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Don S. Davis

Davis in 2001
Born Don Sinclair Davis
August 4, 1942(1942-08-04)
Aurora, Missouri, United States
Died June 29, 2008 (aged 65)
Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
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Don Sinclair Davis PhD (August 4, 1942 – June 29, 2008)[1][2] was an American character actor,[3][4] theatre professor,[1] painter[1][4] and captain in the United States Army.[2]

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Career

He was perhaps best known for playing General George S. Hammond in the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 (1997 – 2007),[1] and earlier for playing Major Garland Briggs on the television series Twin Peaks (1990 – 91). In the TV show MacGyver, he was the stunt/photography double for Dana Elcar.[5] He was often mistaken for Elcar, and vice-versa. Davis did appear in two episodes of MacGyver, as a different character each time. His first appearance was as a cement truck driver in the episode "Blow Out", and his second appearance was as the poacher Wyatt Porter in "The Endangered".[6] He also played Dana Scully's father in the series The X-Files. Canadian audiences may also be familiar with Davis thanks to his appearance in one of the famous Heritage Minutes, in which he played an arrogant American gold prospector who pulls a gun on Mountie Sam Steele.[7] He also played the role of the Racine Belles' manager in the movie A League of Their Own. He also had a guest starring role in the pilot episode of the comedy-drama television series Psych, playing the character of Mr. McCallum.

Personal life

Davis was born in Aurora, Missouri, a town in the Ozark Mountains. He earned a B.S. degree in theater and art from Southwest Missouri State College. He received a Master's Degree, in Theatre, from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1970.[8] He taught for several years before returning to SIU to complete a Ph.D., in Theatre. He began working in the film industry in the 1980s, while teaching at the University of British Columbia. In 1987 he stopped teaching in order to pursue acting full-time.

Not satisfied with just acting, he was also a visual artist, spending most of his free time painting or carving. Davis grew up painting, sculpting and drawing. He continued to pursue these crafts his entire life, supplementing his income with design commissions and art sales.

Davis died on June 29, 2008. The cause of death was reported to be a massive heart attack.[1][2] Oddly enough in SG1 Season 4, Episode 16 "2010" it is dialogued that General Hammond died of a heart attack. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Davis family requested that donations be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.[9] The writers of Stargate Atlantis paid him homage by mentioning the death of his character in the same manner, even naming a starship after him, in the final episode of Stargate: Atlantis, which aired on January 9, 2009. He was again honored in October 2009, with the appearance of the starship Hammond in the pilot episode of Stargate Universe.

On the DVD commentary track for Stargate SG1 season 6 episode 17 ("Disclosure"), Davis said he once worked carving wooden "cigar store Indians"[Sic] that were sold at Silver Dollar City. He also said his PhD is in "dramatic theory and criticism."

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