“My favorite photo of Dad and Nichelle Nichols on set,” he said. wrote. “The importance of Nichelle’s legacy cannot be overstated. She was much loved and will be missed.”
Koenig and William Shatnerwho played Captain James T. Kirk, are the only surviving members of the original star trek. Neither has commented on Nichelle’s death.
Nichelle was one of the first black actors to play a major role on television. She and William also broke a cultural barrier when they engaged in the first interracial kiss on American television, in a 1968 episode of star trek.
In addition to George, Celia Rose Goodingwho plays Uhura in the new Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worldsalso paid tribute to Nichelle after news of her death was announced.
“She made room for so many of us,” she said. tweeted. “She reminded us that not only can we reach the stars, but our influence is essential to their survival. Forget shaking the table, she built it! #RIPNichelleNichols”
See more tributes to Nichelle below:
Melissa C. Naviawho plays Erica Ortegas on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: “Nichelle Nichols…Her light will continue to shine. Brighter and stronger than ever. Everything else for her now and peace for her family. I can’t wait for the celebration of her life to come and all the stories than those who knew his best would share.”
Wilson Cruzwho plays Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery: “Before understanding how #RepresentationMatters #NichelleNichols shaped it for us. With her presence and grace, she shone a light on who we are as people of color and inspired us to reach our potential. Rest Be well, sparkling diamond in the sky.”
Fawn Newsomewho voices Beckett Mariner on Star Trek: Lower Decks: “Thank you for giving so many of us a place in the universe. #NichelleNichols.”
Kate Mulgrewwho played Captain Kathryn Janeway, star trekfirst female captain of Star Trek: Voyager“Nichelle Nichols was the first. She was a trailblazer who walked a very difficult path with courage, grace and a beautiful fire that we probably won’t see again. May she rest in peace. #NichelleNichols”
Lynda Carterstar of the 1970s television series wonder woman“Many actors become stars, but few stars can move a nation. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power of black women and paved the way for a brighter future for all women in media. Thank you, Nichelle. We will miss you.”
Nana Visitorwho played Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: “Rest in peace Nichelle.”
Marina Sirtiswho played Councilwoman Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and her films: “RIP @NichelleIsUhura. You paved the way and opened the door for the rest of us who followed in your wake. We will be forever grateful to you. My heart is broken.”