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William Morgan Sheppard
Name William Morgan Sheppard
Birth Date 24 August, 1932
Birth Place London, England, UK
Family Mark A. Sheppard (son - actor)

2 grandchildren

Years Active 1962 - present
William Morgan Sheppard is a british actor probably best known for his roles as Blank Reg on Max Headroom and Confederate General Isaac Trimble in the films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.

BiographyEdit

W. Morgan Sheppard comes from an Anglo Irish family, was born in London but educated in Dublin, Ireland and before his formal training in the dramatic arts Sheppard served in the Norwegian Merchant Navy. Upon continuing his education he earned a scholarship and got to graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1956-1958) and then he was for 12 years an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has appeared in over 100 of its plays and toured with them in Japan, Australia, Europe and the United States.

In 1965, Sheppard began appearing in the original, Tony Award-winning Broadway production of The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, which ran for 145 performances from December 1965 through April 1966. Sheppard also appeared in the 1967 british film adaptation of the play.

In 1974, Sheppard appeared in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Antony and Cleopatra. The production was video-taped and aired on US television in January 1975.

In the US, Morgan won both the LA Drama Critics Circle Award and a Drama-Logue Critics Award for his 1995 performance in The Homecoming at the Matrix Theater.

Morgan has directed productions at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, The Coast Playhouse, The Fountainhead Theater, and The Lillian Theater, and currently teaches acting at the Vincent Chase Workshop in Hollywood.

Since 1975, Morgan has been in over 60 movies, more than a dozen movies-of-the-week, and has made over 80 TV appearances.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared on numerous british (and later american) television programs, mini-series and movies. Some of his film credits during this time include The Duellists (1977), Hawk the Slayer (1980), The Sea Wolves (1980), The Elephant Man (1980), The Keep (1983), Lassiter (1984), Cry Freedom (1987), and Lucky Stiff (1988). He also starred in the 1988 cult favorite, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

In the early 1990s, Sheppard had supporting roles in films such as David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990), the 1992 comedy There Goes the Neighborhood and the 1993 Stephen King horror film Needful Things. His more recent film credits include the acclaimed 2006 period thriller The Prestige and the 2007 blockbuster Transformers. In the latter film, Sheppard portrayed Captain Archibald Witwicky, the explorer who stumbled upon Megatron and grandfather of the film's central character, Sam Witwicky.

In addition to his four different Star Trek appearances, Sheppard portrayed two roles on the sci-fi series Babylon 5 (and was an extremely close runner-up for the role of Ambassador G'Kar on the show) and he had a recurring role as the holographic AI program known as "The Professor" on the series seaQuest DSV.

Sheppard has also guest-starred on such popular TV shows as MacGyver, Murder, She Wrote, and Frasier. He also appeared in the final episode of Quantum Leap, the hit science-fiction series. Recent TV credits have included guest spots on Charmed, Gilmore Girls and Criminal Minds.

Additionally, Sheppard voiced several characters on the animated series Gargoyles and narrated the introductions and mission briefings for the first three installments of the Medal of Honor video game series, but his voice can be heard in a wide variety of games including Zork: Nemesis.

Criminal MindsEdit

He played John Caulfield, former sheriff of Fredericksburg, Virginia who got to assist the BAU when the team went to solve a hot case with roots in a never-solved case of his, in the Season Three episode Birthright.

