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Dexter L. Clay (12 June 195626 August 2017; age 61) was an actor, musician and author who appeared as an operations division officer in the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was also the main stand-in for Worf actor Michael Dorn on the first three seasons of The Next Generation. Clay was the second person right after Patrick Stewart seen on The Next Generation.

Along with Michael Dorn, Lorine Mendell, and James G. Becker, Clay reprised his role from The Next Generation for the final episode of Webster, titled "Webtrek". The episode was filmed in 1989 during the second season of TNG on the Paramount Pictures lot.

Born in Houston, Texas, he played professional football as a receiver for the Houston Oilers (1980) and the New York Jets (1981) and started an acting and writing career in the late '80s. In 1987 he portrayed a soldier in the action drama Deadly Prey. Clay wrote the five books Black Eye on America, Walking with the Power, Only for a Season, Katy Nation, and Click Send for Love, a story for a television pilot ("Life's a stretch" in 2003, which he also produced), and became the executive director of the NHP (a national homeless organization) until his move back to Houston, Texas.

Clay later worked as a filmmaker behind the camera and as director, writer, and producer for the sport drama First Quarter (2015).

On 26 August 2017, Clay died following a battle with cancer at the age of 61. [1]


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