December 4, 1937
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Donnelly Rhodes (born December 4, 1937) is a Canadian actor. He recently starred as Doctor Cottle ("Doc") on the Sci Fi Channel television program Battlestar Galactica. He is probably best known to American audiences as the hapless escaped convict Dutch Leitner on the 1970s ABC soap opera spoof Soap.
Rhodes was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A noted character actor with many American television and film credits, he is also known in his homeland for his role as detective Leo Shannon in the TV series, Da Vinci's Inquest. From 1985 to 1990 he played Dr. Grant Roberts in the family adventure series Danger Bay.
A large portion of Rhodes' career consists of guest starring roles in American television. He appeared twice on the NBC western series, Laredo: in 1965, he played Bob Jamison in "Rendezvous at Arillo", and the next year he was cast as Don Carlos in "The Would-Be Gentleman of Laredo". In 1966, Rhodes appeared as the Indian Red Eagle in the episode "Pariah" of NBC's western series, The Road West starring Barry Sullivan. In 1967, he appeared as another Indian, War Cloud, on the ABC military-western series Custer starring Wayne Maunder. That same year, he guest starred on the CBS western, Dundee and the Culhane. He appeared in the fourth season episode "The Mastermind" of Mission: Impossible on CBS in 1969. In 1973, Rhodes co-starred in an episode of the cult sci-fi drama The Starlost (Episode 12, 'The Implant People'). He played Phillip Chancellor II in The Young and the Restless from 1974 to 1975. In 1980, Donnelly played a Franciscan priest in the concluding episode, "The Siren Song", of the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms. In 1984, he had a supporting role as the beleaguered father, Art Foster, in the short-lived TV series Double Trouble. In 1987, he made a guest appearance on The Golden Girls as Jake Smollens, the handsome but rough-around-the edges caterer for Blanche's (Rue McClanahan) hospital charity banquet. In 1988, he guest starred on Empty Nest as Leonard, an old friend of the main character, Dr. Harry Weston (played by fellow Soap alumnus, Richard Mulligan), who dates Harry's daughter, Carol (played by Soap alumna Dinah Manoff). In 1993, Donnelly played Jim Parker in "Shapes" (season 1, episode 19) of The X-Files. He played the character Milash in an episode of Smallville in 2008.
In February 2009, the Union of British Columbia Performers honoured Rhodes with the Sam Payne Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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- Alex Strachan (2009-02-25). "Battlestar Galactica's Donnelly Rhodes honoured for career battles". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2009-02-25.[dead link]