FilmographyEdit

FILMEdit

  • Atlantis: Milo's Return - 2003 (V) (voice) - Erik Hellstrom/Peter Fargason
  • Cock & Bull Story - 2003 - (special thanks)
  • Florida City - 2003 - Taylor
  • Gods and Generals - 2003 - Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble
  • Room 101 - 2001 - Landers
  • The Haven - 2000 - Mr. Hereck
  • The Hungry Bachelors Club - 1999 - Mr. Ringold
  • From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff - 1999 - Himself
  • Treasure of Pirate's Point - 1999 - Charles Vane/Captain
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World - 1998 (V) (voice) - Additional voices
  • Hurricane Festival - 1997 - Charles
  • Nether World - 1997 - Old Timer
  • Sometimes They Come Back... Again - 1996 - Father Archer Roberts
  • Gettysburg - 1993 - Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble/Narrator
  • Needful Things - 1993 - Father Meehan
  • Taking Liberty - 1993 (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
  • There Goes the Neighborhood - 1992 - Trick Bissell
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - 1991 - Klingon commander
  • Wild at Heart - 1990 - Mr. Reindeer
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark - 1988 - Vincent Talbot
  • Lucky Stiff - 1988 - Pa
  • Cry Freedom - 1987 - Policeman
  • Lady Jane - 1986 - Executioner
  • The Doctor and the Devils - 1985 - Landlord
  • Lassiter - 1984 - Sweeny
  • The Keep - 1983 - Alexandru
  • Nutcracker - 1982 - George Peacock
  • The Carpathian Eagle - 1980 - Hospital Gardener
  • The Elephant Man - 1980 - Man in Pub
  • The Sea Wolves: The Last Charge of the Calcutta Light Horse - 1980 - Lovecroft
  • Hawk the Slayer - 1980 - Ranulf
  • Tell Me Lies - 1968 - Guest
  • Marat/Sade The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade - 1967 - A Mad Animal
  • Strongroom - 1962 - Alec

