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Tomalak and G'Kar Have Gone To That Big Romulan Warbird In The Sky Andreas Katsulas 1946-2006

I am – Hercules!!

Andreas Katsulas – who played lead “Star Trek: The Next Generation” Romulan Tomalak, the big-screen one-armed man in the Harrison Ford “Fugitive” and lizard-man G’Kar in “Babylon 5” - has died of lung cancer at age 59.

Read more of the actor’s too-short life here.







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  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST

    No not another one!

    by Proman1984

    This sucks!

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Long live G'kar

    by kwerky

    Katsulas was the heart and soul of B5. He left us way too early.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

    by Nate Champion

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    G'karrrrrrr

    by durmer killik

    Fuck. That is all.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Wow, were this many actors dying last year?

    by Bean_

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    He ruled ass in the Fugitive

    by Chief Redcock

    RIP

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:22 p.m. CST

    That Sucks

    by darquelyte

    G'Kar made Babylon 5 the great show that it was for 3 years. RIP

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    No, Man, Don't Smoke "Em...That's The Point

    by Barron34

    This sucks. Lung cancer is a bitch. Quit if you can. I know it is tough. Nicotine and tobacco suck. Very addictive and ultimately lethal. This guy was a very strong actor. I first took notice of his work in "Someone To Watch Over Me". Just too bad. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Dem cancer sticks'll kill ya

    by Terry_1978

    All you young'uns that think you're invincible, wait till your ass is talking out of a voice box in a couple decades.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Dem cancer sticks'll kill ya

    by Terry_1978

    All you young'uns that think you're invincible, wait till your ass is talking out of a voice box in a couple decades.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:49 p.m. CST

    I'm watching The Coming of Shadows tonight in his honor

    by kwerky

    Can't think of a better way to honor his memory than to watch one of the best performances he ever did on B5.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 8:51 p.m. CST

    He would've been great in a final TNG movie

    by Rindain

    Instead of that lame excuse for a villain in Nemesis.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:10 p.m. CST

    damn

    by imkindofabigdeal

    Only feband so many have passings already, this year is going to be crazy

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:11 p.m. CST

    damn

    by imkindofabigdeal

    Only feb and so many passings already, this year is going to be crazy

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:12 p.m. CST

    goodbye

    by redshirt

    G'kar was one of the best characters on any TV show ever, the way he grew and matured from a warrior into a true man of peace was inspiring. Mr. Katsulas was excellent. Imagine the challenge of showing so much expression while wearing a nearly full facial prosthetic!

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST

    They're dropping like Red Shirts!

    by Gorrister

    Man, celebs dying left are right these past couple of weeks. Where will it end? Shatner? Ford? Connery?

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Katsulas pix

    by rkhalloran

    at http://tinyurl.com/crmqx His turning G'Kar from a militant revolutionary to a prophet was a joy to watch. He will be missed.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Andreas Katsulas as G'Kar

    by Mutant Leader

    This was a character-and an actor-of assertiveness and dignity, always. . .even when G'Kar was tortured by the Centauri in Season 4 he never once lost it, Shatner-style. . .G'Kar is a man-yes, a MAN-of *rock-solid convictions*- and this is why he is such an inspiration to many of us. Andreas Katsulas: one very talented man. "There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you. Nor will there be any future when we cease to be." -Sri Krishna

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:46 p.m. CST

    I'm glad he did the G'Kar role

    by Orionsangels

    That character is forver cemented in the world of classic scifi. What a legacy. What he left behind is amazing and will be enjoyed by future generatiions to come. Rest in Peace

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Long Live TOMALAK

    by Thunderballs

    LOVE LOVE LOVE TOMALAK!!!! Best....Romulan....EVER!!!! Mr. Katsulas will be greatly missed, as he was always a pleasant surprise when he showed up in other non-Trek films and shows.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Damn deathsticks

    by Scioptic

    Damn, such a bad loss. It was because of him and Peter Jurasik and the great chemistry that they had between them, which got me into B5 and made me stick with it in the 1st place. In fact speaking of the crappiness of cigarettes and the damage they cause, MPs have voted by a huge margin to ban smoking from all pubs and clubs in England earlier on today. So that should come into play summer 2007 and hopefully a lot less people will stop dying from such a stupid thing. In fact speaking of the crappyness of cigerettes and the damage they cause, MPs MPs have voted by a huge margin to ban smoking from all pubs and clubs in England earlier on today. So that should come into play summer 2007 and hopefully a lot less people will stop dying from such a stupid thing.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    sorry for my last post, dont know what happened there.

