Gainesville, Florida, USA
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
Aids (related toxoplasmosis)
Claim to Fame
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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Merritt R. Butrick (September 3, 1959 – March 17, 1989) was an American actor who was known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk`s son David Marcus in the movies Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He also appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Symbiosis". Earlier in his career he starred as "Johnny Slash" Ulasewicz in the sitcom Square Pegs. He also appeared in the 1982 comedy Zapped! and the cult film Fright Night II (1988), and as Barbara Hershey`s hillbilly son in the 1987 drama Shy People.
Butrick died of AIDS on March 17, 1989 at the age of 29. In 2008, Square Pegs was released on DVD, which included a featurette dedicated to Butrick, in which his co-stars, including Jami Gertz and Sarah Jessica Parker, and show creator Anne Beatts paid tributes to and recounted anecdotes about Butrick. Butrick`s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock costar Robin Curtis offered similar praise on the DVD commentary for that film. Director Nicholas Meyer, who had directed Butrick in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, paid tribute to him in a small scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, when Captain Kirk puts a photograph of his murdered son on his desk.
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Merritt R. Butrick (September 3, 1959 – March 17, 1989) was an American actor, known for his roles on the 1982 teen sitcom Square Pegs, in two Star Trek feature films, and a variety of other acting roles in the 1980s.
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Merritt R. Butrick
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