Vale: Cliff Simon
South African-born actor best known for Stargate SG-1, has died.
South African-born Cliff Simon best known for Stargate SG-1, has died aged 58.
He died after being involved in a kiteboarding accident at Topanga Beach in California earlier this week.
“He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1,” wife Colette Simon said in a post on Facebook.
“But, as he said, ‘Acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am.’ And he was SO much more – a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author. There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives.”
Simon played the villain Ba’al on Stargate SG-1 across six seasons. His combination of charming bad guy charisma and wicked sense of humour made him a viewer favourite. He reprised the role for Stargate: Continuum, released in 2008.
His other TV credits included NCIS, Castle, Days of Our Lives, and 24.
Last year, he presented the Travel Channel series Into The Unknown, which saw him explore the world of the paranormal by hiking and swimming in the wilderness to find answers to myths and legends.