TVEdit

  • Alias - 2001 - Mr. Sabine in Echoes (# 4.8) 2/23/05
  • Criminal Minds - 2007 - Sheriff John Caulfield
  • Kingdom Hospital - 2004 (mini) - Narrator
  • Licensed by Royalty - 2003 (voice: English version) (as Bill Morgan) - Mister
  • Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle - 2003 - Denny
  • Texhnolyze - 2003 (mini) (voice: English version) (as Bill Morgan) - Hirohisa Goto
  • Charmed - 1998 - Merrill in The Day the Magic Died (# 5.15) 2/16/03
  • Crossing Jordan - 2001 - Clive Alpert in The Truth Is Out There (# 2.3) 10/1/02
  • Justice League - 2001 - Merlin (voice) in A Knight of Shadows: Part 1 (# 1.20) 9/20/02
  • Days of Our Lives - 1962 - Charles in: (#8960; #8986; #8990) 2001
  • Hellsing - 2002 (as Bill Morgan) - Commander Peter Fargason
  • I My Me! Strawberry Eggs - 2001 (voice: English version) (as Bill Morgen) - Yachio Takugawa
  • The Wild Thornberrys - 1998 - Lead Jackal (voice) in Cheetahs Never Prosper (# 2.34) 3/20/00
  • Diagnosis Murder - 1993 - Dr. Arneberg in The Unluckiest Bachelor in LA (# 7.18) 2/24/00
  • Star Trek: Voyager - 1995 - Qatai in Bliss (# 5.14) 2/10/99
  • Tracey Takes On... - 1996 - Charlie Ayliss in Hair (# 4.4) 1/20/99
  • JAG - 1995 - Major Viktor Lushov in To Russia with Love (# 3.24) 2/19/98
  • Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure - 1998 - Whiskers
  • The Escape - 1997 - Long
  • Timecop - 1997 - Inspector Wells in A Rip in Time (# 1.1) 9/22/97
  • Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles - 1996 - Security Guard/Radar (voice) in Runaways (# 1.3) 9/21/96
  • The Lottery - 1996 - Mayor Warner
  • American Gothic - 1995 - Mr. Emmett in To Hell and Back (# 1.9) 7/3/96
  • Babylon 5 - 1994 - The Soul Hunter (archive footage) (uncredited) in War Without End: Part 2 (# 3.17) 5/20/96
  • Poltergeist: The Legacy - 1996 - Grave Digger in The Fifth Sepulcher (# 1.1) 4/21/96
  • Mighty Ducks - 1996 - Asteroth in The Return of Asteroth & Dungeons and Ducks
  • Babylon 5 - 1995 - Warleader G'Sten in The Long, Twilight Struggle (# 2.20) 10/18/95
  • Iron Man - 1994 - Dum Dum Dugan of SHIELD (voice) in Cell of Iron (# 2.3) 10/7/95
  • Frasier - 1993 - Mr. Drake in The Club (# 2.18) 3/21/95
  • Murder, She Wrote - 1984 - Dr. Fredrick Grundberg in Twice Dead (# 11.15) 2/12/95
  • Timon and Pumbaa - 1995 - Captain Bloodbeard (voice) in Pirates of Pumbzance
  • Following Her Heart - 1994) - Father
  • Good King Wenceslas - 1994 - Tomas
  • Gargoyles - 1994 (voice) - Odin/Petros Xanatos
  • SeaQuest DSV - 1993 - The Professor in The Sincerest Form of Flattery (# 2.7) 11/13/94
  • SeaQuest DSV - The Professor in Such Great Patience (# 1.20) 5/8/94
  • Babylon 5 - 1995 - The Soul Hunter in Soul Hunter (# 1.2) 2/2/94
  • SeaQuest DSV - The Professor in Nothing But the Truth (# 1.13) 1/9/94
  • Biker Mice From Mars - 1993 (voice) - Lawrence Limburger
  • SeaQuest DSV - 1993 - The Professor (Hologram)
  • SeaQuest DSV - The Professor in SeaWest (# 1.10) 11/28/93
  • SeaQuest DSV - The Professor in The Regulator (# 1.9) 11/21/93
  • SeaQuest DSV - The Professor in Knight of Shadows (# 1.7) 10/31/93
  • Quantum Leap - 1989 - Bearded Gooshie, the Miner in Mirror Image - August 8, 1953 (# 5.22) 5/4/93
  • Seduction: Three Tales from the 'Inner Sanctum' - 1992 - Crane
  • Designing Women - 1986 - Prof. Burton in Tales Out of School (# 6.13) 12/16/91
  • MacGyver - 1985 - Dr. Zito in Lesson in Evil (# 6.6) 10/29/90
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - 1987 - Dr. Ira Graves in The Schizoid Man (# 2.6) 1/21/89
  • MacGyver - 1985 - Dr. Zito in Deadly Dreams (# 4.7) 1/16/89
  • Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge - 1987 - Digger McCloud
  • Max Headroom - 1987 - Blank Reg in Twenty Minutes Into the Future (# )
  • Return to Treasure Island - 1986 (mini) - Boakes
  • Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense - 1984 - Mahaffi in Paint Me a Murder (# 1.9) 4/11/86
  • The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission - 1985 - German General
  • Max Headroom - 1985 - Blank Reg
  • Paint Me a Murder - 1985 - Mahaffi
  • Camille - 1984 - Captain
  • The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood - 1984 - Saxon thief
  • Oedipus at Colonus - 1984 - Chorus
  • The Outsider - 1983 - Jack Jefford in A Question of Judgement (# 1.3) 10/14/83
  • Stalky & Co. - 1982 (mini) - Roberts
  • The Day of the Triffids - 1981 - Bill's Father
  • The Flame Trees of Thika - 1981 (mini) - Mr. Roos
  • Masada - 1981 (mini) - Sergeant
  • Smuggler - 1981 - Stanton in Hogshead (# 1.9) 1981
  • Smuggler - 1981 - Stanton in An Eye for an Eye (# 1.11) 1981
  • Shogun - 1980 (mini) - Specz
  • Hammer House of Horror - 1980 - Gardener in Carpathian Eagle (# 1.9) 11/8/80
  • Minder - 1979 - John in Come in T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away (# 1.8) 12/17/79
  • A Family Affair - 1979 (mini) - Tom Benson
  • Rebecca - 1979 - Ben
  • The Professionals - 1977 - Malenski in Stopover (# 3.3) 11/10/79
  • Enemy at the Door - 1978 - Raymond Girard in By Order of the Fuhrer (# 1.1) 1/21/78
  • The Nativity - 1978 - Flavius
  • Out - 1978 (mini) - The Bomber
  • The Duellists - 1977 - The fencing master
  • Target - 1977 - Barman in Hunting Parties (# 1.4) 9/30/77
  • Z Cars - 1962 - Joe Burnham in Contact (# 11.5) 2/2/76
  • The Sweeney - 1975 - Morrison in Jackpot (# 1.2) 1/9/75
  • Antony and Cleopatra - 1974 - Scarus
  • Dial M for Murder - 1974 - Usher in The Man in the Middle (# 1.6) 6/24/74
  • Z Cars - 1962 - Ron Probert in The Five Whistles (# 2.14) 12/19/62