    by Scioptic

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Meeting stars

    by Electric_Monk

    I meet him back in 1991, when I was working in Emeryville, Ca. when the theater I worked at World Premiered the comedy True Identity he was costarring in. My co-worker forced me to talk to him, because he knew I liked him in TNG. He and I talked, had a good time and years later when that co-worker met him again at a convention, he asked him if he remembered that day in Bay Area theater, and sure enough he told my friend that he did and even remembered my name. So, that was classy for me. Rest in Peace, Andreas, we hardly knew you.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST

    I didn't do it

    by Larry Jay

    IT WAS THE ONE ARMED MAN!!! The relationship between G'kar and Molari was the glue that held Babylon 5 together. So resonant of the tensions that we face in this world today. I only hope that we can settle OUR differences without the use of Mass Drivers.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    someone to watch over him....

    by dOk

    i also 1st saw Mr. Katsulas in "Someone to Watch Over Me"... and i remembered him from there when i saw him in TNG and from there to B5 and to the one armed man... He was a great actor and will be sorely missed!!!

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Tragic

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Biggs and Katsulas die untimely deaths and Jeff Conaway has nearly drugged himself to death. how long before we start hearing about a babylon 5 Curse? Regardless, G'Kar was my favorite B5 character and in many ways the most human. Godspeed, Mr. Katsulas.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Mass Drivers

    by chavee

    The Centauris use of the mass drivers on G'Kars home world was one of the best episodes. I only have the second season boxed set and I've been putting off buying the 3rd and fourth seasons but those were some of Katsulas' best work as G'Kar. I might have to finally get the 3rd season. Alternate reality, Molari killing Gkar was my favorite.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Nooooooooooooo!!!!!! G'Kar rocked!

    by Mahaloth

    So sad.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Best actor on B5

    by cromulent

    blew the rest away on that show. Even with the special contact lenses you could still see the twinkle in those eyes. What a loss.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    EyeofPolyphemus, Zathras is dead too...

    by MisterE

    EyeofPolyphemus, Tim Choate, the actor that played Zathras, died in a motorcycle accident on September 24th, 2004.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST

    "I expected more from you, than an idle threat."

    by Billyeveryteen

    That fucker was going to "Display the broken hull, of the Enterprise, in Romulus Square." He was cool as G'kar too...

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 12:09 a.m. CST

    The quiet intensity silenced

    by Smoke Muncher

    "No dictator... no invader... can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once - we will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years... we will be free." That one delivery had such impact on me that it was instantly memorized; I would show that clip to friends and they would borrow my taped episodes, becoming instant B5 fans. Andreas Katsulas' delivery made G'Kar the intense and driven character that served as the backbone of of the B5 story - not everyone is what they seem. As his volume went down, his impact went up. I always felt that B5 was a story of redemption through sacrifice and service, and Katsulas portrayed that brilliantly. The thunderous intensity and depth of character was so powerful in the quiet spoken word that he used. I have no doubt that had Tomalok been an arc character, he would have made a profound impact on TNG as well. Be at peace beyond the Rim, Andreas, and may your friends and family know how much you impacted so many of us.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    One of the best episodes was Future Imperfect.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    When Riker wakes up in the future and finds out he's the captain of the Enterprise and has a kid named Jean-Luc and Picard was an Admiral, and and and... yeah, good episode. Rest in Peace, man.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    he was good in an ENTERPRISE episode

    by Spacesheik

    called THE COGENITOR - classy actor - could plkay bad or good easily and make it belieavable - this is one of the good things bout aicn - they spotlight character actors also

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Best Damn Actor On A SHOW Full Of Excellent Actors

    by filker-tom

    Everybody on that show stepped up their game, and I think a lot of that had to do with Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, Claudia Christian, and Mira Furlan. Katsulas was simply amazing, and his G'Kar was one of the best characters in the history of visual SF. Farewell, good sir -- into the arms of G'Quon.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I hope

    by Ford Galaxy

    I hope To one Day See Him and Richard Biggs. When I pass beyond the rim

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    How long must we STARE at each other across

    by Johnny Smith

    THE NEUTRAL ZONE? I've been expecting this for awhile, but still quite upsetting. :( R.I.P.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Well, there goes any hope for new B5 of any kind...

