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John Colicos
Born(1928-12-10)December 10, 1928
DiedMarch 6, 2000(2000-03-06) (aged 71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1950–1999
Mona McHenry
(m. 1956; div. 1981)

John Colicos (December 10, 1928 – March 6, 2000) was a Canadian actor.[1] He performed on stage and television in the United States and Canada.

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Early life

Colicos was born in Toronto, Ontario, to a Greek father and a Canadian mother.[2]


Jil Jarmyn and John Colicos in War Drums (1957)

Colicos began his acting career with the Canadian Art Theatre,[3] before the Montreal Repertory Theatre, later winning a Dominion Drama Festival award.[4]

Colicos was named best actor at the 1951 Dominion Drama Festival.[4][5] Colicos worked briefly at the Old Vic company in England.[4]

Colicos worked CBC Radio, with Andrew Allen, and later appeared in CBC dramas.[4]

In 1957 he appeared in Mary Stuart at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City and in 1963 he appeared in Troilus and Cressida at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.[6] His other New York theatre credits are King Lear (1956), The Devils (1965–1966), Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1966), and Soldiers (1968).[7][8] Colicos' skill in acting resulted in his being chosen to play the title role in a memorable and first-ever production of King Lear (1964) at the Stratford Festival.[9]

He appeared as Monks in a television version of Oliver Twist for the DuPont Show of the Month series in 1959. He also gave memorable performances in 1966 on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm; as the unscrupulous Thomas Cromwell in the 1969 movie version of Anne of the Thousand Days; and as the governor of Umakran in the episode "The Goddess Calabra" from the 1973 TV show The Starlost.

On American television, he established himself as a science-fiction villain icon, portraying the first Klingon ever seen in the Star Trek franchise, Commander Kor in the Original Series episode "Errand of Mercy" (1967).[10] Colicos worked with Gene Roddenberry designing the look the Klingons have on Star Trek (1966). Budget constraints prevented the extensive makeup the Klingons were supposed to have so Colicos suggested they have a leathery Genghis Khan look, dark skin and hair. He also portrayed Lord Baltar in the original Battlestar Galactica movie and television series. Over a quarter-century after his initial appearance in the Star Trek franchise, Colicos reprised his role as the 140-year-old Kor in three episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, telecast between 1994 and 1998.[11]

Aside from his science-fiction roles, Colicos also appeared numerous times in episodic television from the 1960s onwards, including the portrayal of the villain on three episodes of Mission: Impossible. He appeared in four episodes of the CBC docu-drama The National Dream as the "railway general" William Cornelius Van Horne and appeared in seven episodes of Mannix. The last person shot and killed in the television series Gunsmoke (1955–1975) was Judge Flood, played by Colicos in episode 631, "Hard Labor".

Several years after his Battlestar Galactica tenure, Colicos again ventured into science fiction. In August and September 1981, he portrayed Mikkos Cassadine, a demented, power-mad businessman bent on freezing the world, on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He was also the voice of the X-Men villain Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur (1993–1995) in the Fox Kids animated X-Men television series in the nineties, and twice played rogue alien Quinn in the first season (1988–1989) of War of the Worlds.

In 1982 he ventured into educational TV with TVOntario's award-winning production of Prophecy with John Colicos. The writer/director, Dr. Robert Gardner, recalled his initial meeting with the actor: "I had seen him scores of times in movies and television and I was very nervous. In truth, though, he was a joy to work with. Once he sensed that you were prepared he was thoroughly professional. His presence in the ninety-minute production was the main reason it went on to win the prestigious Gold Medal at the Atlanta International Film Festival."