THEATREEdit

  • Mary Stuart - 2006 - (LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Homecoming - 2001 - Max (South Coast Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Homecoming - 1995 - Max (Matrix Theatre)
  • Julius Caesar - 1977 - Caesar (Mermaid Theatre, London, UK)
  • Sherlock Holmes - 1974-76 - Jim Craigin (UK/US tour; Broadhurst Theatre, New York, NY)
  • Coriolanus - 1973 - First citizen (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Cries from the Casement - 1973 - (the Place)
  • Island of the Mighty - 1972 - Bedwy (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Murder in the Cathedral - 1972 - Third Priest (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Lower Depths, The - 1972 - Kelshch (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Toad of Toad Hall - 1972 - Alfred (Royal Shakespeare Theatre)
  • Henry V - 1971/2 - Pistol (Theatregoround, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, International tour)
  • Much Ado About Nothing - 1971 - Borachio (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Aldwych theatre, London, UK)
  • Othello1971/2 duke of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, ; Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Richard II - 1971 - Bolingbroke (Theatregoround, Royal Shakespeare Theatre)
  • Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, The - 1970 - Mason (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Arden of Faversham - 1970 - Shakebag (Roundhouse)
  • Henry VIII - 1969/70 - First Gentleman (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Twelfth Night - 1969/70 - Antonio (Royal Shakespeare Company/Aldwych)
  • Winter's Tale, The - 1969/70 - Antigonus (Royal Shakespeare Company/Aldwych)
  • Pericles - 1969 - Antiochus/Boult (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • God Bless - 1968 - ABC Round-up
  • Indians - 1968 - Wild Bill Hickok (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Julius Caesar - 1968 - Marullus/Messala (Royal Shakespeare Theatre)
  • Relapse, The - 1968 - Lory (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • As You Like It - 1967 - Duke Frederick, Usurper to the Dukedom (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Relapse, The - 1967 - Shoemaker/Porter (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Taming of the Shrew - 1967 - Christopher Sly (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Marat-Sade The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade - 1965/66 - A Mad Animal (Martin Beck Theatre, New York, NY)
  • Meteor, The - 1966 - Glauser (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • US - 1966 - (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Comedy of Errors, A - 1965 - Second Merchant (tour)
  • Expeditions Two - 1965 - (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Henry V - 1965 - Williams/Bishop of Ely (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Investigation, The - 1965 - (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Squire Puntila - 1965 Surkkala- the-Red (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Afore Night come - 1964 - Mr. Hawkes (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Jew of Malta, The - 1964 - First Knight (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Merry Wives of Windsor, The - 1964 - Bardolph (Aldwych Theatre, London, UK)
  • Screens, The - 1964 - Policeman/Lieutenant (Donmar Rehearsal Theatre, Donmar, UK)
  • Celebration - 1961 - (Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, UK; Duchess Theatre)

RADIOEdit

  • Becket or the Honor of God - 2004 - (LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Breaking the Code - 2003 - (LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, CA)
  • God's Man in Texas - (LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Misalliance - 2003 - (LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Sherlock Holmes Theatre - (LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Oedipus the King - (LA Theatre Works, Los Angeles, CA)

VIDEO GAMESEdit

  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - 2004 (voice) - Pink, Valya, Red
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance - 2002 (voice) - Russian Soldier
  • Medal of Honor: Frontline - 2002 (voice) - Colonel Hargrove
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - 2002 (voice) - Colonel Hargrove
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - 2001 (voice: English version) - Russian Soldier #5
  • Escape from Monkey Island - 2000 (voice) - Ignatius Cheese
  • Medal of Honor: Underground - 2000 (voice) - Colonel Hargrove
  • Star Wars: Force Commander - 2000 (voice) - Heavy Gun Trooper/Ruulian Strip Miner
  • Medal of Honor - 1999 (voice) - Col. Stanley Hargrove
  • Outlaws - 1997 (voice) - 'Bloodeye' Tim
  • Clandestiny - 1996 (voice)
  • Zork: Nemesis - 1996 (as W. Morgan Shepard) - Bishop Francois Malveaux

LINKSEdit

NotesEdit

  • He is one of only three actors to appear in both Max Headroom (1985) (TV) and Max Headroom (1987).
  • Has appeared as different characters in four incarnations of Star Trek (The warden of the Klingon penal colony in Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country (1991), Dr. Graves in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Schizoid Man (#2.6), Qatai in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Bliss (#5.14) and as the Vulcan Science Minister in Star Trek (2009)).
  • Sheppard has a son, Mark A. Sheppard, who is also an actor. They both appeared in a 2011 episode of Doctor Who playing the same character at different ages.

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