Alan Paller, former ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ engineer, dead at 76

One of the co-stars of the TV series Altered Carbon, Alan Paller, has died at the age of 76. Paller had a long career on television including the original UK version of Altered Carbon, and the BBC’s short-lived sci-fi thriller Gladiators. He also had a long career in movies, including T2: Trainspotting, Wet Hot American Summer, and The Fifth Element. He also guest starred in two episodes of Suits in 2015. He was announced as a guest star on the third season of Fuller House the same year, in an episode called The Long Easter Egg, which also featured Mad Men’s John Slattery and The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore. He appeared in three of the final four episodes of the show’s original run.

Paller’s other films include Fight Club, Scrooged, The Usual Suspects, Undisputed, and Backdraft. His role in Star Trek: The Next Generation was quite significant, as he played chief engineer Quark throughout his work on the bridge, first in New Jeanus — Season 5 — as well as Season 6. Paller died last Friday, and the news has since become public via a statement from his family, the Daily Mail reports. “Alan was a wonderful man with a brilliant sense of humor who brought great joy to his family, friends and fans,” the statement reads. “He has been greatly missed and will be deeply missed by everyone at the BBC, Sky, Netflix and Universal.”

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