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Gregory Itzin (20 April 19488 July 2022; age 74) was an actor who appeared in five episodes spanning three spin-off series of the Star Trek franchise. He was first cast as either Whalen or McNary in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode "The Big Goodbye", but dropped out in favor of doing an episode of L.A. Law instead, something he later expressed regret for. [1]

Outside of Trek, he may have been best known for his Emmy Award-nominated role as Vice President (and later President) Charles Logan on 24. His co-stars on this series included fellow Trek veterans Jude Ciccolella, Glenn Morshower, Roger Cross, Peter Weller, Ray Wise, Tzi Ma, Daniel Dae Kim, Tony Todd, Raphael Sbarge, John Berg, and Tom Wright. He once again popped up on the show for its sixth season in 2007, during which time James Cromwell, Maury Sterling, and Itzin's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star Alexander Siddig were also members of the cast.

He also earned a Tony Award nomination for his role in the 1993 Broadway play The Kentucky Cycle, during which he acted alongside fellow Trek actors Scott MacDonald and Randy Oglesby.

In 2010, he starred in the audio drama The Physicists, produced by LA Theatreworks, co-starring Harry Groener, John de Lancie and Bruce Davison.

His friend and 24 producer Jon Cassar reported that Itzin had died on July 8, 2022. [2] Itzin's manager later confirmed that he had passed away due to complications that arose from emergency surgery. [3]


Itzin began appearing on television in the late 1970s. One of his first roles was a bit part in the 1979 mini-series Backstairs at the White House, which also featured Ian Abercrombie, John Anderson, Bibi Besch, Robert Hooks, Bill Quinn, Noble Willingham, and Paul Winfield. He went on to become a familiar face in episodic television, guest starring on such shows as Hunter (in an episode with Nana Visitor), Falcon Crest (with Bibi Besch, Robert Foxworth, and Jonathan Frakes), The A-Team (starring Dwight Schultz), St. Elsewhere, Matlock (including a two-parter with Scott Bakula), L.A. Law (working with James Avery, Corbin Bernsen, Bill Cobbs, Larry Drake, and Anne Haney), Night Court (starring John Larroquette), Murphy Brown, Beverly Hills, 90210, Quantum Leap (starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell), Picket Fences (with Roy Brocksmith, Ray Walston, and Paul Winfield), and Murder, She Wrote (in an episode with Bill Smitrovich).

He was a regular on Murder One, which also featured Daniel Benzali, Barbara Bosson, John Fleck, Kevin Tighe, Donna Murphy, Conor O'Farrell, Adam Scott, Ned Vaughn, Juliana Donald, and Bruce Wright in regular and recurring roles. He was later seen on Chicago Hope (with Ethan Phillips), Millennium (with Terry O'Quinn and Bill Smitrovich), The Practice (with Bruce McGill, Leon Russom, George D. Wallace, and Alfre Woodard), JAG, Profiler (in a recurring role, working with the likes of Matt McCoy, Andrew Robinson, Raphael Sbarge, and Ray Wise), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (starring Paul Guilfoyle, with Glenn Morshower), Wolf Lake (alongside Bruce McGill and Sharon Lawrence), Firefly (alongside Ron Glass and Jordan Lund), NYPD Blue, Friends (along with Cristine Rose, playing Paul Rudd's parents), and The Lyon's Den (with Jim Beaver and Robert Picardo). He also appeared opposite William Shatner and René Auberjonois in the two-part second season opener of Boston Legal, along with Randy Oglesby.

He also had a number of made-for-TV movies to his credit. In 1983 he was seen in The Other Woman, along with future Star Trek: Voyager star Robert Picardo. In 1998 he appeared along with Wil Wheaton, Donna Murphy, and Titus Welliver in The Day Lincoln Was Shot. And in 2003 he was one of the few Star Trek performers who appeared in DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, in which he played US Attorney General John Ashcroft. His co-stars included Penny Johnson, Stephen Macht, Lawrence Pressman, and Star Trek: The Original Series star George Takei.

Itzen appeared on CBS' The Mentalist as California Bureau of Investigation director Virgil Minelli. He also reprised his role as Charles Logan in Season 8 of 24. He later appeared as Senator Dwyer in Big Love, Dick Barrows in Desperate Housewives and Henry Wilcox in Covert Affairs.


Itzin was also no stranger to feature films. He made his debut in the medium with a role in Airplane! (1980, featuring Jonathan Banks, Kenneth Tobey, and Jason Wingreen). This was followed in 1989 with a supporting role in The Fabulous Baker Boys, co-starring Albert Hall and Dakin Matthews.

One of his largest roles came in Born to Be Wild (1995, co-starring Alan Ruck, Titus Welliver, and Star Trek: Enterprise star John Billingsley. He later had supporting roles Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998, with Larry Cedar, Jenette Goldstein, and Richard Riehle), Small Soldiers (1998, with Kirsten Dunst, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, and Wendy Schaal), What's Cooking? (2000, with Alfre Woodard), Evolution (2001, with John Cho, Miriam Flynn, Michael McGrady, Jennifer Savidge, and Sarah Silverman), Original Sin (2001, with Joan Pringle), and Adaptation (2002, with Jim Beaver), among others.

Itzin appeared in a leading role in the drama Float (2008), again playing husband and wife with Cristine Rose. Kyla Kuhner served as co-producer for this film. Itzin later acted alongside Mark Harelik, Jack Kehler, and Ron Perlman in The Job, a film which premiered at the San Diego Film Festival in September 2009. The same year he appeared in Law Abiding Citizen, which also starred 'Voyager guest actor Bruce McGill and Next Generation/Deep Space Nine regular Colm Meaney.

He also appeared in Lincoln (2012), documenting the efforts of President Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery during the American Civil War, again appearing with Bruce McGill, as well as Grainger Hines and Dakin Matthews.

Itzin was one of sixteen working character actors interviewed for That Guy... Who Was in That Thing (2012). Several of the actors featured had made appearances in various Star Trek episodes (a fact the documentary notes), including Bruce Davison, Zach Grenier, Robert Joy, Stanley Kamel, Matt Malloy, Mark Rolston, W. Morgan Sheppard, Wade Andrew Williams, and Rick Worthy.

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