Saturday, September 29, 2012

Michael O'Hare, who portrayed Commander Jeffrey Sinclair on 'Babylon 5,' dies at age 60

Michael O'Hare as Jeffrey Sinclair
Actor Michael O'Hare, who helped launch the "Babylon 5" television series as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in its first season, has passed away.

The show's creator, J. Michael Straczynski, posted on his Facebook page Friday that O'Hare, who had been in a coma since suffering a heart attack on Sept. 23, had died at age 60.

Sci-fi fans will forever remember O'Hare for landing his role as Sinclair, military governor of space station Babylon 5 - mankind's "last, best hope for peace." In one of the more bizarre casting changes on television, Sinclair and Straczynski parted ways after a single season. O'Hare, however, would return to make guest appearances on the program.

In season two, Capt. John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) replaced Sinclair for the remainder of the show's five-year run.

1 comment:

  1. This breaks my heart, more even than the others. I began watching B5 from the very beginning, along with my older son who was very young then. I thought Sinclair's character was an exceptional one, especially for the context at that time. I often wondered how the story would have played out had he remained in the lead chair. But the character's eventual fate still haunts me in a good way. Much of that, I think, is credited to Mr O'Hare's portrayal.
    RIP, Michael, may you find that you are truly made of star-stuff.