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For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:11 pm
by whitehatter
Andreas Katsulas, the superb actor who played G'Kar in Babylon 5 as well as Tomalok in Star Trek TNG, has passed away.

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=34628

It's been something of an open secret for a while that he was terminally ill, but asked that it not be discussed on message boards and usenet.


RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:13 pm
by oly720man
Was he the bad guy (one arm) in The Fugitive (Harrison Ford movie) as well?

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:30 pm
by ANCFlyer
He was in several ST TNG episodes . . . all as Tomolok AFAIK.

 tombstone  Rest in Peace Commander.

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:35 pm
by MattRB
Quoting Oly720man (Reply 1):
Was he the bad guy (one arm) in The Fugitive (Harrison Ford movie) as well?

Yup.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
He was in several ST TNG episodes . . . all as Tomolok AFAIK.

He also appeared in an episode of Enterprise as well.

Great actor, good guy, awesome in person. He will be missed  tombstone 

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:01 am
by civ4b2fan
He Was really awesome on Babylon 5 He passed so young too bad. I guess there is now a big void as far as sci fi

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:14 am
by AvObserver
Too bad. G'Kar was an amazing character; undoubtedly very difficult to play through that unbelievable makeup job. Katsulas made it look easy; he was a complete natural in the role, among the most pivotal in Babylon 5. A sad loss, indeed.

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:31 am
by Falcon84
Quoting Oly720man (Reply 1):
Was he the bad guy (one arm) in The Fugitive (Harrison Ford movie) as well?

Sure was.

I enjoyed his Tomalok character in TNG. A Romulan with a touch of humor at times.

RIP.

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:24 pm
by AerospaceFan
Quoting WhiteHatter (Thread starter):
Andreas Katsulas, the superb actor who played G'Kar in Babylon 5 as well as Tomalok in Star Trek TNG, has passed away.

 Sad

Rest in peace, Mr. Katsulas! You will be missed.

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:33 pm
by Logan22L
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
ST TNG episodes . . . all as Tomolok AFAIK.

What language is that?  Wink

RIP, after all. I knew you not, but I share the grief of your family.

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:18 pm
by whitehatter
Reposted from the rec.arts newsgroup

Just over a year ago, Andreas Katsulas -- who loved smoking with a
passion that cannot be described -- was diagnosed with lung cancer,
which by then had already spread to other areas. He quit smoking at
once and went on a healthy diet and vitamin program, but there was
little hope of a good resolution even though the new regimen was very
good for him. When we spoke about it, he laughed, and said, "Now that
I'm dying I've never felt better!"

His spirits were always up and positive, putting everyone at ease about
his condition, because...well, that's the kind of person he was.

A couple of months ago, he and his wife convened a dinner with me,
Doug, and Peter Jurasik, which was filled with laughter and stories and
good food. He wanted to know all the stories we never told him
because, as he said, "Who am I going to tell?" So we did. Because we
knew we were saying goodbye, and there would not be a second chance.

Last night, in the company of his wife and family, Andreas closed his
eyes and went away.

He lived an amazing life...full of travel and wonder and good
work...was part of the world renowned Peter Brook company...he saw the
planet, loved and was loved, ate at great restaurants, smoked too many
cigarettes...he lived a life some people would die for.

And, sadly, due to the last part of that equation...he did.

Memorial arrangements are still being worked out, but will doubtless be
private.

Andreas is gone...and G'Kar with him, because no one else can ever play
that role, or ever will.

I will miss him terribly.



J. Michael Straczynski

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 11:58 pm
by mt99
Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 9):
A couple of months ago, he and his wife convened a dinner with me,
Doug, and Peter Jurasik, which was filled with laughter and stories and
good food. He wanted to know all the stories we never told him
because, as he said, "Who am I going to tell?" So we did. Because we
knew we were saying goodbye, and there would not be a second chance.

Eeeerie.. B5 fans may remember a similar event when Sheridan was going to die.

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:03 am
by dl021
This is a loss to the arts and the fans. He could emote through the makeup with a presence that forced other actors to step up their performances.

Thanks for that.

RIP

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:10 am
by whitehatter
That's the second loss to the Babylon 5 universe after Richard Biggs. It'll be hard to bring it back now with two main characters missing.

RE: For SciFi Buffs, Sad News

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:53 am
by AerospaceFan
Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 12):
That's the second loss to the Babylon 5 universe after Richard Biggs. It'll be hard to bring it back now with two main characters missing.

That's absolutely right -- both men were essential to Babylon 5. I had hoped that they would continue the saga on television or in the movies, but now, it's too late.

Rest in peace, Messrs. Katsulas and Biggs. Your works live on, and your humanity lives on also, in our memories.