Don S. Davis (1942-2008)

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I don't know how I missed this, but Dr. Don S. Davis, most famous recently for playing Lieutenant General George Hammond in the Stargate franchise, died on June 29. Apparently when he left Stargate SG-1 in 2003, it was for medical reasons, and he was only able to do a handful of appearances on the two shows over the next five the years, culminating in his appearance in Stargate: Continuum, which comes out on DVD in a week, exactly a month after his death.

The Stargate producers have spoken fondly of Davis over the years as one of the most professional actors they'd ever worked with (always knowing his lines before his arrival on set and always delivering them perfectly), and I get the sense that his lovable character General Hammond was really just Davis himself. The part had originally been written for him to be in tension with the SG-1 team, but Davis worked himself into the role, and they had to provide other characters to play that role.

I knew of some of his other work, especially as Dana Scully's father in The X-Files, but I didn't know that he had a Ph.D. in theater and that he had taught college-level theater for years. That doesn't surprise me at all, though.

For more, see the announcements of his death at Gateworld and SciFiWire and his entries at IMDB and Wikipedia.

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Wow ... I had no idea. Thanks for letting me know. I loved Davis as General Hammond, and my wife and I are each saddened to get this news.

Davis' portrayal of Gen. Hammond was amazing, and I think that my favorite moment was at the end of the two-part episode "Heroes" when he's conceding that he was wrong about the documentary, and when he says to the filmmaker, "This is more." Nothing over the top, but a brilliant delivery.

Yes,I didn't really like the second part of that episode, but the closing scene was nicely done.

He also had a role in Twin Peaks.

Yeah, I saw that. I haven't seen more than a few minutes of that show, so it doesn't stand out as having much significance for me. His role as stunt double for Dana Alcar in MacGyver was more important for me, as were his guest roles in Flash Gordon and the awful Twin Peaks period of Andromeda.

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