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RIP Don S Davis

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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    Don S. Davis: 1942-2008

    Monday - June 30, 2008 | by Darren Sumner


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    With great sadness we must report that veteran actor Don S. Davis passed away on June 29, 2008. He was 65 years old.

    Don co-starred on Stargate SG-1 for the show's first seven years, helping to launch the enduring science fiction franchise. Davis played Major General George Hammond, base commander and a father figure to many of the show's characters.

    He is also well-known for his portrayal of Major Garland Briggs in Twin Peaks.

    Off-screen, Don was beloved by the show's cast and crew. He departed the show in 2003 due to a medical condition that restricted his workload, but returned for several guest appearances on SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis in the following years. Don worked hard to improve his health, and continued to work both on screen and off until his death.

    The following message was provided by Don's representative and his wife, Ruby Fleming-Davis:

    Born August 4, 1942 in Aurora, Missouri and raised there, Don received a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in theater and art from Southwest Missouri State College in 1965. He then served three years on active duty in the United States Army, entering as a Second Lieutenant. He rose to the rank of Captain and was stationed in Korea before completing his required tour of active duty.

    Upon leaving the army, Don began working toward a Master's degree in theater at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois, and received his Master's degree in 1970. He taught at the University of British Columbia for a decade before returning to SIU to complete his coursework for a PhD in theater, receiving the degree in 1982.

    Don's list of film and television credits is lengthy, dating back to 1982. He met Stargate co-star Richard Dean Anderson on the set of MacGyver, where Don worked as a stunt double for actor Dana Elcar.

    When production on Stargate SG-1 began in 1997, the producers tapped Davis to play the base commander -- originally written to be a by-the-book antagonist, but quickly softened by Don's own personality and experience.

    In 2003 Don married his soul mate and the great love of his life, Ruby Fleming-Davis. The two have resided in British Columbia with their three dogs, Teto, Ming and Charley.

    Don's off-screen career as an artist blossomed especially in the years since he left Stargate. A look at his Web site, DonSDavisArt.com, reveals his tremendous gifts in painting, drawing, and woodcarving.

    Don's final Stargate appearance is in Stargate: Continuum, the SG-1 DVD movie that will be released July 29 in North America and August 18 in the United Kingdom. He will also appear in the forthcoming films "Vipers," "Woodshop," and "Far Cry," according to the Internet Movie Database.

    Many fans of Don's work have had the opportunity to meet him in person, as he was also a regular face at fan conventions around the world. Fans learned that behind General Hammond was a Southern gentleman with a big heart, a no-nonsense attitude, and all the love and respect one could imagine.

    GateWorld's editors visited with Don in 2006, where he talked at length about his career, his time on Stargate, and his feelings about his fellow cast members. That two-part video interview, "Intimate Portrait," may be found in the Interviews archive.

    Services for Don S. Davis will be small and private in Vancouver. His Web sites will be updated this week, and his obituary has been published in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association in Don's memory.

    Memories of Don can be shared at GateWorld Forum. Also watch the site this week for our full tribute to this stellar actor and man, beginning with a video tribute later today.

    http://gateworld.net/index.shtml
     
  2. Zep

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    thats sad. I am openly going to come out of the stargate closest and say that i watch the show. He is one of the least annoying characters on it.
     
  3. fLIP

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    I love the show.

    My old lady has every season on DVD and is a total SG nutter!
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I don't know what is more sad, a persons death or that there are fans of that crap show on this site
     
  5. clontaago

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    I say ban the ****ers Dan. 1st and last warning at the very least.
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I am considering it
     
  7. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Next thing you know we will have the Barbara Streisand appreciation club on here.
     
  8. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    you should ban them from getting a root in the next year...oh wait that will happen naturally for anyone who is a stargate fan. 
     
  9. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    SG has been one of the greatest SciFi franchises and deserves all the praise it gets. :p
     
  10. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    No warnings, just punt them
     
  11. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate.

    Never seen any of them. They look **** and oh so boring.
     
  12. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Star Track Express has offered to relocate the offenders.
     
  13. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

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    Fancy a bunch of manly fan's trying to define whats cool/uncool.
     
  14. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    never heard of him
     
  15. Zep

    Zep Active Member

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    for a show that lasted 10 seasons, for which don played a part in 7 and was in the spin off SGA a few times, he didn't too bad. His replacement was Beau Bridges is a pretty name.

    RIP
     
  16. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, just looked at his photo and remembered him from Twin PEaks.  Was Bobby Briggs' old man.  Hasn't been anything decent on commercial TV since Twin Peaks concluded.
     
  17. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    There was a tragi - comedy on tonight, only problem was it was advertised as a football game.
     
  18. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Wait until you see Dexter starting this week - I rate it one of the best series ever made.
     
  19. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Dexter is awesome, one of the best shows and concepts for a while
     
  20. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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