Received his Bachelor's degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.
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).
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).