Jul 282016


RIP Jerry Doyle, Babylon 5‘s Mr. Garibaldi

Aged 60. No cause of death yet. He was that rarest of things… a Hollywood actor who wasn’t a raging liberal. Plus he was freakin’ Mr. Garibaldi.


So, time to update the Babylon 5 Curse list:


Jerry Doyle, played Mr. Garibaldi, died July 2016.

Robin Sachs died February 2013, played a number of aliens… Narns Na’Tok, Na’Kal; Minbari Coplann and Hedronn

Turhan Bey, played the Centauri emperor, died in September 2012.

Michael O’Hare, who played the station commander Jeffrey Sinclair for the first season, died in September 2012, two days before Bey.

Jeff Conaway, played Zack Allen, died in May, 2011

Johnny Sekka, played Dr. Kyle in “The Gathering” pilot, died September, 2006.

Andreas Katsulas, played the inestimable G’Kar, died February, 2006

Tim Choate (Zathras) died in September, 2004.

Richard Biggs, played Doctor Franklin, died May, 2004

Paul Winfield, played Doc Franklin’s dad, died March, 2004




The Babylon 5 cast in their prime.

 Posted by at 7:45 pm
  • Bill H

    CRAP! I met him a couple of times at shuttle launches. Very nice guy.

  • allen

    “Plus he was freakin’ Mr. Garibaldi.”

    I always got that impression…when he was “acting”, it wasn’t really acting for him. it was just his real personality, stretched a bit here and there.

    a damn shame. I just hope it wasn’t something stupid like drugs. he never struck me as the type, hearing his comments after Jeff Conaway died, he seemed to be very against that sort of thing personally.

    • Scottlowther

      He wasn’t near famous enough to die as fashionable a death as drug overdose. I’d guess something like a heart attack, a stroke or maybe even just falling down the stairs.

      Given that Neo Chekov died by being squished by his own Jeep, B-grade celebrities may be starting a trend of dying less cliched Hollywood deaths.

      • allen

        no. just no. Garabaldi doesn’t die from falling down the stairs. no way.

        Bester pushed him. not that you could prove it..he memory-wiped anyone within a 20 mile radius.

        and now there is someone knocking at my door. damn Nightwatch doesn’t even let you hit “send” before they pick you up for treason now.

      • publiusr

        He even had a talk radio program…

        Strange–I swore I heard that Peter Jurasik had died years ago.
        I remember hearing of the death of the father of my old friend Steve several times, yet most recently, another contact said that it was his Mom.

        Sometimes I feel as if I’m living in an alternate history–sometimes when I look at my doors and walls–and feel as if everything has been moved one inch to the left or something.


  • Bob

    Being an actor is a lousy job. You.re constantly broke. You’re constantly in need of a new gig. Unless you’re one of the stars like Tom Hanks or Brad Pitt it just sucks. I don’t know if anyone has done any statistical studies but I imagine the life expectancy is pretty poor.

  • Ron Butler

    Saw him at DragonCon some years back, on a panel with some of the other B5 actors. They were nattering on about acting as a calling and artistic commitment and purity of purpose, and he stopped them and said, “Be honest. If your agent called you tomorrow and said ‘I’ve got you a part in a musical about gay cowboys,’ would you take the gig?” There was a long silence and then they all raised their hands, shamefacedly. Doyle first.