John Colicos

John Colicos, who won critical acclaim as a Shakespearean actor but was best known as the villain in the TV science fiction series “Battlestar Galactica,” died March 6 in Toronto after a series of heart attacks. He was 71.

Colicos, who was born in Toronto, also appeared in the soap opera “General Hospital.”

At age 22, he became the youngest actor to play the lead in “King Lear” at London’s Old Vic. He later joined Canada’s Stratford Festival, where he won critical acclaim playing Lear in the 1964 Stratford production of the play.

He also earned strong reviews for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in London and New York productions of “The Soldiers.” His first major screen success was in a supporting role in the 1970 film “Anne of a Thousand Days,” which starred Richard Burton and Genevieve Bujold.

Other major film credits included “Raid on Rommel” (1971), “Red Sky at Morning” (1971), “Doctors’ Wives” (1971), “The Wrath of God” (1972), “Scorpio” (1973), “Breaking Point” (1976), “Drum” (1976) and “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1981), starring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.

His best-known TV role was as the treacherous Count Baltar in “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-79). He also played Mikkos Cassadine in “General Hospital” and guest starred on dozens of TV series.

Colicos is survived by his wife, Mona, and two sons.

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