Thursday, February 16, 2006

"It's bad luck to die on empty stomach."

Rest in peace Andreas, you will be sorely missed. He was one of my favorite character actors. Mom and I were watching Babylon 5: The Gathering and after G'Kar had spoken a few words I said "that's the one-armed man!" His character grew to be one of my favorites even though I will always love Flounder, I mean Vir.
"Babylon 5," "Fugitive" Actor Dies - Feb 15, 2006 - E! Online News: "Though his name might not immediately be recognizable, Katsulas' scowl and furrowed brow were perfectly suited to villainous roles. He was a ruthless mobster opposite Tom Berenger and Mimi Rogers in Ridley Scott's 1987 thriller Someone to Watch Over Me. He was a terrorist leader in the 1996 Kurt Russell-Steven Seagal airplane-based thriller Executive Decision. And he murdered the wife of Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble in the Oscar-nominated The Fugitive, setting the plot in action.

But his greatest fame came on the small screen. After appearances in the syndicated Alien Nation TV series and The Death of the Incredible Hulk telefilm, Katsulas played the Rommulan commander Tomalak in a handful of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. That in turn led to his most memorable role, as Narn Ambassador G'Kar in 1993's Emmy-nominated Babylon 5: The Gathering and the subsequent syndicated cult-hit series.

Donning heavy alien makeup, Katsulas played the cool, cunning diplomat with a sense of humor.

While G'Kar began as purely a baddie singularly focused on freeing his people from their arch-enemy, the Centauri, as the seasons wore on, the character evolved into an important spiritual leader, who still had his hand in a few nefarious plots, natch.

Born May 18, 1946 in St. Louis, Katsulas majored in theater at St. Louis University and obtained a master's in theater from Indiana University at Bloomington."
There is a great tribute piece, it is a video of clips as a goodbye message. Great tearjerker and reminder of what a great actor he was.

Majorly bummed.

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