'Babylon 5' and 'Fugitive' star Andreas Katsulas, 59, dies

Thursday, February 23, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Veteran character actor Andreas Katsulas, immortalized as imposing red-eyed alien ambassador G'Kar on television's "Babylon 5" and a one-armed murderer in the 1993 film "The Fugitive," has died of lung cancer. He was 59.

Katsulas, who had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments, died in his Los Angeles home Feb. 13, his agent Donna Massetti said.

"He was a lovely and talented man, and we are deeply saddened. He will be missed," Massetti said.

Born May 18, 1946, in St. Louis, Katsulas earned a master's degree in theater at Indiana University.

He appeared in small roles in a handful of films before landing the part of a Greek immigrant in 1982's "King of America" and then a regular role that same year in the soap opera "Guiding Light."

Katsulas donned a prosthetic device in 1993's "The Fugitive" to portray the murderous one-armed man Frederick Sykes, who frames Harrison Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble in the death of Kimble's wife.

But Katsulas' role as Narn ambassador G'Kar in the syndicated television series "Babylon 5" brought him the most attention.

Katsulas also appeared as Commander Tomalak in several episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

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