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Jake Dengel (19 June 1933 – 14 November 1994; age 61) is the actor who played Mordoc in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Last Outpost". Archive footage of this appearance was incorporated into the second season episode "Shades of Gray".
Dengel's film debut was 1964's Twelfth Night based on the William Shakespeare play. Dengel joined the following Trek alumni in the period piece Ragtime (1981) where Dengel shared the screen with John Anderson, Josh Clark, Brad Dourif, Jim Fitzpatrick, Robert Joy, Andreas Katsulas, Ethan Phillips and Edward Wiley. In 1983's Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dengel worked with Ellen Geer. Dengel's next film was the 1984 comedy Best Defense where Dengel found himself again among many Trek alumni. They were Raye Birk, Paul Comi, Gene Dynarski, Paul Eiding, Darryl Henriques, John Hostetter, and Joel Polis. Comedy furthered when Dengel appeared in 1986's The Best of Times with Anne Haney and Tony Plana. That very same year, Dengel took a decidedly opposite direction costarring in the fact-based thriller At Close Range with fellow "The Last Outpost" guest star Tracey Walter in their first work together. Dengel then acted in his first western, the 1988 telefilm The Tracker with Geoffrey Blake, David Huddleston, Mark Moses, and Leon Rippy. Dengel's next telefilm role was 1989's Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker with James Harper and Angela Paton.
The 1990s found Dengel's appearing in the 1990's telefilm Blind Faith with David Andrews, Jeffrey Alan Chandler, Gordon Clapp, Aaron Lustig, Dakin Matthews, Marilyn Rockafellow, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Jay Underwood, and Edward Wiley. Next Dengel rejoined Skaggs in the mini-series Lucky Chances with Stephanie Beacham, Phil Morris, and Tim Ryan. Dengel's only theatrical role that year was Prayer of the Rollerboys with DS9 star Aron Eisenberg and DS9 guest star Loren Lester. In 1991, Dengel appeared in Diary of a Hitman with Seymour Cassel and Brett Rickaby. In 1992 Dengel appeared in Lady Boss alongside Jeff Austin, Beth Toussaint-Coleman, Georgann Johnson, and Nick Tate. That same year Four Eyes & Six Guns with John Schuck. In 1993 Dengel acted in The Contenders with Zach Grenier.
In television, Dengel received a spot on the crime drama T.J. Hooker starring James Darren and William Shatner in "Slay Ride" (1983). Then Dengel was seen on Hardcastle & McCormick starring Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly in "The Georgia Street Motors" (1984). Dengel joined the following Trek alumni on the police drama Hill Street Blues starring Barbara Bosson and James B. Sikking in "Say Uncle"(1986). They were all joined by Joey Aresco, Megan Gallagher, and Steve Vinovich.
Dengel next appeared on the legal sitcom Night Court starring John Larroquette in "Her Honor"(1987). That same year, Dengel had his last single guest work when he guested on the legal drama LA Law starring Corbin Bernsen and Larry Drake in "The Lung Goodbye".