Sad news today for fans of Babylon 5. J. Michael Straczynski announced yesterday that Michael O'Hare, who led the first season as station Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, has passed away.
O'Hare was a long-time stage actor, performing in the 1978 Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman and the original stage version of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men in the role of Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep (whom Jack Nicholson would play in the film version). He appeared in the 1984 horror film C.H.U.D., and had guest roles on Tales from the Darkside, L.A. Law, and Law & Order.
TV audiences will best remember him as Jeffrey Sinclair, the Babylon 5 commander with a mysterious destiny. At the close of the show's first season, O'Hare and J. Michael Straczynski came to a mutual agreement that Sinclair would no longer be the show's lead character, and O'Hare departed as a series regular. However, he did return in the second and third seasons to complete Sinclair's time-spanning storyline and fulfill the destiny set up for Sinclair in that first season.
O'Hare suffered a heart attack on Sunday, after which he fell into a coma until he passed away Friday afternoon. Our condolences to O'Hare's loved ones. If you've been postponing your Babylon 5 rewatch, this might be the weekend to start.
What Commander Sinclair moment will you remember most?