He appeared in TV commercials during the 1990s for America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. Colicos' final acting appearance was his reprise of Count Baltar in the concept demonstration trailer Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, exhibited at many science fiction conventions in 1999.[12]

Personal life

Colicos wed Mona McHenry in 1956 and divorced in 1981. They had two sons, Nicolas (also an actor) and Edmund.[12] Colicos died in Toronto on March 6, 2000, at the age of 71, after a series of heart attacks.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1950 Forbidden Journey Student
1953 Appointment in London Pip Uncredited
1955 Barbados Quest Mustachioed Henchman
1956 Bond of Fear Dewar
1956 Passport to Treason Pietro
1956 Breakaway First Kidnapper
1957 War Drums Chino
1964 The Naked Flame Blackmailer Uncredited
1969 Anne of the Thousand Days Thomas Cromwell
1971 Doctors' Wives Dr. Mort Dellman
1971 Raid on Rommel Sgt. Allan MacKenzie
1971 Red Sky at Morning Jimbob Buel
1972 The Wrath of God Colonel Santilla
1973 Scorpio McLeod
1976 Breaking Point Vincent Karbone
1976 Drum Bernard DeMarigny
1979 King Solomon's Treasure Allan Quatermain
1980 The Changeling Captain DeWitt
1980 Phobia Inspector Larry Barnes
1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Nick Papadakis
1986 The Last Season Walter Batterinski
1987 Nowhere to Hide General Clay Howard
1988 Shadow Dancing Anthony Podopolis
1995 No Contest Senator Donald Wilson
1999 Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming Baltar Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1953 Captain Brassbound's Conversion Sidi el Assif Television film
1953 Sunday Night Theatre Christopher 'Kit' Marlowe Episode: "Will Shakespeare"
1953 Douglas Fairbanks Presents Brown Episode: "The Heel"
1953 Playbill Episode: "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime"
1953–1960 General Motors Theatre Uturu / Luke Richardson / Kroll 4 episodes
1954 The Secret Storm Matthew Devereaux
1955 London Playhouse Charlie Episode: "Adeline Girard"
1956 The Taming of the Shrew Lucentio Television film
1956 You Are There Alexander Smith Episode: "Mr. Christian Seizes the Bounty (April 28, 1789)"
1956 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday Thief Episode: "Lapidary Wheel"
1957 Studio One Gold Root Episode: "The Rice Sprout Song"
1958–1960 DuPont Show of the Month Mr. Arrow / Monks / Fernand Mondego / Hindley 4 episodes
1959 Folio Episode: "Ward No. Six"
1959 Berkeley Square Tom Pettigrew Television film
1959 The Unforeseen Count Cagliostro Episode: "Checkmate"
1959 Startime Andy Episode: "A Clearing in the Woods"
1960 The Play of the Week Mortimer Episode: "Mary Stuart"
1960 NBC Sunday Showcase Aaron Burr Episode: "Our American Heritage: Not Without Honor"
1960 Our American Heritage Aaron Burr 2 episodes
1960 Omnibus Gen. George McClellan Episode: "He Shall Have Power"
1960 Family Classics: The Three Musketeers Porthos Television film
1960–1963 The United States Steel Hour Dr. Steve Bruchesi / Edmund Hobert / Silvio 3 episodes
1961 Vanity Fair Rawdon Crawley Episode: "Part 1"
1961 The Man Born to Be King Jesus Christ Television film
1961–1963 Festival Galileo Galilei / Gregers Werle / Poet / Lord Arthur Savile 4 episodes
1962 John Brown's Body Television film
1962 Playdate Puff / Ernst Herman / Dr. Bruchesi 3 episodes
1962 Cyrano De Bergerac Comte de Guiche Television film
1965 The Defenders District Attorney / District Attorney Scott Turner 2 episodes
1965 Profiles in Courage Sen. Davis / Patrick Henry 2 episodes
1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre Ricardo Episode: "Licence to Murder"
1967 T.H.E. Cat King Delphine Episode: "A Slight Family Trait"
1967 Star Trek: The Original Series Kor Episode: "Errand of Mercy"
1967 A Choice of Futures Prime Minister Robert Ghiberti Episode: "1999"
1967–1970 Mission: Impossible Chief of Internal Security Manuel Ferrar / Milos Kuro / Commissioner Taal Jankowski 3 episodes
