On Tuesday. Ben Cross, who portrayed Sarek in the 2009 Star Trek film, passed away at the age of 72. The actor died in Vienna following a short illness, according to his agent.
Cross’ career spans decades. Besides his role in Star Trek. he may be best known for starring in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Cross has continued to work to this year, and according to Variety just wrapped production last week for his last role as Cardinal Mathews in Lionsgate’s The Devil’s Light.
On the day of his passing, TrekMovie reported on his death and expressed our condolences via our social media channels, but we are following up today to share the thoughts of Cross’ Star Trek co-star Zachary Quinto, who played Spock, Sarek’s son.
Quinto took to Instagram to describe what it was like to work with Cross:
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ben Cross. he played Spock’s fatherSarek in our first Trek movie (among many other indelible roles) and he was always so incredibly thoughtful and generous and engaging. It being my first film I always felt considered and cared for by him in our scenes together. He was a real gentleman and a true talent. Sending him and his family much love and light. Rest in peace dear Ben.
You can see the full Instagram post below.
More recently. Cross appeared in a recurring role on the CW sci-fi series Pandora, working with executive producer Mark Altman. Altman, who is also the co-author of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek and co-host of the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, shared his thoughts on social media.
— Mark A. Altman (@markaaltman) August 18, 2020
The TrekMovie team again expresses our condolences to the family and friends of Ben Cross.