    by SG7

    'cause without Andreas it's just a waste of time. He and Peter Jurasik were the reason I watched the show. Together they created two of the best characters in filmed SciFi ever. Andreas rocked the screen no matter what role he played.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 2:15 a.m. CST

    G'Kar

    by Han Solomente

    There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Quite a straightforward article.

    by BCfreeB

    Usually they talk about the person's impact on the lives of Film Geeks everywhere...this one is very cut and dry. INteresting. www.unseenfilms.com

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST

    "Star Trek" Was A Pretty Cool Show.

    by buster00

    I dig "Star Trek."

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 3:43 a.m. CST

    of all the romulan warbird commanders, he was the best

    by newc0253

    transmission ends.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 4:35 a.m. CST

    I only have one arm, so I must have killed his wife.

    by Virtual Satyr

    May he rest in peace.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 5:56 a.m. CST

    TomKat is Over?

    by emeraldboy

    According to yahoo news. Tom Cruise and Katie are over as an item. Cruises and Homes people are in super Spin mode and have siad the story that he and holmes called off their marriage ahead of valentines day is rubbish. Also according to Yahoo News they have agreed Joint Custody of her as yet unborn child. He bought her a house close to where they live. So is it really over. Has someone with the initials KH seen the light. or has someone realised that thing is a stunt. by calling off your Marriage before valentines day and saying were really breaking as if to say this thing is real, so were really breaking up. and yet they both get joint custody of the kid and she lives in a house which he bought very close to him. sounds like prison.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 5:57 a.m. CST

    TomKat is Over?

    by emeraldboy

    According to yahoo news. Tom Cruise and Katie are over as an item. Cruises and Homes people are in super Spin mode and have siad the story that he and holmes called off their marriage ahead of valentines day is rubbish. Also according to Yahoo News they have agreed Joint Custody of her as yet unborn child. He bought her a house close to where they live. So is it really over. Has someone with the initials KH seen the light. or has someone realised that thing is a stunt. by calling off your Marriage before valentines day and saying were really breaking as if to say this thing is real, so were really breaking up. and yet they both get joint custody of the kid and she lives in a house which he bought very close to him. sounds like prison.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 6:11 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by KnightEternal

    Brilliant actor, still think his speech at the end of season 3 of B5 was one of the best delivered I have heard. RIP.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Sic Transit Gloria Narn

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    You were one ugly fucker but a great soul ...goodbye friend

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Shit...

    by Negative Man

    ...He was a terrific actor that never recieved the accolades he deserved. God bless and I hope he is in a better place.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 6:43 a.m. CST

    They were legends

    by Ingeld

    They were.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    My condolances to his family

    by Borelli

    He was superb in B5, and made his next gen character so memorable.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 7:39 a.m. CST

    "There is a greater darkness than the one we fight..."

    by SpyGuy

    "...It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain." Rest In Peace, Andreas.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 7:46 a.m. CST

    The future isn't what it used to be.

    by raw_bean

    Damn, but that's sad news. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said here by others, and far more eloquently than I could, but he was astonishing in B5, and his tragic passing adds another nail in the coffin for any possibility of more B5, on top of the untimely death of Rihard Biggs. Condolences to his loved ones.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Andreas Katsulas

    by ladycplum

    A toast.....to absent friends, in memory still bright.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Now This Just SUCKS

    by DeathStalker

    Messed up my day BIG TIME. Andreas was one of my all-time favorite character actors. One of my best friends was lucky enough to be his personal make-up artist for the original Bab5 movie and for the 4th season of the series - I never had the opportunity to meet Andreas, but my friend said he was wonderful to work with. He will be sincerely missed =(

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Legends

    by Ingeld

    With a capital "L"

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST

    TOTALLY SUCKS! He was a really cool actor...

    by Russman

    Damn man! I don't know why people freaking smoke (that is, if he was a smoker). RIP, G'Kar. At least he didn't pass while choking another person who was choking him. Damn! He was good.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST

    "I will forgive you.... but not today"

    by Russman

    Dude knew how to deliver a line!