1967–1974 Mannix Dr. Myles Considine / Lytell / Duke Benedict / Alton K. Moore / David Barker / Eddie Lee Prentiss 7 episodes (Including Pilot)
1969 Dulcima Mr. Parker Television film
1969 The Name of the Game Rafael Episode: "High Card"
1970 The High Chaparral Matthew Kendall Episode: "The Journal of Death"
1970 Then Came Bronson Harve Traine Episode: "Still Waters"
1970 It Takes a Thief The Man Episode: "Project "X""
1970 The Young Rebels British Colonel Episode: "The Blood of an Englishman"
1970, 1975 Hawaii Five-O Lorenzo Corman / Mr. Thorncrest 2 episodes
1971 Night Gallery Survivor Segment: "Lone Survivor"
1971 Goodbye, Raggedy Ann Paul Jamison Television film
1972 Longstreet Arnold Zaduck Episode: "Sad Songs and Other Conversations"
1972 The F.B.I. Logan Episode: "The Test"
1972–1975 Dr. Simon Locke Dekker / Police Sergeant 2 episodes
1973 Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John Numan Menemengioglu Television film
1973 The Starlost The Governor Episode: "The Goddess Calabra"
1974 The Magician Paul Gunther 2 episodes
1974 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin Episode: "The Ambassador"
1974 Salty Dobbs Episode: "For the Price of Freedom"
1974 The National Dream Cornelius Van Horne Television miniseries
1974–1975 Performance Smirnov 2 episodes
1974–1976 Medical Center Tom Evans / Weldman 2 episodes
1975 Gunsmoke Judge Flood Episode: "Hard Labor"
1975 Insight Gus Mangel Episode: "The Pendulum"
1975 Bronk Martin Episode: "Terror"
1975 Petrocelli Dimitri Episode: "Terror on Wheels"
1975 Harry O Walter Nesbitt Episode: "The Madonna Legacy"
1976 The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper Moroni Television film
1976 The Wonderful World of Disney Moroni 2 episodes
1976 A Matter of Wife... and Death Joe Ruby Television film
1977 The New Adventures of Wonder Woman Ambassador Orrick Episode: "The Queen and the Thief"
1978 Switch Gilchrist Episode: "Coronado Circle"
1978 Quincy, M.E. Harlan Standish Episode: "Gone But Not Forgotten"
1978 The Six Million Dollar Man General Norbukov Episode: "The Moving Mountain"
1978 The Bastard Lord North Television film
1978 W.E.B. Harry Brooks 2 episodes
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Col. L. Morbius Episode: "Search for Atlantis"
1978–1979 Battlestar Galactica Lord Baltar 21 episodes
1979 Sergeant T.K. Yu Gangster Television film
1979 Charlie's Angels Anton Karazna Episode: "Angel in a Box"
1979 The Paradise Connection Major Barclay-Battles Television film
1979 Vegas Dr. Victor Durrand Episode: "Dan Tanna Is Dead"
1981 General Hospital Mikkos Cassadine Episode: #1.4715
1984 The Yellow Rose Nick Pappas Episode: "Sport of Kings"
1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Ilya Kreschenko Episode: "Playing Possum"
1985 The Hitchhiker Mr. Stregga Episode: "Petty Thieves"
1987 Street Legal Farraday Episode: "A Little Knowledge"
1987 I'll Take Manhattan banker, Lester Maypole Television miniseries
1987–1988 Night Heat Karakonis / Lech Koretski 2 episodes
1987–1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lestrade / Moriarty / Carter Talbot 2 episodes
1989 War of the Worlds Quinn 2 episodes
1989 Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and JoAnn Thatcher Serge Kujawa Television film
1990 In Defense of a Married Man Charles Evers Television film
1991 E.N.G. Lionel Hirsch Episode: "Smoke and Mirrors"
1992–1993 X-Men Apocalypse / En Sabah Nur (voice) 4 episodes
1993 Beyond Reality Sinclair Episode: "Bloodstone"
1993 Counterstrike Vince Episode: "The Contender"
1994–1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kor 3 episodes
1997 The Last Don Eli Marrion Television miniseries
1997 Fast Track Dr. Wallace Beckett Episode: "Fathers & Sons"
1997 Windsor Protocol Gerhardt Heinzer / Albert Greenfield Television film
1998 Thunder Point Heinzer Television film
1998 My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story Richard Eberling (in jail) Television film


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