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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

In memory of Andreas Katsulas

Sad news for fans of Babylon Five. The man who brought Ambassador G'Kar to life has passed away. Andreas Katsulas passed away Monday at the age of 59.

Katsulas is also known for the role of Tomalak, a Romulan commander who faced off with Picard during seasons two through four of Next Generation. You can see Katsulas sans heavy make up as the one-armed man in the big screen adaptation of The Fugitive.

Katsulas was a great actor with a very distinctive voice. His work as Ambassador and then citizen G'Kar on Babylon Five was nothing short of extraordinary. In season four, executive producer and all-around creative genius J. Michael Stracysnki wrote an entire episode that featured nothing but pairings of people in a room, talking. One of those pairings was Katsula's G'Kar and Peter Jurassic's Ambassador Londo Mollari. Set in the midst of a huge story arc that had more than its fair share of great action, the scenes of Londo and G'Kar talking back and forth are among some of the most rivetting ever seen not only on B5 but on all of TV. A true showcase for two great actors.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this time of loss and mourning.

1 Comments:

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Kat Coble said...

NOOOOOO!!!!!

Andreas was the one reason I got hooked on B5 in the first place.

His G'Kar was one of the best characters in Science Fiction television ever, largely because of his portrayal.

 

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