‘Captain Marvel’ & ‘Star Trek’ Star Kenneth Mitchell Dead At 49

The Sci-fi world mourns a hero.

Kenneth Mitchell Star Trek

Kenneth Mitchell, known for his roles in Jericho, Captain Marvel, and Star Trek: Discovery, has passed away at 49 due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. His family announced his death through a statement, highlighting his courageous battle with the disease since his diagnosis in 2018.

“With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son, and dear friend,” the statement reads. “For five and a half years, Ken faced a series of awful challenges from ALS. And in truest Ken fashion, he managed to rise above each one with grace and commitment to living a full and joyous life in each moment. He lived by the principles that each day is a gift and we never walk alone His life is a shining example of how full one can be when you live with love, compassion, humor, inclusion, and community. Ken was an inspirational work of art to all the hearts he touched.”

In a candid revelation to People in 2020, Mitchell shared his ALS diagnosis, a condition he had been living with since 2018. Born on November 24, 1974, in Toronto, Canada, Mitchell’s career spanned memorable roles that showcased his acting skills. He navigated his condition with remarkable strength, transitioning to using a wheelchair in 2019 while continuing to engage with his passion for acting.

Who did Kenneth Mitchell play in Captain Marvel and Star Trek?

Mitchell’s range as an actor was vividly displayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Trek franchise. In Captain Marvel, Mitchell portrayed Joseph Danvers, the father of Brie Larson’s titular Marvel hero, during flashback sequences.

His tenure with Star Trek: Discovery saw him embodying several distinct characters across multiple seasons, including Kol, Kol-Sha, Tenavik, and Aurellio. Remarkably, his portrayal of Aurellio was adapted to include a hoverchair, mirroring his real-life use of a wheelchair, showcasing the inclusive storytelling Star Trek is known for.

Mitchell is survived by his parents, his wife Susan, and their children, Lilah and Kallum. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Rick Lemoine

Rick Lemoine

Raised on a hearty dose of Marvel and DC comics, Rick combines his love for superheroes with a knack for writing about Hollywood's brightest.