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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

(TV) Michael O'Hare (Sinclair from Babylon 5) passes away at 60

I am a huge HUGE fan of Babylon 5, and was saddened today to learn of the passing by another of the TV show's cast, Michael O'Hare.

Michael played Commander Jeffrey Sinclair who was the officer in charge of B5 for the first season of the series. His character was so charming, noble, kind, emotional, and falliable. He was the strong but gentle leader, assertive but not a typical military type of personality. There was grace in the way Michael portrayed Sinclair, and I loved the character. When Michael left after the first season and the leading role going to Bruce Boxleitner,'s John Sheridan I was not happy at first. I love Bruce as an actor, but I enjoyed the friendship that Sinclair's character had with Michael Garibaldi, Babylon 5's chief of security (played by Jerry Doyle), his interactions with a much angrier G'kar, and his undeveloped relationship with Catherine Sakai. I always wished that there would have been more of that relationship, but the romance of the show was destined instead for Sheridan-Delenn (Mira Furlan).

My disappointment was short lived as Bruce knocked it out of the park with his performance as Sheridan. I grew to love his interactions with the other characters just as much.  I always felt sad for Garibaldi as Jeff was his best friend, and they looked out for each other., and then he was alone. I couldn't have guessed that Sinclair would eventually make a return for a short time and the plot developments would blow everyone's minds at the time. What an amazing story Babylon 5 was, and portrayed so incredibly with such an amazing cast. To this day, Babylon 5 is my favorite TV show ever.

I am including some Babylon 5 videos below that features Michael as Sinclair, to honor him.
He has crossed the rim to join the others that have gone before, Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar),  Richard Biggs (Stephen Franklin), Jeff Conaway (Zack Allan), and Tim Choate (Zathras).

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