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Star Trek’ Actress Stephanie Niznik Dead At 52

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Star Trek’ Actress Stephanie Niznik Dead At 52

Sad news for Star Trek fans as Stephanie Niznik has died, she was 52.


Stephanie Niznik, an actress who was known for her roles in “Everwood” and “Star Trek: Insurrection,” has died.

While the news is only being released on Saturday, Niznik passed back on June 23rd, she was 52. Her death is being called unexpected as her family says she died at her Encino home.

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Niznik who initially studied to become a geneticist ended up with majors in theater and Russian from Duke.

However, her life took a different path as she later attended Cal Arts where she began acting in roles in series including “Vanishing Son” and “Murder She Wrote.”

Niznik had a pretty impressive resume as she starred in shows including “Nash Bridges” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” before landing a recurring role on “Diagnosis Murder.” On medical series “Everwood,” she played the neighbor Nina Feeney. She also had a recurring role on “Life is Wild” and guested on “Lost,” “NCIS” and “CSI: Miami.”

After playing Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in the feature “Star Trek: Insurrection,” Niznik returned to the “Star Trek” world to play the Wraith in the “Rogue Planet” episode of the series “Star Trek: Enterprise.”

Aside from acting, Niznik was active in volunteering for hunger, children and animal rescue organizations, and also worked with Four Winds Heart-Centered Healing.

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Niznik’s family, friends, and all those who loved her will be in our thoughts and prayers.   

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