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    G'Kar casting

    by Billy_Oblivion

    JMS says that his method of casting G'Kar was to sit in the casting session and wait for G'Kar to walk into the room. Lucky for him and for us, somewhere in that process Andreas walked in. Who would have guessed that the prototypical screen heavy had the heart and the chops to bring such a character to life. I'm happy he got to do so, and glad I got to see it.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Met him at Dragon Con a couple of years ago

    by gboybama

    He was a really cool guy. I got the feeling he thought all this sci-fi stuff was nonsense. But, he had a great attitude about his fans and a certain gravity when he walked into a room. Vastly underrated actor.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Wow...first Schiavelli and now this?

    by Childe Roland

    Maybe heaven is adopting that USA network slogan: "Characters welcome" this year. Truly sad news. Like Vince, Andreas made every character he inhabited the center of the universe for the time he was on screen. He'll be missed.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    LEgends

    by Ingeld

    With a capital "L" And even. . .a capital "E."

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    oddly enough

    by redshirt

    This news hasn't been posted on Startrek.com I find that surprising. As well as disappointing.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    He's out there with Lyta

    by TheEwokThatDied

    Maybe we'll find somthing interesting......maybe somthing interesting will find us.....

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Vriha

    by Ingeld

    That's Romulan for "Legend," with a capital "V." Which he was.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I actually met and talked with him once...

    by zathras34

    It was at dragon con in atlanta in I believe 2000/2001...very gentle and quiet fellow....I was there to get his autograph, and we ended up talking for a few minutes..about B5 and etc etc... I am fortunate to have an 8x10 with the cast of B5 and everyone from the cast has signed it...including Bruce boxlietner who told me back then (july 4th weekend at a convention..that andreas had cancer..)richard Biggs was the first to sign my 8x10..and he passed early last year... So yes a great loss...he will be missed...

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 12:32 p.m. CST

    GOD DAMN!!!

    by mbeemer

    I'm totally stunned. (Then again, I wasn't paying attention enough to hear about his diagnosis a year ago.) A tremendously talented actor. He will be missed.

  • Feb. 15, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Very sad indeed

    by Yamato

    First Richard Biggs (aka Dr. Franklin) and now Katsulas. G'kar was one of my all time favorite Scifi characters. His "moments of revalation" speach at the end of season three, in the episode "Za'ha'dum" was truly, truly great. Its not just the wording, which of course he did not do, but it was the delivery that made it so special. "G'Quon wrote, There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers or prinicpalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater then the death of flesh, is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril, we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain. A sad day for the fans of the greatest Scifi show ever. Goodbye Andreas Goodbye G'kar

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Frederick Sykes

    by BankyEdwards2309

    The Fugitive is one my fave movies . Even if it's on Tesiticle Television I still watch it. He had one of those faces that had evil written all over it..superb. But I didn't fear him too much in that movie 'cos he was fairly 'armless (ho ho !!)

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    A fine actor with real presence

    by snappy

    Andreas made G'Kar one of the most believable characters in Sci-Fi with a gloriously nuanced performance, despite the weight of latex covering his face. As many have said before, he stood out in a show packed with fine actors. I had the pleasure of seeing him speak live at a B5 convention once, and the way he held the rapt attention of the whole audience was hugely impressive. Another fine actor gone too soon. My condolences to all those close to him who grieve at his loss.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Don't forget the G'Kar's lighter moments

    by TortoiseBoy

    "Do not thump the Book of G'kwon." My condolences to Mr. Katsulas' family.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    ok, this officially SUCKS!

    by pc1971

    Mr. Katsulas was definately the heart of B5. As serious as he played the G'kar character, he also had fun with it, and turned in some of the funniest lines ever. G'kar: Just remember, if they catch you, you will know pain Na'toth: ...and you will know fear... G'kar: ...and then you will die. Have a pleasent flight! *tosses luggage at the would-be-assassin that tried to do him in* I'll definately miss him, he really was one of the best.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST

    awww, damn

    by bonkers

    G'Kar's search to save Garibaldi took Bab 5 and scifi tv to new heights. A goofy character design and a silly show and he brought tears to the eyes. Jesus, he was only 59?