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John Colicos
Born December 10, 1928(1928-12-10)
Montreal, Quebec,
Died March 6, 2000 (aged 71)
Toronto, Ontario,
Spouse(s) Mona McHenry (1956-1981)

John Colicos (December 10, 1928 – March 6, 2000) was a Canadian actor. He was a distinguished stage actor in the UK, the United States and Canada.


He is mentioned in The Kenneth Williams Diaries, where the acerbic British actor/comedian mentions how impressed he was by the performance of the young understudy who took over a stage performance as King Lear when the aging, alcoholic star name who was supposed to play the role was unable to perform (Colicos is identified in the index, not Williams' diary entry).

He appeared as Monks in an early television version of Oliver Twist on the DuPont Show of the Month, in 1959. He also gave a memorable performance as the unscrupulous Thomas Cromwell in the 1969 film version of Anne of the Thousand Days.

On TV, he is perhaps best remembered for playing the Klingon Kor in Star Trek, as well as playing Count Baltar in the original Battlestar Galactica movie and television series.

He has the distinction of being the first Klingon commander seen in the Star Trek franchise. He also appeared in countless episodes of episodic television throughout the 1960s, most notably portraying the villain on no less than three episodes of Mission: Impossible. He appeared in four episodes of the eight-episode CBC docu-drama The National Dream, as the "railway general", William Cornelius Van Horne. Several years after his Battlestar Galactica tenure, Colicos again ventured into science fiction. He portrayed power-mad Mikkos Cassadine, a demented scientist bent on freezing the world on the ABC soap opera General Hospital during the height of the "Luke and Laura" frenzy. He also was the voice of the X-Men villain Apocalypse in the animated FOX series in the mid-nineties, and twice played rogue alien Quinn in the first season (1988-89) of War of the Worlds.

About 30 years after his initial appearance in Star Trek, Colicos reprised his role as the 140-year-old Kor for three episodes in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also appeared in TV commercials in the 1990s for America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. Colicos' final acting appearance was his reprise of Count Baltar in the concept demonstration trailer Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, aired at many science fiction conventions in 1999.

Colicos was born in Montreal, Quebec and died on March 6, 2000 at the age of 71 after a series of heart attacks.


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