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'Babylon 5' Actor Andreas Katsulas


Andreas Katsulas

As the infamous one-armed man, Andreas Katsulas helped frame Harrison Ford in 1993's "The Fugitive." As Ambassador G'Kar, the actor helped ratchet up the intrigue on "Babylon 5." Now, fans of both are mourning the loss of the veteran bad-guy actor, who has died at age 59.

Katsulas passed away Monday, February 13 in Los Angeles after a long illness. His agent, Donna Massetti, said the actor had been battling lung cancer for some time. Though his name might not immediately be recognizable, Katsulas' scowl and furrowed brow were perfectly suited to villainous roles.

Katsulas 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.


Andreas Katsulas as Ambassador G'Kar

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.


Andreas Katsulas in 'Miro, Miro'

Born May 18, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, Katsulas majored in theater at St. Louis University and obtained a master's in theater from Indiana University at Bloomington. He acted in theater in St. Louis, New York and Boston, before moving to screen roles.

He played a Greek immigrant in 1982's "King of America" opposite Olympia Dukakis, and, that same year, had a role in the TV movie "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and landed a part on the daytime soap opera, "Guiding Light."

Other credits included: Blake Edwards' 1988 comedy "Sunset," starring Bruce Willis and James Garner and Patrick Swayze's 1989 hillbilly thriller, "Next of Kin." Katsulas other film credits include: "Hot Shots! Part Deux" and "Jane Austen's Mafia!"


Andreas Katsulas in 'Jane Austen's Mafia!'

Katsulas spent as much time on the small screen as he did on the large one. He had numerous guest stints on such TV staples as "The Equalizer," "Hunter," "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Father Dowling Mysteries." His most recent TV credits included "Millennium," "Enterprise" and "NYPD Blue."

Katsulas is survived by his second wife, whom he married less than a year ago, and a daughter and a son from his first marriage. Funeral services are pending in his native St. Louis.

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