Paul Winfield, a veteran TV and movie actor, has died at age 62, reports the AP.
He got an Oscar nomination for "Sounder" and played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1978 miniseries "King."
But he is best known to genre fans as Dathon from the 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok." He played a captain from a race who spoke only in metaphor. His line "Shaka, when the walls fell" was a popular line of dialogue from that episode. Easily, one of the best "Trek" episodes ever.
That was not his only "Trek" appearance -- he was the captain of the Reliant in "Wrath of Khan." He also appeared in "Terminator" and "Mars Attacks."
Among many roles, both comedy and drama, he appeared in genre TV shows from "Man from U.N.C.L.E." to "Babylon 5."
He had recurring roles on "Batman Beyond" and "Touched by an Angel." He also did voice work on "Gargoyles" and "Spider-Man."