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Icon 9 posted February 14, 2006 17:31      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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Andreas Katsulas, the character actor known to SF fans as G'Kar on Babylon 5 and a familiar face from Star Trek and other SF&F TV shows, died Feb. 13 of lung cancer in Los Angeles, his agent, Donna Massetti, confirmed to SCI FI Wire. He was 59.

Katsulas, a longtime resident of Los Angeles, played the Narn ambassador G'Kar for five years in the syndicated cult TV series Babylon 5, starting in 1993. He reprised the role in subsequent Babylon 5 telefilms.

Katsulas was also no stranger to Trek fans, playing Romulan Cmdr. Tomalak in Star Trek: The Next Generation. His last appearance in a Trek series was as a Vissian captain on an episode of Enterprise.

Born in St. Louis, Katsulas held a master's degree in theater from Indiana University, his official Web site said. After performing in plays in St. Louis, New York and Boston, he went on to film roles in such movies as Michael Cimino's The Sicilian, which brought him to Los Angeles, then in Ridley Scott's Someone to Watch Over Me and Blake Edward's Sunset.

Katsulas moved to Los Angeles permanently in 1986 and found scores of television and film parts in everything from TV's Alien Nation and Max Headroom to the big screen's The Fugitive, in which he played the infamous one-armed man, and Executive Decision opposite Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal.

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Icon 1 posted February 14, 2006 17:47      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I am so sorry to hear that. B-5 in my opinion is some of the finest drama ever to air on TV. His transformation as G'Kar was the work of a great actor.

I also got to meet him once in Atlanta at a convention. We met just briefly in an autograph line. He was one of the nicest stars there.

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Icon 2 posted February 14, 2006 21:02      Profile for ARJ   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's too bad. G'Kar was one of my favourite characters, and excellently acted, IMHO.

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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I also got to meet him once in Atlanta at a convention. We met just briefly in an autograph line. He was one of the nicest stars there.

I got to see him at a convention in Atlanta also. Watching him pal around with Peter Jurasik (and the rest of the guests from B5 as well) on panels was a highlight of the con.

He could act so well that it came through from under the mask and heavy makeup.

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I just watched that episode of Enterprise without knowing. He really was a great actor and will be sorely missed.

Jolan True, Andreas.

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JMS himself said that the way to get some really great acting was to put Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik in a room together, and then get the hell out of their way.

Farewell, Andreas. May the blessings of G'Quon be upon you.

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Icon 1 posted February 15, 2006 10:24      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
JMS writes words of farewell (from http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17526):

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

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Icon 1 posted February 15, 2006 10:37      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Another one lost to the stupidest fucking habit on the planet.

HERE! TAKE MY MONEY AND KILL ME IN EXCHANGE! PLEASE!

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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
Another one lost to the stupidest fucking habit on the planet.

HERE! TAKE MY MONEY AND KILL ME IN EXCHANGE! PLEASE!

Very good said..

Here's a list of some celebrities who also died from cigarette.

Michael Landon, actor, Highway to Heaven
Pancreatic Cancer, age 54

Jerry Garcia, musician, Grateful Dead
Heart Disease, age 53

Larry Linville, actor, M*A*S*H
Lung Cancer, age 60

Desi Arnaz, actor, musician, I Love Lucy
Lung Cancer, age 69

Lucille Ball, actor, I Love Lucy
Heart Disease, age 77

Carl Wilson, musician, The Beach Boys
Lung Cancer, age 51

John Candy, comedian
Heart Disease, age 55

Sammy Davis, Jr., entertainer
Throat Cancer, age 64

Walt Disney
Lung Cancer, age 65

Yul Brynner, actor, The King and I
Lung Cancer, age 65

Sarah Vaughan, singer
Lung Cancer, age 66

Errol Flynn, actor
Heart Disease, age 50

Babe Ruth, baseball player
Throat Cancer, age 53

Jimmy Dorsey, musician
Lung Cancer, age 53

Humphrey Bogart, actor
Throat Cancer, age 57

Clark Gable, actor
Heart Disease, age 59

Gary Cooper, actor
Lung Cancer, age 60

Bob Fosse, actor, director, choreographer
Heart Disease, age 60

Jackie Gleason, actor, The Honeymooners
Heart Disease, age 71


What an awful waste of resources... [shake head]

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Katsulas and Jurasik were the two actors that really hooked me on B5. What a shame.

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Also Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen played by actor Phil Brown has died. He was 89.
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