Stargate’s Don S. Davis dead at age 65


donsdavisOne of the strongest presence in “Stargate: SG-1″ was that of General Hammond. The beloved actor who portrayed him, Don S. Davis, died Sunday of a heart attack.

Gateworld has the following message that was provided by Don’s representative and his wife, Ruby Fleming-Davis:

Dear Fans and Friends of Don S. Davis,

So many of you have been touched by not only the work and art of Don S. Davis, but by the man himself, who always took the time to be with you at the appearances he loved, that it is with a tremendous sense of loss I must share with you that Don passed away from a massive heart attack on Sunday morning, June 29th.

On behalf of his family and wife, Ruby, we thank you for your prayers and condolences. A family memorial where Don’s ashes will be scattered in the ocean will take place in a few weeks, and should you wish to, please make a donation to the American Heart Association in Don’s memory.

I always loved Davis, and his portrayal of Hammond was both commanding and fatherly. He had a great career, and was an acting force in the ’80s and ’90s on television with roles on the hottest shows of the time. He will be missed.

When Davis left Stargate for medical reasons, Beau Bridges stepped in and filled the role nicely. Although nothing could replace the hole left by the departure of General George Hammond. I had hoped to see Davis again in future Stargate movies or as a guest on “Stargate: Atlantis”.

Did you like Davis’ portrayal as Hammond? What did Bridges bring to the show that Davis lacked?