Actor Known for ‘Babylon 5′ Dead at 60

Oct 1, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran TV actor best known for his role on the science-fiction series "Babylon 5" has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Michael O’Hare, who portrayed Commander Jeffrey Sinclair on the first season of the series, died Friday at 60.

O’Hare had suffered a heart attack five days earlier, the story notes.

The actor left the show after its first season in what the report calls a cryptic exit, although the show’s creator said the separation was "mutual, amicable and friendly," the story notes. O’Hare returned for a few episodes in the show’s second and third seasons, helping to wrap up his character’s story, the piece adds.

"Babylon 5" aired for four seasons on Prime Time Entertainment Network and for a final season on TNT, spanning 1994-1998.

O’Hare also appeared on TV shows including “Law & Order,” "Kate & Allie" and the soap opera "One Life to Live."

michael-ohare.jpgMichael O’Hare

4 Comments

  1. My condolences to O’Hare’s family and friends. He did a great job on Babylon 5, the very best science fiction TV series ever. Yes, I love Star Trek too, but B5 was groundbreaking in so many ways. The brilliance of J Michael Straczynski remains unparalleled to this day.

  2. A very sad loss. He had great presence as an actor. He gave soul to B5.
    Those of you who want to see a great television adventure, and not per-determined bland plots as in Star Trek, should go and watch this series. It is the best science-fiction show ever. JMS created a masterpiece, and Michael O’Hare gave it a great standing when it was released.
    Rest in peace, old friend. We will see you beyond the great veil. We live for the one, we die for the one.

  3. Have to agree that B5 was vastly unappreciated during its run, and ranks among the very best SF ever to grace series television (far better than most of the Star Treks, and right up there with the best of the Galactica reboot).
    My deepest sympathies to the family of Michael O’Hare, taken way too young.

  4. Helen, you really should take it easy on Star Trek and consider the time when it was written. They tackled race relations in shadow of the Watts riots. They showed the values and dreams of the hippie counter culture in a time when conservative men in business suits ran everything. They brought a Russian on the show (who was proud of his Russian heritage) during the height of the Cold War. They showed television’s first interacial kiss. I enjoyed Star Trek when it was new and I enjoyed Babylon 5 when it was new but the two shows were separated by a couple of decades of social change and growth and that shouldn’t be ignored.

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