Is one of only 31 actors and actresses to have worked on both the original Star Trek (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and then in one of the spin-offs.
While AIDS was noted in his death certificate, Merritt also had pneumonia, and on March 10, had been given a spinal tap to relieve cranial pressure on his brain.
Best remembered for his role as Dr. David Marcus in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984).
After his untimely death, a photograph of Butrick as Dr. David Marcus was featured in a scene from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
Attended and graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California (1977).
Received his Bachelor's degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.
Had appeared in two Star Trek series as has his on-screen grandfather Peter Weller.