Andreas Katsulas

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Andreas Katsulas
Andreas Katsulas.jpg
Andreas Katsulas in 2000
Born Andrew Katsulas
(1946-05-18)May 18, 1946
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died February 13, 2006(2006-02-13) (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1960–2006
Website
www.andreaskatsulas.com

Andrew "Andreas" Katsulas (May 18, 1946 – February 13, 2006) was an American actor known for his roles as Ambassador G'Kar in the science fiction television series Babylon 5, as the one-armed villain Sykes in the film The Fugitive (1993), and as the Romulan Commander Tomalak on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also played Vissian Captain Drennik in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Cogenitor."

Early life[edit]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri to a working-class Greek American family, he first became hooked on acting when he was four years old and his mother took him to a local community theater. He studied theatrical arts at Saint Louis University and earned a Master's degree in Theatre from Indiana University. From 1971 to 1986, he toured with Peter Brook's international theatre company, performing improvisational and prepared theater pieces on stages ranging from Lincoln Center to barrios in Venezuela. In 1981-82, he appeared on the CBS daytime drama (soap opera), Guiding Light, as Lucien Goff, a mysterious one-eyed man (he wore a patch over one of his eyes) who tried to kill the character of Mike Bauer twice.

Career[edit]

Katsulas moved to Los Angeles, California in 1986. His film roles include appearances in The Sicilian, Next of Kin, Someone to Watch Over Me, Sunset, Hot Shots! Part Deux, The Fugitive, and Executive Decision.

Katsulas was a regular on Babylon 5, where he played Ambassador G'Kar. He also guest starred on many television shows, including: Alien Nation; The Equalizer; Murder, She Wrote; NYPD Blue; Millennium; Star Trek: The Next Generation (episodes "The Enemy", "The Defector", "Future Imperfect", and "All Good Things...", as Commander Tomalak); Star Trek: Enterprise (season 2, episode 22, "Cogenitor"); and Max Headroom. He also appeared in the TV movie The Death of the Incredible Hulk. He featured as a voice actor in the PlayStation 2 titles Primal (as Scree the gargoyle), and 24: The Game (based on the TV series 24).

Death[edit]

In early 2005, Katsulas, who in the words of Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, "loved smoking with a passion that cannot be described"[1] was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Shortly before his death, he invited Straczynski, Peter Jurasik, and Douglas Netter to his house for one last dinner, during which he persuaded Straczynski to tell him all the secrets about the making of Babylon 5 that had been kept from the public, saying "Who am I gonna tell?" Katsulas died on February 13, 2006 at the age of 59. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1960 I avgi tou thriamvou
1963 O ippolytos kai to violi tou
1974 O-key
1979 Série noire Andreas Tikides
Milo-Milo Nicolos
1981 Ragtime Policeman #3
1982 A Midsummer Night's Dream Snout TV movie
Kings of America Markos
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever Lunar Shopping Observer
1986 Agent on Ice Ray Donnelli
1987 Someone to Watch Over Me Joey Venza
The Sicilian Passatempa
1988 Steal the Sky Colonel Gemayel TV movie
Sunset Arthur
1989 The Neon Empire Vito TV movie
Communion Alex
Next of Kin John Isabella
1990 Write to Kill Chambliss
The Death of the Incredible Hulk Kasha TV movie
Murder Times Seven Marco Volatile TV movie
1991 True Identity Anthony
1992 Blame It on the Bellboy Scarpa
1993 Painted Desert Franco Vitalli
Hot Shots! Part Deux Rufshaad
The Fugitive Fredrick Sykes
Seduction: Three Tales from the Inner Sanctum Frank TV movie
New York Cop Ferrara TV movie
1996 Executive Decision El Sayed Jaffa
1997 Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman TV movie
1998 Jane Austen's Mafia Narducci
2000 A Piece of Eden Giuseppe Tredici
2006 Splinter Cell: Double Agent only voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Mesure pour mesure Claudio
1981 Another World Dock Site Guard Episode: "4381"
1982 ABC Afterschool Special Zachary Pscharapolus Episode: A Very Delicate Matter
Guiding Light Lucien Goff
1987 L'heure Simenon Le 'Yougo'
1987–1988 Max Headroom Mr. Bartlett Episode: Grossberg's Return (1987)
Episode: Whackets (1987)
Episode: Baby Grobags (1988)
1988 The Equalizer Warren Briggs
Houston Knights Episode: Cajun Spice
Crime Story Government Agent Episode: Pauli Taglia's Dream
1989 Father Dowling Mysteries Assistant District Attorney Douglas Episode: The Mafia Priest Mystery: Part 1
Episode: The Mafia Priest Mystery: Part 2
Next of Kin John Isabella
Alien Nation Koulak Episode: The Game
1989–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Commander Tomalak Episode: The Enemy (1989)
Episode: The Defector (1989)
Episode: Future Imperfect (1990)
Episode: All Good Things (1994)
1990 Jake and the Fatman Everett Ashford Episode: You Turned the Tables on Me
Mancuso, F.B.I.
Capital News Nikolai Janosch/Arno Kudriescu Episode: Blues for Mr. White
Episode: Episode: Deadly Encounters: Part 1
Episode: Deadly Encounters: Part 2
Hunter Arno Kudriesco
Murder, She Wrote Jerry Pappas Episode: A Killing in Vegas
1993 Babylon 5: The Gathering G'Kar
1994 Diagnosis: Murder DEA Agent Episode: The Plague
1994–1998 Babylon 5 G'Kar
1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest The Robot Spies only voice
1998 Babylon 5: In the Beginning Citizen G'Kar
1999 Millennium Moses Gourevitch Episode: Forcing the End
2002 Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight Citizen G'Kar
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Vissian Captain Drennik Episode: Cogenitor
NYPD Blue Ron Szudarek Episode: Shear Stupidity

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