntman Nathan Jung speaks during the
Actor and stuntman Nathan Jung at the 2018 official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. Photo: Getty

His close friend and lawyer Timothy Tau confirmed the sad news the star had passed away on April 24 to Variety.

A cause of death was not revealed.

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After his Star Trek appearance, Nathan's TV career kicked off as he landed roles on some of the biggest shows from the 1970s and 80s.

He appeared in M*A*S*H, Starsky & Hutch, as well as Sanford and Son, in which he played Helen Funai’s cousin, Saburyo.

In the 90s, he also had stints on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Martial Law and Burke’s Law.

Nathan Jung and Philip Morris in Star Trek
Publicity handout of Nathan Jung and Phil Morris in Star Trek. Photo: Supplied
Nathan Jung, with actress Kellie Flanagan, actor Phil Morris, actress Iona Morris, actor Michael Forest, actor and stuntman Phil Adams, actress Celeste Yarnall and actress at the official Star Trek convention. Photo: Getty
Nathan Jung, with actress Kellie Flanagan, actor Phil Morris, actress Iona Morris, actor Michael Forest, actor and stuntman Phil Adams, actress Celeste Yarnall and actress at the official Star Trek convention. Photo: Getty

The tragic news came within hours of Hollywood farewelling another icon in Olympia Dukakis, who died at the age of 89.

Her family confirmed the news in a statement on Saturday, revealing she had been in failing health for months.

Tributes poured in for the actress, who won an Oscar for her role as Cher’s overbearing mother in the romantic comedy 'Moonstruck'.

Cher paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing, Academy Award Winning Actress. Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck & Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We 😂 ALL The Time. She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis, Her Handsome Talented, Husband. I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One."

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