Apparently, Michael O'Hare, who played Jeffrey Sinclair on Babylon 5 among other roles, has died today after suffering a heart attack on Monday.
I'm a huge Babylon 5 fan. I got into the show at the right age, when I was an undergraduate, though by then the show had actually finished and I was catching repeats. And I always preferred Sinclair to Sheridan. It's not that I disliked Sheridan (and I have a lot of respect for Bruce Boxleitner, after seeing his contribution to the DVD extras). But Sinclair seemed more interesting as a character; more of a diplomat, while Sheridan was more of a warrior. It's common to criticise O'Hare's acting in the role, but I never had a problem with it. And one thing that he could do better than Boxleitner was deliver speeches, a useful trait on that show.
Plus, whatever complaints might be raised about O'Hare during the first season can't really hold to his return as a guest in the third.
O'Hare is the fourth actor who played a major role on B5 to have died, after Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Richard Biggs (Stephen Franklin) and Jeff Conaway (Zack Allen). With the show's large cast, I guess it was inevitable that we'd lose more (and except for Richard Biggs, they were all around 60). But it is a sad moment, all the same.
I'd dig out my DVDs to watch some of the old episodes, except they're all still in transit and I won't have them for a couple of weeks.