RIP Michael O’Hare

Two days late : Actor Michael ¬†O’Hare¬†¬†suffered a heart attack on September 23 and had remained in a coma until the 28th, when he died. He was 60. His death was first posted by Babylon 5 creator ,¬†J. Michael Straczynski¬†posted on his¬†Facebook¬†page. Born in¬†Chicago, Illinois he attended¬†Harvard University¬†(where he majored in English literature) and studied at the prestigious¬†Juilliard School¬†of Drama, as well as with Sanford Meisner. O’Hare appeared in a number of theatrical productions on¬†Broadway¬†and in the¬†New York¬†area, including an acclaimed revival of Shaw’s¬†Man and Superman¬†with¬†Philip Bosco¬†and the role of Col. Jessup in the original stage version of¬†A Few Good Men¬†(the role played by¬†Jack Nicholson¬†in the film version).

He was the first¬†white¬†actor nominated by the¬†black¬†theater community of New York for the¬†AUDELCO Award¬†for the Best Actor for his performance in the play “Shades of Brown” which examined the effects of¬†apartheid¬†in¬†South Africa.

In 1992, he was cast in the lead role of Commander¬†Jeffrey Sinclair, the character he is most known for, in the science fiction television series¬†Babylon 5. O’Hare remained with the series for one full season; both he and series producer¬†J. Michael Straczynski¬†said the decision for the character to depart was mutual and amicable. O’Hare subsequently reprised the character in¬†season two¬†as well as in a two-episode guest appearance in¬†season three, enabling the show to complete the¬†character arc. He appeared on a range of television shows, including¬†Kate & Allie,¬†The Equalizer,¬†Tales from the Darkside,¬†The Cosby Mysteries, and¬†Law & Order.

RIP Michael O’Hare (May 6, 1952 ‚Äď September 28, 2012)